1. Aamir Khan (pronounced; born Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan on 14 March 1965) is an Indian film actor, director and producer.
2. Through his successful career in Hindi films, Khan has established himself as one of the most popular and influential actors of Indian cinema. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including four National Film Awards and seven Filmfare Awards.
3. He was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Shri in 2003 and the Padma Bhushan in 2010.
4. Khan first appeared on screen as a child actor in his uncle Nasir Hussain’s film Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973).
5. His first feature film role came with the experimental film Holi (1984), and he began a full-time acting career with a leading role in the highly successful tragic romance Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988).
6. His performance in the film and in the thriller Raakh (1989) earned him a Special Jury Award at the National Film Award ceremony.
7. He established himself as a leading actor of Hindi cinema in the 1990s by appearing in several commercially successful films, including the romantic drama Dil (1990), the romance Raja Hindustani (1996), for which he won his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor, and the drama Sarfarosh (1999). He was also noted for playing against type in the critically acclaimed Canadian-Indian film Earth (1998).
8. In 2001, Khan started a production company, whose first release, Lagaan, 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).
9. After a four-year absence from the screen, Khan continued to portray leading roles, most notably in the 2006 box-office hits Fanaa and Rang De Basanti.
10. The following year, he made his directorial debut with Taare Zameen Par, a major success that garnered him the Filmfare Awards for Best Film and Best Director.
11. Khan’s greatest commercial successes came with the thriller Ghajini (2008), the comedy-drama 3 Idiots (2009), the adventure film Dhoom 3 (2013), and the satire PK (2014), all of which held records for being the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time.
12. In addition to acting, Khan is a humanitarian and has participated and spoken out for various social causes, some of which have sparked political controversy.
13. He has created, and featured as the host of the television talk show Satyamev Jayate through which he highlights sensitive social issues in India.
14. Khan was married to his first wife, Reena Dutta, for fifteen years after which he married the film director Kiran Rao.
15. He has three children two with Dutta, and one with Rao through surrogacy.
16. As a child, Khan appeared on screen in two minor roles.
17. Khan subsequently joined a theatre group called Avantar, where he performed backstage activities for over a year.
18. He made his stage debut with a small role in the company’s Gujarati play, Kesar Bina, at Prithvi Theatre.
19. The year 1989 saw the release of Raakh, a crime thriller from Aditya Bhattacharya that was filmed before the production of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. The film tells the story of a young man avenging the rape of his ex-girlfriend (played by Supriya Pathak).
20. Despite a poor reception at the box-office, the film was critically acclaimed.
21. After that, he went on to appear in several other films in the late ’80s and early ’90s: Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993) (for which he also wrote the screenplay), and Rangeela (1995).
22. Most of these films were successful critically and commercially. Other successes include Andaz Apna Apna, co-starring Salman Khan.
23. At the time of its release the movie was reviewed unfavorably by critics, but over the years has gained cult status.
24. His only release in 1996 was the Dharmesh Darshan directed commercial blockbuster Raja Hindustani in which he was paired opposite Karisma Kapoor.
25. The film earned him his first Filmfare Best Actor Award, after seven previous nominations, and went on to become the biggest hit of the year, as well as the third-highest grossing Indian film of the 1990s. Khan’s career had seemed to hit a plateau at this point of time, and most of the films to follow for the next few years were only partially successful.