Shoot! I forgot this entirely and I have nothing prepared! Oh well, I will repost from last year I guess.
1.He was the first Khan to hit it big, Qayamet Se Qayamet Tak came out a year and a half before Maine Pyar Kiya, and 4 years and two months before Deewana.
2. QSQT wasn’t technically his first movie, that was Yaadon Ki Baarat, and he looked adorable.
3. He has sticky-outy ears (see above and below), and I have come to find them kind of endearing.
4. He has the most changeable hair of all the Khans, going from poof to mullet to cool guy short to long and in period to shaven and back again.
5. He is also the most-mustachiod of the Khans. And, I think, wears it best.
6. His first adorable song.
7. His second adorable song
8. His third adorable song
9. His fourth adorable song
10. His fifth adorable song
11. That in his second adorable song, he agreed to be partnered with the tallest extra, and then had him raise his hands up to make him look even taller, while Aamir looks like a witty-bitty doll boy (4:10 through 4:22).
12. That in the same adorable song, his new wife was an extra who could not stop laughing at him (4:50 through 5:12, in the red dress).
13. That he was launched opposite similarly adorable and young and very short Juhi Chawla.
14. That baby Imran Khan plays baby Aamir in this film, just like Aamir jumped in to help out and play young Takir Khan (Aamir’s cousin) in Yaadon ki Baarat.
(aw, little Imran! Did not inherit the family ears)
15. That his third adorable song takes the “dancing around the trees” trope and embraces it.
16. That you were in a terrible movie, which lead to a brilliant humorous youtube video
17. Also, this scene from Dil. You know, I think I like the scenes in this movie even better than the songs!
(See, he tricked Madhuri into betting that she would kiss him if he won the fight. Also, how cute is Madhuri in those pigtails?)
18. This scene from Dil, in which Madhuri sends a message
19. Well, I like this Dil song at least. It’s got kind of a Grease vibe, doesn’t it?
20. Oh, and this one. Especially the sad peddle boat memories (don’t worry, the movie has a happy ending after all)
21. That at the start of your career, you worked hard and didn’t mind being in bad movies, so long as you could use your popularity to promote the better ones that otherwise might go unnoticed.
22. That you helped give Farah Khan her start, when she did her first ever song, “Pehle Nasha”, for one of those better movies that would never have gotten made without your support, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander.
23. That you decided early on to ignore the awards shows, and thus proved how little they matter, since it had no effect on your career.
24. That you were in arguably the best Raj Kapoor film adaptation, and definitely the best Clark Gable film adaptation, Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin (It Happened One Night-Chori Chori-Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin).
25. That you consistently allowed your female co-stars to shine, whether it was Juhi in QSQT or Pooja Bhatt in Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin or Manisha Koirala in Akele Hum Akele Tum.
26. You can really really wear a captain’s hat.
27. That you look good even in slow motion.
28. That you still look good in slow motion 3 years later.
(I think the whole thing is in slight slow-motion, but the opening definitely is, and that’s my favorite part!)
29. That you were also the best father onscreen father, only 22 years after you yourself were playing child roles.
30. That you were also an excellent Uncle onscreen.
(How cute is Juhi? Also, that’s little Kunal Khemu in the backseat, 3 years before Raja Hindustani made him a child star and 22 years before he married Soha Ali Khan)
31. That you were the first Khan to kiss onscreen, breaking the ground for a new attitude towards sex onscreen.
32. That you did that kiss in a movie that also made Kunal Khemu a star, which gave the world hot-hot Kunal Khemu a mere 10 years later.
33. That the same movie served to re-invent Karisma Kapoor, in perhaps the biggest example of your generosity towards your female co-stars.
34. That you followed up Raja Hindustani, one of your all time great movies, with one of your all-time worst, Ishq.
35. That you re-bounded from Ishq with the one-two-three punch of Ghulam, Sarfarosh, and Earth.
36. That Raja Hindustani included one of the all time great dignified longing songs.
37. That you actually got drunk for this song.
38. That you were in Ishq, one of my favorite so-bad-its-good movies.
39. That you were in Ghulam, one of my favorite so-good-its-good movies.
40. That you were in Sarfarosh, which has my all time favorite Ghazal.
41. I love you because you were the first celebrity to come “out of the closet” about using a surrogate.
42. I love you because you have been married twice, and both times you chose someone outside of the fame whirlpool, the girl next door for your first wife and a hardworking behind the scenes producer for your second.
43. I love you because you also went outside of the box for your last 4 heroines. Two talented child actresses, and two unknown adult actresses. Not famous models or daughters of superstars or beauty queens.
44. I love you because you are helping your own daughter achieve her dreams, encouraging her to continue her career behind the camera.
45. I love you because you continue to pick projects that sound INSANE, and then make them work in execution. I have faith that your Thugs of Hindustan will be similarly strange but dignified.
46. I love you because at age 45 you made me believe you were 18.
47. I love you because you also made me believe you were an alien! Which was almost as hard.
48. I love you because you made me go “wow, Aamir is such a great actor! Really believable as the father of grown children” and then 2 hours later go “Wait, he IS the father of grown children! I just never think of him that way.”
49. I love you because on the very first songs DVD I bought, this quickly became my favorite song.
50. I love you because you and Juhi Chawla are just as cute together today as you were when you were launched.
51. I love you because you are also awfully cute with your family. And you gave us a Holi themed picture!
52. I love you for this even cuter photo from back when Azad was tinier.
53. I love you because you throw Azad the dorkiest most enthusiastic birthday parties.
54. And finally, I love you because this picture gives me endless joy and amusement