Through his career spanning over thirty years in Hindi films , Khan has established himself as one of the most popular and influential actors of Indian cinema. He was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Shri in and the Padma Bhushan in ,  and received an honorary title from the Government of China in Khan first appeared on screen as a child actor in his uncle Nasir Hussain 's film Yaadon Ki Baaraat As an adult, his first feature film role was in the experimental film Holi , and he began a full-time acting career with a leading role in the tragic romance Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak His performance in the film and in the thriller Raakh earned him a National Film Award in the Special Mention category.
He established himself as a leading actor of Hindi cinema in the s by appearing in a number of commercially successful films, including the romantic dramas Dil and Raja Hindustani , for which he won his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor , and the thriller Sarfarosh After a four-year absence from the screen, Khan returned to portray leading roles, notably in the box-office hits Fanaa and Rang De Basanti. Khan's greatest global success came with the thriller Ghajini , the comedy-drama 3 Idiots , the action film Dhoom 3 , the satire PK , and the sports biopic Dangal , each having held the record for being the highest-grossing Indian film ,  while Secret Superstar  held the record for being highest-grossing Indian film featuring a female protagonist.
Within and beyond the film industry, Khan is an activist  and humanitarian, and has participated and spoken out for various social causes, some of which have sparked political controversy. He has created and hosted the television talk show Satyamev Jayate , through which he highlights sensitive social issues in India, occasionally influencing the Indian parliament.
His work as a social reformer, tackling issues ranging from poverty and education to abuse and discrimination, earned him an appearance on the Time list of most influential people in the world. He has three children—two with Dutta, and one with Rao through surrogacy. As a child actor, Khan appeared on screen in two minor roles. At the age of eight, he appeared in a highly popular song in the Nasir Hussain-directed film Yaadon Ki Baaraat ,   which was the first Bollywood masala film. Petit School for his pre-primary education, later switching to St.
He has professed he was "much more into sports than studies". He said, "There would be at least 30 calls a day from creditors calling for their money. At the age of sixteen, Khan was involved in the experimental process of making a minute silent film, Paranoia , which was directed by his school friend Aditya Bhattacharya.
Khan subsequently joined a theatre group called Avantar, where he performed backstage activities for over a year. He made his stage debut with a small role in the company's Gujarati play, Kesar Bina , at Prithvi Theatre.
Holi failed to garner a broad audience, but Nasir Hussain and his son Mansoor signed him as the leading man in Mansoor's directorial debut Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak alongside Juhi Chawla. The year saw the release of Raakh , a crime thriller from Aditya Bhattacharya that was filmed before the production of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. Despite a poor reception at the box office, the film was critically acclaimed. Khan had five film releases in Most of these films were successful critically and commercially. At the time of its release, the movie was reviewed unfavorably by critics, but over the years has gained cult status.
In , Khan also appeared in Yash Chopra 's Parampara. Despite having an ensemble cast which also included Sunil Dutt , Vinod Khanna , Raveena Tandon and Saif Ali Khan , the film failed to find a wide audience and became a critical and commercial failure.
The movie was directed by Shekhar Kapur. However, due to financial constraints, the film was shelved and remained unreleased. Khan continued to act in just one or two films a year, then an unusual trait for a mainstream Hindi cinema actor.
His only release in was the Dharmesh Darshan -directed commercial blockbuster Raja Hindustani , in which he was paired opposite Karisma Kapoor. The film earned him his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor , after seven previous nominations, and went on to become the biggest hit of the year, as well as the third-highest grossing Indian film of the s.
Adjusted for inflation, Raja Hindustani is the fourth highest-grossing film in India since the s. The following year, Khan appeared in the moderately successful Ghulam , for which he also did playback singing. John Mathew Matthan's Sarfarosh , Khan's first release in , was also moderately successful, gaining an above average box office verdict. He produced and starred in Lagaan , which was a major critical and commercial success,  and received a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the 74th Academy Awards.
Additionally, the film gathered critical acclaim at several international film festivals, in addition to winning numerous Indian awards, including a National Film Award. Khan also won his second Filmare Award for Best Actor. It also starred Sonali Kulkarni and Dimple Kapadia. The film was written and directed by the then-debutant Farhan Akhtar. Khan made a comeback in with Ketan Mehta's Mangal Pandey: The Rising playing the title role of the real-life sepoy and martyr who helped spark the Indian Rebellion of The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
His performance was critically acclaimed,  earning him a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor and various nominations for Best Actor. The film went on to become one of the highest-grossing films of the year,  and was selected as India's official entry to the Oscars. In his next movie, Fanaa , Khan co-starred with Kajol. His film, Taare Zameen Par , was also produced by him and marked his directorial debut. It opened to excellent responses from critics and audiences. Khan's performance was well-received, although he was particularly applauded for his directing.
