Being born in the film fraternity does not assure one of stardom & success. Though the entry may be comparatively easier, the stay is not. The Abhishek Bachans, Uday Chopras, Vivek Oberois and Esha Deols are strong testaments for the same. On the other hand you do have generations of the Kapoor family ruling the roost and it was commonly said that to be successful in Bollywood you needed to be a ‘Kapoor’.
Times have changed since then and the 4 Khans & a Roshan have challenged the same. This is not about the Greek God. This is also not about the ‘romantic’ King Khan, the ‘Wow’ Khan nor is it about the ‘perfectionist’ Khan. It is about the one & only Sal-Man Khan.
Born as Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan better known as Bhai on December 27, 1965, he is the undisputed leader of the Khan pack and probably the heartthrob of millions of people across generations and borders. He is the fourth Indian to have a wax statue at the Madame Tussauds wax museum in London and continues to be the most desirable virgin bachelor at 48.
Salman made his debut in Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988) in which he played a supporting role. He made his debut in lead role in Sooraj Barjatva’s romantic family drama movie Maine Pyar Kiya for which he won Filmare Best Male Debut Award & was also nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award. Who can forget the pushups on one arm and the dialogue ‘Dosti ka ek usool hai madam no sorry, no thank you’
Baaghi: A Rebel for Love (1990), in which he starred opposite southern actress, Nagma, was a major box-office success. In 1991, Salman gave a hat trick with Patthar Ke Phool, Sanam Bewafa & Saajan. The next couple of years were quiet unsuccessful for Salman. Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994) directed by Sooraj Barjatya and co-starring Madhuri Dixit was the most successful film of the year. Salman’s role in Andaz Apna Apna (1994) was well received and praised. Rakesh Roshan’s blockbuster Karan Arjun (1995) cemented his success.
Salman then went on to act in a number of films including Bhansali’s directional debut Khamoshi: The Musical (1996), Judwaa (1997), Auzaar (1997), Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998), Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai (1998), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998). All the films did pretty well at the box-office. His cameo in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai won him the Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actor.
In 1998, while he was shooting for Hum Saath-Saath Hain,
Salman was arrested and jailed after allegedly shooting a rare black
antelope near Jodhpur. This left leaving his fans shocked.
1999 was a fruitful year for Salman as it churned out three major successful films – Hum Saath-Saath Hain, Biwi No. 1 and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, the latter getting him a Filmfare Best Actor’s nomination.
If 1998 saw him being arrested for allegedly shooting a rare black antelope, 2002 saw him involved in the infamous hit and run land cruiser case on Hill Road Mumbai. It was a time when his career was taking the turn for the worst and he became the bad boy of the industry. He promised his fans that he will be back, he promised he will make up for all this.
Release of Garv him coming back with vengeance and from there on he never looked back. His role in Tere Naam (2003) got him critical acclamation and the movie was a box-office success. This successful run continued with Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2007) & No Entry (2005). Salaam-e-Ishq (2007) & Partner (2008).
If you thought he was having a purple patch, you were wrong. It was just the beginning as he then gave the world a commitment, Ek bar joh maine commitment kar di … uske baad toh main khud ki bhi nahi suntan and became the most Wanted star of the industry. He became Dabangg Khan.
Ready, Bodygaurd, Ek tha Tiger and Dabangg 2 continued to take him to new heights.
His movies did the talking at the box office but setting up of Being Human Foundation(NGO run by Salman) showed the world his caring side. Being Human sells T-shirts and other products online and in stores and a portion of the sales goes to a worthy cause of supporting the underprivileged. In its early days, Salman Khan set up and funded the Foundation using his own money. The Foundation has two focus areas: Education and Healthcare. To increase the reach and corpus of the Foundation, Salman Khan has undertaken initiatives such as Being Human Art; Being Human merchandise; and Being Human Gitanjali Gold Coins.
In 2011, he launched his own production company called SKBH Productions (Salman Khan Being Human Productions). Money which will be generated from film productions will be donated to Being Human. First film made under the banner was kids entertainer Chillar Party, which went on to win 3 National Awards, for Best Children’s film, best original screenplay and Child Artist’s Award .
You may love him, you may hate him but you can never ignore him. Coz he is our very own super hero: Salman Khan! A man who has revolutionized the term called entertainment and has taken Indian cinema to the remotest places.
On his 48th birthday, I wish him many more years of stardom. Jai Ho!