Bollywood star Aamir Khan happy he can entertain
Bollywood actor Aamir Khan gestures during a media interaction on completion of his 25 years in Indian cinema, in Mumbai, India, Monday, April 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
MUMBAI, India (AP) — Aamir Khan says he's happy he's been able to entertain people during his quarter-century as a Bollywood star.
His debut film, "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak," which premiered 25 years ago Monday, starred Khan opposite newcomer Juhi Chawla in a modern Romeo-and-Juliet tale that created box-office history.
"I can't believe how I have reached here, and I feel so happy from my heart that I was able to entertain people," he told reporters at a press conference Monday. "I have tried to make a place for myself in each and every Indian heart, I feel very happy about this."
Bollywood actor Aamir Khan waves as he leaves after a media interaction on completion of his 25 years in Indian cinema, in Mumbai, India, Monday, April 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
In the past decade, he's become one of Bollywood's names and has the cachet to make any project he chooses.
Khan performed as a child actor in a couple of films, but his career took off with the success of "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak." Several films made through the 1990s were box-office hits.
In 2001, Khan turned producer with "Lagaan,"or "Tax," a film on poor farmers in British-ruled India challenging their oppressors to a cricket match. The acclaimed period drama was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film.
After the success of "Lagaan," Khan acted in some of the biggest hits of the decade, including "Dil Chahta Hai," or "What the Heart Desires," ''Rang De Basanti" or "Color Me Yellow," and "Ghajini."