'Dhoom 3' has been the talk of B-town for more than two years and Aamir has been undergone rigorous training for the role. Preparing for Sahir surely wasn't easy and Aamir talks about stunts, dance and all the difficulties he underwent to get his character perfect along with being associated to a Bollywood film which is the first to release in an IMAX format.
You required a lot of physical strength to pull off a role like the one in 'Dhoom 3'. How did you train for it?
The physical part was very tough for me. Before this, I had to train for 'Ghajini' too but it was different. That required a heavy body and brute strength, ek dafa kisi ko maarta hai toh woh uttha nahi hai... kinds. I had to be like a tank. Here, I had to be a gymnast. I had to have a lean body and flexibility. I came down to 9% body fat. So I had to have an extremely strict workout schedule and had to complete a minimum of 8 hour sleep.
You have done a lot of stunts in the film. How much of VFX is involved in them?
I do not understand these technical terms. The only thing I know is that we have tried to enhance the stunts by using all the feasible means. Some of them are real and some are done with cables while some of them are done digitally.
Have you had any inhibitions doing action films of late?
No. I have never had any problem in doing action roles. The only thing is that people should not ape us in anyway. To all the youth, I would like to say please do not try doing bike stunts by getting inspired from 'Dhoom 3'. We take expert opinion, safety measures and undertake a lot of physical training! Also the Chicago police had provided a lot of security and had blocked the roads during the shoot only for us. Lot of emphasis was given on safety. Youngsters please don't try to imitate the stunts.
About the most expensive song 'Malang' …
We were about 40 feet high in the song 'Malang'! We had hired special artists for this! Katrina had suffered a lot of bruises on her legs during the shoot but luckily nothing major. It was a very tough task. We had to train with the circus artist