Aamir Khan's son Junaid's first love, how did he get his first film? Know everything about 'Karsandas'

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Bollywood's Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan's son Junaid Khan has also followed in his father's footsteps and entered the world of acting with the film 'Maharaj'. Junaid's acting in this film, which reached OTT after overcoming difficulties like warning of protest and court case, is also being praised a lot. In such a situation, we had this special conversation with him:
If you are born in a filmy family then it is natural for you to be inclined towards cinema, but when did you realise that you also want to become an actor?
I was very fond of theatre. I was 15-16 years old when I fell in love with theatre. So, I went to a theatre school in the US. I have been doing theatre in India since 2017 after coming back from there, so my love has always been for theatre. Sometimes I used to get calls for films, so I used to go for auditions etc. I got 'Maharaj' that way too.

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Didn't you feel that choosing a film with a sensitive subject like 'Maharaj' for your first film was risky? How shocked were you by the way the film faced controversies, court cases etc. before its release?

See, the subject of the film is sensitive but when I heard the story, I really liked it. Adi sir (producer Aditya Chopra) has been making films for so many years. I had seen Siddharth sir's (director Siddharth P Malhotra) last film 'Hichki', which I really liked, so I didn't think much. I had faith in Adi sir, Siddharth sir that they will make this subject with such sensitivity that no one gets hurt and I think the film has been made like that. Whoever has seen the film, I don't think anyone would have felt that it is attacking anyone. As far as the journey of the film is concerned, there were some problems in the release, but in the end everything went well. So now I feel very relieved.

Your role in the film is quite challenging. Firstly, it is the era of the 18th century, you are playing the role of a social reformer Karsandas Mulji, your dialogues are also quite long. How much preparation did you have to do for this?

I rehearsed for almost a year. During Covid, I got a lot of time to prepare. Actually, there is not much about Karsandas Mulji's personality in the public domain. There are many things written by him. Writers Vipul Sir, Sneha Ma'am and Siddharth Sir extracted the essence of his personality from the articles written by him in Dada Bhai Nairoji's paper, which helped a lot. Apart from this, we also had to work a lot on the scenes, physicality and dance, because I am not a good dancer at all.

After 'Maharaj', the shooting of your second film is also going on, tell us something about it?

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I have completed a film under Aamir Khan's banner. I am doing another film for Madhu Mantena's production house.

You have an institution of acting in your house in the form of your father Aamir Khan, so what advice did he give you? Did you take any advice from him? What was his opinion about the film? He (father Aamir Khan) does not give advice without being asked (smiling). If you ask him about something specific, he will give you advice and very good advice, because he has been doing this work for 40 years, but in the case of this film, he first heard the script once, then directly saw the film, because he was shooting for his film. Meanwhile, I once asked him about dance. Apart from this, our conversation at home is more on other topics. Apart from this, he liked the film but when he watches something as a viewer, he wants that he likes that thing. Apart from his film, he likes most things (smiling).

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