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The iconic actor, Aamir Khan is one of the most successful and celebrated actors in the film industry. Over the years, he has been part of one of the highest-grossing films ever. From breaking box-office collection records to making a mark in viewers' hearts with his characters, Aamir is undoubtedly one of the best actors in the history of Hindi cinema. The man termed with the title ‘Perfectionist’ is already bestowed with prestigious awards like Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, which speaks volumes about his stature as an actor.
The buzz around Aamir Khan’s film, Laal Singh Chaddha was huge, as it was the adaption of the iconic Hollywood film, Forrest Gump. However, it was the trend, 'Boycott Bollywood' that hampered Laal Singh Chadha’s business at the box office. Despite giving four years of his life, Aamir suffered huge losses when his film crashed at the box. The movie was made on a budget of Rs. 180 crore and only managed to hit the Rs. 60 crore mark at the box office. However, things could have been much worse for the actor.
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During the Telugu trailer launch of the film, Laal Singh Chaddha, Aamir Khan was asked about his opinions on the debate, Bollywood vs South Indian film industry. In response to the same, Aamir praised South Indian films like K.G.F., Pushpa: The Rise, Baahubali and RRR. The actor admitted that it’s beautiful to see incredible content coming from different corners of the country. While shedding more light on the gigantic success of South Indian films in recent years, Aamir revealed how Shah Rukh Khan saved his film, Laal Singh Chaddha, from clashing with K.G.F: Chapter 2. Opening up about the same and heaping praises on Shah Rukh’s Red Chillies Productions, he had said:
"I remember when KGF 2 was about to be released, there was a lot of excitement among the Hindi audience, amongst my old friends. I must say that Laal Singh Chaddha was supposed to be released on that day. But fortunately for us, Red Chillies was taking a little time on the VFX, so we got saved. Otherwise, we would have come up with KGF 2."
Despite being the son of iconic film producer, Mohammad Tahir Hussain, it wasn’t a cakewalk for Aamir Khan to make a name for himself in the film industry. The actor had pasted his film’s posters behind auto rickshaws and used to request people to come to theatres and watch his debut film, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak.
Once in an interview with the Humans of Bombay, Aamir Khan talked about his first salary and revealed that as the first AD (Assistant Director), he had received Rs. 1000. The actor admitted that at that age, he wasn’t concerned about the money he was making as he was more focused on learning the art and craft of filmmaking. The actor also talked about the success of his debut films and admitted that his entire life changed rapidly. Aamir also added that even after the success of his debut film, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, he never let stardom reach his head as he knew that there was a long way ahead of him. The actor credited his father for always keeping him humble and modest.
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Although after the release of his first film, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Aamir Khan became the crush of a million girls across the nation. However, he suffered a series of ups and downs in his acting career. But it was his determination to prove himself that turned out to be the foundation of his irreplaceable legacy.
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