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      Aamir Khan


He has redefined Bollywood – by breaking boundaries of genre, introducing irrepressible optimism, exploring with endless imagination and achieving unmatched box-office records. Aamir Khan is India’s most grounded, perhaps most cerebral and finest star – yet! He is an actor, director, producer – and box-office smasher. His most recent release - 3 Idiots became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all-time. Peepli Live, a satire, a black comedy on the political and social reality of farmers in India was screened at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year and was the first Hindi film in competition at Sundance – the high temple of independent cinema. Produced by Aamir, it was one of this year’s 14 films selected from 1,022 international narrative feature submissions. For his wife Kiran’s directorial debut film Dhobi Ghat, which has him in the lead, he has invited the award winning Argentine Gustavo Santaolalla to compose the music.

Known in the industry for his professionalism, and courteous and humble demeanour, Aamir comes from a family that has strong associations with Hindi cinema. His late father Tahir Hussain was a renowned film-maker, and uncle Nasir Hussain a film-producer.

Aamir’s ability to get into the skin of the character with perfection, emotional precision, and a natural ease sets him apart from other actors. He matches Naseeruddin Shah’s craft but excels in range of characterizations. Each of his film seems his best ever, until the next release! And he does only one film at a time! "His range of characterizations remains unparalleled and because of this diversity and his ability to portray different characters believably on screen, today he is regarded as not only one of the biggest Superstars but also one of the finest actors of Indian Cinema."

He was once the state tennis champion for Maharashtra.

Aamir was among the first in the Indian film industry to have his own blog. A gifted and a natural writer, there is nothing pretentious about what he writes – he shares and involves his readers in relevant and meaningful issues such as diet, weight loss, sports, and cinema. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award, by the government of India in January this year – and he is only just-45! Twice married – both his marriages were inter-faith – and it was no big deal.

The very private Aamir, very graciously shared his views and some personal moments with SALT on a set of wide ranging questions. It was a Q & A with a fine mind.

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