Aamir Khan Biography

Aamir Khan is a famous Indian actor, director, producer, as well as a TV host. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him.

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Birthday: March 14, 1965

Nationality: Indian

Famous: Vegans Actors

Age: 54 Years, 54 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Pisces

Also Known As: Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan

Born in: Mumbai, India

Famous as: Actor, Director, Producer

Height: 5'6" (168 cm), 5'6" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Kiran Rao (m. 2005), Reena Dutta (m. 1986–2002)

father: Tahir Hussain

mother: Zeenat Hussain

siblings: Faisal Khan, Nikhat Khan

children: Azad Rao Khan, Ira, Junaid

City: Mumbai, India

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education: Bombay Scottish School

awards: Padma Shri
Filmfare Awards
Padma Bhushan
CNN-News18 Indian of the Year

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Aamir Khan is a famous Indian actor, director, producer, as well as a TV host. Known as one of the most prominent actors of Indian cinema, he has won four National Film Awards as well as nine Filmfare awards in his career so far. He has also earned an Oscar nomination for the film 'Lagaan'. Khan, who is an internationally recognized actor, has been described by Forbes magazine as "The World's Biggest Movie Star". One of the highest grossing actors of Bollywood, Khan's greatest commercial hits include '3 Idiots', 'PK' and 'Dangal'. Several of his films have held records for being the highest-grossing Indian film of all time. One of his most recent films 'Dangal' grossed more than Rs. 2000 crore on a budget of just Rs. 70 crore. Also a philanthropist and a humanitarian, Khan has participated in various social campaigns. He created and hosted the Indian talk show 'Satyamev Jayate', where he highlighted important social issues in India. The show received massive popularity and appreciation. Khan kindled controversy when he expressed his feelings about the rising intolerance in India at an event. Not only he received huge backlash for his comments but a lawsuit was filed against him and his wife as well. Later he clarified that he that he never meant that Indians were intolerant, and that his comments were taken out of context.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan was born in Mumbai, India, on 14th March 1965 to parents Tahir Hussain, a film producer, and Zeenat Hussain. He is the eldest of four siblings. He is related to several renowned members of Bollywood.
  • Khan is known for not attending award ceremonies as he believes that Indian awards, other than the National Film Award, lack credibility.
  • He also appeared in two films as a child actor. Before he began his career as a professional actor, Khan was involved with the making of several films.
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  • Aamir Khan made his first professional appearance on the big screen in the 1984 drama film 'Holi'. Khan played the minor role of a rowdy college student.
  • He next played the lead role in the romantic film 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak'. It was based on Shakespeare's play ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ The film was a huge hit, winning a National Film Award and eight Filmfare Awards. It brought Khan to prominence and won him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.
  • Khan appeared in the 1989 crime thriller 'Raakh'. He received critical acclaim for his performance and won his first National Film Award. Over the next few years, he appeared in several unsuccessful films such as 'Love Love Love' and 'Tum Mere Ho.' His next success was the 1990 film 'Dil'.
  • In the early 1990s Khan appeared in several popular films such as ‘Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin’ (1991), ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’ (1992), ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ (1994), ‘Rangeela’ (1995) and 'Akele Hum Akele Tum' (1995). In 1996, he appeared in 'Raja Hindustani', for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.
  • His popularity grew with his roles in several hit films such as 'Earth (1998), 'Sarfarosh' (1999) and 'Mela' (2000). He produced and played the lead role in the 2001 film 'Lagaan'. The film was a huge success, receiving international recognition and winning numerous awards. It earned an Oscar nomination for 'Best Foreign Language Film'. It also won Khan his won his second Filmfare Award for Best Actor.
  • After his work in the hit film 'Dil Chahta Hai', Khan took a four year break from Bollywood. His made his comeback in the 2005 film 'Mangal Pandey: The Rising' playing the titular role. The film was about an Indian revolutionary who sparked the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
  • His next appearance was in the critically acclaimed 2006 film 'Rang De Basanti'. It earned him a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. The film was India's official entry to the Oscars, though it didn't earn a nomination.
  • After his portrayal of a negative character in the 2006 film 'Fanaa', Khan made his directorial debut with the 2007 drama film 'Taare Zameen Par'. It earned much popularity and appreciation. The film won him a National Film Award and two Filmfare Awards.
