It is no secret that the Khan trio, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan are the most successful stars bollywood’s ever seen with decades of superhit films to their credit and millions of fans that worship them. So when Aamir Khan was asked about it, and about who he thinks is the best among the three of them, he says that undoubtedly, Salman Khan is the number one star in bollywood.
And he says that despite the audience being star obsessed, the industry is not, “I don’t think the industry is star obsessed. It is the audience who is star obsessed and it is not a bad thing at all. As an audience, I am also star obsessed. I am a big fan of Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, Waheeda Rehman, Shammi Kapoor. I have been star struck myself” he says.
Aamir Khan has also said that it was totally by chance that the Khans became successful and that there is no secret formula as such. “I think an entertainer has a great role to play in the society and he is often underestimated. I don’t think any of us – Salman, Shah Rukh and me – know the secret to our longevity. I wish we knew it.”
Talking about Shah Rukh Khan, he says, “I think Shah Rukh is very well loved and fine actor. He is extremely charming and I love to see him on screen. It always brings a smile on your face when you see him.I have liked him in films such as ‘Dilwale Dhulaniya Le Jayenge’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’. I have heard good things about his work in ‘Chak De’ but I haven’t seen it. It is one of the films that I want to watch. There are several other films of Shah Rukh that I have liked.”
And this is what he thinks of Salman Khan, another contemporary Khan, “There is always love and warmth in my heart for Salman. I am fond of him, I love him. I personally feel he is a bigger star than me. Because he has the ability to take a film on his shoulders… I don’t think I have that capability. I don’t have any hesitation in saying that.
I think Salman manages everything, and according to me, (he) is the real number one.”