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Aamir Khan

Aamir Hussain Khan born on 14 March, 1965 is an Indian film actor, director and producer who has established himself as one of the leading actors of Hindi cinema.

Starting his career as a child actor in his uncle Nasir Hussain's film Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), Khan began his professional career eleven years later with Holi (1984) and had his first commercial success with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988).

He received his first National Film Award (Special Jury Award) for his roles in the films Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) and Raakh (1989). After eight earlier nominations for the period of the 1980's and 1990's, Khan received his first Film fare Award for Best Actor for his performance in the major grosser Raja Hindustani (1996) and later earned his second Best Actor award for his performance in the Academy Award-nominated Lagaan, which also marked the debut of his own production company.

Date Of Birth : March 14, 1965
Place Of Birth: Mumbai, India
Zodiac Sign: Pisces

Following a four-year break from acting, Khan made his comeback playing the title role in the historical Mangal Pandey. Aamir Khan later won a Film fare Critics Award for Best Actor for his role in Rang De Basanti (2006).

The following year, he made his directorial first appearance with Taare Zameen Par, for which he received a Film fare Award for Best Director. This was followed by Ghajini (2008), which became the highest grossing film of that year, and 3 Idiots (2009), which became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all-time, unadjusted for inflation. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 2003 and the Padma Bhushan in 2010 for his contributions towards the arts.

  • Khan was born in Bandra's Holy Family Hospital, Mumbai, India, to a Muslim family that has been actively involved in the Indian motion picture industry for several decades.

  • His father, Tahir Hussain, was a film producer while his uncle, Nasir Hussain, was a film producer as well as a director and an actor.

  • His family on his father's side is originally from Herat, Afghanistan.

  • He is an inheritor of the researcher and politician Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and a second cousin to former Chairperson of Rajya Sabha Dr Najma Heptullah.

Raja Hindusthani

Aamir Khan continued to act in just one or two films a year, an unusual trait for a mainstream Hindi cinema actor. His only release in 1996 was the Dharmesh Darshan intended for commercial blockbuster Raja Hindustani in which he was paired with conflicting Karisma Kapoor.

Best Actor Award

The film received him his first Film fare Best Actor Award, after seven previous nominations, and went on to become the biggest hit of the year, as well as the third highest grossing Indian film of the 1990's. Khan's career had appeared to hit a highland at this point of time, and most of the films to follow for the next few years were only partially successful.


In 1997, he co-starred alongside Ajay Devgn, Kajol and Juhi Chawla in Ishq, which performed well at the box office. The following year, Khan appeared in the moderately successful Ghulam, for which he also did playback singing. John Mathew Matthan's Sarfarosh (1999), Khan's first release in 1999, was also moderately successful, gaining an above average box office verdict.


The film was highly appreciated amongst the critics and Khan's role as a dedicated, honest and uncorrupted cop engaged in fighting border terrorism, was well received, as was his role in Deepa Mehta's art house film Earth. His first release for the new millennium, Mela, in which he acted alongside his real-life brother Faisal Khan, was both a box-office hit and critical bomb.


In 2001 he appeared in Lagaan. The film was a chief critical and profit-making success, and established a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the 74th Academy Awards. Additionally, the film congregated critical acclaim at several worldwide film festivals, in addition to winning numerous Indian awards, including the National Film Awards. Khan himself won his second Film fare Best Actor Award.

Dil Chahta Hai

The film continues to be one of the most popular Hindi films in the west. The success of Lagaan was trailed by Dil Chahta Hai later that year, in which Khan co-starred with Akshaye Khanna and Saif Ali Khan, with Preity Zinta playing his love interest. The film was written and directed by the beginner Farhan Akhtar.

First War of Indian Independence

According to reviewers, the film broke new grounds by showing Indian urban youth as they really are at present. The characters portrayed were recent, charming and multi-ethnic. The film did reasonably well and was a winner generally in urban cities. Khan then took a four year break citing own problems, and revisited in 2005 with Ketan Mehta's "Mangal Pandey: The Rising" playing the title role of a real-life sepoy and a martyr who helped spark the Indian Rebellion of 1857 or the 'First War of Indian Independence'.

