Aamir Khan: Famous Bollywood Superstar
By Emmanuel Njuma
F&B Series: Who Is Your Favorite Bollywood Star?
Bollywood superstars compete for the love of billions of fans, and we all have our favorites. Is it Shahrukh Khan? Or Salman Khan? Katrina Kaif? My favourite is Aamir Khan.
Aamir Khan: My Favourite Bollywood Actor
Khan earned his superstar chops with a long string of hit movies, and not just as an actor, but as director and producer. His popularity is not just based, as is often the case, on looks or romance-appeal—but on creative ability and acting skill.
Aamir Khan’s Star Rising
Khan was born on 14th March 1965, but took his first part as young master Aamir at the tender age of 8 in the popular film Yadon Ki Baaraat in 1973. Although yet a child the experience propelled him to pursue his dream come to become an actor.
This saw him take part and emerge a bonafide superstar as lead in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak in 1988, which earned him best debut actor in the prestigious FilmFare. Prior to that, he had been noticed in with the Holi in 1984.
A Selective Actor
Aamir Khan’s selectiveness was legend in Bollywood, and resulted in him almost disappearing from the film industry for a few years. Of course, famously, he made his superstar comeback in 2001 in Lagaan.
Khan was nominated and awarded various prizes as the Best Actor. His selectiveness in roles, meant he only starred in one or two per year, but this paid off with credits such as Lagaan, which swept the International Film Festivals and made him famous worldwide. Originally the part was offered to Shahrukh Khan, another superstar. Lagaan was Aamir Khan’s first venture as a producer.
Below: Lagaan marked Aamir Khan’s debut as a superstar. He also produced the film:
After Lagaan, a Victorian-period story billed as “Once Upon a Time in India”, Khan followed by several successful films such as Fanaa, Taare Zameen Par, Ghajini, 3 Idiots, and Satyamev Jayate in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012 respectively.
Below: 3 Idiots was one of the biggest hits in Bollywood history, a comedy featuring Aamir Khan:
3 Idiots a Comic Hit
One of my favourites of all times is 3 Idiots, which allowed Khan to show his comic flair. Released in 2009, the Bollywood comedy film was directed by Rajkumar Hirani and won the prestigious Best Picture at the Bollywood Awards. A masterful screenplay by Abhijat Joshi, had audiences roaring with laughter and shedding the odd tear, despite the length of the film. In the first week or so, the film crossed the INR100 crore (US$18.1 million) benchmark, which in India makes it one of the kings of the box office.
The film was produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and was based on a touching novel Five Point Someone, authored by Chetan Bhagat. With a superb cast—of course, featuring my favourite star Aamir Khan—3 Idiots remains memorable as a penultimate Bollywood film. It stars Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Omi Vaidya, Parikshit Sahni and Boman Irani.
Besides acting, Khan’s production and television has made him the richest actor cum host in the Indian Bollywood cinema. That is, hosting Satyamev Jayate pays him 3 crore rupees for every event. As at present the Satyamev Jayate show is taking over the Bollywood Indian film industry.
Below: From Ghajini, Aamir Khan in top form in 2008:
Aamir Khan Very Cautious
Aamir Khan was cautious with parts. He did not hurry into any role. He also didn’t rush starting his own production company—even though he had the opportunity to inherit his uncle’s production company—and this despite the fact that superstar’s are almost expected to do so.
Khan took part in a number of public service spots, such as UNICEF child nutrition promotion and IEC campaign on malnutrition. Most of commercials he featured in were extraordinary and with a humanitarian message. Khan was more interested in the betterment of humanity than making money and was as selective in commercials as he was in film.
Khan’s Status Based on Talent
Aamir Khan is my favourite superstar in Bollywood, and certainly known as one of the most famous actors in the Bollywood film industry. This was based on artistic ability, his ability to pick roles, and—in my mind anyway—his achievements and contributions in the society. His popularity around the world earns him a permanent place in the Bollywood Hall of Fame.