Yeah, I’m just gonna count down all the Khans! They all have the big spectacular global hits with the big promotions on streaming sites and the rest of it. And the movies they are very proud of and bring up in their highly publicized interviews and so on. And then there are the other movies, the ones that are secretly kind of good even if no one talks about it.
I’m not including the big popular hits (Dhoom 3, Ghulam) or the big critical hits (Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak). And I’m not including the stupid ones that no one should watch (Mangal Panday, primarily). So, this are the ones that aren’t talked about as much any more as big popular hits, and the critics have kind of forgotten them, but they are still worth watching.
Dil was a hit back when it came out, but that was a while ago and people tend to have forgotten it recently. Certainly Aamir never brings it up! Or the critics, it is not a good movie for the critics to look at. Or, really, the kind of sophisticated global audiences that Current Aamir courts. But boy is it fun if you like the original romantic kitschy version of Aamir! College romance, much angst and drama, and ridiculous twists. Very enjoyable in a kind of roller coaster way. Also, only Aamir-Madhuri movie ever!
Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke
Oh, this movie is so cute! Juhi is cute, Aamir is cute, the kids are cute, future Mr. Soha Ali Khan is cute, it’s all good. And there is a dance number in a shirt factory, in which gendered power structures are upended (Aamir’s female employees sexually harass him). It’s kind of light weight, and a little silly, but super fun to watch.
This one might be a bit of a hard sell. You know that kind of dog that is so dumb it keeps running into the wall? And how some people find it frustrating that a dog could be that dumb and other people find it cute? This is the movie equivalent of that dog. It is real real dumb. And yet, I kind of want to pat it on it’s little dumb head. Oh right, plot. Two couples love story, Juhi and Aamir and Kajol and Ajay, class warfare issues, something about caste too that isn’t really clearly, and some super catchy and stupid songs.
Another one that was a hit when it came out! Really, Aamir tends to either have hits or massive flops, not a lot of middle of the road ones to pull out. Anyway, it is not a very well-remembered movie now, and certainly not critically acclaimed or anything. Aamir and Manisha Koirala play out An Affair to Remember, in bad 90s fashion.
This was a modest hit, but nothing special. A more uneven film than most of Aamir’s recent movies, and not with the most memorable message. Also (and this is very VERY important), really terrible Aamir hair. But the songs are decent, Kajol is amazing, and it has the kind of over the top YRF romance that Aamir doesn’t do enough of. At least, not since the early 90s.
Kind of amazed I am putting this movie on the list, it was a literally record breaking hit just 10 years ago. And yet, it really doesn’t come up that much any more! It doesn’t have an obvious social message, not like the preachy preachy ones Aamir makes now. And it’s also way too fun for the stuff Aamir makes now, action scenes and AR Rahman songs and just a wee bit of moral uncertainty. Really, this is not a “lessor” movie at all, it’s just one that isn’t talked about as much as I would think it would be.
I love this movie, it is truly brilliant. But it’s small brilliant, not big brilliant, not like his other stuff. No box office records broken, no big awards sweep, just a really good film. Plus, Kareena and Rani, and little baby Rajkummar Rao. Any other actor, this movie would be on the A list, not the C list. But it’s Aamir, he makes so few movies, of such high quality, that this ends up on the C list just because it wasn’t the biggest brightest film of the year.
Again, a good solid movie that would be A List for any one else. A really twisted thriller plot that keeps you going, an interesting non-showy kind of police officer hero, an adult kind of romance, and Naseeruddin Shah. Very much worth watching!