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Aamir Khan Biography

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Birth Name: Aamir Khan
Born: 03/14/1965
Birth Place: Mumbai, Maharashtra, IN

Growing up in a household of filmmakers, Khan long believed that making movies was his destiny. He was born in Mumbai (the heart of the Indian film industry) on March 14, 1965. His father, Tahir Hussain, was a producer and his uncle, Nasir Hussain, was well known as a director, writer and producer. His brothers and sister also worked in the film business as actors, but Khan would outshine them all with his own career. Not all of Khan's relatives were involved with showbiz, however; one of his most notable ancestors was Indian freedom fighter and politician Abul Kalam Azad, a Muslim revolutionary pivotal in bringing about India's independence from colonial British rule. Although it was not a surprise that Khan would pursue acting, there was concern over his decision when he left school in the 11th grade to chase his dream. Luckily, his drive for success led to massive results.

After his breakthrough with "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak," Khan's career hit a rough patch and the actor suffered through a series of popular disappointments, even though critics generally praised his performances. Other films, such as the comedy "Andaz Apna Apna" (1994), failed to strike a chord with either the public or critics, although that film in particular developed a cult audience over the years. After starring in "Earth" (1998), a prominent international film that helped display Khan's dramatic skills to audiences around the world unfamiliar with his work, his career received a major blow with the release of "Mela" (2000), a huge financial and critical flop. The failure of the film could have grounded his career for good, but Khan came back with 2001's "Lagaan" which was favorably received all around the world, particularly in the United States. Some of Khan's more notable post-"Lagaan" work includes "Dil Chahta Hai" (2001), focusing on modern-day Mumbai youth; political drama "Rang De Basanti" (2006); and romantic drama "Fanaa" (2006). In 2009 Khan appeared in "3 Idiots," the most financially successful film of his entire career.