14 March 2019
Bhubaneswar: In a three-decade-long spanning career, Mr Perfectionist Aamir Khan has won the hearts of millions of fans not only in India, but also abroad. He is the most followed Indian national on Chinese social media site Sina Weibo, above Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. Khan is also popular in Turkey, Hong Kong, and Singapore, among many other countries.
Some of the interesting and less known facts regarding the superstar are:
1: Aamir Khan was born on 14 March 1965 in Bombay to Tahir Hussain, a film producer, and Zeenat Hussain.
2: Khan’s full name is Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan.
3: 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).
4: Khan first appeared on screen as a child actor in his uncle Nasir Hussain’s film Yaadon Ki Baarat.
5: 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).
6: In addition to assisting Hussain, Khan acted in documentaries directed by the students of FTII, Pune. The director Ketan Mehta noticed Khan in those films, and he offered him a role in the low-budget experimental film Holi (1984).
7: Holi failed to garner a broad audience, but Nasir Hussain and his son Mansoor signed him as the leading man in Mansoor's directorial debut Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) alongside Juhi Chawla.
8: He has received nine Filmfare Awards, four National Film Awards.
9: He has also been conferred the coveted Padma Shri in 2003 and the Padma Bhusan in 2010 and a honorary title from the Government of China in 2017.
10: 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.
11: Khan began working as a producer after he set up his own production company, Aamir Khan Productions, in 1999. Its first film was Lagaan, which 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.
12: In 2008, Khan launched his nephew Imran Khan's debut in the film Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na under his production house.
13: Khan made his television debut with his talk show, Satyamev Jayate. The show dealt with social issues. It started airing on 6 May 2012. Aamir was paid Rs. 30 million rupees per episode to host the Satyamev Jayate, and it made him the highest paid host in Indian television industry as of June 2012.
14: In 2007, Khan was invited to have a wax imitation of himself put on display at Madame Tussauds in London.but he declined.
15: Khan has a reputation for avoiding award ceremonies and not accepting any popular Indian film awards, apart from National Film Awards.
His most successful production has been Dangal (2016), where he stars in the lead role, which became the highest-grossing Indian film of all time. He has many other blockbusters to his name, some of which are Secret Superstar, 3 Idiots, PK, Lagaan, Taare Zameen Par, Ghajini, Dhoom 3, etc…
His films blur the distinction between commercial masala films and realistic parallel cinema, combining the entertainment and production values of the former with the believable narratives and strong messages of the latter, earning both commercial success and critical acclaim, in India and overseas.