Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50

Updated: March 14, 2015 10:01 IST

Here's a pictorial journey through Aamir Khan's life on his birthday

Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan may be turning 50 today, but the actor says that he only feels 18. Perhaps the only star who has limited himself to one movie a year - and what a movie it always turns out to be - Aamir's last offering PK broke all records to emerge as the highest-earning Bollywood film of all time with collections estimated at Rs 600 crore worldwide.
Here's a pictorial journey through the actor's life on his birthday.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
Aamir Khan is the second generation of a filmy family. His father was film producer Tahir Hussain. His uncle Nasir Hussain was also a famous film producer, director and actor. A third uncle, Tariq, acted in movies like Yaadon Ki Baraat (in which Aamir had a small role) and Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin . Aamir's cousin Mansoor Khan made his directing debut with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak , the film that launched Aamir into the stratosphere of stardom. The Khans are descendants of freedom fighter Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
Aamir made his debut aged eight in uncle Nasir Hussain's Yaadon Ki Baarat (1973). The next year, he appeared in his father's film Madhosh . He made his debut as an adult actor in Ketan Mehta's Holi 11 years later.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
Aamir's star-making role was in the movie Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), opposite Juhi Chawla. The revenge and romance tale was a blockbuster, and Aamir's 'chocolate boy' looks made him a teen idol. The song Papa Kehtey Hain Bada Naam Karega is considered something of a youth anthem and is popular even today.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
Aamir appeared in four movies in the year 1990, including the superhit Dil opposite Madhuri Dixit. The next year Aamir starred opposite Pooja Bhatt in the romantic comedy Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi (1991).
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
In 1992, Aamir charmed as a slacker schoolboy who re-invents himself as a cycling champion in Mansoor Khan's Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar . Loosely based on The Sound of Music , Aamir's next mega hit, Hum Hain Raahi Pyaar Ke (1993), co-starred his Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak heroine Juhi Chawla.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
The year 1994 saw Aamir and fellow heartthrob Salman Khan appear together in the cult comedy movie Andaz Apna Apna . While the actors never worked together after that movie, they remain good friends.
Recently, on Koffee With Karan, Aamir revealed that he purposely never worked with Salman later due his laid-back attitude while filming Andaz Apna Apna.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
In 1995, Aamir was seen opposite Manisha Koirala for the first time in Akele Hum Akele Tum, an adaptation of acclaimed Hollywood hit Kramer vs Kramer.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
1995 brought with it applause and high praise for Aamir's pitch perfect performance as a tapori in Ram Gopal Varma's Rangeela opposite rising star Urmila Matondkar. But despite a stellar performance, he lost the Filmfare Award to Shah Rukh Khan (for Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge). That was when the actor decided to boycott all popular award shows.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
Then came a series of superhit films for the actor, starting with Raja Hindustani (1996) for which he bagged the Filmfare Best Actor award (and didn't show up to collect), followed by Ishq in 1997 co-starring Juhi Chawla, Kajol and Ajay Devgn, and Ghulam opposite Rani Mukerji (1998).

Sarfarosh (1999), co-starring Sonali Bendre and Naseeruddin Shah, brought him more critical praise.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
Another landmark year in Aamir's life was 2001, when the actor turned producer with Lagaan. It became the third Hindi film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (after Mother India (1957) and Salaam Bombay! (1989) The film won seven National Film Awards, in addition to fetching Aamir his second Filmfare Best Actor Award.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
Lagaan was a hard act to follow but, in the same year, Aamir pulled another rabbit out of the hat with Dil Chahta Hai, playing the brash Akash in Farhan Akhtar's acclaimed writing and directing debut. Aamir then took a four year break and made a comeback with the poorly received Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005).
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
The Mangal Pandey fizzle was soon erased by the success of Rang De Basanti the next year, which earned Aamir the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor, among other honours. The film was also selected as India's official entry to the Oscars but was not shortlisted as a nominee. The film received a nomination for Best Foreign Film at the BAFTA Awards. Aamir also appeared with actress Kajol in her comeback film Fanaa the same year.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
Aamir made his debut as director with the warmly praised Taare Zameen Par in 2007, winning two Filmfare Awards and the National Award for Best Film on Family Welfare.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
In 2008, Aamir was seen in Ghajini, a Hindi remake of the Tamil film of the same name. It was a major success and became the highest grossing movie of that year.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
In 2009 came 3 Idiots which swept all the awards that year, including three National Awards. 3 Idiots ruled the box office charts for four years as the highest-earning Bollywood film before being toppled in 2013 first by Shah Rukh Khan's Chennai Express, then Hrithik Roshan's Krrish 3, and finally by Aamir himself with 2014's Dhoom: 3.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
Aamir launched the next generation of the Khans, his nephew Imran, in 2008's hit romantic comedy Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na which he produced. Imran Khan was again seen in the Aamir-produced Delhi Belly (2011).
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
Aamir Khan's younger brother Faisal also tried his luck in Bollywood and was first launched by their father Tahir Hussain in 1994's flop film Madhosh. Six years later, Faisal appeared with brother Aamir in Mela (2000), also a flop. Since then, Faisal's career as an actor has been limited to a handful of forgettable B-grade films and a couple of TV roles.
Aamir's once close relationship with his brother hit rock bottom when Faisal, who reportedly suffers from schizophrenia, accused his brother of working against his interests. However, the two are now believed to have repaired their relationship ever since the death of their father Tahir Hussain in 2010.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
Apart from the slew of film awards he's won, Aamir Khan also received the Padma Shri in 2003 and the Padma Bhushan in 2010.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
In 2010, Aamir produced the acclaimed Peepli Live, a tale of media frenzy against the backdrop of farmers' suicides. In 2011, he produced his wife Kiran's Dhobi Ghaat, in which he also starred, and Delhi Belly, in which he made a cameo appearance.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
Aamir ended 2012 with a bang, playing a cop in the superhit suspense thriller Talaash with Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
As the calendar changed from 2013 to 2014, the blockbuster Dhoom: 3, co-starring Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra, put Aamir firmly back on top of the charts, reclaiming his 3 Idiots record.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
In 2014, Aamir smashed all records with his mega-blockbuster film PK in which he played the role of an alien, marooned on Earth, critiquing fake godmen and superstition. PK was criticised by several religious outfits and Aamir recently said the film wasn't meant to have hurt sentiments.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
Aamir also struck a high note in 2012 with his groundbreaking television series Satyamev Jayate which dealt with issues and problems in the Indian society. The show, of which three seasons have aired so far, has discussed issues like female foeticide, sexual assault and disability.

This image was posted on Facebook by Aamir Khan
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
And while 2015 has no Aamir Khan films, Mr Perfectionist has vowed to return with a bang in 2016 with Nitesh Tiwari's Dangal. The film is based on the life of wrestler Mahavir Phogat and his daughters, celebrated wrestlers Geeta and Babita.
To prepare for this role, Aamir turned vegan and has gained weight apart from sporting a salt and pepper look.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
As a teen idol, Aamir Khan broke a legion of female hearts when they discovered that Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak's Raj was already married. Aamir and childhood sweetheart Reena Dutta have two children, son Junaid and daughter Ira. The couple divorced in 2002.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
In 2005, Aamir married Kiran Rao who assisted director Ashutosh Gowariker during the filming of Lagaan. Aamir and Kiran's son Azad was born via surrogacy in December, 2011.
Aamir Khan is Now a Dhoom-Tastic 50
We wish the 'Mr Perfectionist' a very happy birthday.

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