Ludhiana: Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, who surprised his fans by unveiling his muscular look for “Dangal” earlier this week, on Thursday said he is a fan of his “Andaz Apna Apna” co-star Salman Khan’s physique, and considers him as the “original bodybuilder of the industry”.
“Dangal”, directed by Nitesh Tiwari, tells the story of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, who fought against all the odds to train his daughters, Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari, in professional wrestling.
Salman Khan will also be seen as a wrestler in his next film “Sultan”, which is slated to release on Eid this year.
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Asked about his comparison with Salman, Aamir said on the set of “Dangal” here: “I have always been a huge fan of Salman Khan. In the industry, we have always admired Salman’s body.”
“If someone has been involved in the bodybuilding in our industry, it is Salman. I am a fan of his body and his fitness. I don’t think my body is as good as Salman’s. I try to come close to him. He is the original bodybuilder of the industry.”
Aamir said there is no similarity between the two films as their stories are totally different.
“I am really excited to watch ‘Sultan’ because every film of Salman is entertaining to watch. We enjoy his films a lot. Despite wrestling being a common aspect in our films, the story of our films is different. I loved the teaser and promo of the film and also the song, which has been coincidentally shot in Punjab,” Aamir said.
Further sharing details about “Dangal”, Aamir said: “The film goes beyond wrestling. Wrestling is an important aspect of the film but the script penned by Nitesh Tiwari (director and writer of ‘Dangal’) goes beyond it.
“The film is filled with emotions. It is socially relevant and entertaining at the same time. We assume such stories to be very grim but you would be surprised to know that when I was listening to the script, I was laughing as much as I was crying.”
“Like Raju Hirani (Rajkumar Hirani) picks up a very serious topic but his way of telling a story is humorous. Nitesh has chosen to go with the same style.”
Apart from Aamir, “Dangal”, which is currently being shot here at the Akhada Leel near Toosa village, also features Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra.
The film is slated to release on December 23 later this year.