Fenil and Bollywood

Aamir-Raju Hirani at loggerheads?

Posted on: October 22, 2009

Creative differences crop up between Aamir Khan and Raju Hirani over the promos of 3 Idiots. Will this irreparably damage the relationship between the two powerful personalities…

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 22, 2009)

Raju Hirani

Aamir Khan

Raju Hirani and Aamir Khan have been getting along during the making of 3 Idiots… so far. Given Aamir’s reputation as a controlling actor, there were bound to be creative differences. The first crack has appeared as Aamir has disagreed with Raju Hirani over the promos that the latter has selected. The actor is convinced of his views, but Raju isn’t budging either. It seems like a clash of egos is in the offing as both, the actor and the director, have proved their creative mettle.

The conscientious Raju Hirani and an equally dignified Aamir Khan did not get into a verbal disagreement, but Aamir quietly left the office as he was entirely unmoved by the promo selection. The clash may lead to problems with the promotions as Aamir now remains unavailable to the film’s unit.

Our source said, “There were three promos cut for the first look. The selected promo will be incorporated with the release of London Dreams on October 30. One promo was unanimously rejected by the three strong-headed guys, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, director Raju Hirani and actor Aamir Khan. The promos which Aamir preferred showed the film as it is, while Raju wanted to show the spirit of the film in its first look. Raju was not in favour of the promo which was cut on Aamir’s behest. So, when Raju said that he wanted to use the promo that he has finalised, Aamir tried to reason with him for close to 45 minutes. Aamir then realised that Raju wasn’t going to change his decision. An irate Aamir just left the office. The creative difference happened on Sunday at Vidhu’s Bandra office and Aamir has not visited them since, although the unit has been calling him. There was also a promotional event planned for Oct 29 for the unveiling of the first look of the film. But no one knows if it will happen now.”

The source further said, “Not many directors have the guts to stand up for their ideas in front of a star like Aamir Khan and put their foot down saying that they want something their own way. Aamir might be upset right now, but we are sure that his respect for Raju will bring him around. However, right now all’s not well.”

Aamir Khan and Raju Hirani remained unavailable for comment.


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