Actor Aamir Khan has turned 54 today, on March 14. The actor is more popularly known as Mr Perfectionist among his industry fellows and fans. There’s a legit reason behind the same. Aamir is one of those rare actors who refuses to come on the screen every year trying to be in the race of collecting more Rs 100 crore grossers in their name. Instead, he believes in investing his maximum time on one film at a time, polishing his craft through that one project and come on the screen after making sure he has given his best to it. Aamir is also someone who doesn’t only look after just his job but also contributes to the other aspect of filmmaking. It’s not just a film for him, it’s a package of entertainment and Aamir is believed to be always on his toes while keeping a track of how his film is shaping up in various departments.
The same perfectionist attitude of the actor has resulted in some of the most remembered on-screen characters in Hindi cinema. Check out the list of the characters performed by Aamir in his films, that possibly only he could do with such remarkable perfection.
1. Amir Hussein in Raakh(1989)
Aamir Khan in a still from Raakh
Aamir Khan played an intense character of a man who goes on a killing spree to avenge the death of his lady love who was raped. Raakh cements the fact that Aamir, from the very beginning of his career, was only interested in doing content-driven cinema. The film wasn’t accepted by the masses but Aamir’s performance is still considered one of his bests on-screen. It has found special mention in National Awards and is also an important cinematic experience for the one doing film studies.
2. Sanju in Joh Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992)
Aamir Khan in a still from Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
It’s is a sports drama and is considered a cult film without the heavy doses of romance in the era when every other male actor was either doing chest-thumping action or investing his energies in wooing the girl around. Aamir decided to play a character which represents a boy-next-door, someone who hasn’t done anything in his entire life but when destiny gives him a chance to change things for him, he holds the ladder and walks up to the top.
3. Munna in Rangeela (1995)
Aamir Khan and Urmila Matondkar in a still from Rangeela
Aamir gave one of the most celebrated tapori characters to Hindi cinema with Ram Gopal Varma’s Rangeela. His role stands as an inspiration to actors trying to bring the same nonchalance and rugged attitude in their performance even today. Aamir’s transformation from a college boy to a tough tapori only shows his faith in keep experimenting with his craft.
4. Siddhu Marathe in Ghulam (1998)
His performance as a goon in the film opposite Rani Mukerji is one of his career’s most recognised roles. Aamir’s ‘Ae Kya Bolti Tu’ is a part of the popular culture. The audience loved the warmth of his character that lied beneath the layer of a tough young street man-stance.
5. Dil Navaz in 1947: Earth (1998)
Aamir Khan and Nandita Das in a still from 1947: Earth
Aamir’s belief in good content while overlooking the boundaries of commercial and parallel cinema was proven with this Deepa Mehta film. He played an intense character who emerged as one of his most relatable and honest portrayal of a common man till date. Earth gave Aamir what his other contemporaries lacked – the position of being both a star and an actor.
6. ACP Ajay Singh Rathore in Sarfarosh (1999)
Aamir Khan in a still from Sarfarosh
Aamir Khan played a cop who’s on a mission. The sincerity and discipline of his character got a thumbs up from the audience. He wasn’t a cop flaunting his badges and doing an unbelievable action on-screen. He was like a real-life cop, the one who believes in more action, less conversation and the one who leads his life in a no-nonsense style.
7. Bhuvan in Lagaan (2001)
Nowhere before in Hindi cinema, a film on cricket received a positive response from the audience. Nowhere before in Hindi cinema a period drama so long had a good Box Office run. And yet Aamir went ahead with the film ignoring all the things that ‘were’. His conviction in the film’s story and its director did the trick and Lagaan emerged as one of the most successful films of his career. There was no looking back for Aamir after this. The stardom was here to stay.
8. Akash in Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
The year saw Aamir giving another film that was on its way to being a cult drama on friendship. There’s no millennial who didn’t want to plan a trip to Goa after watching the film. Aamir’s Akash in the film was a carefree young man, who never believed in the concept of love until he met a girl and his life gets changed forever. Aamir’s look in the film became a rage.
9. Daljit ‘DJ’ Singh / Chandrashekhar Azad in Rang De Basanti (2006)
Aamir Khan in a still from Rang De Basanti
Aamir broke the glass ceiling with this one. His performance resonated with the youth and the film’s story actually resulted in real-life action with youth in India coming on the street and walking united to demand justice in the infamous Jessica Lal Murder Case. The film’s scene in which the characters hold a silent march with candles became popular with youth – for them, the film was like a social awakening. Aamir got all the brownie points for spearheading Rang De Basanti.
10. Nikumbh sir in Taare Zameen Par (2007)
Aamir Khan and Sarsheel Safari on a poster of Taare Zameen Par
Once again, Aamir took the backseat and let the intention of the film sparkled the most. Taare Zameen Par cemented Aamir’s place in the audience’s heart as an actor who will give them clean entertainment, things they can discuss and thoughts that need attention. The film talked about dyslexia, a disorder, that never existed for many people before Aamir brought it up in his film.
11. Rancho in 3 Idiots (2009)
Aamir decided to talk about the right kind of education in the film and nailed with his performance. The actor played the character whose life mantra is ‘kamyabi ke piche mat bhago, kabil bano… kaamyabi jhak maar ke piche ayegi’. Focusing on polishing the right skill, not attempting to acquire various degrees blindly and not running in the race of getting the highest paying jobs – the life principles of Aamir’s character preached things that have a potential of bringing a real change in the society.
12. PK in PK (2014)
Aamir emerged victorious with his performance as an alien, who questions the blind religious beliefs and the system of fearing God than loving Him. Once again, the actor took the charge of initiating a change in the society with a film, a quality and courage that only a few actors have in the film industry.
13. Mahavir Singh Phogat in Dangal (2016)
Aamir played a real-life wrestler in the film who trains his daughter to bring a gold medal for India. The actor went through a terrific body transformation for his role that resulted in gaining and losing many kilos. While it was a sports film, Aamir’s character highlighted the complexities of a father-daughter relationship, especially in a society that doesn’t encourage men pushing women to thrive for equality.
So, which is your favourite? Also, very happy birthday to Aamir Khan!