Bollywood star Aamir Khan has revealed that he had decided to quit the Hindi film industry in the last two years during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a new interview, Aamir added that he didn't announce his decision as he thought people might call it a 'marketing scheme' ahead of Laal Singh Chadda's release. The actor also said that it was his ex-wife, film producer Kiran Rao, who explained to him that his decision was not right. Aamir recalled Kiran crying after he informed her about his decision.
Aamir said that after his decision he had started working with his daughter Ira Khan. He said that his children also told him that his decision was wrong and asked him to find a balance in his life. Aamir joked that his children told him that the time he spent with them in three months was more than he did in the last 30 years and they were 'a bit tired of him'. He added that they told him that though they were happy, he should go 'a bit easy'.
When asked if he wanted to quit, Aamir told ABP, "No I quit. Nobody knows this. I'm saying for the first time, you will be shocked. I had informed my family that I won't be doing any films from now onwards. Neither I'll act nor I will produce any films. I don't want to do all this. I just want to spend my time with you all. Kiran and her parents, Reena and her parents, my children, my family are there. I felt that. I understand it was a response in anger. My family was shocked as I was conveying it to them in such an intense way. Nobody argued with me. Then I thought I should tell people that I won't be acting in films now. Then I said if I tell people they will say, 'This is his marketing scheme as his film Laal Singh Chaddha is about to release, he is announcing his retirement'."
"So I thought it's better to not say this. Anyway, my film comes after three or four years. Once Laal Singh Chaddha gets released nobody will realise if I'm doing anything for the next three or four years. By then I'll leave the industry and nobody will know. So I decided not to say anything and three months passed like this. One day, my children told me that you are an extreme person, don't do this. It will be better if you find a balance in life. I had quit films. In my heart, I had left films. My children and Kiran explained to me I am doing the wrong thing. Kiran cried and said, 'When I see you, I see films residing inside you. What are you saying I'm unable to understand'. A lot happened in two years, I quit the industry and came back."
Aamir will be seen next in Laal Singh Chaddha, scheduled to release in theatres on 11 August. Directed by Advait Chandan, the film also features Kareena Kapoor Khan, Mona Singh, and Naga Chaitanya. It is the official remake of Hollywood film Forrest Gump, which starred Tom Hanks.