After the debacle of TUBELIGHT this year, Salman Khan was in dire need to have a hit and thanks to Ali Abbas Zafar, who came to his rescue with TIGER ZINDA HAI that has been received well. While Salman is busy basking in the glory of TIGER ZINDA HAI and touting it to be the best birthday & Christmas gift, but he has received way better pleasant gifts in the form of movies that served as a turning point in his career. Had it not been for these movies, Salman Khan wouldn’t have been the star he is today. And interestingly, each of these movies came at a time when Salman was desperately seeking for a big leap.
Salman not only tasted commercial success with these movies but they also gave him a new face, new genre and there was no looking back.
So without much ado let’s take a look at these movies, which served as magic wand and transformed the boy-next door Salman, who was rather known as celebrated writer Salim Khan’s son then, to a superstar style bhai, SALMAN KHAN. Today Salim Khan is more known as Salman Khan’s father.
Here’s a run-through of Salman Khan’s memorable films:
MAINE PYAR KIYA (1989): While Salman Khan made his debut as a supporting role in the film BIWI HO TOH AISI, it was Sooraj Barjataya’s film MAINE PYAR KIYA that made him overnight star. From no one, he became the poster boy of romance. With this began a new era of love stories in Bollywood, love stories of rebellious youth. His romantic image continued with few successful films like BAAGHI, PATTHAR KE PHOOL, SANAM BEWAFA.
SAAJAN (1991):However, after a point there came a slight dip in his career but SAAJAN, that also starred Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit gave a new shade to his character on-screen, that of a Casanova, which followed later in his career with JAB PYAAR KISISE HOTA HAI, JANAM SAMJHA KARO, NO ENTRY. The film was a blockbuster and Salman’s Casanova character was loved by masses.
HUM AAPKE HAIN KOUN…!(1994)Nevertheless, Salman couldn’t continue his charm after SAAJAN. He faced a few flops. And yet again Sooraj Barjataya came to his rescue with the blockbuster HUM AAPKE HAIN KOUN..!, which surpassed all box-office collections then. For the first time we got introduced to Salman as a family person. Audiences truly loved this side of his.
KARAN ARJUN (1995) But soon after a sugary family package HUM AAPKE HAIN KOUN, Salman surprised one and all by showcasing a serious brotherly side of his in the blockbuster film KARAN ARJUN, which has become cult today. It was the first time when we saw Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan sharing the space, by playing real brothers.
JUDWAA (1997):While we were used to Salman’s rebellious, romantic or serious side, David Dhawan added another feather to his studded cap by introducing Salman in a comic avatar. This was the first time we saw Salman playing a ‘tapori’ in the film. The film was superhit and it was recently remade by David again starring Varun Dhawan as ‘Judwaa’. After that Salman did a series of David Dhawan films, while some after JUDWAA and some others later in his career which were superhits like BIWI NO.1, MUJHSE SHAADI KAROGE, MAINE PYAR KYUN KIYA, PARTNER
PYAR KIYA TOH DARNA KYA & HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM (1998 & 1999): Salman’s golden period in his career was between 1998 to 1999 as nearly all his movies performed consistently at the box office. His shirtless song “O O Jaane Jaana” became a rage in PYAR KIYA TOH DARNA KYA and we saw the emergence of an unabashed, bold yet sweet side of Salman on-screen. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM was also like sone pe suhaga. His lover boy image was revised with this film.
TERE NAAM (2003):But sadly after HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM, Salman’s career was almost written off as he was going through personal crisis. His image was tarnished. He was also the most hated person by the media. There was a lot of criticism from all corners of his life. However after a while, there came TERE NAAM, which gave a new lease of life to his career. For the first time we witnessed his intense lover side and it was well appreciated by critics and his fans. The character that he played in the film was close to Salman’s heart.
WANTED & DABANGG(2009 & 2010): Just when we thought Salman is fine with few comedies & supporting roles or cameos, enjoying the moderate success, Prabhu Dheva as director came with a movie WANTED in 2009 which turn a whole new level of fame and stardom for Salman Khan. It was big blockbuster and he became the new action king with that. But his biggest turning point in the career after that was DABANGG. His character ‘Chulbhul Pandey’ became very famous and a household name. This was his career best performance. DABANGG went on to become biggest blockbusters of his career and also in Indian cinema history. Post that there formed a superhit connection of releasing movies in Eid. Every year Salman treated his fans on Eid with a blockbuster and emerged as the undying ‘King of Bollywood’!