He is the most eligible bachelor of Bollywood and India. The original bad boy reputed to give women cold feet and applauded for his straight forward attitude, Salman Khan had come a long way from being a romantic Prem to a tough Bodyguard.
As Sallu turns an year older completing 48 today, we look at some of his finest films so far in the sojourn called Bollywood. From a boy next door to a man, it was a hell of a ride!
Maine Pyaar Kiya
Salman played Prem Chaudhary, son of a business tycoon who falls for a simple girl in this sensational love story that broke all the records in 1989. Salman had officially arrived, to be the next best hero material of B town with Maine Pyar Kiya.
Andaz Apna Apna
After a series of disasters post Maine Pyar Kiya came Raj Kumar Santoshi’s hilarious comedy, Andaz Apna Apna. Sallu played the role of Prem Bhopali, reprising his hit screen name once again. He starred along with Aamir Khan in this non stop comical fare which still happens to be an all time favorite home video.
Hum Aapke Hain Kaun
Repeating the Prem magic, the ethereal pairing of Madhuri and Salman created havoc in the hearts of movie goers. Salman played the role of a loving brother effortlessly, who sacrifices his love for the sake of family. Hum Aapke Hain Kaun stands to be one of the biggest blockbusters of Bollywood ever made.
Getting over the cliche of lover boy tag, Salman played a tough role this time, in Karan Arjun. This film became of the commercial hits of early 90’s, sparkling off an amazing multi starrer fare. Shah Rukh Khan and Salman shone on screen like true brothers, staying fresh in the minds of audience.
Pyar Kiya tho Darna Kya
Salman played a romantic yet strong Suraj in this entertaining flick of late 90s. The film had some memorable songs, one being ‘O O jaane jaana’. Kajol paired with Salman for the first time in the film, and they made a surprisingly impressive on screen pair.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam remains to be special for Salman for more reasons than one. Salman met Aishwarya Rai on the sets of this surreal Bhansali film, fell in love and the affair went on to become the most debated one in the history of Bollywood. Salman and Ash were this close to taking the relationship to the next level, when unfortunately the two had to break up, reasons owing to Salman’s obsessive and violent behavior with Ash.
Baghban happens to be one of those significant films made on relationships. Sallu played Alok, an adopted child in the movie, moving hearts. Though his role was minuscule, it was well appreciated and praised. His on screen presence with Big B was endearing enough to captivate hearts.
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi
Salman played Sameer, an angry young man who loses a lot in life thanks to his short temper. This rollicking comedy saw Akshay and Salman together, making the audience totally crack up. The film went on to become one of the biggest super hits in the early 2000 s.
A film that saw Salman Khan play a hated character who motivates his married friends to have a love affair outside their marriages, the role fetched him a lot of accolades.
The iconic character of cop Chulbul Pandey created for Salman and played superbly by him, stands out to be one of his bests so far. The film turned the tables in his life, making Dabangg the most important movie of his career.