Technically Aamir Khan started his career as a child actor in his uncle's 'Yaadon Ki Baaraat', but it was only when he burst into our lives strumming the guitar and singing "Papa kehte hain" in 1988's 'Qayamat se Qayamat Tak' that the nation developed a collective crush on him.
More than 20 years later, the crush has now solidified into a solid love affair, accented by respect and awe and today Aamir is considered one of the finest actors our cinema has produced.
Early on it was clear that Aamir's romantic streak spread beyond just his films. As a young lad he fell in love with his neighbour Reena Dutta and married her soon after turning 21, much against the wishes of both their families. The marriage produced two children and lasted 16 years, ending in divorce, in 2002. The intensely private Khan refused to divulge any details of his personal life, although that did not stop the media from speculating. These speculations were heightened by the shocking claim that British writer Jessica Hines had produced a love child called Jaan Harry Hines with Aamir in 2003. As always he remained tight lipped about the whole controversy and it gradually died down.
However, the rumour mills were not going to stay silent for long when it came to a handsome and unattached star like Aamir and soon after, reports of his romance with a young assistant director began to surface. This time though, he did more than just confirm the dalliance; he went ahead and got married to his lady love - Kiran Rao - in 2005.
Aamir and Kiran had met on the sets of his magnum opus 'Lagaan' and a little mental math will reveal that Aamir was technically still married to Reena at the time (She was one of the producers of the film actually). Exactly when the affair began and what his marital status was at the time still remains a little murky, but all that is in the past now!