Aamir Khan has always been a serious actor, and is known as a perfectionist. He does very selective roles and his choice of films has always been commendable. Always trying to say something different with his films, he has tried to break the stereotype or push some social message. Even apart from his films, through Satyameva Jayate, he has tried to use his star status for spreading some good. Lets have a look at his filmography where he has tried to send a message or break a stereotype.
PK was a film about questioning the “god men” who have taken up upon themselves to propagate their versions of religion. A simple heartfelt film directed by Raj Kumar Hirani got us to question ourselves about our religious beliefs.
3 idiots is about following your heart when it comes to what you want to do in life. Rather than going according to parental or societal pressures, follow where your passion wants you to go. Study for the sake of learning and not just for the marks. This film also put a sharp spotlight on the student suicide issue.
Taare Zameen Par
Directed by Aamir Khan himself, this film talks about learning disabilities. Every kid is unique. Every kid goes with his own pace. And to let that kid flourish in his own capacities, rather than forcing a standardised teaching mechanism, is what Taare Zameen Par talks about.
Rang De Basanti
Rang De Basanti became a cult film as it spoke the language of the youth. It spoke about Political interference in the matters of safety of our armed forces, its grave consequences and how the common man becomes helpless in the face of it all. Indeed a brave step by Aamir Khan, putting light about the MIG 21 issue.
Dil Chahta Hai
This film broke the sterotype of the quintessential main stream hero. This extremely youth centric film talked about friendship, love, and coming of age in a very simple and colloquial tone.
A psychological horror thriller, this film was very much different from the main stream movies. The running undercurrant of the film was that, what we are searching for, many times lies within us.
Mangal Pandey : The Rising
A biography of our first freedom fighter, Mangal Pande, the film takes us back to 1857. The incidents in the film talk about the spark that ignited the whole freedom struggle movemnet.
An Indian period drama that is set in Lahore pre partition. The story is about friendship and love between 3 friends who come from different religious and financial backgrounds, and how the partition and riots affect them. The movie is an adaptation of the book, The Ice Candy Man.
Lagaan will always be the film that we will associate Aamir Khan with. A village standing up to the British Empire against the unfair taxes levied, the film was nominated for the Oscars in the foreign film category that year.
Now as Dangal is bout to release, we cannot wait to watch what Aamir Khan is bringing us this time. Watch the trailer of Dangal here: