Salman Khan is one of top rated stars of Bollywood whose fan following is not affected by the fate of his films or his ‘bad boy’ image.
Salman Khan- A Powerhouse of Indian Film Industry
Salman Khan is one of the renowned actors of the Bollywood film industry. Since his debut film in 1988, he stands amongst the top rated stars of the B-town. Although he is being often termed as the bad boy of the industry, but it hardly affected his immense popularity amongst the fans. The actor emerged as a leading star with the film Maine Pyaar Kiya and it eventually attained huge commercial success in the box office. Since then, Salman has always attained the limelight of the media and is now being considered as one of the highest paid actors of Bollywood.
Salman Khan was born in Indore on 27th December 1965. He is the son of the well-known scriptwriter Salim Khan and his former wife Salma. Among his two brothers, both Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan have now become an essential part of the Bollywood. Salman even have two sisters known as, Arpita and Alvira.
A Majestic Career:
In 1988, Salman Khan made his debut with the film Biwi Ho To Aisi. However, as a leading actor he first preformed in Sooraj R. Barjatya’s Maine Pyaar Kiya. Apart from becoming a massive hit, it even fetched him the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award.
In the early 90’s, Salman treated his fans with some of the beguiling performances in the films Saajan and Baghi. In Saajan, he shared the screen with the co-stars Madhuri Dikshit and Sanjay Dutt. In 1994, Salman once again paired up with Sooraj Barjatya and comes up with the much awaited film Hum Aapke Hain Kaun. It is one of the highest grossing films ever made in the history of Bollywood.
In the same year, audience witnessed another splendid performance from this macho actor. The film was Andaz Apna Apna, which is being still considered as one of the best comedy films in India. In this movie, Salman performed with another celebrated actor Aamir Khan. Rakesh Roshan’s Karan Arjun is another milestone in the career of Salman. In this film he starred with the King of Bollywood- Shahrukh Khan.
In 1996, there arrived Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Khamoshi and Raj Kanwar’s Jeet. The former one was being widely acclaimed by the critics and the actor was even being praised for his performance. The latter one also made a lucrative business in the box office. However, the year 1997 was not so lucky for this Bollywood hunk. Movies like Auzaar failed to create any kind of impact on the audiences.
However, the actor bounced back in the very next year with the films like Pyaar Kiya to Darna Kya and Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai. Both of them attained huge commercial successes and Salman once again proved his credentials. In the same year, the actor made a special appearance in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai- the directorial debut of Karan Johar. The movie has become an all time blockbuster.
In 1999, Salman made his onscreen presence in some of the romantic and family drama flicks like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Biwi No 1 and Hum Saath Saath Hain. All of them were pretty successful in the box office and the actor was once again being nominated as the best actor for Filmfare.
Salman’s career received a massive setback in the early 21st century. A large number of films such as, Tumko Na Bhool Payenge, Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam etc suffered miserably in the box office.
It took nearly three years to recover from this disaster. With the release of Tere Naam in 2003, Salman once again tasted the effervescences of success. The film not only attained success but even made Salman as a role model amongst the youth. Baghban was the other film which got released in that year and it eventually fetched him the nomination of Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award.
In 2004 and 2005, Salman appeared in some of the films like Mujhse Shaadi Karoge and No Entry. Both of these were massive hits and treated the audiences with full entertainment. In 2006, the bad patch once again continued for this legendary actor as none of the films can be claimed as successful. However, he soon made a comeback with the film Partner along with the comedian actor Govinda.
The year 2009 was kind of mixed-bag response for the actor as his films like London Dreams and Main aur Mrs Khanna failed at the box office. However, he proved his mettle with Wanted in the same year, which released during Eid and became one the highest grosser of the year.
Salman turned into script writer with Veer, which is a concept he has been nurturing since more than 20 years. This Anil Sharma directed vehicle was made on colossal canvas, but it proved to be a disaster in the box office. It was a bit of heart breaking experience in the early 2010, but the year became super special with Dabangg that grossed more 140 crores in the box office.
His Television Stint:
In 2008, Salman made his television debut on Sony Entertainment Television with Dus Ka Dum. The show was reasonably successful and the channel repeated Khan as the host in its second season, which was aired on 2009. However, the most popular TV show till date in his career is Big Boss 4 on colors.
Controversies and Salman Khan goes hand in hand. He was arrested for negligent and rash driving on 28 September 2002 as his car ran over a person who was sleeping out a bakery in Mumbai. He was also sentenced with 5 years jail term for hunting Chinkara. He was released on bail from the Jodhpur Central Jail after six days. He has also been surrounded by controversies regarding the ladies who are linked with him. The list of ladies is long, which include Somi Ali, Sangeeta Bijlani, Aishwarya Rai, Katrina Kaif and many small time actors.
No matter what his image is, no matter how most of his films fare at the box office, the fact remains that Salman Khan is one of the powerful icons of the Indian film industry.