Best Aamir Khan Movies
Aamir Khan is a well-known Indian actor, director, and producer who has been in the film industry for over three decades. He is known for his versatility and commitment to his craft, and is often referred to as “Mr. Perfectionist” in the Indian media. He has appeared in a wide range of films, but he is particularly known for his work in socially conscious and thought-provoking films that address important social and political issues in India. His filmography includes a mix of genres, such as drama, comedy, romance and action. He is also known for his roles in critically acclaimed and commercially successful films like Lagaan, Dil Chahta Hai, Rang De Basanti, Taare Zameen Par, Sarfarosh, and PK, which have dealt with themes of nationalism, self-determination, and the power of unity, dyslexia, the pressure of academic excellence, and the importance of understanding and supporting children with learning differences, friendship, love, and coming of age, and the fight against terrorism.
Here are ten of his best films:
Dangal is a 2016 Indian Hindi-language sports drama film directed by Nitesh Tiwari and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is based on the real-life story of Mahavir Singh Phogat, an amateur wrestler who trained his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari to become world-class wrestlers. The film follows Phogat’s journey as he overcomes societal and personal obstacles to train his daughters and ultimately guide them to success in the Commonwealth Games.
PK is a 2014 Indian satirical science fiction comedy film directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The film stars Aamir Khan in the title role, with Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani and Sanjay Dutt in supporting roles. The film tells the story of an alien who comes to Earth on a research mission, but loses his remote control to return home and must find a way to retrieve it while also learning about human behavior and emotions. Along the way, he befriends a television journalist and together they challenge religious dogmas and superstitions. The film raises questions about the nature of God and religious beliefs.
3 Idiots is a 2009 Indian coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The film stars Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani, and Omi Vaidya in the lead roles. The story follows three engineering students, Farhan Qureshi, Raju Rastogi and Ranchoddas “Rancho” Chanchad, at an Indian engineering college, one of whom is searching for his long-lost friend who disappeared after college. Along the way, the three friends learn about the true meaning of education and success and challenge the traditional teaching methods of the college. The film is a satire on the Indian education system and the societal pressure to conform to it.
Lagaan is a 2001 Indian epic sports film, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker and produced by Aamir Khan. The film stars Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh and Rachel Shelley in the lead roles. The film is set in the Victorian period of India’s colonial British Raj, where a group of Indian villagers, led by Bhuvan, a farmer who is played by Aamir Khan, must contend with high taxes, or “lagaan,” imposed on them by the British government. Bhuvan challenges the British to a game of cricket, a sport that is unfamiliar to the villagers, with the stakes being the cancellation of the lagaan for three years if they win, or an increase in the tax rate if they lose. The film is notable for its depiction of the struggles and obstacles faced by the villagers in their quest to win the game and overcome their oppression. The film deals with themes of nationalism, self-determination, and the power of unity.
5.”Rang De Basanti”
Rang De Basanti is a 2006 Indian drama film directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and produced by Ronnie Screwvala. The film stars Aamir Khan, Siddharth Narayan, Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, Atul Kulkarni and British actress Alice Patten in the lead roles. The film tells the story of a young woman named Sue, who comes to India to make a film on Indian freedom fighters, and how her encounter with a group of Indian students changes her life and the way she perceives India and its history. The students, who are initially uninterested in the project, become passionate about it and decide to bring the story of the freedom fighters to life by reenacting their roles. As they delve deeper into the history of the freedom struggle, they begin to realize the relevance of the past to the present, and become inspired to take action against the corruption and apathy in their own country. The film deals with themes of nationalism, patriotism, and the power of youth to bring about change.
6.”Taare Zameen Par”
Taare Zameen Par is a 2007 Indian drama film directed by Aamir Khan and produced by Aamir Khan Productions. The film stars Darsheel Safary as an eight-year-old child named Ishaan Awasthi, who is struggling in school due to his dyslexia. The story follows Ishaan as he struggles to fit in with his classmates and how his new art teacher, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, played by Aamir Khan, helps him to discover and nurture his artistic talents. The teacher, with patience and understanding, helps Ishaan to overcome his learning difficulties and to believe in himself. The film deals with themes of dyslexia, the pressure of academic excellence and the importance of understanding and supporting children with learning differences.
7.”Dil Chahta Hai”
Dil Chahta Hai is a 2001 Indian coming-of-age romantic drama film directed by Farhan Akhtar and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani. The film stars Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta and Sonali Kulkarni in the lead roles. The story follows the lives of three childhood friends, Akash, Sameer and Siddharth, as they navigate through the ups and downs of friendship, love, and growing up in Mumbai. Akash is in love with a woman named Shalini, but his friends do not approve of the relationship. Sameer falls for a woman named Pooja, who is engaged to someone else. And Siddharth falls for a woman named Tara, who is a free-spirited woman and not interested in serious relationships. The film deals with themes of friendship, love, and coming of age, and explores the complexities and nuances of relationships and the choices we make in life.
Sarfarosh is a 1999 Indian action drama film directed by John Matthew Matthan and produced by Nigam Nigam. The film stars Aamir Khan, Naseeruddin Shah and Sonali Bendre in the lead roles. The story follows the life of a police officer named Ajay Singh Rathod, played by Aamir Khan, who is determined to put an end to cross-border terrorism in India. Ajay’s journey takes him from the streets of Mumbai to the deserts of Rajasthan and the mountains of Pakistan, as he races against time to track down and stop a powerful arms dealer who is supplying weapons to terrorists. Along the way, he also has to confront his own personal demons and the sacrifices he must make in his quest for justice. The film deals with themes of patriotism, national security, and the fight against terrorism.
Ghajini is a 2008 Indian psychological thriller film directed by A. R. Murugadoss and produced by Allu Aravind, Tagore Madhu and Madhu Mantena. The film stars Aamir Khan, Asin, Jiah Khan and Pradeep Rawat in the lead roles. The story follows the life of a businessman named Sanjay Singhania, played by Aamir Khan, who suffers from anterograde amnesia and has difficulty remembering past events or forming new memories. He seeks to avenge the death of his girlfriend, Kalpana, and in the process, he discovers the truth about his past and the people who were responsible for Kalpana’s death. The film deals with themes of memory loss, revenge, and the blurred lines between good and evil. Ghajini was a blockbuster hit and became one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time.
Secret Superstar is a 2017 Indian musical drama film directed by Advait Chandan and produced by Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao and Zee Studios. The film stars Zaira Wasim, Meher Vij, Raj Arjun and Tirth Sharma in the lead roles. The film follows the journey of a 14-year-old girl named Insia, who wants to become a famous singer but faces resistance from her conservative father. She turns to the internet to share her singing talent and becomes an overnight sensation, but must keep her identity a secret to avoid her father’s disapproval. Along the way, she is mentored by a music director named Shakti Kumar, played by Aamir Khan, who helps her to pursue her dream and overcome the obstacles she faces. The film deals with themes of self-expression, female empowerment, and the power of the internet to connect people and bring about change.
As always, this list is not exhaustive and there are many more great Aamir Khan films out there. Keep in mind that, the selection of a movie as “best” is a very subjective matter and it depends on personal preferences.