Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s son Junaid Khan is striving to make his own mark in the film industry. His debut movie Maharaj, directed by Siddharth P Malhotra and also starring Jaideep Ahlawat, is based on the Maharaj Libel Case, which exposed exploitation within spiritual groups. Junaid’s debut in Maharaj proves there’s room for fresh narratives in Bollywood.

In a recent interview, Junaid spilled the tea on his father’s reaction to his performance. Aamir, known for being a supportive yet critical viewer, apparently enjoys most films with an open mind. “As an audience and when he watches something, he wants to enjoy it. So he ends up liking it. Barring his own films where he’s not an audience,” he told Hindustan Times.


Junaid Khan- Jaideep Ahlawat- maharaj Junaid Khan and Jaideep Ahlawat’s Maharaj is streaming on Netflix. (Photo: Netflix India/ Instagram)

Junaid Khan steers clear of comparisons to his legendary father and being associated with the Dangal actor’s ‘perfectionist’ tag. He believes everyone charts their own path, and he’s enjoying the ride. “I don’t think so. Everybody has to do their own thing. Life pans out differently for everybody. I’m on this journey, enjoying myself,” said Junaid.

 

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Maharaj might not be your typical Bollywood debut, but Junaid Khan embraces the unconventional. Landing a role with a giant like Yash Raj Films (YRF) and director Siddharth Malhotra was a coup, and his theatre background since 2017 definitely helped. He doesn’t categorise roles, acknowledging that producers might not see him in typical romantic fare. “I don’t know about it being an unconventional (debut) because YRF is a big banner and Sid sir (director Siddharth Malhotra) wanted me (in the film). The story is inherently very dramatic,” he told PTI in a recent interview.

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aamir khan Aamir Khan was earlier married to Reena Dutta. They have two kids together, Ira Khan and Junaid Khan. (Photo: Express Archive)

“I have been doing theatre in Mumbai since 2017. Sid sir asked me to come and test for this film. I didn’t think of it as conventional or unconventional. I guess producers and directors didn’t see me in romantic dramas. You do the work you get but it was a lovely script. It is such a wide medium, I don’t think there is any protection in films,” Junaid added.

Divulging if he discussed his debut film, Maharaj, the 31-year-old added, “Film ke baare mein itna discussion nahi hua Papa se (I didn’t discuss much about the film with my father)’. It is not his film and he is busy with his work. Sid sir and Adi sir showed him the film. He liked it and had some suggestions. They took some of it and didn’t take the others.”

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