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Aamir Khan is an Indian film actor, producer, director, playback singer, screenwriter, and television personality. Khan first appeared on screen at the age of eight in a cameo appearance for his uncle Nasir Hussain's film Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973). In 1983, he acted in and worked as an assistant director on Paranoia, a short film directed by Aditya Bhattacharya, following which he assisted Hussain on two of his directorial ventures—Manzil Manzil (1984) and Zabardast (1985). As an adult, Khan's first acting project was a brief role in the 1984 experimental social drama Holi.
Khan's first leading role came opposite Juhi Chawla in the highly successful tragic romance Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988). His performance in the film and in the thriller Raakh (1989) earned him a Special Jury Award at the 36th National Film Awards ceremony. Khan followed this initial success by featuring in a series of box office flops before starring opposite Madhuri Dixit in Dil—a major financial success. He subsequently starred in several commercially successful films in the early 1990s, including the romantic comedy Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1991), the sports film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992), the comedy-drama Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), for which he co-wrote the screenplay with Robin Bhatt, and the musical drama Rangeela (1995). The 871 million (about US$24.5 million in 1996)[I]-grossing romance Raja Hindustani (1996) garnered Khan his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor, and he followed it by playing against type in the Deepa Mehta-directed Canadian-Indian co-production Earth (1998). He featured in the moderately successful action dramas Ghulam (1998), in which he also sang the song "Aati Kya Khandala", and Sarfarosh (1999), but found no success in his next two releases—the romance Mann (1999) and the drama Mela (2000).
In 1999, Khan started a production company, Aamir Khan Productions, whose first release Lagaan (2001) was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and earned him the National Film Award for Best Popular Film and two Filmfare Awards—Best Film and Best Actor. Also in 2001, he starred alongside Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna in the critically acclaimed drama Dil Chahta Hai. Lagaan and Dil Chahta Hai are cited in the media as defining films of Hindi cinema. In 2003, Khan featured in a music video for Roop Kumar Rathod's song "Jab Bhi Chum Leta Hoon". He was awarded the National Film Award for Best Exploration/Adventure Film for producing Madness in the Desert (2004), a documentary on the making of Lagaan. After a four-year absence from film, Khan portrayed the eponymous lead in Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005), a period film that underperformed at the box office. In 2006, he played leading roles in the box office hits Fanaa and Rang De Basanti; the latter earned him the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. The following year, Khan made his directorial debut with Taare Zameen Par, a drama on dyslexia starring Darsheel Safary, in which Khan also played a supporting role. The film proved a critical and commercial success, winning him the National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare and two more trophies at Filmfare—Best Film and Best Direction.
Khan produced the romantic comedy Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na in 2008, after which he played a man suffering from anterograde amnesia in the highly successful psychological thriller Ghajini. Khan then played an engineering student in the top grossing comedy-drama 3 Idiots (2009), and a reclusive artist in the critically acclaimed drama Dhobi Ghat (2010), which he also produced. He worked further as a producer on the satire Peepli Live (2010) and the black comedy Delhi Belly (2011); he also performed an item number in the latter. In 2012, Khan developed and featured as the host of the first season of the television talk show Satyamev Jayate. That same year, he produced and starred as a police inspector in the supernatural thriller Talaash: The Answer Lies Within, and reprised his role for an episode of the C.I.D. television series. He co-starred alongside Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra as the antagonist of the over 5 billion (US$81 million)-grossing adventure film Dhoom 3 in 2013. Following the role, he returned to television in 2014 to host the second and third seasons of Satyamev Jayate. Three of Khan's films—Ghajini, 3 Idiots, and Dhoom 3— have held records for being the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|Yaadon Ki Baaraat||1973||Yes||Young Ratan[II]||Minor role|||
