Aamir Khan is a name that needs no introduction. Mr.Perfectionist, as he is popularly known, has earned his tag not by chasing stardom but by concentrating on improving his craft. A special quality that sets Aamir Khan apart from the rest of Bollywood is his ability to completely immerse himself into his role. The actor has time and again proven that he will do anything needed to get into the skin of the character and that clearly reflects in the quality of his performances in movies. Usually, fans of the superstars in Bollywood are divided into groups who are always waiting to troll a rival superstars fanbase on every opportunity. However, this isn’t the case with Aamir Khan. As Aamir Khan movies are always loved and watched by everyone. This is in fact not only a testament to his acting but also the quality of his movies. He has become an actor who prioritizes quality over quantity and that ensures there’s always great excitement about his films. So, on the occasion of this superstar’s birthday, we list 5 iconic Aamir Khan movies.
Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Cast: Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Sheikh, Sanya Malhotra and Zaira Wasim
Dangal is one of the few films that both inspires and entertains you. This Aamir Khan movie is inspired by the life of Mahavir Singh Phogat and his fascinating journey of inspiring his daughters in their journey to becoming world class wrestlers. After giving up on his dream of securing a gold medal for India in the olympics, Mahavir begins to hope for a son hoping that his child will fulfil his wish. Later, when his wife gives birth to his fourth daughter, it seems that his dream of winning India a gold is slipping away.
One fine day, the parents of two young boys turn up at his house complaining that his daughters beat them up.
And that’s when it struck him that the value of gold always remains the same, whether it is a boy who wins it or a girl. Since that moment, his priorities are only focused on his daughters and their training. The rest of the Aamir Khan movie serves as a part sports drama and part social commentary on the oppression of females that is still an unfortunate part of the society.
Nitesh Tiwari’s style of storytelling keeps you engrossed throughout the film as it is packed with humour along with delivering an important message. Aamir Khan also began working on his haryanvi accent five months before the film went on floors. His logic was that getting the hang of Haryanvi before the camera rolled would allow him to concentrate on his performance. He then wouldn’t have to bother with the parlance and tonality. He could be free to breathe life into Mahavir Singh Phogat on screen.
Taare Zameen Par (2007)
Director: Aamir Khan
Cast: Aamir Khan, Darsheel Safary and Tisca Chopra
Taare Zameen Par without a doubt was a very special film for Aamir Khan as with this project he also donned the hats of director and producer along with acting. First of all, we just wanted to bring it out there that Taare Zaameen is not a movie for children. In fact, it is not even a movie for special children. This Aamir Khan movie shows us how the uncompromising expectations of the world has resulted children missing out on their own childhood. Its about how each child does not get the attention and care needed in this world that is bounded by time.
It looks like the film does ride on the standard formula by tiptoeing into the mind of a child who is labelled as a duffer. In fact, have been guilty of facing these instances during our childhood in some degree or the other. The film does an exceptional job in rekindling those uncomfortable moments of our childhood but reassures us that hey, it’s quite okay to be out-of-the-box.
Rang De Basanti (2006)
Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Cast: Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Kunal Kapoor, Soha Ali Khan and Sharman Joshi
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra made a film that gets made once in a decade. Every youngster could see himself in Aamir’s Daljeet aka DJ, a fun-loving, loyal chap who would turn the world upside down for his friends.
The frizzy hairdo, the devil-may-care disposition and the underlying intensity made Aamir’s performance stand out from an eclectic ensemble cast.
This Aamir Khan movie had a parallel story arc, one strand was contemporary, the other historical. Aamir’s bravura performance created history in this epic film about freedom and fervour.
3 Idiots (2009)
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Cast: Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi and Aamir Khan
A 44-year-old playing a teenager… only Aamir Khan could have worked it. Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots featured Aamir as a happy-go-lucky engineering student who’s wiser than his peers and the principal too.
That he had lost oodles of weight didn’t matter. What caught everyone’s attention was the change in his body language.
The effortless manner with which Aamir’s Rancho explained life truths about education, aptitude and achievement gave you hope that you could still pursue your dreams and be counted a success.
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Cast: Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh Raghubir Yadav and Rachel Shelly
Aamir Khan’s single-handed intensity and earnestness made sure Ashutosh Gowariker’s epic Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India created records in India, in the West and even on the Oscar stage. Superstar Aamir played the rustic boy, who inspires clueless village folk to stand up to the tyranny of the British Empire.
The word inspiring seems inadequate to describe the impact of Aamir’s performance in Lagaan. It was a role and a film that literally made history. Also, it was a precursor to the 100 crore mania… a trailblazing benchmark for the commerce of cinema.