Critically acclaimed actor Aamir Khan shocked everyone by stating that he is not a natural actor. He said unlike others he has to work his way through a performance to reach the perfect pitch. Aamir said he has a sense of what a good performance entails but it takes him a while to embody the character.
"When I see actors like Naseer (Nasseruddin Shah), Om Puri ji, Raghubir Yadav, Dilip Kumar sahab, Amitabh Bachchan ji and Zaira Wasim, I feel they are a powerhouse. When they give their shot, there is so much belief in them and it comes out very naturally and effortlessly. I don't feel that I have that gift. I feel I have to work myself up to that level, it will take a bit of effort to reach to that level," Aamir said.
Aamir, who has completed 30 years in the film industry, said he fights through his doubts and does not mind going through multiple rehearsals if it can better the performance.
Citing the example of Dangal, Aamir said it took Wasim just a week to pick up the Haryanavi accent, whereas he struggled for four months to learn it.
"I am not a natural (actor). When I start my first reading I feel I am very bad, like when the reading of 'Lagaan' was happening I was like director Ashutosh Gowariker shouldn't drop me as other actors like Raghubir ji are doing good. My first reading is always pathetic and I start working on it."
The 53-year-old star says he needs time to rehearse, especially learn his lines beforehand. "I do rehearsals for three to four months before a film (shoot). I rehearse with the director, then I do rehearsals alone. That's when I memorise my lines so that when I am on the set, I'll be ready. It should be your lines and not the writer's line. I write lines as well."