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The Greatest Indian Actor Aamir Khan


Aamir Khan
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Aamir Khan
Khan at a promotional event of Taare Zameen Par (2007).
Born
March 14, 1965 (1965-03-14) (age 44)Mumbai, Maharashtra , India
Occupation
Actor, Film Producer & Director, Writer
Years active
1973 - 1974, 1984, 1988 - 2001, 2005 - present
Spouse(s)
Kiran Rao (2005 - present)Reena Dutta (1987 - 2002)
Aamir Khan (pronounced [ɑːmɪr xɑːn];Urdu: عامر خان, born Aamir Hussain Khan on March 14, 1965) is an Indian film actor, director and producer. Khan worked in a number of commercially successful films and has established himself as one of the leading actors of Hindi cinema, delivering a number of acclaimed performances.[1][2] He is also the founder-owner of Aamir Khan Productions.
Appearing as a child actor in his uncle Nasir Hussain's film Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), Khan began his professional career eleven years later, with the film, Holi (1984). He received his first commercial success with his cousin Mansoor Khan's film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) and won a Filmfare Best Male Debut Award for his performance in the film. After seven previous nominations during the 1980s and 1990s, Khan received his first Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance in the major grosser Raja Hindustani (1996).[3]
In 2001, he made his debut as a film producer with the Academy Award-nominated Lagaan. Khan played the lead role in the film and earned his second Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance. After a four-year break from acting, Khan made his comeback with Ketan Mehta's The Rising (2005), and later won a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance for his role in Rang De Basanti (2006). In 2007, he made his directorial debut with Taare Zameen Par, for which he received a Filmfare Best Director Award. In 2008 he appeared in Ghajini, which became one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time.
Contents
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1 Early life
2 Film career
2.1 Actor
2.2 Producer
3 Personal life
4 Awards and nominations
5 Filmography
5.1 Actor
5.2 Playback singing
5.3 Producer
5.4 Writer/Director
6 See also
7 References
8 External links
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[edit] Early life
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, is a film producer while his deceased uncle, Nasir Hussain, was a film producer as well as a director.
He is a descendant of the Muslim scholar and politician Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.[4] He is also a descendant of former President of India Dr. Zakir Hussain and a second cousin to former Chairperson of Rajya Sabha Dr Najma Heptullah.
[edit] Film career
[edit] Actor
Khan began his film career as a child actor in a home production, made by Nasir Hussain, titled Yaadon Ki Baraat (1973) and Madhosh (1974). Eleven years later, he made his adult acting debut in a role that went quite unnoticed in Ketan Mehta's Holi (1984).
Khan's first notable leading role came in 1988 in the film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak which was directed by his cousin and Nasir Hussain's son Mansoor Khan. This film was a breakthrough commercial success, effectively launching Khan's career as a leading actor. Having the typical 'chocolate hero' looks, he was publicised as a teen idol. He also starred in critically acclaimed film Raakh, for which Khan got his first National Award for Special Jury Award. After that, he went on to appear in several other films in the late '80s and early '90s: Dil (1990), which became the highest grossing film of the year,[5] Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1991), Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993) (for which he also wrote the screenplay), and Rangeela (1995). Most of these films were successful critically and commercially.[6][7][8] Other successes include Andaz Apna Apna, co-starring Salman Khan. At the time of its release the movie was reviewed unfavorably by critics, but over the years has gained a cult status.[9]
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 directed commercial blockbuster Raja Hindustani in which he was paired opposite Karisma Kapoor. The film earned him his first Filmfare 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 1990s.[10] Khan's career had seemed to hit a plateau 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 with Ajay Devgan and was paired opposite Juhi Chawla in the film Ishq, which performed well at the box office. In 1998, Khan appeared in the moderately successful Ghulam, for which he also did playback singing.[11] John Mathew Matthan's Sarfarosh (1999)Khan's first release in 1999 which was also moderately successful gaining an above average box office verdict, although the film was highly appreciated amongst the critics and Khan's role as a dedicated, honest and an uncorrupt cop engaged in fighting border terrorism, was well received, as did 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 and critical bomb.[12]
In 2001 he appeared in Lagaan. The film was a major critical and commercial success,[13] and received a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the 74th Academy Awards. Additionally, the film gathered critical acclaim at several international film festivals, in addition to winning numerous Indian awards, including the National Film Awards. Khan himself won his second Filmfare Best Actor Award.
