Happy Birthday, Aamir Khan: Mr. Perfectionist of Bollywood Aamir khan has turned 57 today. Yes, it’s hard to believe because he looks even less than 40. Let us look back into his life, the roots, and how going. Born on 14th March 1965 in Bombay, his father Tahir Hussain was a film producer and his mother Zeenat Hussain was a homemaker, his uncle was Nasir Hussain was a well-known producer-director.
So, Aamir was born into a family that had a good grip in the Hindi film industry. He is also related to the first education minister after independence Abul Kalam Azad through his grandmother. He has a brother named Faisal Khan and two sisters, Farhat and Nikhat Khan. Aamir entered Bollywood as a child actor, he appeared on screen at age 8 in Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973).
Aamir completed his class 10th at Bombay Scottish School, Mahim, and 12th at Narsee Monjee College. He also played tennis in state-level championships and became a state-level champion. He has admitted many times that he was “much more into sports than studies”. Aamir’s parents wanted him to pursue a career as an engineer or doctor and they never wanted him to enter into acting but fate has it all planned for Mr. Perfectionist.
At age 16, Aamir secretly was involved with Aditya Bhattacharya in making a 40-minute silent film, Paranoia alongside actors Neena Gupta and Victor Banerjee with Aamir in the lead role and this was the beginning of his interest in acting.
Khan then joined a theatre group called Avantar, and was involved in several Hindi as well as English plays. After getting done with high school, Aamir started working as an assistant director to Hussain on the Hindi films Manzil Manzil and Zabardast. Aamir was first noticed by director Ketan Mehta who invited him to work in an experimental film Holi. The New York Times quoted the film as “melodramatic” but “very decently and exuberantly performed by the nonprofessional actors.
Aamir Khan’s Debut
Aamir then made his official debut in films with a leading role in Mansoor khan’s directorial debut Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) opposite Juhi Chawla.
Aamir’s first taste of glory came in as the film was a commercial success, and skyrocketed both Khan and Chawla to stardom. It received seven Filmfare Awards including a Best Male Debut trophy for Khan. There was no looking back afterward as Khan went to get active in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and Raakh and he received several awards for these films. However, he tasted failure again when he reunited with Juhi Chawla for the film Love Love Love which was a big failure.
Series of Flop’s in Aamir’s Life
His next 5 films released in 1990 included Awwal Number, Tum Mere Ho, Deewana Mujh Sa Nahin, and Jawani Zindabad and they all were big failures. Then he came back in a successful column through Dil in which he acted alongside Madhuri Dixit. Dil highest-grossing Hindi film of the year at that time.
He then gave another hit with Dil hai ki manta nahi. In the 1990s, Khan was involved in acting as well as screenplay where he delivered Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke and Rangeela. These films had a very good response but then he was involved in Isi Ka Naam Zindagi and Daulat Ki Jung which were declared a flop. Khan was also involved in Yash Chopra’s multi-starer film “Parampara” which was also a failure.
In 1996, Khan earned his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the movie Raja Hindustani which was a blockbuster.
With adjusted inflation, Raja Hindustani is the fourth highest-grossing film in India since the 1990s. Khan joined the elite club afterward and gave semi-hits afterward, In 1997, he acted in Ishq, which did well at the box office.
Mr. Perfectionist Tag
In 1998, Khan acted in Ghulam which was moderately successful. Khan’s next noticeable work was Sarfarosh, for which he received huge appreciations and then he acted in an internationally acclaimed film Earth. In the 2000s he acted in Mela which received mixed reviews and then came the year of Lagaan which received the nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the 74th Academy Awards. It also received critical acclaim at several international film festivals, it received numerous awards including National Film Award. Aamir also won his second Filmfare Award for Best Actor.
He then acted in the superhit film Dil Chahta Hai that won the 2001 Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film. Khan then made a pause of 4 years to his career as he had a divorce with Reena Dutta. Khan’s comeback movie was in 2005 as the lead in Ketan Mehta’s Mangal Pandey: The Rising, which was also screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Mangal Pandey was India’s official entry into the Oscars. Next up was Fanna which was also a success.
2007 saw Aamir’s directorial debut with Taare Zameen Par. Khan received over 10 awards for this film for his acting as well as direction. And then year after year Khan produced blockbusters. In 2008, Ghajini, in 2009, 3 idiots which became a worldwide success and won awards and accolades from all around the world. Dhoom 3 in 2013, PK in 2014, and Dangal in 2016, all declared blockbusters. But then he became a superstar even outside India with the most popular in China and Japan, especially for 3 idiots.
In 2018, he acted alongside Amitabh Bachchan in the action-adventure film Thugs of Hindostan which received negative reviews from critics and was a flop. Khan will next be seen in Laal Singh Chadda which is inspired by Forrest Gump.
In his personal life front, in August 2021 Aamir and Kiran Rao decided to end their 16-year marriage and chose to do Co-parenting.