When it comes to listing out the stars who seek most perfection in their work, Aamir Khan tops the list for sure. A man of Principles, this Bollywood actor has experimented with many facets and has passed every hurdle in shining colours.
There are a few idioms which have percolated in our day to day living. Aamir Khan lives up to at least two of these- he surely is a ‘pocket sized dynamite’ and have portrayed himself as the ‘jack of all trades’ every since he stepped in through the gates of Bollywood. Although most of his inherent talents lay hidden in the earlier part of his career, Aamir has flourished off late in every realm possible, while making his mark among his equals. This superstar has been known as a hardworking perfectionist who chooses to make his ends meet with his sheer hard work and capabilities. The number of successes to his name proves this fact beyond the inkling of a doubt.
The fourteenth day of the third month sees Aamir celebrating his birthday every year. He was born to his parents in the year 1965 and has three siblings Farhat, Nikhat and Faisal. The family of the Khans was intricately associated with the world of film making. In fact, it was in his Uncle Nasir Hussain’s film Yaadon Ki Baaraat that he made his debut as a child actor in the year 1973. Eleven years later, Aamir Khan set off his career with Holi; however, people took notice only when he appeared with his co-star Juhi Chawla in Qayamat se Qayamat Tak. This Bollywood actor became a household favorite overnight, after he had successfully charmed the audience with his handsome looks and captivating screen presence, and went on to win the Filmfare award for the best debutant.
The non commercial film Raakh made the industry see this handsome young man in a different light altogether. Dil, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander and Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin in the 1990s were instant successes and all these mainstream films made one see the romantic side of Aamir Khan. This actor chose his films meticulously and as a result most of them were blockbuster hits. Other movies in this decade were Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ki with Juhi Chawla, the multi starrer- Andaz Apna Apna- a hilarious comedy, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Rangeela, Raja Hindustani, Ghulam, Sarfarosh and Earth 1947. The different shades of his character were splashed on the big screen, laid out for everyone to see. All these films were commercial blockbusters and chart toppers, spelling success for the superstar.
While the audiences thought that this was the best they could expect from Aamir Khan, the actor had other plans. His best movies were yet to come. And so, when Lagaan hit the halls in the year 2001, people didn’t know what more to expect. This film was nominated for the Oscars in the category containing best films in a foreign language. Films like Dil Chahta Hai, Rang De Basanti, Taare Zameen Par (with which he ventured into direction), Ghajini (which broke all commercial records in the Hindi film industry), 3 Idiots, and Dhobi Ghat has always had a message to portray and are deemed the vesy best in his career.
Enthralling audiences has been a part and parcel of Aamir’s films. Whether it is the villager Bhuvan rebelling against the injustice of the British, or the urbanized Akash Malhotra questing for a better understanding of the reality of existence, this actor has moved audiences and never failed their expectations. Other memorable portrayals include the laid back Daljit Singh aka DJ who gives up his life for the sake of nationalism, the smitten terrorist Rehan Quadri, the life-changing art teacher Ram Shankar Nikumbh who helps a shunned dyslexic gain his lost jest for living, the engineering student- turned- scientist Rancho who teaches everyone the true value of living, and the painter Arun who has found his muse among a few video recordings.
Even though stars have strived to keep their personal lives away from the media, there have always been leaks and these have given rise to controversies. Aamir Khan, with all his efforts to shy away has deemed it impossible to do so at all times. His personal life is a half open book- one knows only the rudimentary details. He married his childhood sweetheart at the age of 21 without the consent of his family and they have two children- Junaid and Ira. After fifteen long years the actor and his wife Reena Khan filed for a divorce after which Khan married Kiran Rao. Together, they have produced a handful of films which have been successful.
A man of strict principles, Aamir Khan has kept away from attending Indian film awards as he believes that they lack credibility. His current agenda includes propagating his nephew Imran Khan into films. This newfound Khan who was launched in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na by his uncle has seen instant success and has followed Aamir’s footsteps ever since. Delhi Belly is a yet to be released project which sees Nephew Khan in a lead role. The Bollywood actor himself is about to feature in an untitled project starring Rani Mukherjee and Kareena Kapoor.
Aamir has excelled in every field that he has forayed into- be it acting, directing, and producing- the actor has left an indelible mark on the mindscape of the audiences. The people have attuned themselves over the years into believing that all films which have him as a part is bound to be a treat for sore eyes. And what has confirmed this belief is the firm proof that he has provided for everyone all along. This talented actor has many shades to his personality. His co stars have found him hardworking and he is a branded workaholic. His meticulous choosiness over the type of films he acts in or produces has set him a class apart from all others of his type. It will not be an overstatement if one was to say that only an Aamir Khan can overshadow himself. The industry has to traverse a long way in order to achieve a talent in the like of this Bollywood actor. An enigma in himself, Aamir is sure to continue with his league of ‘unparalled’ cinema in the years to come.