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On the eve of Salman Khan’s 50th Birthday I thought its a right time to dissect his 27 year long career which I was planning since August this year to write.
Well, Salman Khan has gained a cult following among his fans. Anything he does is like worship of deity for his fans. Without any doubt he is one of the most charismatic superstar that Indian Cinema has ever produced. But his career is one hell of a ride with many ups and downs. He is certainely having the phase of his life right now with all his films making lots and lots of money consistently over and over again.
Khan made his debut in 1988 with a supporting role in the family drama Biwi Ho To Aisi, Cut two to 1989, Where he had his breakthrough role in Sooraj Barjatya’s All time blockbuster romance Maine Pyar Kiya, Where With all the traditional Hindi film elements Director Barjatya used Salman as a vehicle to give his film a much needed modernity and freshness. Salman as Prem in the movie wore leather Jackets, Became Shirtless and his unique antics made him a national heart-throb along with Aamir Khan who saw that all crazy hysteria previous year.
In 1990 his film Baghi did decent business at the Box office and this Mediocre success streak continued till 1991 with films like Patthar ke phool and Kurbaan. While his career took upward trend again with Sawaan Kumar’s Sanam Bewafaa emerging as a Clean Hit and With Sajaan he again gave the biggest blockbuster of the year in 1991. Love also got its release in the same year but failed to make big at the box office and flopped, that was Khan’s 1st failure at the box office.
Though he has had hits to his credit and established himself as a saleable box office star but nobody had high opinions about his acting talent. He was seen as a less competent actor. His link ups with Somi Ali and Sangeeta Bijlani also gave him casenova reputation in media and industry. Reports of hitting Somi Ali proved him a spoilt brat. His unprofessional behaviour on sets troubled many too. In 1992-93 his box office consistency also saw a huge lump, Suryavanshi, Ek Ladka Ek Ladki, Jagruti, Nishchaiy, Chandra Mukhi and Dil tera Aashiq bombed at the box office. Another Khan, Shahrukh made his debut and was ready to do any kind of role be it negative or positive, action or romance to make it big in bollywood. Almost all his initial films became hits and was high on content too. Salman was lagging behind but as usual his good time was not away from him. In 1994 his next with Aamir Khan, Rajkumar Santoshi’s Andaz Apna Apna got good start in Metros and urban areas but failed elsewhere. Later it achieved a cult status and today it is one of the most loved and popular film of Indian cinema and it is also the Highest rated Indian film on IMDB, World’s biggest movie database.
His gave two more flops in ’94, Chaand Ka Tukda and Sangdil Sanam.
But his real Game changer also came the same year, Again with Sooraj Barjatya and this time in a the then contemporary remake of Rajshri’s own 80s Blockbuster Nadiya Ke paar. The movie was Hum Aapke hain Kaun and it became a milestone All time blockbuster at the box office, families came back to theatres with this one and it made a whopping 70 cr when no film ever touched even 20 cr mark before in the history. Madhuri took maximum credit away but the movie consolidated Salman’s position at the box office atleast. (But personally speaking I liked Salman’s performance more than Madhuri in the film.)
Year 1995 started off on a great note for Salman, his 1st release the reincarnation drama Karan Arjun directed by Rakesh Roshan co starring Shahrukh Khan became a blockbuster. But his 2nd one veergati bombed badly. Year 1996 was also mixed for him as long delayed Majdhaar flopped and even the very good on content film Bhansali’s Khamoshi flopped too.
Usually in 90s Heroines were used to add the entertinment factor in an offbeat film but Bhansali used Salman as the entertainment element in Khamoshi and he did justice with his performance. His flawless looks also landed him in the top 10 of the most good looking males of Asia in a survey. His other release of ’96 Jeet with Sunny Deol was a hit but again low on content. From 1997 to 1999 Salman had some bigs hits and some flops, He gave hits in the form of Judwaa, Jab Pyar Kisi Se hota hai, Pyar kiya to darna kya and Bandhan. While he was also seen playing an important role in Shahrukh Khan-Kajol starrer All time blockbuster Karan Johar’s Kuch Kuch hota hai.
David Dhawan’s multi starrer Biwi No.1 became a blockbuster. Salman-Sooraj Barjatya combo came for the 3rd time in the form of New age Ramayan Hum Saath Saath Hain, despite being a Superhit it came more in news because of Salman’s black buck hunt on the sets. Salman’s careless attitude was talk of the nation, Court case to follow.
His 2nd collaboration with Bhansali Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam became a Superhit too, people loved his antics but Ajay Devgn was supreme in acting department. His Affair With Aishwarya Rai also became so hot and later the relationship took ugly turn.
In this period he gave few flops also such as Jaanam Samjha Karo, Hello Brother and Auzaar.
From 1995 to 1999 both Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan gave some huge hits but Salman’s films were low on content in comparison. On the other Hand Aamir Khan Gave Hits consistently despite only one release per year and Most of them were critically acclaimed with his acting talent was admired by all. Salman with Lots of money and hits somewhere became very over confident as the next phase in his career was the lowest and prolonged one. He continued to do what he did in 90s but time was really not good for him
But Being the king of good times he came back again and how.
To be continued….