Aamir Khan is a Hindi film actor, director, producer and television personality who first appeared in his uncle, Nasir Hussain’s film ‘Yaadon Ki Baaraat’ as a child artist in 1973. He then went on to debut with the 1988 tragic romance cult film ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’. Since then, Aamir has acted in several blockbusters like 'Dil', 'Raja Hindustani', 'Rang De Basanti', 'Ghajini', '3 Idiots', 'Dhoom 3', 'PK' and 'Dangal,' and is considered as one of the finest actors in Bollywood. Aamir Khan is also a father that is constantly seen in pictures with his kids.
Aamir Khan Early Life
Mohammad Aamir Hussain Khan was born in a conservative Muslim family on 14 March 1965 in Mumbai to Tahir Hussain and Zeenat Hussain. He acquired the passion for the silver screen from his family where several of his relatives were members of the Hindi film industry, including his father, a film producer and director and late paternal uncle, producer-director Nasir Hussain. He is also related to the Indian philosopher and freedom fighter Abul Kalam Azad through his grandmother.
The enthusiasm for films was rooted in Aamir at an early age itself. As a child actor, he appeared on screen in two minor roles which included the Nasir Hussain directed musical film ‘Yaadon Ki Baaraat’ (1973) at the tender age of eight. The following year, he portrayed the younger version of Mahendra Sandhu's character in his father's production ‘Madhosh’. But consecutive unsuccessful film productions by his father led to financial problems, which made Aamir’s childhood tough.
Aamir’s parents wanted him to pursue his studies and become a doctor or engineer but as fate would have it he dropped out of twelfth grade to join a theater group called ‘Avantar’. As a theater artiste, he performed for more than a year after which he decided to quit theater and join his uncle Nasir Hussain as an assistant director for films like ‘Manzil Manzil’ (1985) and ‘Zabardast’ (1985).
Aamir Khan Family
Aamir Khan Family Father Mother Wife Son Nephew Son Daughter Sister Sister Brother
Aamir’s father, producer-director Tahir Hussain died in 2010. His mother Zeenat Hussain and stepmother Shahnaz Hussain continue to stay with him. He is the eldest of the four siblings followed by actor brother Faisal Khan, younger sisters Farhat Khan and Nikhat Khan who are married. His uncle was famous producer-director Nasir Hussain who passed away in 2002. His nephew is Imran Khan who is an actor and cousin’s director Mansoor Khan and actor Tariq Khan.
Aamir Khan’s marriage
Aamir Khan happens to feature in the list of Bollywood actor’s who married more than once. His first marriage was with his childhood sweetheart Reena Dutta in April 1986. Reena had a small part in ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ which released in 1988. They have two children, a son named Junaid and a daughter, Ira Khan. Reena was involved briefly in Aamir's career when she worked as a producer for ‘Lagaan’. But their marriage ended after 15 years in December 2002 when Aamir filed for divorce and Reena took custody of both children.
Aamir Khan’s second marriage was with Kiran Rao, who was an assistant director to Ashutosh Gowariker during the filming of ‘Lagaan,’ on 28 December 2005. They have a son together, Azad Rao Khan, who was born through surrogacy.
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Aamir Khan Career
At the age of sixteen, Aamir Khan was involved in a silent film ‘Paranoia’ directed by his school friend Aditya Bhattacharya. The experience of acting and assisting on it encouraged him to pursue a career in films, a decision which was not welcomed by his family.
Before assisting his uncle as an assistant director, he acted in documentaries directed by the students of FTII, Pune, which was noted by Ketan Mehta, who offered him a role in his movie ‘Holi’. As a lead Aamir Khan’s first movie was ‘Holi’. Although ‘Holi’ failed to garner critical and commercial success, Mansoor Khan, his uncle Nasir Hussain’s son, signed him on to play the leading man in his directorial debut ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ (1988) alongside Juhi Chawla. The movie proved to be a major commercial success, catapulting him and Juhi to stardom. The film has since then attained cult status in Indian cinema.
1990 - 2000
After delivering not so successful films post ‘QSQT,’ the 90’s saw the emergence of a new Aamir on screen. He delivered some of the decade’s most successful films like ‘Dil’ (1990), ‘Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin’ (1991), ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’ (1992), ‘Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke’ (1993), and ‘Rangeela’ (1995). He established an unusual trait for a successful Bollywood actor by acting in just one or two films per year.
