Aamir Khan (pronounced
[ˈaːmɪr ˈxaːn]; born Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan on 14 March 1965) is an
Indian film actor, producer, director and television talk show host. Through his career spanning thirty years in
Hindi films, Khan has established himself as one of the most popular and influential actors of
 He is the recipient of
numerous awards, including nine
Filmfare Awards, four
National Film Awards, and an
 while one of his productions received an
Academy Award nomination.
 He was honoured by the
Government of India with the
Padma Shri in 2003 and the
Padma Bhushan in 2010,
 and received an honorary title from the
Government of China in 2017.
 With a large global following, especially in India and
China, he has been described by
Newsweek as "the biggest movie star" in the world.
Khan first appeared on screen as a child actor in his uncle
Nasir Hussain's film
Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973). As an adult, his first feature film role was in the
Holi (1984), and he began a full-time acting career with a leading role in the tragic romance
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988). His performance in the film and in the thriller
Raakh (1989) earned him a National Film Award in the
Special Mention category. He established himself as a leading actor of
Hindi cinema in the 1990s by appearing in a number of commercially successful films, including the romantic dramas
Dil (1990) and
Raja Hindustani (1996), the latter his biggest hit up until then and for which he won his first
Filmfare Award for Best Actor, and the thriller
 He was also noted for playing against type, in a negative role, in the internationally acclaimed
Indian art house film
1947: Earth (1998).
In 1999 he founded
Aamir Khan Productions, whose first film,
Lagaan (2001), was nominated for the
Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and earned him a
National Film Award for Best Popular Film and two more Filmfare Awards (Best Actor and
Best Film). After a four-year absence from the screen, Khan returned to portray leading roles, notably in the 2006 box-office hits
Rang De Basanti. He made his directorial debut with
Taare Zameen Par (2007), a major success that garnered him the Filmfare Awards for Best Film and
Best Director. Khan's greatest global success came with the thriller
Ghajini (2008), the comedy-drama
3 Idiots (2009), the action film
Dhoom 3 (2013), the satire
PK (2014), and the sports biopic
Dangal (2016), each having held the record for being the
highest-grossing Indian film ever,
Secret Superstar (2017) held the record for being highest grossing Indian film featuring a female protagonist of all time.
 Khan won his third Best Actor award at Filmfare for Dangal,
 as well as Australia's AACTA Award for Best Asian Film.
 His films are often known for dealing with social issues in
Within and beyond the film industry, Khan is an activist
 and humanitarian, and has participated and spoken out for various social causes, some of which have sparked political controversy. He has created and hosted the television talk show
Satyamev Jayate, through which he highlights sensitive social issues in India, occasionally having an impact on
Indian parliament. His work as a social reformer, tackling issues ranging from poverty and education to abuse and discrimination, earned him an appearance on the
Time 100 list of most influential people in the world.
 Khan was married to his first wife, Reena Dutta, for fifteen years, after which he married the film director
Kiran Rao. He has three children—two with Dutta, and one with Rao through surrogacy.