The success of Lagaan was followed 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 then newcomer Farhan Akhtar. According to critics, the film broke new grounds by showing Indian urban youth as they really are today. The characters depicted were modern, suave and cosmopolitan. The film did moderately well and was a success mostly in urban cities.[13]
Khan then took a four year break citing personal problems, and returned 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'.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's award-winning, Rang De Basanti, was Khan's first release in 2006. His role was critically acclaimed,[14] earning him a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance and various nominations for Best Actor. The film went on to become one of the highest grossing films of the year,[15] and was selected as India's official entry to the Oscars. Although the film was not shortlisted as a nominee, it received a nomination for Best Foreign Film at the BAFTA Awards in England. Khan's work in his next movie, Fanaa (2006) was also appreciated,[16] and the film went on to become one of the highest grossing Indian films of 2006.[15]
His 2007 film, 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 to excellent responses from critics and audiences alike. Khan's performance was well-received, although he was particularly applauded for his directing.
In 2008, Khan appeared in the movie Ghajini. The film was a major commercial success[17] and became the highest grossing Bollywood movie of all time in nominal terms (i.e., without taking inflation into account). For his performance in the film, Khan received several Best Actor nominations at various award ceremonies as well as his fifteenth Filmfare Best Actor nomination.
[edit] Producer
In 2001 Khan set up a production company knownn as Aamir Khan Productions. Its first film was Lagaan. The movie was released in 2001, starring Khan as the lead actor. The film was selected as India's official entry to the 74th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. It was eventually chosen and nominated in that category but lost to No Man's Land. The film won numerous awards at several Indian award functions such as Filmfare and IIFA, and won the National Film Award for Most Popular Film, an award shared between Khan and the film's director, Ashutosh Gowarikar.[18] 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 produced the drama Taare Zameen Par which marked his directorial debut. Khan also played a supporting role in the film, sharing the screen with the debut of child actor Darsheel Safary. The film was initially 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,[19] as well as a box office success. Taare Zameen Par won the 2008 Filmfare Best Movie Award as well as a number of other Filmfare and Star Screen Awards. Khan's work won him two awards at the Filmfare, 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 eventually earned Khan another nomination for Best Movie at the Filmfare.[20]
[edit] Personal life
During the years of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Khan married Reena Dutta. His parents did not approve of their marriage because of her not being a Muslim. As a result, Khan's marriage stayed a secret both from his parents and the media for a while. Dutta made a brief appearance in the popular song sequence Papa Kehte Hain in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. The story of Khan's marriage garnered major public attention when it was first revealed. Even so, Reena Dutta maintained a low profile and continued her job at a travel agency. They had two children, a son named Junaid and a daughter, Ira, and led a quiet family life away from the public eye. Reena was involved, briefly, in Khan's career when she worked as a producer for Lagaan. In December 2002, Khan filed for divorce, ending the 15-year marriage, with Reena taking the custody of both their children. On December 28, 2005, he married Kiran Rao who had been an assistant director to Ashutosh Gowariker during the filming of Lagaan.[21]
Though nominated many times, Khan doesn't attend any Indian film award ceremony as he feels "Indian film awards lack credibility".[22]
In 2007, his brother Faisal caused a media scandal by accusing Khan of mistreating him and forcing him to take medication. Faisal has been said to be mentally unstable. On October 31, 2007, the Bombay high court granted temporary custody of Faisal to their father, Tahir Hussain. Khan's family came out in a public statement, supporting him on all counts in this matter. The statement was also signed by his former wife, Reena Dutta.[23]
In 2007, Khan was invited to have a wax imitation of himself put on display at Madame Tussauds in London.[24] However, Khan politely declined stating that, "It's not important to me... people will see my films if they want to. Also, I cannot deal with so many things, I have bandwidth only for that much."[25] In a 2009 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." When asked about his role model, he stated that, "Gandhiji is one person who inspires me!."[26]
[edit] Awards and nominations
Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Aamir Khan
[edit] Filmography
[edit] Actor
Year
Film
Role
Notes
1973
Yaadon Ki Baaraat
Young Ratan

