Above and beyond the good looks and biceps, Aamir Khan’s talent has been making our hearts melt since the 1970s. 1970s? Yes, you’ve heard it right! He has been on the acting scene for over 40 (forty) years already.
If you can’t remember him (how dare you), he is the remarkable actor behind Like Stars on Earth (2007), Ghajini (2008), and PK (2014). And who would ever forget the uber-ly genius Phunsukh Wangdu A.K.A Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad of THE 3 Idiots (2009)?
Want to know him more?
1. He wants to make the world a better place.
Aamir Khan is not your typical celebrity. He wants to make the world a better place.
Aamir hosted a television show, Satmayev Jayate (Truth Alone Prevails) that is considered successful in empowering people. Aamir discusses sensitive issues in Indian society such as female feticide, rape, honor killings, domestic violence, and untouchability among others, with the Indian authorities to do just social action.
Because of the social relevance and impact of Khan’s show, he got featured in the Time Magazine cover where he was called “India’s First Superstar Activist.” Why? Because Khan was not a mere host of the Satmayev Jayate. He is its “creator, producer… and he invested it with his star power – and his credibility,” said Time Magazine’s World Editor, Bobby Ghosh.
2. Khan is one of “The Most Influential People in the World” – Time Magazine
Aamir Khan is more than courageous to discuss sensitive issues in the Indian society such as child abuse and honor killing with the Indian authorities. No wonder, Time Magazine noticed his “quest”.
In 2013, Aamir Khan was the only Indian actor nominated for Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of the World. He got nominated along with the world’s leaders and icons. And among more than 200 contenders, he was ranked 31 of the hundred influential people.
Well, the man deserves it!
3. He is a UNICEF Ambassador.
He was appointed UNICEF Ambassador in 2011. According to UNICEF India, Aamir Khan has “a critical role in UNICEF’s nationwide campaign to highlight the importance of good nutrition in infants and toddlers, “Malnutrition Quit India.”
No one can ever doubt his commitment to the cause. He said, “I think this has been a great opportunity for me to raise awareness on the issue of malnutrition amongst children in India…I believe we can do a lot to change this situation and with that purpose in mind I have chosen to lend my voice to UNICEF’s programme on nutrition. Partnering with UNICEF will enable me to advocate for the rights of the most vulnerable and marginalized children in India and bring a difference to their lives and hereby to the future of our country.”
UNICEF India cited instances that prove Aamir Khan’s social involvement. First of all, Khan has been in the frontline of the “Incredible India,” the tourism campaign launched by the Indian government. He has remarkable advocacy in education. He got involved with Teach India, “a campaign to encourage more college graduates to spend time teaching students in rural areas.”
He is also an advocate of women’s rights. He took part in the “Ministry of Women and Child Development’s “Atithi Devo Bhava” campaign which spreads the message ensuring safety of women travellers to India.”
4. The Indian Government recognized him for his contribution in Arts.
In fact, he is a recipient of the Padma Shri, “the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India.” Amir Khan was honored with the Padma Shri in the field of Arts by the Indian Government in 2003.
Once again, he was honored by the Indian Government with the Padma Bhushan, “third-highest civilian award in the Republic of India,” in 2010. How impressive!
5. He joined theater before entering mainstream Bollywood
Khan started in a theatre group called Avantar. However, he worked on the backstage for two years. Then he decided to become an actor against his father’s will.
But, he already appeared in the film of his uncle, Nassir Hussein who is an actor, director and producer. His father is also a producer of films.