What should one write about Aamir Khan? What should one say nobody else has said before?
Unarguably the quintessential game changer of Hindi cinema, the actor has established an indefectible commingle of superlative stories and scintillating commercial success. The trailblazer of the 100,200 and 300 crore club, which our industry is currently plagued with, he has always been bold and brave enough to explore and expand his horizons as a performer.
As the man turns 52 today, it is time to revisit his SEVEN most classical and unrivaled films and characters. There are many more superlative performances, but these seven still continue to haunt and mesmerize me in equal measure.
7. RANGEELA (1995)
It is not a cakewalk to portray the role of a vagabond. Essaying the character of Munna, a wanderer who falls in love with his childhood friend, Khan brought both humor and affection and made Munna instantly convivial and comical. Also, who can forget that outlandish yellow suit that the actor flaunted with effortless ease? If not for anybody else, watch RANGEELA for Khan’s performance.
6. SARFAROSH (1999)
It is hard not to root for Khan’s act in Sarfarosh, easily one of the most powerful and poignant cop dramas of Hindi Cinema in the last two decades. Choked by the death of his elder brother, an ordinary college student joins the police force does not ACP Ajay Singh Rathod remains one of the most resilient, fierce and forceful cops of mainstream cinema.
5. TAARE ZAMEEN PAR (2007)
Khan had a dual role to play in this film. He was not only portraying an immensely crucial character but simultaneously donning the hat of the director for the very first time. Playing Ram Shankar Nikumbh, a fine arts teacher who helps a dyslexic child discover his dreams and aspirations, the actor delivered a warm, compassionate performance and almost brought tears to the viewers’ eyes. It was Darsheel Safari, who was the star of the show, yet Khan created a character that is still afresh in our consciousness.
4. DIL CHAHTA HAI (2001)
There’s hardly any college student who doesn’t aspire to be like Aakash, the role Aamir Khan personated in this classic coming-of-age drama. The film had two equally strong and memorable characters, Siddarth and Sameer, but Khan accomplished to make his character the most palpable and relatable. A perfect watch for all those who believe in the emotion of friendship, love, and even heartache. Additionally, the performance of Aamir Khan is one of the reasons what makes Dil Chahta Hai an eternal and everlasting cinematic experience.
3. LAGAAN (2001)
Considered to be the game-changer of Hindi Cinema, Lagaan was both a critical and commercial triumph. It was not just a film about cricket but much beyond that. It was a battle between the oppressed villagers and the ruthless British. One of such tyrannized villagers was our protagonist, Bhuvan. Bringing the right dose of vulnerability and vexation, the actor oozed sincerity to his part and proved why he had been hailed as Mr. Perfectionist.
2. RANG DE BASANTI (2006)
It was time for Mr. Khan to go back to college again. Playing an aimless and carefree college student, DJ, who undergoes an emotional transition after a British filmmaker aspires to cast him and his friends in a film on India’s freedom struggle, the actor in Khan never allowed to overpower the star. An emotional roller-coaster in every sense of the term, Rang De Basanti still continues to be the most stimulating and inspiring drama in the last decade.
P.S-You have to be completely callous not to breakdown at the film’s emotionally chocking climax.
1. DANGAL (2016)
Which mainstream actor would have the courage and bravery to play an aging and a bellied father to four daughters? It was not just about Aamir Khan’s physical transformation but his emotional journey as well. A heartfelt and rousing tale of a father’s dream to see his daughters win the Olympic Gold Medal in Wrestling, Khan pumped life into the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat and gave his career-best performance. With 741 crores worldwide, the actor has added another milestone to his momentous filmography.