Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan ( born 14 March 1965) is an Indian actor, director, filmmaker, and television talk show host. Through his career spanning over 30 years in Hindi films, Khan has established himself as one of the most popular and influential actors of Indian cinema. He has a large global following, especially in India and China, and has been described by Newsweek as “the biggest movie star” in the world.
Khan is the recipient of numerous awards, including nine Filmfare Awards, four National Film Awards, and an AACTA Award. He was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Shri in 2003 and the Padma Bhushan in 2010, and received an honorary title from the Government of China in 2017. For years, he has been regularly listed one among The 500 Most Influential Muslims of the world.
|Khan at an event for NDTV in 2012|
|Born||Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan |
14 March 1965 (age 56)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
|Occupation||· Actor |
· talk-show host
|Net worth||$180 million (2020)|
|Spouse(s)||· Reena Dutta |
(m. 1986; div. 2002)
· Kiran Rao
|Parent(s)||· Tahir Hussain (father)|
|Relatives||See Khan–Hussain family|
|Honours||Padma Shri (2003) |
Padma Bhushan (2010)
National Treasure of India, Government of China (2017)
Early life and background
Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan was born on 14 March 1965 in Bombay to Tahir Hussain, a film producer, and Zeenat Hussain. Several of his relatives were members of the Hindi film industry, including his late paternal uncle, producer-director Nasir Hussain. Outside the movie industry, he is also related to Abul Kalam Azad through his grandmother.
Khan is the eldest of four siblings; he has a brother—Faisal Khan—and two sisters, Farhat and Nikhat Khan. His nephew, Imran Khan, is a contemporary Hindi film actor. Khan is also the second cousin of six-time MLA, former BJP vice president and current Governor of Manipur Najma Heptulla, who is the grand-niece of Abul Kalam Azad.
1984–1989: Debut and career challenges
In addition to assisting Hussain, Khan acted in documentaries directed by the students of the Film and Television Institute of India. Director Ketan Mehta noticed Khan in those films, and offered him a role in the low-budget experimental film Holi.
1990–2001: Successful career and acting break
Khan performed in five films released in 1990. He found no success in Awwal Number, Tum Mere Ho, Deewana Mujh Sa Nahin, or Jawani Zindabad. However, the Indra Kumar-directed romantic drama Dil —a tale of parental opposition to teenage love—(opposite Madhuri Dixit) was a major success; it was highly popular among the youth, and emerged as the highest-grossing Hindi film of the year.
2005–2007: Acting comeback and directorial debut
Khan made a comeback in 2005 as the lead in Ketan Mehta’s Mangal Pandey: The Rising, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Rang De Basanti was Khan’s first film in 2006. His performance was critically acclaimed, earning him a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor and various nominations for Best Actor.
2008–present: Resurgence and global success
In 2008, Khan appeared in the movie Ghajini. The film was a major commercial success and became the highest-grossing Bollywood movie of that year. For his performance in the film, Khan received several Best Actor nominations at various award ceremonies as well as his fifteenth Filmfare Best Actor nomination.
Film production and direction
Khan co-wrote the screenplay and script for Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, where he also starred in the lead role. Khan began working as a producer after he set up Aamir Khan Productions in 1999, with Lagaan being its first film. It was selected as India’s official entry to the 74th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category, for which it became India’s third nominee ever; it eventually lost the award to Bosnian film No Man’s Land.
Khan made his television debut with his talk show, Satyamev Jayate, which dealt with social issues, on 6 May 2012. Khan was paid Rs. 30 million per episode to host, making him the highest paid host in Indian television industry as of June 2012. On the radio, Khan said that in view of a phenomenal public response, he would come up with a second season of the show.
In the media
In a 2009 interview, Khan stated that he tends to take an independent approach to the world of filmmaking, noting that he does not “do different things; I try to do it in a different manner. I think every person should follow his/her dream and try and make it possible to create an ability to achieve it backed by its practicality.”
Khan married Reena Dutta, who had a small part in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, on 18 April 1986. They have two children: a son named Junaid and a daughter, Ira. Dutta was involved briefly in Khan’s career when she worked as a producer for Lagaan. In December 2002, Khan filed for divorce and Dutta took custody of both children.