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For someone who kick-started his Bollywood career as a hero in stereotypical films, turning towards experimental films wouldn’t have come easy. From a child artist in ‘Yaadon Ki Baarat’ to an industry heavyweight in the present time, Aamir Khan has evolved as an artist. This multi-talented personality has transformed into an institution of great learning and many can follow in his footsteps to emerge as a victor in the field of showbiz. On NMTV Profiles this weekend, we have Aamir Khan – the Perfectionist.
Mr. Perfectionist’ is a tag that has always been associated with Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan. Aamir Khan’s career being a lead actor commenced with the movie “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak”, starring Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla.From his debut itself, the film established Aamir Khan as a lead hero in Hindi film industry and ushered freshness in Bollywood.Starting his career as a child actor in his uncle Nasir Hussain’s film Yaadon Ki Baaraat in 1973, Aamir Khan began his professional career eleven years later with Holi in1984 and had his first commercial success with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak in 1988. After eight previous nominations during the 1980s and 1990s, Aamir Khan received his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his performance in the major grosser Raja Hindustani.Later Aamir Khan earned his second Best Actor award for his performance in Lagaan, which also marked the debut of his own production company. The movie was the Academy Award-nominated film of the year. In addition, Lagaan grew to become one of the highest grossing movies in the history of Bollywood.Aamir Khan is the actor who introduced the concept of one movie a year but every movie was worth the wait. He is known for his outstanding integrity and intensity. While other Bollywood stars churn out dozens of films, Khan has opted to appear in one carefully chosen film a year, fully dedicating his time and energy to strong, selective roles. In the list of his memorable performances are Dil Chahta Hai that ushered in a new era of movie making in Indian cinema courtesy its youth flavor.His versatility and dedication to live upto every bit of the role that he plays was evident in Gajini. The actor made his bald look with a streak on his head a fashion statement with many youth going for the haircut during the release of the film. Aamir worked to tone his body and also develop 6 packs for the film. What differentiates Aamir Khan from other big actors of his league is that he often chooses stories that have a social message and evoke patriotism; something on the lines of yesteryear superstar Manoj Kumar. Be it Mangal Pandey, Lagaan or 3 Idiots that highlighted the ills of the Indian education system and went on to become the highest grossing Bollywood film. He has proven that Bollywood films can be artfully executed, address important issues, and draw large crowds both in India and abroad. Rang De Basanti perhaps tops this list for connecting with the nation’s youth and awakening the young generation. Released on republic Day in 2006, Aamir’s ‘Rang De Basanti’ was one of those youth-centric films that struck an emotional chord with the audiences. The film kept the Box Office ringing and Aamir was receiving accolades for his stunning performance characters of freedom fighter Chandrashekhar Azad.
Another Aamir Khan masterpiece was the movie Taare Zameen Par. This film based on the life of a child suffering from dyslexia was surrounded by controversies prior to its release but turned out to be one of the best films ever made in the history of Indian Cinema. Produced and directed by Aamir, ‘Taare Zameen Par’ connected both with the masses and the critics to emerge as a film that talks about the system of education and children’s psyche.Aamir certainly deserves a pat on his back for coming with such a lovely message through Taare Zameen Par.Meanwhile, movies being made under Aamir’s banner are too are leaving their own mark. For instance Delhi Belly, Peepli Live, Dhobi Ghat and even Jaanu Tu Ya Jaane Na. Aamir Khan’s midas touch has made him one of the highest paid brand ambassador ! And all brand he endorses, run promotion campaigns with a message.And now the quiet Khan will become a game changer across entertainment formats. This year, he will cross over to the other side, television. He is also the only actor in Indian Cinema who has become the national brand ambassador of UNICEF to promote nutrition & child rights.In spite of all these accomplishments, Aamir is surprisingly down to earth, a bold critic and refreshingly unpretentious. Aamir Khan is a classic icon of a super-talented performer who dons the cap of an actor, director, producer and a brand ambassador as and when required with ease and élan. Perhaps that is why Aamir Khan is a genius and a personification of perfectionism !