Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan
Aamir Khan
Khan at an event for NDTV in 2012
Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan

(1965-03-14) 14 March 1965 (age 53)
EducationNarsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics
Actor, filmmaker, talk show host
Years active1984–present
  • Reena Dutta
    (m. 1986; div. 2002)
  • Kiran Rao (m. 2005)
Parent(s)Tahir Hussain (father)
RelativesFaisal Khan (brother)
See Khan-Hussain family
HonoursPadma Shri (2003)
Padma Bhushan (2010)
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Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan (pronounced [ˈaːmɪr ˈxaːn]; born 14 March 1965), widely known as Aamir Khan, is an Indian film actor, filmmaker and television talk-show host. Through his thirty-year career in Hindi films, Khan has established himself as one of the most popular and influential actors of Indian cinema.[1][2] He has a large global following, especially in India and China, and has been described by Newsweek as "the biggest movie star" in the world.[3][4][5] Khan is the recipient of numerous awards, including nine Filmfare Awards, four National Film Awards, and an AACTA Award. He was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Shri in 2003 and the Padma Bhushan in 2010,[6] and received an honorary title from the Government of China in 2017.[7]

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 experimental film 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), for which he won his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor, and the thriller Sarfarosh (1999).[8][9] He also played against type in the acclaimed Canadian-Indian co-production 1947: Earth (1998).[10]

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 Fanaa and 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,[11] while Secret Superstar (2017) held the record for being highest-grossing Indian film featuring a female protagonist.[12] Khan won his third Best Actor award at Filmfare for Dangal.[13] His films are known for dealing with social issues in Indian society,[14] and they often combine the entertainment and production values of commercial masala films with the believable narratives and strong messages of parallel cinema.[15]

Within and beyond the film industry, Khan is an activist[14] 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 influencing the 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.[14] 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.

Early life and background

Khan was born on 14 March 1965 in Mumbai to Tahir Hussain, a film producer, and Zeenat Hussain.[16][17] Several of his relatives were members of the Hindi film industry, including his late paternal uncle, the producer-director Nasir Hussain.[17] He has a relation to the cinema of Pakistan as well, being a relative of movie director Syed Sibtain Fazli (Allahabad, 1916-Lahore, 1985),[18] and who's grandson, Umair Fazli,[19] also a movie director, made the 2016 box-office success Saya e Khuda e Zuljalal, himself being the brother of Ayesha Fazli, the wife of singer-actor Ali Zafar of Pakistan.[20] Outside the movie industry, he is also related to the Indian Islamic scholar, philosopher and politician Abul Kalam Azad through his grandmother.[21][22] Khan is the eldest of four siblings; he has a brother, the actor Faisal Khan, and two sisters, Farhat and Nikhat Khan (married to Santosh Hegde).[23][24][25] His nephew, Imran Khan, is a contemporary Hindi film actor.[26]

As a child actor, Khan appeared on screen in two minor roles. At the age of eight, he appeared in a highly popular song in the Nasir Hussain-directed film Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973),[27][28] which was the first Bollywood masala film.[29] The following year, he portrayed the younger version of Mahendra Sandhu's character in his father's production Madhosh.[27] Khan attended J.B. Petit School for his pre-primary education, later switching to St. Anne's High School, Bandra until the eighth grade, and completed his ninth and tenth grade at the Bombay Scottish School, Mahim.[30] He played tennis in state level championships, and became a state-level champion. He has professed he was "much more into sports than studies".[30][31] He completed his twelfth grade from Mumbai's Narsee Monjee College.[32] Khan described his childhood as "tough" due to the financial problems faced by his father, whose film productions were mostly unsuccessful. He said, "There would be at least 30 calls a day from creditors calling for their money." He was always at risk of being expelled from school for non-payment of fees.[33]

At the age of sixteen, Khan was involved in the experimental process of making a 40-minute silent film, Paranoia, which was directed by his school friend Aditya Bhattacharya.[34] The film was funded by the filmmaker Shriram Lagoo, an acquaintance of Bhattacharya, who provided them with a few thousand rupees.[35] Khan's parents did not want him to make films, wishing that he would instead pursue a "steady" career as an engineer or doctor.[34] For that reason, the shooting schedule of Paranoia was a clandestine one.[36] In the film, he played the lead role alongside actors Neena Gupta and Victor Banerjee, while simultaneously assisting Bhattacharya.[35] He said that the experience of working on it encouraged him to pursue a career in film.[37]

Khan subsequently joined a theatre group called Avantar, where he performed backstage activities for over a year. He made his stage debut with a small role in the company's Gujarati play, Kesar Bina, at Prithvi Theatre.[35][38] He went on to two of their Hindi plays, and one English play, which was titled Clearing House.[39] After completing high school, Khan decided to discontinue studying, choosing instead to work as an assistant director to Nasir Hussain on the Hindi films Manzil Manzil (1984) and Zabardast (1985).[34][40]

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العربية: عامر خان
azərbaycanca: Əmir Xan
भोजपुरी: आमिर खान
български: Аамир Хан
català: Aamir Khan
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ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: ئامىرخان
vepsän kel’: Han Amir
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