Withnail, Ignatius and I.   

Kiran and I saw what we thought was one of the funniest films we have seen in our lives. Its called Withnail And I. It is the most wacked out and bizarrely funny film I have ever seen.

Warning. I’m not sure I should recommend it though. I am not sure how many people will find this kind of humour appealing. I believe it wasn’t very successful at the box office when it released, so judging by that not many in the public liked it. But for those who want to experiment with very unusual humour in cinema, go for it.

Its a story about these 2 out of work actors and their mad, funny and tragic lives. Exceedingly well written, brilliantly performed and superbly executed. Its a huge cult success. Written and directed by Bruce Robinson. British.

Watching Withnail And I reminded me of one of my favourite books, A Confederacy Of Dunces, written by John Kennedy Toole. Again a piece of work that I find supremely funny and tragic. Absolutely brilliant. A must read, but again I don’t know how many of you will like it. Have read the book twice and plan to read it once every couple years.

The book was actually published after the death of the author and he did not live to see the huge success that it became. In fact the book would never have been published had it not been for Toole’s mother who found a carbon copy of the manuscript left in the house following Toole’s suicide in 1969 at the young age of 31. Toole’s mother took this manuscript to various publishers in attempt to get it published without any success until she took it to Walker Percy, an author, and literally forced him to read it. Percy explains in his foreword that he started the manuscript with great reservation but got sucked into the book and loved it. The book was published in 1980, 11 years after Toole’s death, and became a cult classic, and then later a mainstream success.

So much brilliance in this world. So inspiring.

What fun.

Posted by Aamir Khan at 04:49 AM
2809 Comments  Post Comment Aamir's Responses
9. kiranm
Posted on Sep,10,2009 at 05:10 AM
I am trying to connect to chat but the server takes for ever. I
don't think i will able be able to chat with

8. Pranjal_sj
Posted on Sep,10,2009 at 05:09 AM
Hi Aamir ,
I hve been your fan for ages now. Love
you dedication. I am from San Francisco Bay area. Any plan of
coming down to SF Bay area in near future. BTW I have already
added Withnail And I to my netflix DVD queue.

7. tapaspanda
Posted on Sep,10,2009 at 05:08 AM
Aamir, Thank you for the recommendation. I will see if I can get
my hand on the DVD. Please update us about your forthcoming
movies as well. We keep reading a lot about your role in Hanuman
and one movie that you are supposed to do with Anurag. Then one
movie with some foriegn director about a lunatic in Pakistan.
Please let us know as we are eagerly awaiting all you movies. -

6. himanshu
Posted on Sep,10,2009 at 05:05 AM
Please say a word for god sake..... m waiting for it yaar... and
yes I've a shayari (u could've used it in Fanaa):

Vade pe wo mere aitbar nahi karte...
Hum zikra mohabbat ka sare bazaar nahi karte...
Darta hai dil unki tanhayi se....
Aur wo samajhte hai ki hum unhe pyar nahi karte...

Wah wah... ;)

5. himanshu
Posted on Sep,10,2009 at 05:01 AM
A couple of days back I saw in a new channel that you might play
the role of Hanuman in a forthcoming film of hollywood called:
Ramayan. Is that true?
As far as holllywood goes.. May I know your favourite male and
female actors actors?

4. himanshu
Posted on Sep,10,2009 at 04:58 AM
Hi Aamir.. One more thing I wanted to share with you that I've
started a business of mine amd Its a Online shopping mall called
www.giftsacrossindia.com. Please wish me success with it.
I also own AamirKhan.co.in domain, which I'll be starting soon.
Please drop me a line If you could, since I am one of the biggest
fan of yours and truely b'live that you are one of the most
prolific film makers of all time.

3. himanshu
Posted on Sep,10,2009 at 04:54 AM
I will surely watch that movie in this week. Have u seen Twilight
or not? Go for it man.. I dont know whether you'll like the movie
or not.. But both Movie and the Book are too good. If you get
time then go through both.. Movie and the BOOK.

2. sathyasurfs
Posted on Sep,10,2009 at 04:53 AM
Hey AAmir,

Good post. I saw a sneak peak at ur latest Coke ad. I did not
like it that much. is that the final product. If not give it an
Aamir touch and make it better... :P

1. himanshu
Posted on Sep,10,2009 at 04:51 AM
Hi aamir.. Finally i've posted a first comment.

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