Aamir was first introduced as a child artiste in the 1970′s hit Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973) — he was the youngest child in the trio. He ‘quit’ movies and went on to become the state tennis champion for Maharashtra. Aamir also fell in love with the girl next door in the meantime. He proposed to her the day he turned 21, and she accepted. But apparently, there was opposition since she was from a Hindu family and he, from a devout Islamic one. So, they eloped, got married and returned to their homes. Aamir’s wife Reena even appears in the song “Papa Kehte Hain” that made him the darling of the nation.
From the tremendous success of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), which was released when he was 23, he has blossomed into India’s finest actor. His list of sterling performances include Dil (1990), _Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1990)_, _Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992)_, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), Andaz Apna Apna (1994), Bollywood Dreams (1995), Raja Hindustani (1996), Ishq (1997), Ghulam (1998) and Sarfarosh (1999).
His performance in Earth (1998) as the Ice-Candy man has received rave reviews from Indian and International critics. Using classic “method acting”, Aamir acts in all genres of Indian films – comedy, action, drama and romance. Though he performs in few films, Aamir Khan is acknowleged today as the most complete Indian actor for his diverse choice of roles and films.
Every film I do means a lot to me. The failure of Mela, definitely made a difference to me. I am not comfortable with the idea of my films not releasing to their full potential.
“There’s a lot of talent both in India and Pakistan. I think the talent in both these two countries should come together and entertain the world audience. If the right offer and opportunity comes my way, I’d love to do a movie in Pakistan.” (12 May 2006).
Film making is like fighting a war with leadership at the front.
I found that what happened 150 years ago was happening again with Americans entering other countries and exploiting them but pretending they were doing a favor. It was this contemporary feel that attracted me.
My son is a harsh critic.
I enjoy the love I receive from my fans and my audience. But I think I know what is real for me and what is not.