1974
Madhosh
Child artist

1984
Holi
Madan Sharma

1988
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
Raj
Winner, Filmfare Best Male Debut AwardNominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
1989
Raakh
Aamir Hussein
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Love Love Love
Amit

1990
Awwal Number
Sunny

Tum Mere Ho
Shiva

Dil
Raja
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Deewana Mujh Sa Nahin
Ajay Sharma

Jawani Zindabad
Shashi

1991
Afsana Pyaar Ka
Raj

Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin
Raghu Jetley
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Isi Ka Naam Zindagi
Chotu

Daulat Ki Jung
Rajesh Chaudhry

1992
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
Sanjaylal Sharma
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
1993
Parampara
Ranbir Prithvi Singh

Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke
Rahul Malhotra

1994
Andaz Apna Apna
Amar
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
1995
Baazi
Inspector Amar Damjee

Aatank Hi Aatank
Rohan

Rangeela
Munna

Akele Hum Akele Tum
Rohit
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
1996
Raja Hindustani
Raja Hindustani
Winner, Filmfare Best Actor Award
1997
Ishq
Raja

1998
Ghulam
Siddharth Marathe
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor AwardNominated, Filmfare Best Male Playback Award
1999
Sarfarosh
Ajay Singh Rathod
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Mann
Dev Karan Singh

Earth (1947)
Dil Navaz
India's official entry to the Oscars
2000
Mela
Kishan Pyare

2001
Lagaan
Bhuvan
Winner, Filmfare Best Actor AwardIndia's official entry to the OscarsNominated for the Oscars
Dil Chahta Hai
Akash Malhotra
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
2005
Mangal Pandey: The Rising
Mangal Pandey
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
2006
Rang De Basanti
Daljit Singh (DJ)
Winner, Filmfare Critics Award for Best PerformanceNominated, Filmfare Best Actor AwardIndia's official entry to the Oscars
Fanaa
Rehan Quadri

2007
Taare Zameen Par
Ram Shankar Nikumbh
Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor AwardIndia's official entry to the Oscars
2008
Ghajini
Sanjay Singhania
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
2009
Luck by Chance
Himself
Special appearance
Three Idiots

Filming
2010
Kaagaz Ke Phool (Remake)
Guru Dutt

[edit] Playback singing
Year
Film
Song
1998
Ghulam
Aati Kya Khandala
2000
Mela
Dekho 2000 Zamana Aa Gaya
2005
Mangal Pandey: The Rising
Holi Re
2006
Rang De Basanti
Lalkaar
Fanaa
Chanda Chamke
2007
Taare Zameen Par
Bum Bum Bole
[edit] Producer
Year
Film
Director
Notes
2001
Lagaan
Ashutosh Gowariker
Winner, National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome EntertainmentWinner, Filmfare Best Movie AwardNominated, Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
2007
Taare Zameen Par
Aamir Khan
Winner, Filmfare Best Movie AwardIndia's official entry to the Oscars
2008
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
Abbas Tyrewala
Nominated, Filmfare Best Movie Award
2009
Delhi Belly
Abhinay Deo

[edit] Writer/Director
Year
Film
Notes
1988
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
Story writer
1993
Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke
Screenwriter
2007
Taare Zameen Par
DirectorWinner, Filmfare Best Director Award

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