Aamir Khan, the perfectionist turns 49

By Aparna Mudi | Last Updated: Mar 14, 2014, 14:18 PM IST

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New Delhi: Aamir Khan, the perfectionist, celebrates is 49th birthday on Friday, 14th March. He has had an incredible 2013, with `Dhoom 3` breaking all records and earning 500 crores.

Aamir was born in Mumbai to Tahir Hussain and Zeenat Hussain in 1965. He first worked in the theatre and as an assistant director for his uncle Nasir Hussain`s movies. He also worked with FTII students in documentaries from where he was picked up by Ketan Mehta for a small budget movie, `Holi` (1984). Rest as they say is history.

`Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak` was his first big release opposite Juhi Chawla and both became stars overnight. His performances were appreciated in almost all his ventures and even though some of his movies did not do well, the 1990s saw his steady rise in the industry. Aamir eventually turned choosy with his roles, doing one or two films in a year. In 2001 he turned producer with `Lagaan`, which was nominated for the Oscar Awards that year. 2007 saw him don the cap of the director with `Taare Zameen Par`. He was lauded for a heart-warming film on children with Dyslexia.

`3 Idiots`, an adaptation of a Chetan Bhagat book, directed by Raj Kumar Hirani, starring Aamir, Sharman Joshi, R Madhavan and Kareena Kapoor broke all Box Office records and also got a lot of critical acclaim. Recently, `Dhoom 3` broke the records of `3 Idiots`. This movie also saw him in a negative role for the first time.

His talent has been recognised world over and he has been honoured with four National Film Awards and seven Filmfare Awards, and was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Shri in 2003 and the Padma Bhushan in 2010.

Aamir is a humanitarian, and supports many social causes. His television debut `Satyamev Jayate` deals with social issues like female feoticide, rape, dowry, alcoholism etc. It is not just that, Aamir is possibly the biggest commercial actor who is known to experiment with his looks, characters and roles.