On Aamir’s deal with Vidhu, an insider informed us, “Aamir took his time in agreeing to the project. He will charge Rs 5 crore as his fee, plus 40 per cent of the film’s total profit. Vishu has agreed to Aamir’s terms” further says “Aamir has had a stable career graph for years and has churned out hits consistently. Most all his films fare very well at the box-office. After Taare Zameen Par, it is clear that he understands cinema. So, he deserves it.”
Aamir has liked the story of Idiot and the sources adds, “The film takes a dig at our education system. It revolves around a group of students who are considered idiots on the campus. But they go on to achieve something big, surprising everyone. Aamir always likes new and off-beat ideas. The script of Idiot is almost ready but Aamir has told Vidhu that the script should be ready in all respects. Aamir will start on Idiot as soon as Ghajini is over.”
Idiot is based on Chetan Bhagat’s book Five Point Someone, will be directed by Rajkumar Hirani (of Munnabhai fame) starring Kareena Kapoor.
Interestingly, Aamir and Kareena were not the first choice for the leads. Earlier, Rajkumar had approached Shah Rukh Khan for the lead role. In fact, he had offered him both the Munnabhai films as well but it did not work out. Shah Rukh liked Hirani’s new script and was trying to work his dates before things went wrong. According to grapevine, Shah Rukh was upset and opted out of Idiot because Vidhu shot him a nasty letter accusing him of trying to ‘steal his director’ (Rajkumar Hirani) for his own production house (Red Chillies Entertainment).
As for Kareena’s role, Rajkumar had first spoken to Kajol. In an interview Kajol said, “I didn’t think that I was right choice for the role in Idiot. I love Hirani as a director and have told him to come up with another role for me.”