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Aamir Khan might be the biggest movie star outside of Hollywood - he's the undisputed king of Bollywood, which means, he's got fans - we're talking, a few hundred million fans. Plus, with his directing and producing credits to his name, Aamir wields huge influence over the industry.
Consider this: In 2008, Aamir starred in "Ghajini" - which, by the way, was inspired by the Hollywood flick, "Memento". Ghajini became the highest grossing Bollywood film of all time - that is, until the next year, when it was surpassed by another movie, "3 Idiots". And who starred in "3 Idiots"? Aamir Khan.
Aamir earned success on his own terms. He defied Bollywood conventions by only shooting one movie at a time - it may not sound revolutionary, but before Aamir, it was basically unheard of. Plus, he challenges his audience, putting emotionally complex characters and politically sensitive stories on the big screen.
Aamir's latest film is "Dhobi Ghat", which tackles class and language barriers in his hometown of Mumbai. And talk about a personal project: it was written and directed by Aamir's wife, Kiran Rao.