49th Birthday Special: Aamir Khan and his top movies

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan celebrates his birthday on Friday, March 14. Known as ‘Mr Perfectionist’ of Bollywood, Aamir Khan, turns 49 today. Aamir is also known as one of the most responsible actors of Indian cinema today. He has won many awards, including National awards and Filmfare awards. He has been honoured with the Padma Shri in 2003 and the Padma Bhushan in 2010, by the Government of India. He is also known to the world as a social activist. As an actor, he tries to raise awareness through his movies and also television serials such as the talk show ‘Satyamev Jayate’.

Aamir was seen in lead role for the first time in the tragic-romance movie ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ in 1988. His performance in the thriller ‘Raakh’ in 1989 won him a Special Jury Award at the National Film Award ceremony. He became known as a leading actor of Hindi cinema in the 1990s by appearing in several commercially successful films such as the romantic-drama ‘Dil’ in 1990 and ‘Raja Hindustani’ in 1996, for which he won his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor. He was also seen in the drama ‘Sarfarosh’ in 1999.

Aamir’s ‘Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India’ released in 2001 is an epic sports drama written and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. The movie 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).

‘Rang De Basanti’ in 2006, featuring Aamir was directed by Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra. It depicted the issue of the outlook of the young generation towards the country. It portrayed how hatred — based on religion — is still present in India.

With the movie ‘Taare Zameen Par’ in 2007, Aamir turned director. The film is based on a little boy suffering from a rare disease ‘dyslexia’. The movie also made people think about the education system in the country and how the high expectations of parents were creating tremendous pressure on the young children.

The superstar’s greatest commercial successes came with the thriller ‘Ghajini’ in 2008.

It was followed by his ‘3 Idiots’ in 2009 which was an immediate hit. It was a satire based on the education system where it asked parents not to put their sons and daughters in a field of their choice, but to let the children choose their own roads.

Aamir’s latest film is the action adventure movie ‘Dhoom 3’ of 2013, one of the highest grossing Bollywood films in India and abroad.