Aamir Khan: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak

Updated: March 13, 2014 20:17 IST

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan has a lot to look forward to as he turns 49. Perhaps the only star to do just one movie a year – and what a movie it always turns out to be - Aamir's last movie Dhoom: 3 has been a smash hit, just like all the previous ones.

Aamir Khan: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan has a lot to look forward to as he turns 49. Perhaps the only star to limit himself to one movie a year – and what a movie it always turns out to be - Aamir's last movie Dhoom: 3 has been a smash hit, breaking records to emerge as the highest-earning Bollywood film of all time. Aamir has also just launched the second season of his acclaimed television show Satyamev Jayate.

Here's a pictorial journey through the actor's life on his birthday.
Aamir Khan: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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 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: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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.
Aamir Khan: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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 7 National Film Awards, in addition to fetching Aamir his second Filmfare Best Actor Award.
Aamir Khan: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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 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: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
Aamir ended 2012 with a bang, playing a cop in the superhit suspense thriller Talaash with Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor.
Aamir Khan: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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.

Aamir was invited to the Indian Parliament to discuss medical FDI and price control of pharma drugs after an episode on medical malpractices.

The second season of the show has just begun. However, it has already run into controversy with Aamir being accused on social networking sites of using the donation he asks for at the end of each episode to assist the building of mosques and provide employment for Muslim youth.
Aamir Khan: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
In 2012, the Satyamev Jayate effect put Aamir on the cover of Time and the next year saw him make the magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People.
Aamir Khan: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
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 married childhood sweetheart Reena Dutta in 1986 and has two children, son Junaid and daughter Ira, with her. The couple divorced in 2002.
Aamir Khan: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
In 2005, Aamir married Kiran Rao who assisted director Ashutosh Gowariker during the filming of Lagaan. Aamir and Kiran's son Azad Rao Khan was born via surrogacy in December, 2011.
Aamir Khan: Qayamat Se Dhoom Tak
Aamir is currently wrapped up in the shooting of Peekay, being directed by his 3 Idiots director Rajkumar Hirani and co-starring Anushka Sharma. The movie involves gruelling shoots in Rajasthan and reportedly revolves around the issue of substance abuse. The influential actor is also likely to be appointed by the Election Commission of India as "national icon" to encourage more and more people to vote in the general elections.

We wish the ‘Mr Perfectionist' a very happy birthday and more success at the box office.

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