Date of Birth 14 March 1965, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Tom Hanks of India
Ace of Bollywood
Height 5′ 6″ (1.68 m)
Aamir was first introduced as a child artiste in the 1970’s hit Procession of Memories (1973) – he was the youngest child in the trio. He then concentrated on school and became a state tennis champion for Maharashtra. Aamir fell in love with the girl next door in the meantime. He proposed to her the day he turned 21, and she accepted. But apparently, there was opposition since she was from a Hindu family and he, from a devout Islamic one. So, they eloped, got married and returned to their homes. Aamir’s wife Reena even appears in the song “Papa Kehte Hain”.
His performance in Earth (1998) as the Ice-Candy man has received rave reviews from Indian and international critics. Using classic “method acting” and an adopted technique inspired by his seniors Sanjeev Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Dev Anand and Shammi Kapoor, Aamir acts in all genres of Indian films – comedy, action, drama and romance. He is regarded as a complete Indian actor of the post 1990 generation of actors for his diverse choice of roles and films.
Aamir Khan was born on March 14 1965 in Holy Family Hospital in Bandra, Mumbai in India in a conservative Muslim family which has been part of the Hindi Film Industry for a long time. Aamir first came on screen as a child artist in his Uncle Nasir Hussain’s production Procession of Memories (1973). It was not a real part but just a blink-and-miss appearance in the title song of the film. He again appeared as a child artist in the film Madhosh (1974). Much later he appeared in the art film Holi (1985) along with his friend and later his director Ashutosh Gowariker, and the film also starred Naseeruddin Shah. Subsequently he went on to become the state tennis champion of Maharashtra. Sometime before his debut film, Aamir fell in love with a girl called Reena in his neighborhood. Since she belonged to a Hindu family and he to a devout Muslim one, they faced opposition and therefore they married secretly. Later they revealed it to the world after his debut film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), in which he was the leading man, was released in 1988.
The film was a runaway success and he achieved instant stardom (the film is now considered a classic of Hindi Cinema), and it was successful in turning the tide away from action centric violent films to family oriented romantic musical dramas in Hindi Cinema, the luminous examples of which are MPK (1989), HAHK (1994) and DDLJ (1995). In his second film Raakh (a small art film) he did a completely opposite role from the lover boy of his first film, and his breakthrough performance in this film bagged him the National Film Award of Special Jury. Afterwards, he signed a few not so good films which failed at the box office. In the year 1990 he delivered the biggest grosser of the year, Dil (1990), and since then he has not looked back, giving several commercial and critical hits. His superlative performances also include films like Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin (1991), Daulat Ki Jung (1992), Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), Parampara (1993), Andaz Apna Apna (1994), Baazi (1995), Rangeela (1995), Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995), Raja Hindustani (1996), Ishq (1997), Earth (1998), Ghulam (1998), Sarfarosh (1999), Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001), Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005), Fanaa (2006), and Rang De Basanti (2006).
In 2007 he turned director with the film Like Stars on Earth (2007), which not only brought him immense critical acclaim but was also a huge box office success. Many of his films are considered as cult classics like Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001), Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Rang De Basanti (2006), Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992) and Andaz Apna Apna (1994). He divorced his first wife in December 2001 and married Kiran Rao in December 2005.
In 2008 his first all out commercial action film Ghajini (2008) went on to become the highest grossing film of its time in Indian Cinema and 4th highest inflation adjusted, grossing a total of Rs.226 on the worldwide box office and the first film to cross 100 crores on the domestic Indian box office, making a total of Rs.115 crores. This record didn’t last long, though, since his next release 3 Idiots (2009) went on to shatter not only the highest grosser record but many more. It not only made the highest opening first day, first weekend and first week records but subsequently continued to shatter many records on the following weekends and weeks, making many circuits on the way. It made a total of Rs.202 crores domestically and Rs.400 crores on the worldwide box office, becoming the highest overseas grosser to date, a staggering feat given that no other film had even come close to making Rs.100 crores on the domestic box office until then, except for his own Ghajini (2008) the previous year.
Aamir is said to be the actor who first started the trend of actors working in one film at a time, when the others worked in four or five at the same time. He is also known to shun popular film trade magazine awards like Filmfare, Star Screen, etc. as he doesn’t have trust in their credibility and transparency. Recently he was awarded the third highest civilian honor Padama Bhushan by the government of India.
Aamir Khan’s range of characterizations remains unparalleled and because of this diversity, and his ability to portray different characters believably on screen, today he is regarded as not only one of the biggest Superstars but also one of the finest actors of Indian Cinema.
