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My son Junaid can play me in my biopic, says Aamir Khan

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Aamir Khan also said that he is looking for a suitable film to launch Junaid as an actor.

Aamir Khan with wife Kiran Rao and son Junaid. Picture: YouTube screenshot

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During an interaction for his television documentary film Rubaru Roshni, actor-producer Aamir Khan went back in time and revealed details of his first marriage with Reena Dutta in 1986.

Aamir Khan explained how his secret court marriage cost less than Rs10 back in the day. Among the people who signed as witnesses were Svati Chakravarty Bhatkal, director of Rubaru Roshni, and her husband and filmmaker Satyajit Bhatkal.

Khan was asked how he convinced his parents to accept his bride later. He joked, “Oh, that’s a very long story. You will get to see it when my biopic is made.”

When asked whom he would like to play him in the biopic, he thought a while and said, “I don’t know yaar. I think my son Junaid can do my biopic.”

Junaid was born to Aamir Khan and Reena in 1993. The couple called it quits after 16 years of marriage in 2002. But they are still on friendly terms.

Aamir Khan also said he is looking for a suitable film to launch Junaid as an actor. “I have seen his work and I am quite happy with it," he said. "He is trained as an actor. He has done a two-year training in theatre at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in LA. Then he did plays for a year in LA. When we get the right kind of story, then he will [make his acting debut].”

But Khan is firm on a screen test for Junaid. “He will have to pass the test. If he does good in the test, he will be in the film. Else he won’t,” the perfectionist said.

“You should be playing characters. You should not be playing heroes. There is a difference. For example, in Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1991), I am Raghu Jaitley. In Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992) I am Sanjay Lal. In Lagaan (2001) I am Bhuvan. In Rang De Basanti (2006) I am DJ,” he said.

But Aamir Khan does not want Junaid to talk to the media now. “I think he wants to work first. He will need to earn the right to talk. I strongly believe in that. You have to earn the right to give an interview. I don’t think he has done that yet,” said the actor-producer.