On Aamir Khan's 55 birthday, listing 10 films I couldn't help loving, even as a non-fan of the accomplished actor

Growing up in the '90s, I had to show my loyalty towards only one star, and it was not Aamir Khan. But it could not stop me from loving the actor he is.

Shreemayee Das March 14, 2020 10:52:00 IST
On Aamir Khan's 55 birthday, listing 10 films I couldn't help loving, even as a non-fan of the accomplished actor

When I was a child in the '90s, you could not have two favourite actors.

Everything forced you to choose; the cola brands with Coke, Pepsi, and Thums Up picking one actor each as a brand ambassador; the gossip magazines with stories like “This movie was going to be signed by X but Y is doing it instead”; and the movies with each of them building a clear image of the actor: The bad boy. The king of romance. The thinking man. You could not say “I love Shah Rukh Khan and….” You had to pick a side.

The side I picked was not Aamir Khan’s. “It’s not so cool to be a perfectionist also,” was the motto throughout my childhood. I was probably annoyed the Aamir film of the year was again the undoubted box office hit as well as the one which won critical acclaim. 

On Aamir Khans 55 birthday listing 10 films I couldnt help loving even as a nonfan of the accomplished actor

Aamir Khan. Image from Twitter/@samidsiddiqi91

Going through his filmography now, I am shocked (yet again) by how many great movies are on that list. How am I supposed to narrow this down, I wonder, to a list of his most memorable performances?

On his 55th birthday today on 14 March, here is a non-fan’s tribute to some of the films I have tried very hard to dislike but could not. 

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander

On Aamir Khans 55 birthday listing 10 films I couldnt help loving even as a nonfan of the accomplished actor

Who does not love an underdog story, right? I am a sucker for them. Whether it was Aamir intensely cycling or his version of the chocolate boy, aspirational romantic hero, I lapped it all up, and still do every time it plays on TV. Plus, this movie had 'Pehla Nasha.'

Taare Zameen Par

On Aamir Khans 55 birthday listing 10 films I couldnt help loving even as a nonfan of the accomplished actor

As the out-of-the-box empathetic Ram Shankar Nikumbh, Aamir was the teacher most of us wished we had. He was the one who would advocate our desires and interests to parents, one who would somehow find the talent even we did not know we had. By the way, Aamir directed this film also (after having “creative differences” with original director Amol Gupte).

Dil Chahta Hai

On Aamir Khans 55 birthday listing 10 films I couldnt help loving even as a nonfan of the accomplished actor

As I grew up, I realised and read about how Sid was the most perfect of the three Dil Chahta Hai boys but when I saw the movie (aged eight), Aakash was the cool funny guy I wanted to be. Aamir had such great comic timing in this movie that he made Aakash so likeable, It took me years (and several failed relationships with Aakash-like boys) to realise Aamir was actually playing a pretty flawed character.

Lagaan

On Aamir Khans 55 birthday listing 10 films I couldnt help loving even as a nonfan of the accomplished actor

I have been told I do not need to say anything about Lagaan, and Aamir in Lagaan. Really, everything seems to have been said already but I will say it again: he was perfect as the rebel villager-turned-leader of the team.

Sarfarosh

On Aamir Khans 55 birthday listing 10 films I couldnt help loving even as a nonfan of the accomplished actor

Aamir as the intense Ajay Singh Rathod or as the fanboy of a famous singer or just in crush with Sonali Bendre was adorable. Trust Aamir to be at his romantic-hero best in a movie that does not even classify as romance technically.

Andaz Apna Apna

On Aamir Khans 55 birthday listing 10 films I couldnt help loving even as a nonfan of the accomplished actor

Talking about comic timing. Aamir as Amar, was fabulous in this classic comedy, showing a side of him we do not usually get to see.

Ghulam

On Aamir Khans 55 birthday listing 10 films I couldnt help loving even as a nonfan of the accomplished actor

Ghulam was the first Aamir movie I remember watching. I was probably five. I do not know who let me watch it but I remember being stunned by how good Aamir was. Aamir really killed it in the boxing scenes, his perfectionism coming to the fore yet again.

Rang De Basanti

On Aamir Khans 55 birthday listing 10 films I couldnt help loving even as a nonfan of the accomplished actor

DJ was the funny, lovable university kid we all knew. Whether it was getting drunk during 'Masti ki Paathshaala' or playing Chandrashekhar Azad in a docu-drama or leading a rebel movement to assassinate the defence minister of the country, Aamir played all aspects of the character with so much aplomb.

Rangeela

On Aamir Khans 55 birthday listing 10 films I couldnt help loving even as a nonfan of the accomplished actor

Aamir was outstanding as Munna in this iconic Ram Gopal Verma film. The songs, the dialogues, and the character became history. His fans still consider it to be his most underrated performance.

3 Idiots

On Aamir Khans 55 birthday listing 10 films I couldnt help loving even as a nonfan of the accomplished actor

More college-boy Aamir. Aamir as Rancho, in this Rajkumar Hirani classic, really changed the way people looked at… well, life. 'All iz well' became a cult saying, engineers stopped being cool, people considered delivering babies with vacuum cleaners… No they didn’t but you get what I’m saying about the impact.

All images from Twitter.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Poonam Pandey marries longtime boyfriend Sam Bombay, shares pictures on Instagram
Entertainment

Poonam Pandey marries longtime boyfriend Sam Bombay, shares pictures on Instagram

Poonam Pandey and Sam Bombay reportedly got engaged in July this year.

Khaali Peeli makers tweak 'Beyonce Sharma Jayegi' title after facing flak over 'racist' song
Entertainment

Khaali Peeli makers tweak 'Beyonce Sharma Jayegi' title after facing flak over 'racist' song

'Beyonce Sharma Jayegi' from Khaali Peeli was met with immense criticism for the racial undertone of its lyrics and for glorifying white-skinned tones.

Kedarnath director Abhishek Kapoor posts Sushant Singh Rajput's throwback video from film
Entertainment

Kedarnath director Abhishek Kapoor posts Sushant Singh Rajput's throwback video from film

Abhishek Kapoor opened up about working with Sushant Singh Rajput on Kedarnath, saying the late actor wasn't aware of how much he was loved by his fans