Akshaye Khanna reveals how he lost 'Taare Zameen Par' to Aamir Khan

Noor Fatima 11:35 PM | 19 Oct, 2022
Akshaye Khanna reveals how he lost 'Taare Zameen Par' to Aamir Khan
Source: Akhshaye Khanna (Instagram)

Bollywood actor Akshaye Khanna recently sat down for an interview and made some shocking revelations.

The Hulchul actor revealed that the first choice for the blockbuster Bollywood film Taare Zameen Par wasn't actually Aamir Khan but someone else.  

In a conversation with an Indian media outlet, the Taal actor disclosed that filmmaker Amole Gupte wanted to sign him for the lead role of Ram Shankar Nikumbh in Taare Zameen Par.

Khanna added that Gupte wrote the script with him in mind but the project was taken by the 3 Idiots actor who not only played the lead but also made Taare Zameen Par his own directorial debut.

According to The Accidental Prime Minister actor, Gupte reached out to the Laal Singh Chaddha star to introduce him to Khanna so he can take the project further.

Khanna was quoted as saying, “Aamir being Aamir, told him I cannot recommend a script unless I hear it first. So make me hear it, if I like it, I will tell Akshaye. But he liked it so much, that he did it.”

However, he said that the Dil Chahta Hai co-actor narrated the entire story to him in their later meeting.

In response to the question of whether the Ittefaq actor has any regrets about not being a part of the brilliant project, Khanna replied, “I don’t think I could have done a better job than Aamir. He was superb. So it was good that destiny kind of took him.” 

Taare Zameen Par features a dyslexic child whose art teacher helps him with his reading disorder. The film was India’s entry for the Oscars in 2009.

On the work front, Khanna is currently awaiting the release of his next film Drishyam 2 slated to release on November 18. 

Noor Fatima

The writer is a staff member.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 27, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 07:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 264 266
Euro EUR 274 276.7
UK Pound Sterling GBP 311 314
U.A.E Dirham AED 68.7 69.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 66.4 67
Australian Dollar AUD 176 178
Bahrain Dinar BHD 615.68 620.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 186 188
China Yuan CNY 34.12 34.37
Danish Krone DKK 33.83 34.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 29.52 29.87
Indian Rupee INR 2.81 2.89
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 756.69 761.69
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 52.59 53.04
New Zealand Dollar NZD 148.33 149.53
Norwegians Krone NOK 22.43 22.73
Omani Riyal OMR 600.37 604.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 63.5 64
Singapore Dollar SGD 178 179.3
Swedish Korona SEK 21.78 22.08
Swiss Franc CHF 250.23 251.98
Thai Bhat THB 6.98 7.08

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs203,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,810.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs160,241 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 186,907.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Karachi PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Islamabad PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Peshawar PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Quetta PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Sialkot PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Attock PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Gujranwala PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Jehlum PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Multan PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Bahawalpur PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Gujrat PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Nawabshah PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Chakwal PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Hyderabad PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Nowshehra PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Sargodha PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Faisalabad PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Mirpur PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100


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