Rang De Basanti

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's cherished Rang De Basanti was Khan's first energizing performance in 2006. His role was perilously applauded, earning him a Film fare Critics Award for Best Actor and various nominations for Best Actor. The film went on to become one of the highest grossing films of the year, and was selected as India's official entry to the Oscars. Although the film was not shortlisted as a nominee for the Oscar, it received a nomination for Best Foreign Film at the BAFTA Awards in England.


Khan's work in his next movie, Fanaa (2006) co-starred with Kajol was also appreciated, and the film went on to become one of the highest grossing Indian films of 2006.

Taare zameen par

In 2007, Taare Zameen Par was also produced by him and marked his directorial debut. The film, which was the second offering from Aamir Khan Productions, starred Khan in a supporting role as a teacher who befriends and helps a dyslexic child. It opened excellent responses from critics and viewers alike. Khan's performance was well-received, although he was predominantly highly praised for his directing.


In 2008, Khan emerged in the movie Ghajini. The film was a chief profitable success and became the highest grossing Bollywood movie of that year. For his performance in the film, Khan acknowledged numerous Best Actor nominations at different award ceremonies as well as his fifteenth Film fare Best Actor nomination.

3 Idiots

In 2009, Khan emerged in the commercially and decisively acclaimed film 3 Idiots as Ranchodas Chanchad which became Bollywood's highest grossing film and won multiple Film fare Awards including Best Picture. Around August, 2011, Khan started talks with Siddhartha Basu's BIG Synergy, to host a talk show, similar to the Oprah Winfrey show.

  • In 2001 Khan set up a production group known as Aamir Khan Productions. Its first film was Lagaan. The movie was released in 2001, starring Khan as the lead actor. The film was elected as India's official doorway to the 74th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. It was ultimately preferred and elected in that sort but lost to No Man's Land.

  • The film won numerous awards at several Indian award functions such as Film fare and IIFA, and won the National Film Award for Most Popular Film, an award shared between Khan and the film's director, Ashutosh Gowariker.

  • Khan later commented on the loss of Lagaan at the Oscars: "Certainly we were disappointed. But the thing that really kept us in our spirits was that the entire country was behind us".

  • In 2007 he created the drama Taare Zameen Par which marked his directorial debut. Khan also played a supporting job in the film, sharing the screen with the unveiling of child actor Darsheel Safary.

  • The film was primarily conceived of and developed by the husband and wife team, Amole Gupte and Deepa Bhatia. It was a story of a young child who suffers in school until a teacher identifies him as dyslexic.

  • The movie was critically acclaimed, as well as a box office success. Taare Zameen Par won the 2008 Film fare best Movie Award as well as a number of other Film fare and Star Screen Awards. Khan's work won him two awards at the Film fare, the Best Movie and the Best Director awards, which established his status as a competent filmmaker in Bollywood.

  • In 2008, Khan launched his nephew Imran Khan's debut in the film Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na under his production house. The film was a big hit in India, and finally earned Khan another nomination for Best Movie at the Film fare.

  • In 2011, Khan discharged his home production Dhobi Ghat which was aimed at by his wife Kiran Rao.

  • Aamir made his debut in TV with his social issues based show Satyamev Jayte which was aired from June 2012. After becoming the voice of the nation with his TV show, Satyamev Jayate he has started addressing social issues and making a difference to the society.

  • Khan wedded Reena Dutta, who had a diminutive part in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, on 18 April 1986. They have two children, a son named Junaid and a daughter, Ira. Reena was mixed up briefly in Khan's career when she worked as a producer for Lagaan. In December 2002, Khan cased for divorce, finishing the 15-year marriage. Reena took custody of both children. On 28 December 2005, Khan married Kiran Rao who had been an assistant director to Ashutosh Gowariker during the filming of Lagaan. On 5 December 2011, Khan and his wife Kiran Rao announced the birth of their son, Azad Rao Khan, through a surrogate mother. Khan is a follower of spiritual leader J. P. Vaswani.

  • In 2007, Khan lost a custody battle for his younger brother Faisal to their father, Tahir Hussain. His father passed away on 2 February, 2010. In an interview, Khan states that he tends to take an independent approach to the world of filmmaking, noting that he does not "do different things; I try to do it in a different manner. I think every person should follow his/her dream and try and make it possible to create an ability to achieve it backed by its practicality." He has also indicated that he is more interested in the process of filmmaking than in the end result: "For me, the process is more important, more joyful. I would like to have my entire concentration on the process right from the first step."