The commercial blockbuster ‘Raja Hindustani’ along with the then reigning actress Karisma Kapoor was his only release in 1996. The following years saw him delivering some more big box-office hits like ‘Ishq,’ ‘Ghulam,’ (for which he also did playback singing for the song ‘Aati Kya Khandala’) and ‘Sarfarosh’ in 1999. His performance in Deepa Mehta’s film ‘Earth’ found high appreciation among critics, but his ‘Mann’ (1999) and ‘Mela’ (2000) met with moderate box-office successes.
2001 - 2010
In 2001, Aamir produced and acted in ‘Lagaan’, which garnered much commercial and critical success. The movie itself received a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the 74th Academy Awards. His success streak continued in the same year with Farhan Akhtar’s directorial debut ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ which saw him pair-up with Preity Zinta. The following year saw his divorce from wife Reena Dutta which resulted in him taking a four-year break from acting in Bollywood.
Ketan Mehta's ‘Mangal Pandey: The Rising’ in 2005 was Aamir’s comeback film, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. This year also saw him getting married for the second time to Kiran Rao whom he met during the making of ‘Lagaan.’ In 2006, he acted in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's award-winning ‘Rang De Basanti’, which brought critical acclaim for both the movie and the actor. Although the film was not shortlisted as a nominee for the Oscars, it received a nomination for Best Film Not in the English Language at the BAFTA Awards in the UK. In movies, he performed in the following year’s reaped gold both commercially and critically. Some of the notable movies were ‘Fanaa’ (2006), ‘Taare Zameen Par’ (2007) which marked his directorial debut, ‘Ghajini’ (2008) which became the first Indian film to make it to the 100-Cr club and ‘3 Idiots’ (2009).
2011 – Present
The year 2011 saw Aamir produce two films under his banner namely, ‘Dhobi Ghat’ which marked the directorial debut of his second wife Kiran Rao and ‘Delhi Belly,’ an adult comedy starring his nephew Imran Khan. The following years saw Aamir bounce back with big hits like ‘Talaash: The Answer Lies Within’ (2012), ‘Dhoom 3’ (2013) and ‘PK’ (2014).
In 2016, Aamir produced and acted in the sports biopic ‘Dangal’ directed by Nitesh Tiwari. The biopic was based on the real life story of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat who had trained his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari in the sport of wrestling who went on to win Gold for India in the 2010 CommonWealth Games held in New Delhi. ‘Dangal’ broke all the then existing box-office records and emerged as Aamir’s highest grosser of all times. The film went on to do exceptional business not only at home but in China market and Hong Kong market as well.
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Aamir Khan’s upcoming movies
Aamir Khan will next be seen in the action thriller ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ co-starring Amitabh Bachchan, Fatima Shaikh and Katrina Kaif. The film is produced by the Yash Raj Films banner and is directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya.
Aamir Khan’s Cameos and Special Appearances
Aamir Khan has appeared in a few cameos and special appearances in films. Some of his notable films were – ‘Pehla Nasha’ (1993), ‘Damini’ (1993), ‘Luck By Chance’ (2009), ‘Delhi Belly’ (2011), etc.
Aamir Khan as producer
Aamir Khan set up his own production company, ‘Aamir Khan Productions’ in 2001 with ‘Lagaan.’. His ‘Lagaan’ was selected as India’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category to the 74th Academy Awards. Though it failed to win an Oscar it won several Indian awards like Filmfare, IIFA and National Film Award for Most Popular Film. This was followed by ‘Madness in the Desert’; a documentary on the making of ‘Lagaan’ was also released. Since then Aamir’s production house has produced ‘Taare Zameen Par’, ‘Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na’, ‘Peepli Live’, ‘Dhobi Ghat’, ‘Delhi Belly’, ‘Talaash’, ‘Dangal’ and ‘Secret Superstar’.
Aamir Khan as director
Aamir turned director with ‘Taare Zameen Par’ in 2007 which narrated the story of an 8-year-old child suffering from dyslexia. The film went on to garner critical acclaim as well as commercial success at the box-office. It also helped Aamir bag that year’s Filmfare trophy for Best Director.
Aamir Khan as writer
Not many know that Aamir Khan was credited as assistant screenplay writer for ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ in 1988 and later was also credited as screenplay writer for his father’s home production ‘Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke’ (1993) which was directed by Mahesh Bhatt.
Aamir Khan as playback singer
Aamir Khan has also tried his hand at playback singing. He has lent his voice for a few songs in his films like ‘Aati Kya Khandala’ in ‘Ghulam’, ‘Bum Bum Bole’ in ‘Taare Zameen Par’ and ‘Dhaakad’ from ‘Dangal’.
