Till just a while back, Aamir Khan’s Mahabharata was said to still be in the planning and ideating stage. It was reportedly being made on an extravagant budget of Rs 1000 crore. It was also said that the actor is planning to release the magnum-opus in a seven-part web series.
Reports later suggested that Aamir was considering shelving the idea as it had become “tricky” to adapt mythological tales on screen. Putting all speculation to rest, Shah Rukh Khan confirmed that Aamir was taking up Mahabharata and he would be playing Krishna.
In an interview to a daily, when asked whether about what kind of role he would like to play an interview, Shah Rukh replied, “‘Krishna from Mahabharata, but went on to add “Krishna from Mahabharata has already been taken by Aamir so I will not be able to do that.”
Aamir was meant to be part of the Rakesh Sharma biopic, however, he pulled out at the last minute. SRK took on the film.
Aamir’s last film Thugs of Hindostan bombed at the box office. At a recent conference, Aamir took full responsibility for the debacle. The 53-year-old actor said, “I take the full responsibility of Thugs not working with the audience. You can be sure that we tried our level best but somewhere we went wrong. There are a few people who liked the film. I would like to thank them. We realise that most of the people did not like the film. I want to apologise to fans that I couldn’t entertain them the way they wanted, though we did try our best.”
SRK had extended support to Aamir during the fiasco. He had said it was heartbreaking and that people have been too harsh on the film. “I would like to say something. It’s a little personal and I don’t know whether it’s right to say it or not. This is something that’s saddened me and so I want to share it. When it happened to me personally, I wasn’t so sad, but this time I am.
“There are people who have given excellence to cinema for years. A film can be good, a film can be bad; none of us can ever claim ki maine duniya ki sabsi achchi film banayi hain. Mr Bachchan and Aamir have been people who have constantly contributed to the excellence of cinema,” SRK added.
Thugs Of Hindostan revolves around the “thugs” led by the fierce Khudabaksh (Amitabh Bachchan), who pose a threat to the John Clive-led East India Company in 1795 Hindostan. The British recruit Firangi Mallah (Aamir Khan) to infiltrate the band of rebels and get them the leader of the thugs.