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Son of filmmaker Tahir Hussain and nephew of the legendary romantic film producer Naseer Hussain, Aamir was launched in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak opposite newcomer Juhi Chawla. The film was a super duper hit and he became a star overnight. Film offers poured in and initially Aamir signed many insignificant films which flopped badly at the box office.

Learing a lesson from this Aamir decided to do one or at the most two films a year and believed that that will improve the quality of his performance and will do justice to the role he was playing. He is known to be the perfectionist. He spends days, even months studying the character he is supposed to play, taking up the habits and the nuances from real life people to lend that authenticity to his characterization. He spends months with the directors and technicians of films, studying their mannerisms, and then decides whether to sign the film or not.
His memorable films are Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahi, Dil, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke, Andaaz Apna Apna, Rangeela, Ishq, Ghulam, !947 Earth, Sarfarosh etc. In 1996, he has got the "Best Actor" award for his outstanding performance in "Raja Hindustani" which was a smash hit at the box office.

By now Aamir was considering doing only meaningful roles and also was considering producing his own film. On fine day he was approached by Ashutosh Gowariker who had a very interesting concept in mind which he told Aamir. Aamir was absolutely taken in by the story and thus started the story of Lagaan. Aamir decided to produce the film and also gave a breath-taking performance in it. Set in 1893, in a small farming village in central India, Lagaan was shot on location in Bhuj (Gujarat). Produced at a staggering Rs. 25 crores, this three hour forty-two minute film is a visual treat.

Lagaan won seven India International Film Awards including best film, best director, best story and best actor for its star Aamir Khan. At the Oscar's ceremony in March, Lagaan missed out on the Best Foreign Film award despite being only the third Indian film ever to be nominated for the award. At home Lagaan walked away with as many as eight Filmfare awards. It won best film trophy besides the best story and best direction prizes for Ashutosh Gowariker. Aamir Khan was judged the best actor. Other awards it got were in the categories of best lyrics (Javed Akhtar), best female singer (Alka Yagnik), best male singer (Udit Narayan) and best music (A R Rahman). Presently Aamir is working in director Ketan Mehta's patriotic drama 1857-The Uprising which is a film on the life of legendary freedom fighter Mangal Pandey.

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