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Aamir Khan’s uncle Mohammed Nasir Husain Khan was the first from the clan to enter the film industry upon the advice of his grand uncle Maulana Abul Kalam Azad who was a Muslim scholar and a nationalist. Aamir credits his career in showbiz to his great grand uncle and says that if it were not for him, he may not have been an actor in the first place.
Nasir Husain was a filmmaker and screenwriter who is considered as a trendsetter in the history of Hindi cinema. He created the masala genre with films like Yaadon Ki Baraat and Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. Other iconic films to his credit include Tumsa Nahin Dekha, Dil Deke Dekho, Teesri Manzil, Zanjeer among many others.
Nasir married an assistant choreographer Margaret Francina Lewis whom he met at Filmistan. She changed her name to Ayesha Khan. They had two kids – a daughter Nuzhat Khan and a son Mansoor Khan. Nasir was also in a romantic relationship with Asha Parekh that was ended as she did not want to be a home breaker. Nasir became reclusive after the death of his wife and he himself died in 2002 due to a heart attack.
Nasir’s daughter, Nuzhat is an actor, writer and costume designer with films like Lagaan, Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and more to her credit. She was initially married to Anil Pal who was a software engineer. They have a son Imran Khan. Nuzhat later married actor Raj Zutshi who also got separated later.
Actor Imran Khan who made his Bollywood debut with Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na is perhaps set to return to showbiz break ke baad! Although he did appear as a child artist in films like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. His first innings in Bollywood included films like I Hate Luv Storys, Delhi Belly, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu among others. Thereafter he saw a series of box office duds after which he took a long break from his filmi career. He is all set to return with Abbas Tyrewala’s web show.
On the personal front, Imran began dating Avantika Malik at the age of 19. the two got married in 2011 and had a child -daughter Imara Khan. The two separated due to irreconcilable differences after eight years of marriage.
Mansoor is a filmmaker who made his debut with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. This was followed by successful films like Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, Akele Hum Akele Tum, and Josh. He took a hiatus from films and returned in 2008 as a producer on Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na.
Mansoor is currently settled in Coonoor with his wife Tina Khan where he does organic cheese farming. they have two kids – daughter Zayn Marie Khan and son Pablo Ivaan Khan. While Zayn Marie is an actress, Pablo is a director at Mansoor Khan Productions
Zayn Marie Khan
Zayn Marie is an actress who recently appeared in Made in Heaven, Monica, O My Daring, Mrs Serial Killer. She is married to actor Abhishek Saha known for Katti Batti.
Aamir Khan’s father and Nasir Husain’s brother Mohammed Tahir Husain Khan was a filmmaker, screenwriter and actor all rolled into one. He has films like Caravan, Tum Mere Ho, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke among others to his credit. He was married to Zeenat Husain who is a producer and has films like Zakhmee, Locket, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke to her credit. They had four kids – Farhat Khan, Aamir Khan, Nikhat Khan and Faisal Khan. Tahir and Zeenat got separated in 2007. In 2010, Tahir died due to a severe heart attack.
Aamir Khan’s sister Farhat is married to businessman Rajeev Datta who is the brother of Aamir’s first wife Reena Dutta. They have two children and she is settled in the US.
Aamir today is a global star. He made his Bollywood debut at the age of eight in Yaadon Ki Baraat. He made his stage debut with Gujarati play Kesar Bina. His big Bollywood debut Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak became a huge success. Dil, Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, Rangeela, Andaz Apna Apna, Ghajini, Ghulam, Dangal, Taare Zameen Par, Sarfarosh, Dil Chahta Hai, Raja Hindustani, 3 Idiots – his long filmography boasts of several successful films. His last film Laal Singh Chaddha turned out to be a box office dud but it was appreciated after its OTT release. His films Lagaan, Taare Zameen Par, Peepli Live were nominated for the Oscars.
He is a state level champion in tennis. He is second cousin of politician Najma Heptulla who is the grand niece of Abul Kalam Azad.
On the personal front, Aamir married actress Reena Dutta in 1986. They have two children – daughter Ira Khan and son Junaid Khan. They got divorced in 2002. Aamir then when on to marry filmmaker Kiran Rao in 2005. In 2011, they announced the birth of their son Azad Rao Khan through surrogacy. In 2021, Aamir and Kiran announced their separation.
Unlike her father. Ira likes to be behind the camera. She has directed an adaptation of Greek tragedy Medea. The play starred her brother Junaid Khan and Hazel Keech in the lead roles.
Ira got engaged to boyfriend Nupur Shikhare in 2022 who is a celebrity fitness trainer.
Junaid is an actor and director. He made his Tv debut with Masterminds in 2003. He was an AD on Aamir’s film PK. He will soon be seen in YRF’s Maharaja and his home production’s Pritam Pyare. He also has a film that is being written by his uncle, filmmaker Mansoor Khan.
Aamir’s sister Nikhat is an actress who had recently appeared in Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan. She is also a filmmaker herself. She has appeared in several ads and films like Tanhaji, Mission Mangal and Saand Ki Aankh. She has written the lyrics for the film Besharam and produced Tum Mere Ho.
She is married to Santosh Hegde. Her step son Shravan Hegde works in an ad agency. He daughter Seher Hegde is training to be an actress.
Faisal is famous for his role of Shankar Shane in Mela. He appeared in Pyar Ka Mausam playing younger version of Shashi Kapoor. He made his debut in 1988 playing the role of a villain in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. He worked as an AD in Tum Mere Ho which starred Aamir as the lead.
His first lead role was in 1994 in Madhosh directed by Vikram Bhatt. He made his comeback alongside Aamir in Mela in 2000. In 2021, he made his directorial debut and starred in the film Faactory.
Aamir Khan’s cousin Tariq Khan has acted in films like Yaadon Ki Baraat, Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai, Hum Kisise Kum Naheen, Zakhmee among others. He is the son of Aamir’s aunt Anis Khan who was married to Azhar Ali Khan. He is married to Nusrat Khan and has two children – Sadia Khan and Aly Khan. Tariq’s sister Naazish Shah is married to Nusrat Shah. They have a daughter named Samaa Shah.
Nasir, Tahir and Anis had another sister named Bilquis Khan who never got married. She passed away some time back.
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