Aamir Khan became the superstar of his first film, and the actor has proven over the years that he has inherited the filmmaking sharp taste of his father Tahir Hussain and uncle Nasir Hussain. The Khan-Hussain family is another force to be reckoned with in Hindi cinema. Nasir Hussain has produced several successful films and trended in Bollywood. Aamir has repeatedly reinvented himself to maintain his popularity and respect in the industry for over 30 years, breaking box office records with several of his films. Her children Ira and Junaid have started to show their talents in both theater and film.
Here’s a glimpse of the Khan – Hussain family who have been setting benchmarks in Bollywood for around 70 years.
The first generation:
Nasir Hussain: He is a veteran film writer, producer and director and made his writing debut with the 1953 super hit, Anarkali for the Filmistan studios, where he joined as a freelancer. Nasir then went on to start his own production house called Nasir Hussain Films. With a career spanning several decades, Hussain has been credited with being a major trendsetter in the history of Hindi cinema. For example, he directed Yaadon Ki Baraat (1973), who created the Bollywood masala film genre that defined Hindi cinema in the 1970s and 1980s, and he wrote and produced Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), which sets the template for Bollywood’s musical romance. defined Hindi cinema in the 1990s. Nasir launched Mansoor Khan and Aamir Khan with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, which the two brothers co-wrote in their youth.
Nasir Hussain has two children – an eldest son Mansoor Khan, and a younger adopted daughter, Nuzhat Khan. Nuzhat Khan is married to a convert, Anil Pal, an engineer, and has one son, Imran Khan.
Tahir Hussain: Nasir Hussain’s younger brother, Tahir Hussain, is also a filmmaker and has been a producer for a number of films including Caravan (1971), Anamika (1973) and Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993). Tahir and his wife Zeenat Hussain have four children – Farhat Khan, Aamir Khan, Faisal Khan, and Nikhat Khan.
Aamir Khan: One of the three Khanans who have been a major force in Bollywood for 30 years, Aamir’s successful journey started with his first film, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. She has appeared as a child artist in her uncle’s previous films. He established himself as a leading actor in Hindi cinema in the 1990s by appearing in a number of commercially successful films, including Dil, Raja Hindustani and Sarfarosh. In 1999 he founded Aamir Khan Productions, whose first film, Lagaan (2001), received an Oscar nomination. He made his directorial debut with Taare Zameen Par (2007). Aamir’s biggest global successes came with Ghajini, 3 Idiots, Dhoom 3, PK, and Dangal, each holding the record for the highest-grossing Indian film.
Aamir married Reena Dutta in 1986. They have two children: a son named Junaid and a daughter, Ira. They divorced in 2002, and Aamir married Kiran Rao in 2005. Their son, Azad Rao Khan, was born in 2011.
Outside of the film industry, he also had contact with Abul Kalam Azad through his grandmother. Khan is also the second cousin of the six-time MLA, the former vice president of the BJP and the current governor of Manipur Najma Heptulla, who is the grandson of Abul Kalam Azad.
Kiran Rao: Producers, screenwriters and directors own films such as Dhobi Ghat and Delhi Belly. Actress Aditi Rao Hydari is Kiran’s first cousin. Kiran’s paternal father and Hydari’s maternal grandfather, J. Rameshwar Rao, was King Wanaparthy, a large estate under Nizam of Hyderabad.
Faisal Khan: Aamir’s brother appeared in Pyar Ka Mausam playing the role of Shashi Kapoor as a child. He played a minor role as a criminal in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. Faisal landed his first leading role in the 1994 film Madhosh, directed by Vikram Bhatt. After five years of absence, he returned with his brother in Mela (2000).
Nikhat Khan: Aamir’s younger brother has produced several films and played minor roles in films. Nikhat is married to Santosh Hegde. They have two children -Seher and Shravan.
Mansoor Khan: The producer, director and screenwriter are the son and cousin of Aamir Khan’s Nasir Hussain. He made his directorial debut with the super-hit film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. He followed this success four years later with Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992). Mansoor’s other films Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995) and Josh (2000) were quite successful. In 2008 he co-produced the film Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na with Aamir Khan, which marked the debut of his nephew Imran Khan. He settled on Coonoor with his wife Tina, where he enjoyed farming. Their children were Zayn’s daughter and Pablo’s son.
Tariq Khan: He was born to Azhar Ali Khan, who was married to Nasir Hussain’s sister. She is the cousin of actors Aamir Khan and Faisal Khan. He appeared in 16 films, including Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), Zakhmee (1975), and Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977).
Raj Zutshi: The actor was previously married to Nuzhat Hussain, daughter of filmmaker Nasir Hussain. He is her second husband and stepfather to actor Imran Khan, who is the son of Nuzhat by her first husband, Anil Pal. Raj Zutshi began his career as a theater artist and has appeared in several films, including Lagaan, Murder and Love Aaj Kal.
Imran Khan: Mansoor Khan and Aamir Khan then launched their nephew, Imran Khan, with Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na in 2008. The film was made under the banner of Aamir Khan Productions and became a huge success. He then starred in a number of films such as I Hate Luv Storys (2010), Delhi Belly (2011), Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) and Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (2012). Imran has been missing for several years, during which rumors about problems in his marriage to Avantika Malik also emerged. The couple has a daughter, Imara.
Junaid Khan: The eldest son of Aamir is reportedly set to make his Bollywood debut with Maharaja Siddharth P Malhotra. He has helped the film so far.
Ira Khan: He made his directorial debut with Euripides’ adaptation of Medea. He has said in the past that he would rather stay behind the camera. In February 2021, Ira confirmed that she is dating fitness trainer Nupur Shikhare.