Bollywood actor Aamir Khan’s quirky character Shakti Kumaarr from his forthcoming movie Secret Superstar has been inspired by Jeetendra and Anil Kapoor.
“One of the secrets from Secret Superstar is that in this film, I have used some lines that film actors usually use in their personal life and whenever I meet them,” Khan said.
“For example, when I met Jeetu ji [Jeetendra] for the very first time, I found him as a very humorous person. He had come to visit Nasir [filmmaker Nasir Hussain] sahab once and I was sitting with them that time. I was an assistant to Nasir sahab then. Jeetu ji said, ‘Nasir sahab, I have been offered a film which has a double role’. Jeetu ji laughed and said I can’t do one role properly and I have been offered two roles,” Khan recalled.
“Further, he said that it’s perfectly fine, I’ll do it well and [he] said ‘buck up, India’... The way he said ‘buck up, India’, I found it so charming that time that it remained in my mind, and now also if we meet somewhere, he says, ‘Son, you have a release now... buck up, India. It will do very good’.
“The way Jeetu ji uses that phrase ‘buck up, India’ is something I like and I have used that in Secret Superstar.”
“One thing about Anil Kapoor I have noticed is that whenever he is done talking on call, he doesn’t say bye once, he says bye about 15-20 times on call. So while speaking with him on call when I say, ‘Anil, see you bye’, he says ‘Bye, bye, bye, bye, bye’ in series. My character uses this trait also.”
Secret Superstar is about a teenage girl who dreams of becoming a singer and how she fulfils her dreams by keeping her identity hidden.
Directed by Advait Chandan, the film will release in the UAE on October 19.