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Content to be a TV star

On a high: Apart from his acting skills, Aamir Ali proved his dancing prowess by emerging victorious in

That Bollywood has not been able to fully exploit his talent as an actor doesn't bother Aamir Ali and he is happy playing the protagonist in television serials. In talk with Madhur Tankha….

Known more for his dance steps than histrionics on the small screen, television actor Aamir Ali has given dance a break to don the khaki in a popular serial.

Aamir is gearing up to play Bajrang Pandey, a police inspector at the Imaan police chowk in F.I.R. on SAB TV. Unlike, the archetypal pot-bellied cop depicted in Bollywood films, he is shown as a fit and well-toned policeman.

“At 30, Bajrang is the most eligible bachelor in town. Unfortunately for him, a renowned astrologer predicts that he will die the day his marriage is solemnised,” he says.

As the heartthrob of Chandramukhi Chautala, this self-proclaimed daredevil is quite a romantic at heart but as soon as he remembers the jyotish's bhavishyavaani he runs away from her.

“But Bajrang is a smart fellow who ends up taking credit for everything he does not do. This is apparent from his never-ending stories of face-offs with a notorious criminal, Qatil Singh, whom he claims to have put behind the bars several times. However, in reality he has never faced him out of fear.” )Bajrang has all the characteristics that a policeman should not have. “When I was given a brief about my character by the director, I immediately gave the nod because I wanted to do comedy. I am a big fan of comedy shows like The Great Indian Laughter Challenge.”

On the silver screen, his all-time favourite is Mehmood. His comedy timing was flawless. His dialogue delivery and facial expressions made him a darling of the masses. He was simply outstanding. Among the heroes, I hold Govinda in high esteem. He has the ability to take comedy to a different level. Then there is Kadar Khan…senior citizens may remember him as a villain (he enacted negative roles) but for my generation he is comedian No.1. His comedy timing in films like Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri was brilliant.”

Though Aamir has been in the television industry for the past five years and played the protagonist in many serials, his talent as an actor has not been fully exploited by Bollywood film-makers. “Honestly speaking, I am not dying to do movies. I am content and happy with my television career. All my serials have done well and as an actor this is immensely gratifying.”

Though he came into prominence with Ekta Kapoor's popular serial Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii on Star Plus, the actor demonstrated that he was a gifted dancer in Nach Baliye-3. With his dancing partner Sanjeeda Sheikh, Aamir emerged victorious in the finals of the championship against Rakhi Sawant and Abhishek Avasthi, though the latter alleged that there was foul play.

What embarrassed the winners was that even Bollywood star Salman Khan, who awarded the winners, pleaded with Rakhi Sawant and her co-dancer not to leave the show in a huff.

Reminded of the incident, Aamir feels it is a closed chapter and he does not hold any grudge against Rakhi.

Clearly, Aamir wants to move on and leave the controversies behind him. He is aware of his limitations and the fact that a television career came his way accidentally. So he knows that the only way to prove his detractors wrong is to make the best use of this medium.

While Aamir honed his acting skills in serials, his dance abilities were fined tuned behind stage in Nach Baliye-3. Not surprisingly, he has been dancing at private shows in the country and abroad. “I have been dancing in shows along with Sanjeeda Sheikh.”

Surprisingly, Aamir never planned to become an actor. He neither got enrolled into any acting academy nor went to any theatre school. “Difficult to believe, but I was employed with an airlines. Those days, I did modelling as a hobby and slowly got acting offers.”

In his last Hindi film I Hate Luv Storys, Aamir played a flamboyant cocky character. “Initially, he is shown as a heartless man but towards the end he comes across as a good person. The film was made by Dharma Productions (Karan Johar's company). Whatever director Punit Malhotra narrated to me was given proper treatment on the big screen. Not a single scene was chopped on the editing table.”

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