  • Aamir Khan then played the lead role in the 2008 action thriller ‘Ghajini’. The film was inspired by Christopher Nolan’s famous film ‘Memento’. It was a commercial success. His next film ‘3 Idiots’ was also a huge hit. It earned international popularity and won three National Film Awards and six Filmfare Awards.
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  • His next significant work was ‘Talaash: The Answer Lies Within’, a horror thriller where he played the lead role. His next film ‘Dhoom 3’, where he was seen in a dual role, was the highest grossing film of 2013. Since 2012, he has also been hosting the popular talk show ‘Satyamev Jayate’.
  • He portrayed an alien in the 2014 sci-fi comedy film ‘PK’. The film was a huge success critically and commercially. His next film ‘Dangal’, which released in 2016, was also a success, and is so-far the highest grossing film in the history of Indian cinema. It won him a Filmfare Award for Best Actor. In 2017, he played a supporting role in the film ‘Secret Superstar’.
Major Works
  • ‘Lagaan’ (Taxation), a 2001 sports drama film is one of Aamir Khan’s most successful works. The film was directed by Ashutosh Gowariker and produced by Khan himself. Khan also played the lead role in the film. The story was set during the time when India was under colonial rule. It revolved around a few villagers who are challenged to a game of cricket in order to avoid high taxes. The film was a huge success internationally, winning several awards. It was also nominated for an Oscar.
  • Another significant work in Aamir Khan’s career is the 2006 Indian drama film ‘Rang De Basanti’. It was directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and starred Khan in one of the main roles. The film, upon its release, became the highest grossing Indian film of all time. It revolved around a British filmmaker who attempts to make a film on the Indian freedom struggle with five young men. The film won four National Film Awards. It also earned a nomination for the ‘British Academy Film Award’.
  • Khan’s most popular and successful works include the 2009 comedy drama film ‘3 Idiots’. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, the film is known for its criticism of the Indian education system. Inspired by the novel ‘5 Point Someone’ by Chetan Bhagat, the film revolved around the struggles of three close friends at an engineering institute. The film earned positive reviews from critics. It became the highest grossing Indian film of all time and won many awards, including Five Filmfare Awards.
  • ‘PK’, a 2014 satirical sci-fi comedy film is another one of the most popular works of Aamir Khan. The film was directed by Rajkumar Hirani. It was about an alien who comes to the Earth for research purpose and loses his remote, the only way to get back to his planet. In the process of finding his remote, he questions religious dogmas and superstitions. The film was a huge success commercially and critically. However, it attracted controversy due to its criticism of organized religion.
Awards & Achievements
  • Aamir Khan has won a total of four National Film Awards for his films ‘Qayamat se Qayamat Tak’, ‘Lagaan’, ‘Madness in the Desert’ and ‘Taare Zameen Par’. Other awards won by him include nine Filmfare Awards.
  • His film ‘Lagaan’ earned an Oscar nomination for the Best Foreign Language Film.
  • He has won numerous other awards in his career such as the ‘Bollywood Movie Award’ and the ‘International Indian Film Academy Award’.
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  • He was honored with the Padma Shree and the Padma Bhushan, the fourth and third highest civilian awards in India, in 2003 and 2010 respectively.
  • In 2013, TIME magazine listed him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Personal Life
  • Aamir Khan was married to Reena Dutta from 1986 to 2002. They have two children, Junaid and Ira.
  • He married Kiran Rao, a film producer, screenwriter, and director, in 2005. They have one son, Azad, born through a surrogate mother.
  • Aamir Khan became a vegan in 2015, mostly due to health reasons, after being inspired by his wife.
  • He kindled a huge controversy in 2015 after stating his views on rising intolerance in India. He received major backlash, especially from aggressive Indian nationalists, to which he responded that they were only proving his point.
  • Later, in an interview he clarified that he never meant to say that India, as a country was intolerant. He said that his words were misinterpreted by the media and that people were quick to judge him without watching the actual interview.
  • He is also known for his contribution to humanitarian causes. He was appointed by the UNICEF in 2011 to promote child nutrition.
  • Aamir Khan is known for not attending award ceremonies as he believes that Indian awards, other than the National Film Award, lack credibility.

1. Like Stars on Earth (2007)

  (Drama, Family)

2. 3 Idiots (2009)

  (Romance, Comedy, Drama, Adventure)

3. Dangal (2016)

  (Action, Sport, Drama, Biography)

4. Rang De Basanti (2006)

  (Drama, Comedy)

5. PK (2014)

  (Sci-Fi, Drama, Comedy, Romance, Fantasy)

6. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

  (Drama, Comedy, Romance)

7. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

  (Musical, Adventure, Sport, Drama, Romance)

8. Sarfarosh (1999)

  (Action, Adventure, Drama)

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