Was offered the role of Rahul Mehra in Darr (1993).
Refuses to accept the usual awards from Indian trade magazines such as Filmfare.
Known as perfectionist who insists on getting a finished script before committing to a film and also refuses to work on more than one film at a time, both very unusual for Bollywood where actors usually work in several films at a time and script details are often improvised on the day of shooting.
One of the three Khans that ruled Bollywood in the 90s. The other two are Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan.
Son of Tahir Hussain, brother of Faisal Khan, Farhat Khan and Nikhat Khan
Nephew of Nasir Hussain
Cousin of Mansoor Khan
Files for divorce from wife Reena on December 9, 2002.
Awarded Padma Shri India’s fourth highest Civil Honour in the year 2003 by the Government of India.
Uncle of Imran Khan.
Has 2 children with ex-wife Reena: a son, Junaid, and a daughter, Ira.
Mother is Zeenat Hussain. Sometimes she is referred to as Zeena Hussain.
After his first marriage he took another flat in the same building where he lived with his parents, and started living there.
Has been a big fan of Alfred Hitchkock stories.
Visited Pakistan for fund raising of Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital on invitation by the cricketer Imran Khan.
Formed a popular on-screen pair with Juhi Chawla
The Press Trust of India reported Khan will marry girlfriend Kiran Rao in Panchgani, India on 1 January 2006. It later reported Khan and Rao married in a small ceremony at his home in Mumbai, India on 28 December 2005.
Highest paid actor in Bollywood.
Time magazine refers to him as the Indian ‘Sean Penn’.
Best friends with Juhi Chawla & Rani Mukherjee.
His ancestors hail from Afghanistan.
Has a reputation for shunning award ceremonies and avoiding the glare of the media.
Turned down Madame Tussaud’s offer to immortalize him in a wax statue.
Cites Daniel Day-Lewis and Dilip Kumar as his favorite actors.
Is a Tennis-enthusiast, and particularly admires Roger Federer.
He got awarded the Padma Bhushan India’s third highest Civil Honour in 2010 by the Government of India.
His salary is less for acting in certain movies because he becomes a stakeholder and shares a certain percentage of profits from the movie.
Is very good friends with superstar Salman Khan, with whom he worked with in the 1994 cult film Andaz Apna Apna. His other close friend is Rani Mukerji, with whom he was been friends with since her second film Ghulam in 1998.
Has the highest grossing Indian film of all time with PK.
Was the first Bollywood actor to cross the 100 crore mark with his 2008 film Ghajini, which became the highest grossing film of all time until his next release 3 Idiots.
His home production, Lagaan, in which he also starred in, was the third Indian film ever to be nominated for an Oscar.
Was credited as “Aamir Hussein” in his first film Holi.
Currently busy shooting for Kunal Kohli’s Fanaah, opposite Kajol. [February 2006] Shooting for ‘Fanaah’ [February 2006] Busy shooting for Three Idiots in Ladakh, India [October 2008] In Chennai, shooting for the remake of Ghajini [July 2007] Busy shooting for Rakyesh Om Prakash’s Rang De Basanti  New Zealand, Busy Shooting climax of Dhoom:3 Back In Action. [March 2013] In 2013, received Honorary Doctorate by Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) for his distinguished contribution to the Indian cinema and entertainment industry.
Has a half brother from his father’s second marriage. His brother’s name is Hyder Khan.
He was originally signed for Sahebzaade with Chunky Pandey but later opted out.
Former brother in law of actress Eva (Kareena) Grover. Eva was married to Aamir’s youngest brother Hyder Ali Khan.
Youngest brother Hyder Ali Khan is also a actor. He acted in the film “Trump Card” in 2010. Hyder was born from Tahir Hussain’s second marriage to Shanaz.
Actor Ali Zafar is also related through marriage to Indian Bollywood superstar, Aamir Khan. Ali Zafar’s wife, Ayesha’s father has a cousin whose mother is the cousin of Aamir Khan’s mother, Zeenat Hussain! Apparently, Aamir Khan was quite taken aback when Ali Zafar pointed out their relationship to him as it was news to him.
Was offered Vicky Arora’s role in Yalgaar.
Sister Nikhat is married to Santosh Hedge. They have two children Seher and Shravan.
Went for a world tour concert with Dharmendra, Salman Khan, Vivek Mushran, Pooja Bhatt in September 1993. They visited cities in the countries of Canada, America and England.
Went for a world tour concert with Akshaye Khanna, Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukherjee, Sushmita Sen, Twinkle Khanna. This was in September 1999. They went to cities in the countries of Canada, America and England.
