Aamir Khan (March 14, 1965) has risen to be one of India’s most prominent film personalities working as an actor, screenwriter, producer and director. He began his career as a child actor in a couple of films but only had his first commercial success in 1988 with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, a modern retelling of Shakespeare‘s Romeo and Juliet. Khan has been decorated with the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to the arts.
Aamir Khan was born in Bandra, Mumbai to a family that was actively involved in the film industry. His father Tahir Hussain was a film producer and his uncle Nasir was an actor, director, and producer. After his breakthrough as Raj in QSQT, Aamir was in a string of successful movies in the early 90’s with Dil (1990), Dil Hai ke Manta Nahin (1991), Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992), and Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke (1993) for which he also wrote the screenplay.
The versatile actor and part-time screenwriter began producing his own films with Lagaan (2001). The movie was critically acclaimed worldwide and even received a nomination for Best Foreign Film at the 74th Annual Academy Awards. His directorial debut came in 2007 with Taare Zameen Par, a movie that tackled under-diagnosed learning disability- dyslexia.
Aamir Khan is at the forefront of Indian independent cinema. He has said in an interview that he is more interested in the process of film making than in the final product, claiming that he doesn’t do different things but does things differently! He has also received 2 Filmfare awards in the best actor category. However, he does not attend the awards ceremonies in the case of Filmfare because he believes that the organisation lacks credibility.
Aamir Khan‛s directorial debut was about a child with a learning disability known as dyslexia. What can you find out about this disability and how it affects the way people learn?
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