New Delhi, July 23, 2012
First Published: 17:26 IST(23/7/2012)
Last Updated: 14:56 IST(7/11/2012)
Having worked as a child artist in his uncle Aamir Khan's films- Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992), Imran Khan decided to venture into acting. After graduating from the Los Angeles branch of New York Film Academy, he came back to India and enrolled at Kishore Namit Kapoor's acting institute.
Imran Khan looks handsome in a black sherwani. (Photo: AFP)
During this time he met director Abbas Tyrewala who gave him his first Bollywood film Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na (2008). The romantic-comedy was successful at the box-office and even fetched him a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.
He later appeared in several commercially successful films such as I Hate Luv Storys (2010), Delhi Belly (2011), Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) and Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (2012).
He has worked with some of the top heroines of Bollywood like Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Sonam Kapoor and Anushka Sharma.
Born on: January 13, 1983
Inram with wife Avantika
Sun sign: Capricorn
School/college: Bombay Scottish School, Fremont High School/New York Film Academy
Place of birth: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
First film: Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
Family: Imran Khan was born to Anil Pal, a Hindu Bengali and Nuzhat Khan, a Muslim. He is the nephew of actor Aamir Khan and grandson of Nasir Hussain, a noted director and producer.
Marriage: Imran Khan married his long-time girlfriend Avantika Malik on January 10, 2011.
TOP 5 MOVIES
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008): Played Jai Singh Rathore in his debut film opposite Genelia D'Souza
Break Ke Baad (2010): Played Abhay Gulati opposite Deepika Padukone
Delhi Belly (2011): Played Tashi opposite Poorna Jagannathan
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011): Played Kush Agnihotri opposite Katrina Kaif
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (2012): Played Rahul Kapoor opposite Kareena Kapoor
LIST OF AWARDS
2009: Filmfare Awards for Best Male Debut for Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na
2009: Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards for Best Male Debut for Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na
2009: Sabse Favourite Kaun Awards for Sabsey Naya Hero for Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na
2011: Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Awards for Fun Fearless Actor (Male)
In 2011, Khan along with his brother-in-law Vedant Malik, opposed the passing of the State Government of India's new law to increase the age limit for alcohol consumption to 25 by filing a Public Interest Litigation against the law. "It's completely unfair to expect that one has to wait till 25 years to exercise his freedom of choice regarding one's lifestyle. Young India is not as irresponsible as the older establishment assumes it to be," he had said in an interview.
"I use Khan (mother's surname) because in a sense my mom has been a single parent to me. It has been my mother all the way and that's the reason I am a Khan."
"Salman, Shah Rukh, Aamir - they are like legends now, they have been here for more than 20 years. It takes that much time to build up that kind of fan following. It can't happen in two years. You have to consistently build an audience."
"Most journalists have an exam sheet which comprises - what is your favourite colour, your favourite holiday destination, what you like to do in your free time. This is not an interview, this is a questionnaire. I feel to make a good interview, be it print, radio or TV, it has to be a conversation. Fifty percent of the job is yours, half the job is mine. That is how you make a good interview."
"I am very particular about the recovery of my business. I charge less money than most of my contemporaries. I don't like to burden my film upfront. I tend to take a share in the profit of the film. It's a risk - you are gambling on the success of your film."
"Ranbir Kapoor is a better actor and I don't see any competition as there is space for everyone over here. You have Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir mamu enjoying their space and following. The industry can afford dozen stars in between."
"I don't wear designer clothes, I am a very simple looking guy; I wear T-shirts, jeans and canvas shoes. I can be anybody on screen people see and identify themselves, their friend, and brother in me. Because I am not pretending and trying to do what I am not. I don't play larger than life characters."
"Kareena is basically a chill out, friendly, sweet person who makes you comfortable while working. She doesn't have any air around her of being the B-Town power house."
"I don't understand this idea of competition. If somebody's films flops it's not going to help me and if somebody's film is a hit it's not going to help me either."
"It's the audience who decides the fate of a film. A critic's opinion is restricted to one ticket. Those who come in numbers again and again make the difference at the box office."
"The best thing to work with Deepika is that first you get better as an actor as she makes sure that you also improve and second you become more hard working."