The Bollywood Life of Salman Khan – Why Even Pakistan Loves Him?

Bollywood life

Salman Khan is an Indian film actor, producer, television host, and a humanitarian known for his Hindi movies. The famous Hindi movie star/ actor and screenwriter Salim Khan is the father of Salman Khan. Salman Khan began his career in acting with the movie ‘Biwi Ho To Aisi’.

His second movie ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ which was released in 1989 and in which he played the lead role, earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. He is known as the ‘Bhai’ of Bollywood. Let us have a deeper look at the Bollywood life of Salman Khan.

Bollywood Debut:

Salman Khan made his acting debut with a supporting role in the 1988 film Biwi Ho To Aisi in which his voice was dubbed by someone else. His first leading role in a Bollywood movie was in Sooraj R. Barjatya’s romantic family drama Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), one of India’s highest grossing films.

vIt earned him his first nomination for a Best Actor at Filmfare, but the much expected Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut was awarded to Sooraj Barjatya only.

Unlike the Bollywood life of Ranbir Kapoor, the Bollywood life of Salman Khan started by him playing a supporting role in the 1988 Hindi movie ‘Biwi Ho To Aisi’ in which his voice was dubbed by another person. He played his very first lead role in the romantic comedy Maine Pyar Kiya in 1989, one of India’s films which earned the highest profits.

It earned him his first recommendation for a Best Actor at FilmFare, however the highly expected Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut was honored to Sooraj Barjatya alone. But the Bollywood life of Salman Khan is full of surprises. 15 years later, FilmFare rectified their mistake by presenting the same award to Salman Khan. The movie was later dubbed in many other languages.


Bollywood Life

In 1990, another movie of Salman Khan, Baaghi was released which was a huge success. In 1991, moderately successful films Patthar Ke Phool and Sanam Bewafa, Kurbaan were released. In 1991 only, Salman Khan co-featured with Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit in the Romance Drama film Saajan.

The film was a huge financial success and gained good response from the critics. In spite of these early triumphs, about the majority of his 1992–1993 film releases brought about film industry disappointment. Hence, the Bollywood life of Salman Khan saw a bumpy start.

‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ and other Bollywood movies (1994–2009):

The Bollywood life of Salman Khan start gaining success in 1994, with his roman tic movie ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ co-starring Madhuri Dixit. It was Salman Khan’s second collaboration with director Sooraj Barjatya. In 1995, the movie managed to win 3 FilmFare Awards for the Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress. It was also presented with the National Award for being the most popular film in the year 1995.

Earning more than 1.35 billion Indian rupees worldwide, the movie became the biggest Bollywood hit of the year, plus one of the biggest Bollywood hits ever. Hum Aapke Hain Koun is also listed as the one of the Biggest Blockbusters Ever in Hindi Cinema.

In 1995, Salman Khan moved his Bollywood life forward by starring in Rakesh Roshan’s Karan Arjun in which he was casted with Shahrukh Khan. The movie Karan Arjun was a blend of an upbeat Bollywood musical, with a religious touch and action. Karan Arjun was the second biggest hit of the year 1995, and Salman Khan’s role of Karan yet again placed his name amongst the nominees for the Best Actor award for Filmfare Awards.

Salman and Aamir Khan’s ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ is still considered to be one of the best Bollywood comedy movies of all times.

1996 was a dull year in Salman Khan’s Bollywood life. All his movies did not do well on the box office and were rated below average.

In 1998, Salman Khan worked in 5 different movies to uplift his Bollywood life. Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya starring him and Kajol became one of the biggest commercial hits of the year 1998. It was followed by a reasonably successful movie Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai where Salman Khan’s performance received positive feedback.

Salman Khan’s Bollywood life rounded of the year with an extensive cameo in Karan Johar’s directorial debut, with the movie ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ for which Salman Khan received second FilmFare Award under the category of Best Supporting Actor.


Bollywood life

In 1999, 3 more movies Hum Saath-Saath Hain, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Biwi No.1 were added to Salman Khan’s Bollywood life. Hum Saath Saath Hain and Biwi No 1 were the highest grossing films that year. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam which earned another him Best Actor nomination at the FilmFare awards.

In the year 2000, Salman Khan starred in movies like Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega and Chori Chori Chupke Chupke. With these movies the critics noted the turn of his Bollywood life towards more serious roles, which supposedly had more material in contrast to his previous roles. In 2002 he played the lead role in the movie Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam.

2003 was the best year for Salman Khan’s Bollywood life. The movie Tere Naam was released that year and till date it is considered to be Salman Khan’s best Bollywood movie as far as his acting is concerned. He later continued his success at the box office, with comedy movies such as ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’ which released in 2004 and No Entry which released in 2005.

2006 was yet again not a good year for Salman Khan’s Bollywood life and produced 2 flop films. However in 2007, ‘Salam e Ishq’ did pretty well on the box office.

After 2009, the Bollywood life of Salman Khan got rolling. Wanted, Main aur Mrs Khanna and London Dreams, Veer (2010) all were received positively on the box office.



2010 was a big year for Salman Khan as his movie Dabang set another box office record, accounting 808.7 million Indian rupees in its first week, breaking all the previous records.  Dabangg also received several awards.

Salman Khan’s movie Ready was released in 2011 became the second highest opening day grosser and also the second highest weekend grossing Bollywood movie after the movie Dabangg at that time.

2012 again brought positivity in Salman Khan’s Bollywood life with two commercial hit movies ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ and Dabangg 2. Both of them did exceptionally great at the Bollywood box office.

Salman Khan’s 1st release of the year 2014, ‘Jai Ho’ entered 100 crore club, whereas his 2nd release of the year ‘Kick’ has managed to enter the Rs. 200 crore club of Bollywood in India.

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