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The “Mr. perfectionist” of Bollywood never ceases to surprise. Aamir Khan, who plays wrestler Mahaveer Phogat, turned up at a promotional event held in the city for his upcoming movie ‘Dangal’ almost on time, unlike his Bollywood counterparts.

When he did, he neither looked like the overweight and elderly Phogat nor the younger and ripped form that one gets to see in the trailers of the film. “This is my new look for the movie Thugs of Hindustan,” said Mr. Khan, who has clearly moved on to his new look.

“My wife has forgotten how I actually look because I keep experimenting with my looks,” he quipped. The star, known for being open to unconventional roles and plots, plays the role of a father who encourages his daughters to take up wrestling in the maledominated society of Haryana, which is based on a true story.

Confessing that losing and gaining weight was the toughest part, he said that he never took “substances” for getting the desired body as was being speculated on social media. Flanked by writer Nitesh Tiwari and actor Fatima Sana Shaikh, who plays Commonwealth gold medallist Geeta Phogat, the actor — who is known to speak his mind — also expressed his views on the demonetisation of higher value currency notes.

Actor Ranveer Singh has lauded Aamir Khan’s sports drama film Dangal and has shared his love for him by saying that the Bollywood superstar “possesses a childlike wonderment”.

“Devoted to the religion that is cinema… Passionate to an unparalleled degree… With an awe inspiring honesty… Aamir Khan. ‘Dangal’,” Ranveer posted on Twitter on Thursday.

“Storyteller by nature, megastar by virtue… He who possesses a childlike wonderment…My love for him is of the truest kind. The one and only,” he added.

Aamir underwent rigorous workout sessions for the role. He had to previously gain weight, going from 68 kg to 93 kg in six months, for his role of the ageing wrestler during the first phase of the film’s shoot.

But the Bollywood superstar says for him his mother was an inspiration. “My mother is my inspiration,” said the 51yearold actor at an event.

“I have wonderful memories associated with this city since 14 years of age when I came to Kolhapur for a tennis competition and won it too,” recalled the Lagaan star.

He also said that he never felt like a star and that he lacked the aura usually around stars like Salman and Shah Rukh Khan. “I do not have the aura which is around Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. They have stardom in their style, in their DNA and this stardom is seen in their actions. When they enter, it actually feels like that a star has arrived,” he said on being asked what was lacking in him as compared to the other two superstars.

The 51yearold actor was speaking at Bhaskar Utsav here organised by popular daily Dainik Bhaskar. Director and choreographer Farah Khan was also present at the event. She entertained the audience by asking interesting questions from Aamir on his career, first love and personal life.

Aamir said that he had become less judgemental over the years and has learnt “there is a lot of grey between white and black”. “Earlier, I was too judgemental. I was very clear about what was wrong and what was right, but I learnt from experience that different situations define right or wrong,” he said. The actor said that his role in “PK” was the most challenging.

“I was expected to deliver something very different in the role of an alien. It was a challenging task and this was my best. During the shooting, I imagined that I am on some other planet and delivered my best,” he said. Responding to a question from the audience, Khan said that he tries to maintain a balance in personal and professional life, but sometimes ends up involved in his craft way too much.

Aamir said the society should stop discrimination with girl children and provide them equal opportunities. “This discrimination is the root cause of the problems prevailing in the society. My upcoming film Dangal also deals with this issue,” he said. Dangal is based on the life of wrestlers Geeta Phogat, Babita Phogat and their father.