Dubbed Mr. Perfectionist, Aamir Khan is a unique cinematic jewel, one that cannot be replaced in a thousand years. Being an enigmatic personality himself, he has always chosen to work in films that are one of a kind and quite tedious to pull off. Needless to say, he has done these films with the talent and the grace that an actor can only achieve with years of experience and relentless discipline.
On his birthday, we bring to you 5 such roles that no one else could have pulled off other than the dapper actor with the childlike grin.
Rang De Basanti
Remember DJ having a drink off with his friends and jumping straight into a pool of water? Remember the same DJ laughing with the only friend left alive moments before succumbing to death himself? The transformation from the carefree lad to the man who could give his life up for his friends was something that moved us. Aamir played the role of the man-child turned freedom fighter turned rebel DJ in a sublime manner that we don’t see contemporaries being able to pull off. His words are still etched in many minds – Abb bhi jiska khoon na khaula, khoon nahi vo paani hai.
This film honestly had people cowering with fright solely because of the intensity with which Aamir played Sanjay Singhania, a scorned man with nothing but vengeance on his mind. What made this film stand out was again Aamir’s transformation to a prim and proper business magnate to a man ripped and covered in tattoos reminding him about his purpose in life – to get back at the people who killed the woman he loved. Aamir went through a complete physical transformation in the duration of filming. This moving piece of cinema started the 100 Cr trend in Bollywood.
For a 40 something man to play a 20 something college goer is a feat in itself, and Aamir did it in a manner that was seemingly effortless. There was probably not a single soul that was not moved with Aamir’s portrayal of Rancho, boy genius with a heart of gold. Not just a run of the mill college love story, the film also encapsulated the pressures of being a student in India and the value of knowledge over mere education. Add to that his brilliant comic timing and ability to portray an array of emotions within a matter of minutes, and you have a memorable character, forever etched in our hearts. 200 Cr was not surprising at all.
With this film, Aamir proved that he can master any dialect he so wishes. PK was a mute alien who grasped Bhojpuri and made to cool during his time on earth. His endearing role of a scared, lost and loveable alien resonated with ET except for the fact that no one really believed Aamir was from a planet far, far away. Such was his commitment to his role that he did not blink once throughout the run time of the film. He played an estranged being away from his planet that changed the face of religion in India with a finesse that only Aamir could have delivered.
Rajkumar Hirani, the director of 3 Idiots commented that only an Idiot like Aamir could have done this role. Meant as a compliment, Hirani meant exactly what we want to express with this article. His body transformation for the film dropped jaws all over the country. To portray the life of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, Aamir gained a whopping 28 kilos and then lost all of it again to return to his 6 pack abs gait. This impossible achievement was all worth it as he aced the role of a sportsman to a doting dad from the beginning to end.
No one has the zeal and the commitment that Aamir Khan has for his cinema. He has often gone on camera to say that he would never stoop so low as to pick a film depending on the money it would probably make. His integrity is amazing and he is indeed irreplaceable in Indian cinema.
Our heartiest wishes go out to the most dedicated actor Bollywood has seen in a long time. Happy Birthday Mr Khan!