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Aamir Khan

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The Magic Maker

For a man who is known for refusing to attend award ceremonies, Aamir Khan seems to be something of a trophy-magnet. Having started his career as a child artist with uncle Nasir Hussain’s Yaadon Ki Baraat; Aamir won his first National Film Award for Raakh in 1989, and then went on to collect either awards or terrific commercial success with almost of his films, notably — Raja Hindustani, Lagaan (which was nominated for an Academy award), Rang De Basanti and Taare Zameen Par (with which he turned producer and director). His films Ghajiniand 3 Idiots went on to achieve the kind of commercial success that hadn’t been seen in the Indian film industry for decades, giving the 46-year-old the reputation of a man with the Midas touch. The most remarkable aspect of his craft is undoubtedly his absolute commitment to every aspect of a film that he is involved in; evidence of his passion for the entire medium as opposed to merely the flattering glow of the arc lights.

Known for his fairly nuanced political views in a highly diplomatic industry, Aamir recently came out in strong support of the Jan Lokpal Bill to battle corruption endemic within the Indian bureaucracy.

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