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Aamir's honesty most endearing trait: Kiran

By HT

Mumbai, March 14 -- Aamir Khan is an extremely private person. When he isn't working, he prefers maintaining a low profile and spending time at home, with his family. As the Bollywood superstar turns 51 today, we ask his wife, Kiran Rao, to decode the real Aamir.

'He's an incorrigible prankster'

For me, Aamir's honesty is his most endearing trait, and I often joke that he is like Raja Harishchandra (laughs). But he's also an incorrigible prankster. He's always teasing his siblings, kids, nephews and nieces. Our family get-togethers and chat groups are complete laugh-a-thons.

'He likes playing board games'

Aamir and the kids are obsessed with his favourite game - Settlers Of Catan. In fact, he has started a 'Catan tournament' for all of us, who have become addicted to the game. Though it's a family affair, it's a super-competitive annual tournament (smiles). He likes playing board games.

'He loves putting Azad to bed'

As a father, it's hard for him to split our daily parenting duties with me because he travels so much, and his schedule is always hectic. But when he is in town, he really makes up for it, and spends a lot of time with Azad, taking him for tennis and football matches, and even birthday parties. He loves putting Azad to bed, and reading to him. He had Azad hooked to the Magic Faraway Tree series, and now they are reading Tintin's Adventures during their bedtime story sessions.

'He's interested in cooking'

Aamir plans to learn all of Ammi's (Aamir's mother, Zaanat Hussain) recipes, but that project has been on the backburner for all these years because of the lack of time. But it's still very much on his agenda. Who knows when he'll finally manage to do it? He's interested in cooking.

'He's very protective of his family'

He is very close to Junaid and Ira (Aamir's kids from his earlier marriage with Reena Dutta), and very proud of how independent and down-to-earth they are. He's very protective of his family in general, and no matter how busy he is, he always manages to be there whenever anyone needs him.