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Aamir Khan Awards
Aamir Khan has made it clear that he is one of the stars that do not believe in award functions. But given his impressive list of films, his movies win a lot of awards despite the actor not being present at the event.
Year Category Film Award Name 1989 Best Male Debut Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak Filmfare 1997 Best Actor Male Raja Hindustani Filmfare 2001 Best Film Lagaan National Award 2002 Best Actor Lagaan Filmfare 2002 Best Actor Lagaan IIFA 2002 Best FIlm Lagaan Filmfare 2004 Best Adventure/Exploration Film Madness in the Desert National Award 2007 Critics Award Rang De Basanti Filmfare 2008 Best Film Taare Zameen Par Filmfare 2008 Best Director Taare Zameen Par Filmfare 2008 Best Film on Family Welfare Taare Zameen Par Filmfare 2017 Best Actor Male Dangal Filmfare
Aamir Khan Honors
With a penchant for perfection and professionalism, Aamir Khan is one of the very few method actors who has elevated acting into a whole new. Actor, Director, Producer, Philanthropist – no matter what title Aamir Khan holds, he earns them with hard work, finesse, and passion.
Other than receiving the Raj Kapoor Smriti Vishesh Gaurav Puraskar by the government of Maharashtra in the year 2009 for outstanding performance in the Hindi film Industry, Aamir Khan has been given some National and International honors as well. These are the honors that the actor has received:
- In 2003, he was awarded the Padmashree, the fourth highest honor that a civilian can get in India
- He was named the Man of the year by Bombay Times in 2001
- He was given the Indian of the Year in Cinema Award by NDTV in the year 2009
- In 2009, he was named the Indian of the Year in Entertainment by CNN-IBN
- In 2010, he was awarded the Padmabhushan
- He was a member of the jury at the Locarno Film Festival in 2002
- In 2013, he was given an honorary doctorate by the Maulana Azad National Urdu University
- He was in the list of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the year 2013
Aamir Khan Favourites
Aamir Khan Favourites Food Mughlai & Baked Chicken (Now adopted Vegan lifestyle) Clothes Jeans and T-shirt Color Black Sports Tennis, Cricket, Chess Music Director Actor Movie Pyaasa (1957) Vehicle Mercedes Benz 600, Bentley Continental, Rolls Royce Ghost Phantom, Land Rover Range Rover SUV, BMW 6 Series Song Oh Re Taal Mile Nadi Ke Jal Mein (Anokhi Raat - 1968) Music Old Hindi Classics Book The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America, A Confederacy Of Dunces, Books by Eoin Colfer, Alfred Hitchcock series Author Leo Tolstoy, Bill Bryson, Eoin Colfer Holiday Spot Kashmir, Mahabaleshwar, Panchagni, Goa and Paris
Aamir Khan Television
Though Aamir Khan has appeared in quite a few commercials on TV, he made his official television debut on his talk show, ‘Satyamev Jayate’, which started airing on 6 May 2012. He was paid Rs. 30 million rupees per episode making him the highest paid host in Indian television industry. In October 2013, he also appeared as a guest celebrity contestant in the game show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ for the promotion of his film ‘Dhoom 3’.
Aamir Khan Education
Aamir Khan attended J.B. Petit School for his pre-primary education. He later switched to St. Anne's High School, Bandra till the eighth grade, and completed his ninth and tenth grade at the Bombay Scottish School, Mahim, Mumbai. He played tennis in state-level championships, and has professed to be "much more into sports than studies". He completed his twelfth grade from Mumbai's Narsee Monjee College after which he discontinued studies to focus on his film carrier.
Aamir Khan Endorsements
Aamir Khan is very selective about the brands and products he endorses and is one of the few Bollywood celebrities that refused endorsements on moral grounds. He has endorsed brands including Coca-Cola, Godrej, Titan Watches, Tata Sky, Toyota Innova, Samsung, Monaco Biscuits and Snapdeal.
Aamir Khan Trivia & Facts
Not many know about Mr. Perfectionist’s favorites and preferences. When others pack their bags for vacation spots outside the country, he makes a statement to exploit many beautiful locations in India first. He also loves to help his friends a lot. Khan sides with having homemade food over restaurant food at any time. Here are some of the lesser known likes of the actor.
