Aamir Khan – The Present King Khan Of Bollywood

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Three Indian actors sharing a surname have ruled Bollywood box offices across three decades, but the success of wrestling blockbuster Dangal means it’s Aamir who’s currently the king of the Khans. Known as the “Khans of Bollywood”, Aamir, Shah Rukh, and Salman have been the undoubted superstars of the Hindi film industry since the mid-1990s, taking it in turns to reign supreme.

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But with Dangal smashing records, Salman suffering a rare flop and Shah Rukh without a major hit in four years, the crown, for now, is firmly placed on Aamir’s head.

Dangal has set new and previously unimaginable parameters for the box office potential of a Bollywood movie since it was first released in India in December last year.

Aamir Khan plays the role of wrestling coach Mahavir Singh Phogat who defies the odds by raising his daughters Geeta and Babita Phogat to become champion wrestlers. Geeta won gold for India at the 2010 Commonwealth Games while Babita topped the podium at the 2014 edition.
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Critics say the movie resonated because it was a patriotic story about a triumphant underdog that dealt with India’s skewed attitude towards girls and credit a large part of Aamir’s success to his careful choosing of movies with a message.

Dangal has set new and previously unimaginable parameters for the box office potential of a Bollywood movie since it was first released in India in December last year.

It quickly became the highest-grossing Bollywood film ever, knocking another of Aamir’s movies off the top spot, and has made close to 20 billion rupees ($310 million) worldwide.
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Khan plays the role of wrestling coach Mahavir Singh Phogat who defies the odds by raising his daughters Geeta and Babita Phogat to become champion wrestlers. Geeta won gold for India at the 2010 Commonwealth Games while Babita topped the podium at the 2014 edition.

Critics say the movie resonated because it was a patriotic story about a triumphant underdog that dealt with India’s skewed attitude towards girls and credit a large part of Aamir’s success to his careful choosing of movies with a message.

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Film distributor Akshaye Rathi also points to the fact that Aamir does one film every two years on average, while Salman and Shah Rukh regularly release two a year.

Salman’s annual Eid holiday release is usually a blockbuster shoo-in, but the latest, Tubelight bombed.

Critics panned the script and said the star’s portrayal of a “village idiot” failed to resonate with his largely young Indian male fan base.

Aamir is lauded for taking on challenging roles. For Dangal he gained and then lost again 25 kilograms (55 pounds) in weight while cinemagoers adored his portrayal of a humanoid alien stranded on Earth in PK.

Dangal has made around $180 million more than PK in global sales thanks to a record-breaking run in the hugely profitable Chinese market, where Aamir has worked hard at building his brand, becoming the biggest Indian star there.

“Aamir has time and again proven his marketing genius and his genius when it comes to choosing the right script, delivering a terrific performance and enthralling the audience,” said Rathi.

After the success of Dangal, Aamir Khan is no doubt the present “King Of Bollywood” and also the “King Of Khans.”

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