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Aamir Khan: Roles that defined him

On the occasion of the 52nd birthday of Aamir Khan, also known as Mr. Perfectionist, WION has compiled the top performances of the Bollywood actor.

Taare Zameen Par

In this epic drama, Aamir Khan plays a teacher who helps dyslexic kids. The film dwelt on a sweet connection between a young boy and his instructor. It made individuals think about their attitude towards kids with disabilities. While raising consciousness on dyslexia, the movie became hugely popular, grossing a revenue of 889 million INR.


The motion picture, which broke many film industry records in terms of revenues and awards, saw Aamir Khan playing the role of an alien from the space. The motion picture portrayed him in different ways, from going totally bare to idiosyncratic jumbled outfits. PK was a religious parody. The film raised serious questions on religious superstitions and God.


The blockbuster motion picture, set at the backdrop of the British raj, saw Aamir playing the defiant role of a villager. As Bhuvan in the movie, Aamir inspired everybody to battle against the cold-blooded nature of the British regime. Aamir played his character with conviction and developed himself as the most adaptable performing artist of his time. Lagaan was the official Hindi passage to the Oscars in the year 2000.


Ghajini was the movie for which Aamir Khan underwent drastic physical changes; he bulked up and made the newcomers in Bollywood jealous with his chiseled body and eight-pack abs. In the film, he played the character Sanjay Singhania, who is suffering from short-term memory loss. Having lost his lover, Sanjay Singhania is hell bent on taking revenge on the people who are responsible for her death.

Dil Chahta Hai

Aamir Khan as the insidious, coy, witty and a lighthearted stud caught the imagination of the Indian youth. His a la mode hair style and the modest goatee became distinctly famous among the adolescents.


Dangal, saw Aamir Khan transform again into a fat and old wrestler whose only dream was to get India a gold medal. In the movie, Mahavir Singh Phogat, played by Aamir Khan, trains his two daughters to fulfill his dream and get India the coveted gold medal. In the movie, Aamir Khan shows through his role how various challenges are to be faced and, subsequently, overcome. This movie is his and Bollywood?s highest grossing movie till now, it has grossed an estimated 741.08 crore INR.

3 Idiots

In this movie, Aamir played the role of Rancho who is a brilliant student and an odd-ball. Rancho left a positive impact on everyone around him. In the end, the viewers would discover that his name isn?t even Rancho, and he was studying to gain knowledge and someone else took his degree.

Andaz Apna Apna

Aamir Khan started his journey in the comedy genre with this 1994 classic. He made everyone laugh with his iconic role, and proved he can easily perform any role in the comedy genre with elan. This was also Aamir Khan?s first and only film with Salman Khan.

Written and Curated: Karanveer Singh Arora