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Aamir Khan (left) stars in the wrestling film “Dangal,” while Salman Khan (right) stars in “Sultan.” (Aamir Khan/Facebook photo; Sultan/Facebook photo)

LUDHIANA — They are both starring in wrestling films that will release this year. Despite the competition, superstars Aamir Khan and Salman Khan maintain a jovial friendship.

Aamir Khan has said that he and his wife, Kiran Rao, are the biggest admirers of the “Dabangg” star.      

“My wife and I have always been Salman’s fans. He has always had a very fit body, and in fact he has been the inspiration for actors like me to have a body like him,” Aamir Khan told reporters here.      

“I have just tried to be like him in ‘Dangal,’ but I don’t feel my body is as good as him. He is the original body builder,” the actor said.

Earlier, Rao had praised Khan’s ‘langot’ clad look in “Sultan.”    

Quizzed about that, Aamir Khan jokingly said, “Where was I?” The actor later added, “Salman is anyway a handsome actor. He looks more handsome when he is without clothes... He is a gifted human being and very charming.”

Asked whether he is affected by the fact that both “Dangal” and “Sultan” have a similar backdrop of wrestling, Aamir Khan said, “It’s just a coincidence. Both the films have different stories. Our film is a biopic. Even Salman’s film is nice. I liked the recently released song by Salman.”

The “PK” star also denied reports that he had asked Salman Khan and Aditya Chopra (producer of Sultan) to delete a wrestling sequence from the film.      

“Neither of us have made any changes in the script, nor have we asked others to do any. There are very few strokes in wrestling, and it is inevitable to have different strokes,” he said.  

There are reports that Phantom Films is planning a sequel to filmmaker Rajkumar Santoshi’s 1994 comedy “Andaz Apna Apna.”      

Aamir Khan said though he did not have any idea about a proposed sequel, if it happens, he would love to star with Salman Khan in it.      

“I don’t have any idea whether the ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ sequel is happening or not and whether the makers are retaining the old cast. But if it is happening, then I would love to work with Salman again.” 

In addition, Aamir Khan has stated that his upcoming biopic “Dangal” will release on its scheduled date of Dec. 23 this year. There were reports that the 51-year-old actor had preponed the release of the Nitesh Tiwari-directed wrestling drama by a week.      

“We are coming out on Christmas weekend. All the reports regarding the release date of the film are false. We are not releasing our film on Dec. 16. It will release on Dec. 23, which is a Friday just two days before Christmas,” he told reporters here.      

Aamir Khan is donning the role of popular Haryanvi wrestler and senior Olympics coach Mahavir Phogat, whose daughter became the first-ever woman wrestler from India to win a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games.      

The actor feels the film will give a platform to the sport of wrestling.     

“I believe the film will promote wrestling. I learnt wrestling in the film from coach Kripa Shankar for a year. He is a wonderful coach and has put in a tremendous effort in popularizing the game.”      

In his popular social-issue based show “Satyamev Jayate,” Aamir Khan featured the Phogat sisters — Geeta and Babita — in an episode, and the actor said that he got the offer to be a part of the film on them after the show.      

“I got the film offer during 'PK.' When Nitesh approached me with the film, I already knew the story, as I had done extensive research during the shooting of the episode.”      

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