Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao hosted dinner for No Man’s Land director Danis Tanovic while in Berlin.
Incidentally, Tanovic’s film was pitted against Khan’s Lagaan in the Foreign Language category of the Oscar’s in 2002. The two former competitors met at the Berlin Film Festival after missing out on the opportunity earlier.
A source reveals, “Danis had watched Lagaan and was quite impressed with Aamir. He had even requested his agents back in 2002 to get in touch with the actor. But since Khan had left for India, they couldn’t meet.”
This time, however, things were different.
At the Berlinale, AK was a jury member while Tanovic was part of a panel discussion on ‘filming war’. When the director heard Aamir was in the German capital, he sought him out.
Says a source, “He found out the room the Indian actor-producer-director was in and just went and knocked on his door.
To his surprise, Khan remembered him. He was touched to know that Danis had wanted to meet him since then.” Their meeting lasted over an hour and Kiran insisted he join them for dinner.
On top of the world
Kiran was taken aback when Danis told her he wanted to see Dhobi Ghat.
“She didn’t think a Bosnian filmmaker would have heard about her debut film. She was obviously thrilled and kept telling everyone how the filmmaker’s interest in her film made her feel on top of the world. ”
Recluse that he is, “Aamir mostly stayed in his room through out the Film Festival.
He avoided the gala dinners and parties thrown by various studios. Instead he spent a lot of time reading some interesting scripts and literature on new world cinema.” reveals our source.
When contacted Aamir confirms he met up with Danis, “He is just an amazing, down-to-earth guy. Kiran and I hosted him for dinner.”
Who is Danis Tanovic?
Danis Tanovic is a Bosnian film director and screenwriter. He is best known for having directed and written the script for the 2001 Bosnian movie No Man’s Land, which won an Academy Award.
He was a member of the jury at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. His 2010 film Cirkus Columbia was selected as the Bosnian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards, but it didn’t make the final shortlist..