Aamir Khan is the founder of the 100 Cr INR, 150 Cr INR, 200 Cr INR, 250 Cr INR & 300 Cr INR club in Indian cinema history. His films’ were the highest grossers ever in India cinema and their records were broken by his own films. In order – Ghajini – 3 Idiots – Dhoom:3 & P.K.
Youngest brother Hyder Khan (From father Tahir’s second marriage) starred in the completed shelved movie Palm Tree Productions “Aaj Bbhi”(2011). Starring Haider Khan, Suzzane Mohan, Anant Jog, Vaishnavi Macdonald,Deep Rana,Ehsaan Khan,Kamlesh Sawant, Tej Sapru,Raza Murad,Music by Rohit Sinha, Produced by P. D. Garg, Directed by Piyush Chakraborty.
Youngest brother Hyder Khan (From father Taahir’s second marriage) starred in the shelved film “Deepa Ki Taranuum” (2006). The producer of Deepa Ki Tarannum, a film said to be based on bar dancer Tarannum’s life, approached a civil court asking for the stay on the film to be vacated.Shooting of the film had been stayed after Tarannum said that the producer had not sought her permission to make the film.Producer Ranjit Sharma said the film was not based on Tarannum’s life and that she needed to prove this in court. He also pleaded he was incurring heavy financial losses since the shooting had been stopped by the court.The film stars actor Preetii Jaiin in the title role as Tarannum and Aamir Khan’s youngest brother Hyder Khan.
Abstains from smoking and drinking and only does so if it is required by a film role.
Him and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan are arch-rivals. They have never done a film together even though they both have been offered many opportunities to do so. In 2007, Shah Rukh Khan mocked Aamir for his choosiness in films and not attending the Filmfare Awards, and after that, Aamir went on to say that Shah Rukh is “the name of my dog who licks my feet”. This caused them to avoid each other for bit, but they patched up in 2013. However, they have been competing and taking digs at each other since 1995, when Aamir stopped attending Filmfare Awards.
In 1995, Aamir stopped attending the Filmfare Awards. Many think he gave up since he had been nominated numerous times from 1988-95 and never won once, but it was really because Aamir began to think Filmfare was biased and rigged. He felt that they were toying with him by purposely not winning him any awards, and that they were biased against him in favor of actors like Shah Rukh Khan, who was sweeping awards back then even though he was a newcomer. He felt he should have won the Best Actor award for his films Rangeela (1995), Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995), Andaz Apna Apna (1994), and Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1991). He also thought Filmfare was rude by not even nominating him for his other acclaimed works Dil (1990), Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992), Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke (1993). So, in the end, he just gave up.
Is a big fan of the Star Wars saga.
Actress Aditi Rao is maternal first cousin’s with Kiran Rao.
Niece is Zayn Khan. She is a upcoming actress and Assistant director. She is the daughter of director Mansoor Khan.
Wanted to very badly assist Shekhar Kapur during Mr India. Satish Kaushik rejected the idea because he thought Aamir was too sophisticated and rich and would arrive on the sets everyday with large expensive cars. This was far from the truth .
Actor Tariq is his dad’s (Tahir Hussain ) sister’s son. (Maternal cousin).
Went to college with former Miss India 1982 and controversial model Pamela Bordes (Pamela Singh).
In 1989 Mahesh Bhatt was to direct a mother/son relationship film with Mumtaz and Aamir Khan.He shelved it after Andhiyaan flopped.
Was to star in Padmalaya’s film “Naya Sawan” (1991). Starring Jackie Shroff, Aamir Khan, Bhagyashree. Then for undisclosed reasons the cast was changed and Sahila Chadda, Asif Sheikh, Javed Jaffery, Ashwini Bhave were signed. The film lays completed and unreleased due to financial reasons.
Chetan Anand had signed Raaj Kumar, Aamir Khan,Madhuri Dixit, Ved Thappar for the film Takht O Taj (1991). Ved Thappar was originally going to play Raaj Kumar’s son due to his resemblance to the actor. But due to commercial reasons, Aamir Khan was signed for the role and Thappar was signed for the role of Durjan Singh, originally played by Ajit in Mughal E Azam.The film was later titled Mallika-e-Hind . The film was eventually shelved due to Chetan’s bad health.
Signed for the film “Saahebzaade” with Chunky Pandey. Aamir Khan opted out when he realized that Chunky Pandey had the better role. Chunky was next to exit the for undisclosed reasons. They were replaced by Sanjay Dutt (Chunky’s role) and Aditya Pancholi (Aamir Khan’s role).