I am not a natural actor says Aamir Khan

Vastavam web: Aamir Khan believes he is not a natural actorand unlike others has to work his way through a performance to reach the perfect pitch.The actor says he has a sense of what a good performance entails but it takes him a while to embody the character.”When I see actors like Naseer (Nasseruddin Shah), Om Puri ji, Raghubir Yadav, Dilip Kumar sahab, Amitabh Bachchan ji and Zaira Wasim, I feel they are a powerhouse. When they give their shot, there is so much belief in them and it comes out very naturally and effortlessly.Citing the example of “Dangal”, Aamir said it took Wasim just a week to pick up the Haryanavi accent, whereas he struggled for four months to learn it.

“I am not a natural (actor). When I start my first reading I feel I am very bad, like when the reading of ‘Lagaan’ was happening I was like director Ashutosh Gowariker shouldn’t drop me as other actors like Raghubir ji are doing good. My first reading is always pathetic and I start working on it.” But the 53-year-old star believes his biggest strength lies in the fact that he is “not scared to fail”.Aamir explained his process of acting, saying the performance becomes richer when it is “layered”.

“Often how we behave is not how we are feeling. In a performance, if I show I am hurt so that will be a superficial level of performance, the other way is ‘I am hurt but I don’t show it and you are realise it.”Acting is like layers… I feel my strength lies in my ability to understand that this character is going through a phase and how many layers I need to add to make it look good.”Besides acting, a lot of young actors today focus on taking dance and action classes before entering in the movies and Aamir says these skills are important to enhance the overall performance.

“All this is very much part of getting ready to be an actor. Perhaps learning dancing, singing, fight or horse riding or anything is just a skill which if you have acquired in your training, it will come in good help.” He says he needs time to rehearse, especially learn his lines beforehand.”I do rehearsals for three to four months before a film (shoot). I rehearse with the director, then I do rehearsals alone. That’s when I memorise my lines so that when I am on the set, I’ll be ready. It should be your lines and not the writer’s line. I write lines as well.”

After working for 30 years, Aamir says it feels like yesterday he entered the industry. “… When I look back, (I think) good quality performances ended up building a goodwill for me overtime. When you are consistent, only then you are able to build faith.