We know Aamir Khan as the Raj of ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’, Bhuvan of ‘Lagaan’ and Ram Shankar Nikumbh of ‘Taare Zameen Par’, but what we fail to realise is that Aamir is the only actor who has achieved this rare feat of acting in almost all possible genres of Indian Cinema and excelling in them as well.
The ‘thinking’ superstar has always managed to charm and mesmerise the audiences and critics with his career moves. You section him as a romantic hero, he does ‘Munna’ and changes your notion. You categorize him as ‘class’, he awes you with the ‘mass’y appeal.
On the day of the release of yet another to-be-cult movie from him – PK, we bring to you the various facets of Mr Perfectionist:
Aamir Khan – The Romantic Hero: Like many others in the business, Aamir Khan started as the chocolate boy in ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’. With looks to die for, he became the ultimate dream man of every teenage girl.
He went on to do a couple of movies with the same theme – Love, separation and the subsequent reunion, like ‘Dil’, ‘Love Love Love’, ‘Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin’, ‘Raja Hindustani’ among others and excelled in every one of them.
Aamir Khan – The Action Hero: So, can a lover boy guise into a revenge-seeking-angry-young-man? Why not? Take up a CD of ‘Mangal Pandey’ or ‘Ghajini’ and watch out for yourself. The superstar, who certainly outlines the difference between acting and good acting, dons this hat perfectly too.
The freedom fighter in ‘Mangal Pandey’, the hero in ‘Baazi’, the messed up lover in ‘Ghajini’ or the patriot in ‘Sarfarosh’, Aamir nailed every role to perfection.
Aamir Khan – The Comedy King: This is a genre very few actors have the guts to experiment with. For years, it was the duty of special character artists to play comedians in the movies, but Aamir Khan was one among the very few actors who gambled with the prospect of doing comedy in a movie. And he succeeded with flying colours.
His ‘Amar’ in ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ is a role still remembered and aspired by the young actors to play. Also, a certain aspect in Aamir’s role in ‘Ishq’ had comic variations and he did them with utmost sincerity.
Aamir Khan – The Tapori: ‘Rangeela’ was a real deal breaker for Mr Perfectionist, where he played the role of ‘Tapori’ a far cry from the kind of roles he had been doing in the past. The swagger and the ‘Rangeeley’ clothes added the zing to his portrayal.
Aamir Khan – The village boy: Bollywood lover, or a cricket lover, ‘Lagaan’ became the anthem for all of them. The official entry to Oscars for the year 2000, the movie didn’t only become a cult, but also established Aamir Khan as the most versatile actor of his time.
Aamir Khan – The Stud: And if Aamir Khan can play a village lad with conviction, he can portray a city stud with equal impact. His role of a carefree yet responsible adolescent in ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and ‘Rang De Basanti’ bear a testimony to this.
Aamir Khan – The Villain: As much as he is a sorted man from within, he can play a messed up character with elan too. An emotionally conflicted police officer in ‘Talash’ or a good-man-gone-bad terrorist in ‘Fanaa’ could not be played by anyone but Aamir Khan.
Aamir Khan – The Teacher: One can kill to have a teacher like him – cool, youthful and principled. Aamir, as the sensitive teacher Ram Shankar Nikumbh in his directorial debut ‘Taare Zaameen Par’, was a delight to watch.
Aamir Khan – The Student: Aamir played one of the idiots in ‘3 Idiots’ and contrast to the name, played a student brilliantly that too at the age of 48. The carefree attitude, the swag and the innocence – one can fall short of words to describe ‘Rancho’.
Aamir Khan – The ‘Dhoom’ster: There was a doom (‘Qayamat’) when Aamir Khan starred in his debut venture in 1988, and a ‘Dhoom’ when he starred in the 3rd edition of Yash Raj Films’ ‘Dhoom’ series. He played the antagonist for the second time in his career, after ‘Fanaa’ and eraned rave reviews for his performance. ‘Dhoom: 3’ went on to break all records at the Box Office by becoming the first Bollywood movie to amass more than Rs 500 cr gross (national and international).
Aamir Khan – The mystery: With ‘PK’ releasing today, the mystery about Aamir Khan’s character still prevails. Is he alien? Is he God? But whatever he is, he is a mystery. And while the mystery prevails, we thank him for churning out blockbusters and 100 cr grossers every year and wish him all the best for ‘PK’.