Being a manager to Aamir Khan was like a lottery ticket, says Advait Chandan who has come a long way, from managing Aamir Khan’s calendar to directing the superstar.
Advait, who is excited for the release of Secret Superstar, spoke to a popular news agency where he talked about how working with Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao has been a learning curve for him.
In the interaction with the news agency, he stated, “For me, the turning point of my life was when I came into Aamir Khan Productions (AKP) to work on ‘Taare Zameen Par’ as a production assistant in 2007. Then I worked on ‘Dhobi Ghat’ and then managed Aamir sir’s work. So, the banner has been like a film school for me,”
After his schooling days, he had started working in showbiz with Prahlad Kakkar and Farhan Akhtar.
“I really wanted to go to film school. I didn’t get through FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) and couldn’t afford to go to a film school abroad. So I kept working and learnt on the job,” Chandan continued.
Chandan who says he has tried to imbibe Aamir’s sincere work ethics in life further stated, “The last 10 to 11 years at AKP have been a graduate and a post-graduate degree for me… It has been my education.”
Dhobi Ghat gave Advait an opportunity to do as many different jobs as he could behind the scenes, but he had no clue what to do once the project ended.
“That’s when Aamir sir was looking for a manager. When he suggested it (asked me if I wanted to manage his work), I was like ‘Ye toh lottery lag gayi (It was like winning a lottery’.)”
As Aamir’s manager his main job was to be a “jeeta-jaagta calendar (live calendar)”. But he says there were perks too.
“I could rehearse with him, give him cues, I love photography so I would get my camera and shoot him sometimes, I would be in marketing meetings where I could give suggestions. So, I got a lot of chances as it was all still within the industry and within the gambit of films,” he continued.
He further expressed gratitude to Aamir and Kiran for letting him learn and grow despite having no film connection. He stated, “It was a great vantage point, and an entry into how a producer of his level functions… Managing him was like a full lottery ticket,”
Advait Chandan is looking forward to see his hard work come alive with Secret Superstar. The film is slated to release on Ovtober 19, 2017. The film will feature Dangal girl Zaira Wasim alongside Aamir Khan. Secret Superstar is the story of a girl who dreams on and works towards making her dream of becoming a singer come true.