One of the most celebrated Khans of Bollywood, Aamir Khan is known as Mr. Perfectionist. Right from Lagaan to Dangal, he has set a standard for himself. His gripping performance and script oriented movies are what people often expect from his movies.
Call him Mr. Perfectionist and he would in turn prefer Mr Passionate. Once in an interview he had said, "I don't believe in the title. So that title is an inaccurate title. The correct title that fits me is not Mr Perfectionist, it should be Mr Passionate, that is what I am. Perfection, in my opinion, does not exist. There is no such thing. Certainly not in the creative field. There are so many different opinions, so how can there be a perfect idea?"
And just like the creative differences, there were differences in his personal life too. Today, as he turns 54, we take a look at his growth as an actor, his personal life and the rise of a matured movie man which is no less than a masala film.
The chocolate boy
Aamir was born to Tahir Hussain, a film producer and Zeenat Hussain. His family was related to many members of the Hindi film industry, including his late paternal uncle, the producer-director Nasir Hussain. And hence his stint with movies began early from the age of eight where he appeared in many minor roles. His father's movies were mostly unsuccessful and so his parents were against him taking up films as career. He played small roles in a few films and even worked as an assistant director and then went on to lead in the experimental film 'Holi' (1984). And in 1988 he bagged 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak' from where his career took a steep rise.
The next-door love story
In Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Reena Dutta had played a small role. Interestingly, Aamir and Reena Dutta used to live in just the opposite buildings where the windows of the houses were exactly opposite to each other. Aamir fell for Reena and used to stare at her from his window. Aamir confessed his love but she barely gave in. It was also reported that Aamir was so madly into love with Reena that he had even written her a love letter with his blood. And by the time he decided to give up on her, she agreed for the relationship. But then came the religious pressure from the families but the duo eloped and got married on April 18, 1986 and soon blessed with Junaid and Ira.
Losing first love
It was almost 16 years that the duo were together before calling it quits. In 2002 Aamir and Reena got divorced not letting anyone know about the actual reason. The buzz was that his extra-marital affairs with colleagues was one of the reasons. Recently, he opened up in an interview and said, "Reena and I were married for 16 years and when we broke up it was traumatic for me, for her and both our families. But we tried to deal with it as best as we could. It did not mean that I lost respect for Reena, or for that matter, I lost my love for Reena. She is a really wonderful person."
The duo are known to have a cordial relationship with each other still.
If Aamir’s first wife Reena was the producer of his movie Lagaan, his second wife Kiran was the assistant director of the movie. Talking about the relationship with Kiran Rao, he said, “I met Kiran when I was doing Lagaan. She was one of the assistant directors on that but at that time, we didn’t have any relationship, we were not even great friends. She was one of the people on the unit. It was after my separation and divorce after some time that I met her again. In that moment of trauma, her phone came and I talked to her on the phone for half an hour. And when I put the phone down, I said, ‘My God! I feel so happy when I talk to her.’ It struck me in that instant that when I am talking to her I am so happy,” he added.
As neither Kiran and Aamir was keen on getting marriage immediately, they moved in together and only after an year of living together, they got married in 2005.
Aamir and Kiran welcomed a baby boy – Azad Rao Khan later. And it's said that his first wife and kids and his second wife and son all get along well.