He might be turning fifty-two, but he can gracefully get into the skin of a twenty-something college student. While other actors of his age have chosen to get stereotyped and play similar characters time and again, this man dons different avatars every time he appears on the silver screen. Not just acting, he has ventured into direction and production as well and churned out gold in every field he has crapshoot into. Yes, you’ve guessed it right. We are talking about Aamir Khan- the flag-bearer of some of the finest Bollywood films! Today, as he celebrates his fifty-second birthday, let us take a look at some of his finest films till date:
There was a time when Aamir was a lesser star and his films didn’t always meet the same fate as they do now. And it was during this period that Bollywood witnessed one of the finest, yet underrated cop-dramas of all times. The story of a young medical student, who quit his studies and joined the IPS to avenge the death of his brother, was entertaining as well as hard-hitting. Aamir’s portrayal of A.C.P Ajay Singh Rathore is one of the most memorable roles till date, not because it was another ‘Dabangg’ or ‘Singham’, but because it had a more realistic touch to it. The movie was awarded a National Award as well!
9) Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar
This film is special for two reasons- first, it strengthened Aamir’s status in mainstream cinema and second, it gave us one of the finest love songs in the form of ‘Pehla Nasha’. It is the story of a poor carefree college student, Sanjay who comes face to face with his responsibilities following his brother’s accident and how he breaks past all barriers to win his girl’s heart and the Inter-College Marathon Cycle Race. The film was admired by one and all (especially the youth) and it went on to win the Filmfare Award for best film.
8) Andaz Apna Apna
The first thing that might have struck your mind is ‘Crime Master Gogo’ or ‘Mogambo ka Bhatija’. But Andaz Apna Apna is way above its hilarious dialogues. A cornball classic tale of two friends Amar and Prem, who want to get rich by marrying a rich heiress and the journey that follows thereafter, could undoubtedly be declared as one of the best comedies produced in India. The film went on to achieve a ‘cult’ status and won Aamir a Filmfare Nomination.
Who knew that Aamir could create ripples at the box office with his alien avatar! But as expected, Aamir’s curious, yet bone-tickling take on God and God-Men found a way into people’s heart. A beautifully crafted narrative, engraved with chunks of humor as well as emotions, was something which left a hard-hitting impact on the audience. It was one of the highest grossing films of all times until it was recently dethroned by another Aamir starter, Dangal!
6) Dil Chahta Hai
This coming-of-age drama about three friends Aakash, Sameer and Siddharth, who share a deep bond but are separated due to certain conflicts and how they finally reunite, shall always hold a special place in my heart. This National Award winning film not only paved the way for thousands of other movies of this genre but also made Goa a favorite youth destination. And frankly, we couldn’t have asked for more!
5) Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
Lagaan is not just a movie; it is an emotion that flows through the hearts of millions of Indians. Set in the period of British Raj in India, the story revolves around a small village whose inhabitants, burdened by high taxes, find themselves in an extraordinary situation as an arrogant officer challenges them to a game of Cricket as a wager to avoid taxes. Aamir’s portrayal of Bhuvan was simply spot-on and it was perhaps his career defining performance! Lagaan became the third Indian film to be nominated for the Academy Awards and was honored with eight National Awards and nine Filmfare Awards amongst others.
4) Rang De Basanti
How often do you see a film which knocks up the patriotism in your blood and leaves you teary-eyed with its heart-wrenching climax? This hard-hitting drama is about five friends who have been selected to portray Indian Freedom Fighters in a documentary and how an unfaithful chain of events awakens the patriotism in them. Aamir’s character Daljeet was an instant hit with the masses and so was the parallelism that drove the narrative. The film won a BAFTA nomination and was declared the ‘Best Picture’ at the Filmfare Awards!
3) 3 Idiots
The recipe for a perfect entertainer, amidst the backdrop of a social message can only be found in an Aamir Khan film! My personal favorite, Aamir Khan’s portrayal of Ranchoddas who has a refreshing outlook towards life, was loved by one and all. The rejuvenating plot (with a fair share of ‘flashbacks’) and some brilliant performances by the ensemble helped earn this film three National Awards and five Filmfare Awards amongst many others. The best part it- every time you watch it, your fondness for it will grow stronger and stronger!
2) Taare Zameen Par
My personal favorite and a hands-down winner among all the films listed so far, this Aamir Khan directorial is an eye-opener for the millions of parents worldwide. The story revolves around Ishaan Awasthi, a dyslexic boy who finds it difficult to read and write at school, gets a new meaning in life when a new art teacher, Ram Shankar Nikumbh helps him discover his true identity. Aamir Khan’s character was excellently enacted, but it was Darsheel Safary, who lent the movie its soul. A winner of National Award, this film has made millions of people weep with its unusual and heart-touching content, not to forget the cult classic ‘Meri Maa’!
“Bohut ho gayi Pehelwani, ab dangal hoga”
Just when you think this was Aamir’s best performance till date, Aamir Khan comes up with a film that displays his acting prowess at a notch higher level. With Dangal, Aamir not only displayed his startling acting skills but also underwent a tremendous transformation- something which very few actors would dare to do. The story of Mahavir Singh Phogat, who taught wrestling to his daughters Geeta and Babita and led Geeta to win Gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, was received with open arms by the audiences. Aamir went on to win the Filmfare Award for ‘Best Actor’ and the film became the highest grossing film domestically and the second highest grosser worldwide!
Seriously, Aamir, we couldn’t thank you more for showering these gems on Bollywood. Once again, Happy Birthday!
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