|Madhosh||1974||Yes||Young Raj[III]||Minor role|||
|Paranoia||1983||Yes||Assistant director||Unknown||Short film|||
|Manzil Manzil||1984||Assistant director|||
|Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak||1988||Yes||Assistant writer||Raj||National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film) (also for Raakh)|
Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
|Raakh||1989||Yes||Amir Hussein||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|||
|Love Love Love||1989||Yes||Amit|||
|Tum Mere Ho||1990||Yes||Shiva|||
|Dil||1990||Yes||Raja||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|||
|Deewana Mujh Sa Nahin||1990||Yes||Ajay Sharma|||
|Jawani Zindabad||1990||Yes||Shashi Sharma|||
|Afsana Pyaar Ka||1991||Yes||Raj|||
|Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin||1991||Yes||Raghu Jetley||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|||
|Isi Ka Naam Zindagi||1992||Yes||Chotu|||
|Daulat Ki Jung||1992||Yes||Rajesh Chaudhry|||
|Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar||1992||Yes||Sanjaylal Sharma||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|||
|Pehla Nasha||1993||Yes||Himself||Cameo appearance|||
|Damini – Lightning||1993||Yes||Himself||Cameo appearance|||
|Parampara||1993||Yes||Ranbir Prithvi Singh|||
|Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke||1993||Yes||Screenwriter||Rahul Malhotra||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|||
|Andaz Apna Apna||1994||Yes||Amar Manohar||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|||
|Aatank Hi Aatank||1995||Yes||Rohan|||
|Akele Hum Akele Tum||1995||Yes||Rohit Kumar||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|||
|Raja Hindustani||1996||Yes||Raja Hindustani||Filmfare Award for Best Actor|||
|Ghulam||1998||Yes||Playback singer||Siddharth Marathe||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer
|Earth||1998||Yes||Dil Navaz||Canadian-Indian film|
Released in India as 1947: Earth
|Sarfarosh||1999||Yes||Ajay Singh Rathod||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|||
|Mann||1999||Yes||Dev Karan Singh|||
|Mela||2000||Yes||Playback singer||Kishan Pyare|||
|Lagaan||2001||Yes||Yes||Bhuvan||National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment|
Filmfare Award for Best Film
Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
|Dil Chahta Hai||2001||Yes||Akash Malhotra||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|||
|Madness in the Desert||2004||Yes||Yes||Himself||Documentary film|
Also known as Chale Chalo: The Lunacy of Film Making
National Film Award for Best Exploration/Adventure Film
|Mangal Pandey: The Rising||2005||Yes||Playback singer||Mangal Pandey||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|||
|Rang De Basanti||2006||Yes||Playback singer||Daljit "DJ" Singh/|
|Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor|
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
|Taare Zameen Par||2007||Yes||Yes||Director/|
|Ram Shankar Nikumbh||National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare|
Filmfare Award for Best Film
Filmfare Award for Best Director
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
|Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na||2008||Yes||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Film|||
|Ghajini||2008||Yes||Sanjay Singhania||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|||
|Luck by Chance||2009||Yes||Himself||Cameo appearance|||
|3 Idiots||2009||Yes||Ranchhoddas "Rancho" Shamaldas Chanchad/|
|Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|||
|Peepli Live||2010||Yes||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Film|||
|Big in Bollywood||2011||Yes||Himself||Documentary film|||
|Delhi Belly||2011||Yes||Yes||Disco Fighter||Special appearance in song "I Hate You (Like I Love You)"|
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Film
|Talaash: The Answer Lies Within||2012||Yes||Yes||Surjan Singh Shekhawat|||
|Bombay Talkies||2013||Yes||Himself||Special appearance in song "Apna Bombay Talkies"|||
|Dhoom 3||2013||Yes||Sahir Khan/Samar Khan[VI]|||
|Satyamev Jayate||2012–14||Host||Himself||Season 1, Season 2 & Season 3|||
|C.I.D.||2012||Surjan Singh Shekhawat||B. P. Singh||"Red Suitcase Murders"|||
|"Jab Bhi Chum Leta Hoon"||2003||Roop Kumar Rathod||Ashok Mehra||Pyar Ka Jashn|||
^[I] The exchange rate in 1996 was 35.49 Indian rupees () per 1 US dollar (US$).
^[II] Khan played the younger version of Tariq Khan's character in the film.
^[III] Khan played the younger version of Mahendra Sandhu's character in the film.
^[IV] Khan played a character who portrays Chandrashekar Azad in a documentary featured in the film.
^[V] Khan played a character who impersonates another man in the film.
^[VI] Khan performed dual roles in the film.