In , Khan appeared in the movie Ghajini. The film was a major commercial success  and became the highest-grossing Bollywood movie of that year. For his performance in the film, Khan received several Best Actor nominations at various award ceremonies as well as his fifteenth Filmfare Best Actor nomination. In , Khan appeared in the commercially and critically acclaimed film 3 Idiots as Ranchodas Chanchad.
Khan has been credited with opening up the Chinese markets for Indian films. His father Tahir Hussain previously had success in China with Caravan ,    but Indian films declined in the country afterwards, before Aamir Khan opened up the Chinese market for Indian films in the early 21st century.
However, it was the pirate market that introduced 3 Idiots to most Chinese audiences, becoming a cult hit in the country. It became China's 12th favourite film of all time, according to ratings on Chinese film review site Douban , with only one domestic Chinese film Farewell My Concubine ranked higher. Aamir Khan gained a large growing Chinese fanbase as a result. It was reported that Khan had disagreements with director Reema Kagti over the issue of his film Talaash , causing significant delays in the film's release.
Khan's next venture was Dhoom 3 with Yash Raj Films. He has considered this to be the most difficult role of his career. However, Khan could not take up the offer due to scheduling conflicts, as he was busy shooting for Dangal. In October , Khan starred in a supporting role in his production Secret Superstar , with his Dangal co-star Zaira Wasim playing the lead role.
In November , he starred alongside veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan in the action adventure film Thugs of Hindostan. The film reunited him with Dhoom 3 ' s director Vijay Krishna Acharya. In March , on his 54th birthday, Khan confirmed that he will next be seen in Laal Singh Chaddha ,  an adaptation of the Hollywood classic, Forrest Gump.
The film will feature Khan in the lead and will be directed by Advait Chandan, who previously directed Khan in Secret Superstar. Khan co-wrote the screenplay and script for the hit romantic comedy film Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke , where he also starred in the lead role. Its first film was Lagaan , which was released in , starring Khan as the lead actor. The film was selected as India's official entry to the 74th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category , for which it became India's third nominee ever; it eventually lost the award to Bosnian film No Man's Land.
In , he directed and produced the drama Taare Zameen Par , which marked his directorial debut. Khan also played a supporting role in the film, sharing the screen with new child actor Darsheel Safary. The film was conceived of and developed by the husband and wife team of Amole Gupte and Deepa Bhatia. It is the story of a young child who suffers in school until a teacher identifies him as dyslexic.
The movie was critically acclaimed,  as well as a box office success. Khan's work also won him the Best Director. Ya Jaane Na under his production house.
In , Khan released his home production Dhobi Ghat ,  an art house film directed by his wife Kiran Rao. Khan, who debuted as a child actor in the first masala film, his uncle Nasir Hussain 's Yaadon Ki Baaraat ,  has been credited with redefining and modernising the masala film with his own distinct brand of cinema in the early 21st century, earning both commercial success and critical acclaim. His most successful production has been Dangal , where he stars in the lead role, which became the highest-grossing Indian film of all time.
See —present: Resurgence and global success section above for further details on the film. His next production was Secret Superstar , where he stars in a supporting role, with Dangal go-star Zaira Wasim in the lead role. It became one of the most profitable films ever, compared to its limited budget. Khan made his television debut with his talk show, Satyamev Jayate. The show dealt with social issues. It started airing on 6 May Aamir was paid Rs. Satyamev Jayate opened to positive reviews and feedback from social activists, media houses, doctors, and film and television personalities.
Khan was also praised for his effort. The amount of research Aamir and his team has put into the show was clearly visible with the facts and figures presented. Every aspect of the issue was covered with great diligence. The show is a classic example of that. The rating was far lower than those of most other celebrity-hosted shows at the time.
Ratings for the show eventually picked up, and it became very successful. The first season of Satyamev Jayate garnered over a billion digital impressions from countries.
After the first episode, for example, Rajasthan Chief Minister , Ashok Gehlot , urged public representatives and non-governmental organisations to take actions to stop the illegal practice of female foeticide. Khan has made a number of appearances on other TV shows. In October , Khan appeared as a guest celebrity contestant in the show Kaun Banega Crorepati for the promotion of his film Dhoom 3.
He is currently endorsing Vivo.