- Aamir Khan used to be a chain smoker, smoking up to 40 cigarettes per day
- He was on the verge of getting expelled from school due to financial crunches
- He was a State level tennis champion for Maharashtra
- He rarely takes bath as he is not fond of it
- He has adopted Vegan lifestyle inspired by his wife Kiran Rao
- He has a reputation for avoiding award ceremonies and not accepting any popular Indian film awards
- He loves playing Chess, Tennis, and Cricket
- He is the only Indian actor to decline the offer to be immortalized at Madame Tussauds, a popular wax-museum in the UK
- He can solve the Rubik’s Cube in less than 02 minutes
- He has been a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s stories
- He belongs to a Family of Freedom Fighters and also he is a descendant of Dr. Zakir Hussain, the former President of India
- He did not give an interview to any Hindi magazine including Filmfare, Stardust, Cineblitz etc for close to 10 years
- He almost rejected Ashutosh Gowariker’s Oscar-nominated ‘Lagaan’ after 6 drafts of the film were narrated, he didn’t like any. He liked the 7th draft so much, that he decided to produce the film himself
- Unlike several other actors, he never agrees to do a film without a bound script – irrespective of the director or production house
- He started the ‘one-movie-at-a-time’ trend in Bollywood, when most actors were shooting for 2 or more films simultaneously
- The actor did not bathe for several days to get into the skin of his character in ‘Ghulam’
- To enact the drunkard scene in ‘Raja Hindustani’, he consumed alcohol for real
- He hired a tutor to aid him in acquiring Punjabi accent for his character in ‘Rang De Basanti’
- He has appeared in 4 of the 10 all-time biggest hits, namely – ‘Dangal’, ‘PK’, ‘Dhoom 3’ and ‘3 Idiots’
- He went through heavy-weight transformation to play Mahavir Phogat in ‘Dangal’
- He actually got his ears and nose pierced for ‘Lagaan’ and ‘Thugs of Hindostan’
- He was the first choice to play Shahrukh Khan’s character in Yash Chopra’s ‘Darr’
- Was credited as ‘Aamir Hussein’ in his first film ‘Holi’
- He is a big fan of the Star Wars saga
Aamir Khan Social Service
In addition to acting, Aamir Khan is a humanitarian and has participated and spoken out for various social causes. He is an Ambassador for UNICEF in South Asia. He has made contributions towards awareness on water conservation through his collaboration with the Maharashtra Government and his NGO Paani. The foundation started by Aamir and his wife Kiran Rao takes care of over 120 villages in the country. He was also involved in a campaign in Beed, where he told people about the importance of water resources during dry seasons.He is also part of the government-organized IEC campaign to raise awareness about malnutrition.
Aamir Khan Affairs
Though he has been paired with Bollywood’s almost all top heroines, he has also been linked to a few of his female co-stars beginning with Juhi Chawla, Rani Mukherji, and Preity Zinta. He was also linked to British Journalist, Jessica Hines with whom it was believed that he had a live-in relationship and subsequently a love child, but all these ended up as rumours after he got married to Kiran Rao.
Aamir Khan Controversies
Controversies are part of every star’s life and Aamir Khan has been no exception to it. The superstar doesn’t always court controversy, but when it does, being the perfectionist that he is, he makes sure that they make headlines of tabloids for quite some time.
- Aamir Khan’s statement that his dog is named as Shah Rukh landed him on the ugly side of controversies. Although the actor tried to clear his name by clarifying that the dog is the concierge of his house and not his, it brought him permanent hatred of Shah Rukh’s fans
- Reports of his illegitimate relationship with British Journalist, Jessica Hines made the headlines as soon as it surfaced. A magazine reported that the actor also has a child, Jaan, from this relationship. A picture of Aamir’s alleged son was also leaked soon after. None the less, Jessica decided to be a single mother to the child in London
- After a long, protracted battle, Aamir was publically humiliated and unfortunately hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons when he lost custody of his mentally unstable brother Faisal Khan to his father Tahir Hussain in 2007
- The infamous poster of ‘PK’ where Aamir holding a transistor to protect his modesty became a rage overnight. Though he was dragged into court over his bold act, the court refused to intervene in matters related to creativity in cinema
- Aamir’s free opinion about the condition of the Narmada Dam rehabilitation earned him and his movie ‘Fanaa’ nothing but severe backlash and a partial ban. The same ‘intolerance’ plagued him when he expressed his feelings around intolerance in India at an event in New Delhi hosted by the Indian Express newspaper
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