Bollywood actor Aamir Khan recently confessed that he had decided to quit the film industry for good. The actor told Indian media that his time at home during Covid-19 made him realise how much he had missed out on spending time with his family, leading him to the decision to quit showbiz.
In an interview posted by ABP News on March 27, Khan revealed he thought a lot about his life during Covid-19. "I went through a lot of introspection in these two years and few things flashed in front of me. I started to count how I spent my life, what have I lost and achieved," he said. "One thing that hit me sharply is my entire adult life, which I started as an assistant director at 18-years-old and today I'm 57-years-old. I've been working in films because this life had attracted me and I was involved in it passionately". For the actor, while there is "nothing wrong" with being passionate about such pursuits, it shouldn't be "at the cost of your responsibilities".
Khan talked about not being able to spend more time with his daughter Ira Khan when she was younger. "She would have had her own dreams, fear, challenges and I wasn't there," he said. "Today this hits me because I didn't know what her dreams and fears were but I knew all that [when it came to] my colleagues. I realised this and how time is the most precious resource [this year]," the PK actor said.
These realisations made Khan angry at both himself and showbiz. When the host asked Khan if the anger led to him thinking about quitting Bollywood, Khan answered in the affirmative, "I quit," he said. "I've never told anyone this and you all might take a minute to understand. I told my family that I will no longer do films nor produce films. I told them [Khan's children and ex-wife] that I want to spend time with you all and the response I got was them being shocked.
"I started to think maybe I should tell people. At the same time I held back because people would assume that it's some sort of 'marketing scheme' for Laal Singh Chhadha. So I thought better if I don't. I do films after three to four years and after Laal Singh Chhadha arrives, no one will be concerned about me," he said. "My kids told me that I'm an extreme person. I shouldn't go from something I spent 30 years on to something brand new. [I should] find the balance in my life."
Khan quit social media in 2021, sharing that any communication with his followers will be done through Aamir Khan Productions' social media channels
The actor will be seen in film Laal Singh Chhadha alongside Kareena Kapoor Khan in 2022. The film is an official remake of Tom Hanks' Forrest Gump.