The 44-year-old, who struck gold at the box office with his latest outing '3 Idiots' that grossed over Rs.375 crore at the worldwide box office, is already a recipient of the Padma Shri.
Known as a perfectionist, Aamir began his film career as a child actor in his uncle Nasir Hussain's 'Yaadon Ki Baraat' (1973) and then featured in 'Madhosh' (1974).
He made his debut as full-fledged actor in Ketan Mehta's 'Holi' (1984) however, he achieved overnight stardom in 1988 with 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak'.
He followed it up with his first national award winning role in 'Raakh' and successful movies like 'Dil' (1990), 'Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin' (1991), 'Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar' (1992), 'Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke' (1993), 'Andaz Apna Apna' (1994) and 'Rangeela' (1995).
Khan continued to act in just one or two films a year and still does the same. Other hits of Aamir are 'Raja Hindustani', 'Ishq' and critically-acclaimed 'Ghulam', 'Sarfarosh' and 'Earth'.
In the new millenium, he appeared in hits like Oscar-nominated 'Lagaan'. In the same year he featured in 'Dil Chahta Hai'. After that he took a four year sabbatical and returned with Ketan Mehta's dud 'Mangal Pandey: The Rising'.
But he hit the bull's eye again with 'Rang De Basanti' and after that blazed a new trail to success with 'Taare Zameen Par', 'Ghajini' and '3 Idiots'.