Mumbai: Aamir Khan, or more so popularly known as Mr Perfectionist in the film Industry and the Nation turned 56 today.
Having gifted the nation several films and features to rejoice with, let’s just recap his life a bit.
Having been born into an already ‘filmy’ family, it was quite sure of him to enter the industry himself. He made his debut with ‘Qayamat se Qayamat tak(1988)’ and won the hearts of the women in the country.
The Industry was then dominated by angry young men but with the debut of Aamir Khan, the women fell for the chocolate boy. Blessed with good looks and a quirky smile, he roared his way through the early 90s Bollywood. Aamir cemented his place in the industry with films like,Jo jeeta wohi Sikandar(1992), Andaz Apna Apna(1994), Rangeela(1995), Earth(1998) and Sarfarosh(1999).
The 90s were a success for him but what lay for him in the 2000s was something no one could have ever thought of. With Ashutosh Gowarikar, he made Lagaan(2001) and that was a film India will remember forever. India’s entry into the Academy Awards that year was with Lagaan and thus it also began the era of Blockbuster films. Post Lagaan came, Dil Chahta Hain(2001) a coming of age story of romance and friendship.The Farhan Akhtar film starring Aamir Khan created history and is still remembered to be one of the best friendship stories ever created in Bollywood. The film broke stigmas and raised important questions regarding love and friendship. Post Dil Chahta hain, he went on a hiatus and came back with Rang De Basanti (2006), a film about revolutionaries, then came Fanaa, Taare Zameen Par, Ghajini and 3idiots. All these films were unique in their own sense and held a special place in every Indian’s Heart.
Aamir started creating records, with the Ghajini the first ever 100cr film, then 3idiots the first ever 200cr film, then came PK the first ever 300cr film and then Dangal, the first domestic collection film ever with 383cr.
He has been credited with creating stories with unique plotlines and a story different from any other story in the industry. His devotion to the craft and his sharp mind has made him what he is today. He also did ‘Satyamev Jayate’ which talked about the society’s taboos and injustice and brought forward the victims to hail them as winners on National television.
The show was met with positive reviews from people all over the nation and had won everybody’s hearts. He was the first Commercial actor in Bollywood to shun the Award shows and stopped visiting them. His dedication to his craft was seen with his frequent looks change and body transformation for different films. With a severe body transformation for Dangal, a haircut for Ghajini, a nude scene for PK and even a voiceover for a dog in Dil Dhadakne Do, he sure gave in his everything for his roles.
Aamir surely has a few films lined up but he also wins the heart of his fans with activism and the courage to speak out the truth. He fell in a lot of controversies for these and had even lost the title of his ‘Incredible India’ brand ambassador but nothing was able to stop him in his track of success, and with only at the age of 56, Mr Perfectionist has a lot more to do.