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Aamir Khan happy to have been able to entertain people

Plus: Amitabh Bachchan says he's not worthy of appearing in The Great Gatsby poster.

The Bollywood actor Aamir Khan celebrates 25 years in the industry. AFP Photo
The Bollywood actor Aamir Khan celebrates 25 years in the industry. AFP Photo

Aamir Khan says he’s happy he’s been able to entertain people during his quarter-century in Bollywood. He became an instant superstar with his debut in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, which premiered 25 years ago on Monday. The film, which co-starred Juhi Chawla, was a modern Romeo-and-Juliet tale that created box-office history. “I can’t believe how I have reached here, and I feel so happy from my heart that I was able to entertain people,” he said. “I have tried to make a place for myself in each and every Indian heart, I feel very happy about this.” In the past decade, he’s become one of Bollywood’s biggest stars and has the cachet to make any project he chooses. He produced, directed and acted in 2007’s Taare Zameen Par, about the journey of a misunderstood dyslexic child. His 2009 film 3 Idiots examined the sorry state of India’s education system. He’s also thrown his weight behind social causes, joining anti-dam protests and embracing an anti-corruption activist. Khan says his failures are as important as his successes. “I give importance to my wrong steps because I have had opportunity to learn from them and I was able to improve myself.” *AP

Big B: I’m not worthy of Gatsby poster

Amitabh Bachchan, who is making his international debut in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, is overwhelmed after appearing in one of the official posters for the movie. “The poster of The Great Gatsby is something I thought to be too presumptuous but Baz Luhrmann insisted that it be done, so there,” the 70-year-old posted on Twitter. “Not worthy of being [in the poster], considering my minuscule role.” Bachchan plays Meyer Wolfs-heim in the 3-D movie, an adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel. His scenes also feature Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio. The film, which also stars Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher, will open the 66th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival on May 15. Bachchan will walk the red carpet with Luhrmann and his co-stars. *IANS

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