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Aamir Khan

Aamir Hussain Khan, born March 14, 1965, in Mumbai, India, is a prominent Bollywood actor. He rose to stardom with the film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988).

Aamir was born into a film-industry clan. His father Tahir Hussain is a producer; his uncle Nasir Hussain was a director. He has acted in a few films directed by his cousin Mansoor Khan. He is the brother of Faisal Khan, with whom he acted in the 2000 film Mela.

Aamir began his career as a child-actor in the film Yaadon Ki Baraat (1973), when he was eight years old. He acted and wrote the screenplay for the film Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke (1993). He has also done playback singing for himself in the successful film Ghulam (1998).

Aamir is known for his efforts to create believable characters, rather than just playing himself in film after film. He will go to great lengths to give a convincing portrayal -- including, it is said, drinking heavily in order to play a drunken scene in Raja Hindustani (1996), even though he doesn't drink in real life. His memorable characters include:

  • Raj, the lover (Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak)
  • Amar, the inept schemer (Andaz Apna Apna)
  • Aakash, the college Lothario (Dil Chahta Hai)
  • Munna, the street tough (Rangeela)
  • Bhuvan, the village idealist (Lagaan)
  • ACP Rathod, a crusading police officer, (Sarfarosh)
  • Raghu Jaitly, an affable news reporter (Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin)
  • DJ , the cheerful youth (Rang De Basanti)
Aamir is also known for working on only one film at a time, unusual in the Bollywood film industry, because he wants to give his best to each film. Detractors say that his penchant for perfection sometimes leads to clashes with directors who don't listen to his objections or let him re-shoot a scene he thinks sub-par.

Aamir's reputed perfectionism seems to have paid off for his first foray into film-production, Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India. This film was a big box-office success in India and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 2001.

Family life

Aamir went directly into films from college and made his first big hit playing ... a college boy. Publicists tried to position him as a teen idol, every college girl's dream. In order to do so, they buried all evidence of his 1988 marriage to Reena Datta, who (though not a professional actress and already married to him at that time) made a brief appearance in a song sequence in his first hit film, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. It was big news when the marriage was first revealed.

However, Aamir's popularity survived the revelation, and his marriage to Reena seemed to have survived too. They had two children (son Junaid and daughter Aaira) and led a quiet, publicity-shunning family life. Reena was even involved, briefly, in Aamir's career when she worked as a producer for Lagaan. It was a big surprise to the film-going public when Aamir Khan and Reena divorced in 2003. Aamir was later linked romantically to Kiran Rao, an assistant to director Ashutosh Gowariker. The two wed on December 28, 2005.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

Aamir Khan Facts

BirthdayMarch 14, 1965 (56)
BirthplaceMumbai, India
Height5' 5" (1m65)  How tall is Aamir Khan compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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