14 March 1965, Mumbai, India
Tom Hanks of India
5' 6" (1.68 m)
Known as The Perfectionist in Bollywood, Aamir Khan has worn many hats as that of an actor, producer, director, writer and singer too. Over the years having delivered massive blockbuster hits, he has established himself as one of the strong pillars of Hindi Cinema in the current generation. His first onscreen appearance, a rather blink and miss presences was in the 1973 movie Yaadon Ki Baaraat produced by his uncle Nassir Hussain. 9 years later he made an appearance in Ketan Mehta’s Holi with his friend and later director Ashutosh Gowariker. The same year he went on to become the state Tennin champion of Maharashtra. The day he turned 21 he proposed to his next door neighbor Reena Dutta. Owing to stiff opposition as he belonged to an orthodox Muslim family and she hailed from a hindu family, they eloped and secretly married.
His real taste of success came in 1988 with the release of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak which was a runaway boxoffice hit making him a superstar overnight. Aamir Khan pictures and videos were to be found in every girl’s personal collection. His second film Raakh wherein he played a complete opposite role from the chocolate boy character bagged him a National Film Award of Special Jury. After that he tasted a series of flop movies before making a comeback in Dil. His list of sterling performance includes Dil (1990), Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1990), Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), Andaz Apna Apna (1994), Bollywood Dreams (1995), Raja Hindustani (1996), Ishq (1997), Ghulam (1998) and Sarfarosh (1999), Dil Chahta Hai( 2001), Lagaan (2001), Mangal Panday (2005), Fanaa( 2006) and Rang De Basanti (2006). Majority of these films carried the hit trademarked Aamir Khan songs and music including ‘Aati kya Khandaala’ from Ghulam which he himself lend his voice and it became a cult hit.
Often referred as a method actor, his range of characterizations remains unparalleled and because of this diversity and his ability to portray different characters believably on screen, today he is regarded as not only one of the biggest Superstars but also one of the finest actors of Indian Cinema. For the movie Baazi, he spent five hours every morning for eight consecutive days to do the make-up for a woman’s get-up. He underwent intense physical training of 13 months to portray the eight pack look in Ghajini.
Aamir is said to be the actor who first started the trend of actor's working in one film at a time, when the others worked in four or five at the same time.
In 2001, he launched his production house Aamir Khan Productions and its first film Lagaan which won several Indian awards and was selected as India’s official entry to the 74th Academy Awards in Best foreign film category but lost out to No Man’s Land. Around same time he divorced his first wife in December 2001 and married Kiran Rao in December 2005.The year 2007 marked his directorial debut with Taare Zameen Par which along with immense critical acclaim was a huge box office success. Many of his films are considered as cult classics like Lagaan, Dil Chahta Hai, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, 3 Idiots and Andaz Apna Apna. In 2008 his first all out commercial action film Ghajini went on to become the highest grossing film of its time in Indian Cinema grossing a total of Rs.226 crores on the worldwide box office and the first film to cross 100 crores on the domestic Indian box office, making a total of Rs.115 crores. This record didn't last long though when his next release 3 Idiots went on to shatter not only the highest grosser record but many more. It made a total of Rs.202 crores domestically and Rs.400 crores on worldwide box.
He has championed many social causes like participating in demonstrations put up by the Narmada Bachao Andolan. Aamir also lent his support to Janlokpal Bill Movement led by Anna Hazare in August 2011. On 30 November 2011, Khan was appointed as national brand ambassador of UNICEF to promote child nutrition. He is part of the government organised IEC campaign to raise awareness about malnutrition. His television debut with social issue based talkshow Satyamev Jayate opened to positive reviews and feedback from eminent personalities such as social activists, media houses, doctors, film and television personalities. Every aspect of the issue was covered with great diligence.
Aamir chooses to work in one film at a time, when the others work in four or five at the same time. He is also known to shun popular film trade magazine awardss like Filmfare, Star Screen etc as he doesn't have trust in their credibility and transparency. He is also the recipient of the third highest civilian honour Padama Bhushan by the government of India.
Kiran Rao (28 December 2005 - present) 1 child
Reena Dutta ( 18 April 1986 - December 2002) (divorced) 2 children
One of the three Khans besides Salman Khan & Shahrukh Khan that ruled Bollywood in the 90s.
Refused the role of Rahul Mehra in Darr (1993) which made Shahrukh Khan an overnight success.
Known as perfectionist who insists on getting a finished script before committing to a film and also refuses to work on more than one film at a time. Has been a big fan of Alfred Hitchkock stories.
Visited Pakistan for fund raising of Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital on invitation by the cricketer Imran Khan.
Recipient of Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, highest Civil honours by Government of India.
Was the first Bollywood actor to cross the 100 crore mark with his 2008 film Ghajini, which became the highest grossing film of all time until his next release 3 Idiots.
His home production, Lagaan, in which he also starred in, was the third Indian film ever to be nominated for an Oscar. His salary is less for acting in certain movies because he becomes a stakeholder and shares a certain percentage of profits from the movie.
Aamir Khan made it to the cover pages for news magazine Time’s Asia edition in September 2012 issue titled "Khan's Quest" — "He is breaking the Bollywood mould by tackling India's social evils. Can an actor change a nation?