At 50, he is more charming than ever before. He's known for breaking stereotypes, and still always come out as one of the biggest winners Bollywood has known. Mr Perfectionist aka Aamir Khan is constantly rewriting the rules of success in an industry notorious for fleeting attention spans, and he still looks more content and cheerful than ever.
There is a famous film party story in which Aamir keeps calling a middle-aged woman aunty. Once she leaves the frame, Aamir’s friend points out that he is almost the same age as the woman. Aamir only smiles in reply. Probably this is what they call young at heart.
His career is more about the serial success of a superstar. With Ghajini, he started the trend of Bollywood movies that earned Rs 100 crore or more. The 2008 film took 18 days to cross the Rs 100 crore mark. The next year Khan acted in 3 Idiots, which went on to make Rs 202 crore in India. 3 Idiots' earning was unbroken till Krrish 3 and Chennai Express hit the screens in 2013.
Aamir, once again, broke box office records with Dhoom 3, a multi-starrer in 2013. Foreign markets had opened up by now and Dhoom 3 went on to become the highest grossing Bollywood film ever with earnings of approximately Rs 550 crore worldwide.
A year after Dhoom 3, Aamir has surprised everybody with PK. The film began its journey like any other big Bollywood starrer, gathering Rs 26.63 crore when it opened on December 19. This was several crores less than the openings of Ek Tha Tiger (Rs 32.92 crore on Day 1) and Chennai Express (Rs 33.12 crore on Day 1), but thanks to largely positive reviews, PK's business picked up and it is now the most commercially successful Bollywood film ever.
At a recent event, Khan talked about PK’s business, "Roughly the net collection in India is around Rs 340 crore and overseas is Rs 170 crore. So the net business is over Rs 500 crore and the gross may be Rs 600-650 crore."
With PK's thumping victory at the box office, Aamir has proved that he is the real boss of Bollywood. It has also taken him one step ahead of the other Khans in the numbers game. But, is he really as successful as he has been projected by these trade figures?Let’s take a look at his films released since 2001.
This is only about Aamir Khan the actor. Some of his productions such as Peepli Live and Delhi Belly have also hit the jackpot, and adding them would only mean extending his authority over the box office to unprecedented heights.