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Salman Khan’s 50th Birthday Week Special: King Of Good Times. [Part-2]
Salman Khan’s 50th Birthday Week Special: King Of Good Times. [Part-2] From January 2000 to August 2010 Salman had the worst period of his life, personally and professionally both. His supporters and fans may try to defend his failure in that period by giving excuses of doing films for friends cost him flops but it is not at all true. In this period Salman gave 15 flops And adding his extended Special appearances which we must as we always add No Entry and Kuch Kuch Hota hai in his Success story, then the tally of flops goes up to 19.
In fact He worked with big directors like Subhash Ghai (Yuvraaj), David Dhawan (Yeh Hai Jalwa, Chal Mere Bhai), Priyadarshan (Kyon ki), Ravi Chopra (Baabul), Vipul Shah (London Dreams), Anil Sharma (Veer), Pankaj Parashar (Tumko naa bhool paayenge) and Willard Caroll (Marigold) and delivered flops with them, none of them were his friends except David Dhawan. His other 6 flops as a main lead in that period were Shaadi Kar Ke Phas Gaya Yaar, God Tussi Great Ho, Jaan-E-Mann, Main Aur Mrs. Khanna, Kahin Pyar naa ho jaaye and Dil Ney jise apna kahaa while other four films where he had extended cameos were Saawan:The Love Season, Heroes, Salaam-e-ishq and critically acclaimed Phir Milenge, all badly flopped.
After 2001, Aamir Khan took a different unseen path and opted out from the rat race of regular superstars, With no film of Aamir it was left for SRK and Salman to battle it out for the next 4 years and SRK reached his peak as a star in that period, in fact media gave him the tag of ‘King Khan’ then while Salman saw failures and failures. His personal life took another dip when the news of hitting Aishwarya Rai came out, Salman’s over-possessive attitude cost Aishwarya a film with SRK called Chalte Chalte, when Salman created a scene on the sets by coming there without any information or invitation. Then followed the Drunk and drive case where he allegedly killed few footpath lives. That incidence hunted Salman for 13 years and just before his 50th Birthday, he got acquitted of all the charges. His ugly spat with Vivek Oberoi also grabbed headlines which also ended the already dead relationship with Aishwarya Rai when she spoke about it in media saying She’ll never work with the actor ever again. Definitely, he gave few superhits in those 10 years also, few moderate hits and average affairs at the box office too, but none of the films were high on content or performance barring Tere Naam. In this remake of Sethu, Salman’s Acting was praised and the film also did well at the box office. His other hits were Partner, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, where Akshay Kumar Ran away with most credit and Maine Pyar Kyu Kiya. His moderate successes were Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge, Garv, Lucky, Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam, and Har Dil jo pyar karega. He appeared in Extended cameo in two Very successful films, in Anees Bazmee’s mindless comedy No Entry and Ravi Chopra’s critically acclaimed Amitabh Bachchan- Hema Malini Starrer Baghban.
But as an actor he almost sleepwalked in every film, Leaving all his characters forgettable. He worked in over 31 films in those 10 years with only 6 of them were clean hits. He also found a new Love interest in Katrina Kaif and also started his charity work with Being Human. Life seems to be settling down for him but the famous brawl with SRK on Katrina’s Birthday made a piece of negative news for him again. Both the actor became rivals leaving only the Third Khan, Aamir friendly with both of them. People blamed him for not being serious while working in films, for him being an actor was just a source of income. Then he took a masterstroke by saying yes to a TV show made by BIG synergy group called Dus Ka Dum, which became a huge hit and TV viewers loved Salman as the presenter in it. Moving to Eid 2009 in the form of Wanted, Prabhudeva gave Salman some very good Dance steps and massy Action which resulted into a box office hit but after it, he gave 3 flops, his real consistency began a year later on eid giving him his best time.
A Superstar in India is someone whose name ensures a hit irrespective of the content, Rajnikant is the biggest example down south and Salman became that kind of superstar after Dabangg released. The film had no great content but Salman’s character Chulbul Pandey became a cult sort of figure. His one-liners, his dance moves, and the songs made the masses crazy, it went on to make 141 cr at the Box office making it the 3rd 100 cr film in the history of Indian Cinema and the 1st Non-Aamir Khan film to do so. His next film Ready also became a blockbuster.
Since then every Salman film made money and became blockbuster barring Jai Ho and Prem Ratan Dhan paayo. People said he is getting success because he started choosing good scripts, but apart from Bajrangi Bhaijaan and to some extent Ek Tha Tiger every Salman film since Dabangg including it, are no brainer formula films. Some said his films work because he stopped working for friends and family but it is also not true because out of the 9 films since August 2010 he did 4 of them is for family. Dabangg and Dabangg2 for Arbaaz, Jai Ho for Sohail, Bodyguard for Atul. And even Kick is with Friend Sajid. So he is still the ever same Salman but what he changed in himself is the level of commitment for every project, he has started enjoying the work he is doing, enjoys the promotions too. He is lot more responsible since Dabangg, that was the time when he came close to Aamir Khan, and what Aamir makes you learn is to give value to the work you do, give value to the love of fans and be earnest enough to be responsible for every film you do and not walk away with your cheque after the shooting gets over. In 90s Salman tried to act well and Good director’s like Bhansali in Khamoshi and HDDCS, Barjatya in MPK, HSSH and HAHK, Rajkumar Santoshi in AAA brought out the best in him but from 2000 to 2010 he just sleepwalked less interested and never tried to make his character alive but after 22 years he started searching for the opportunity to act. This is the biggest reason for his success, the quest to be better gave him hit after hit consistently in the last 5 years for the 1st time in his career.
Finally, Kabir Khan came as a Messiah for him, first in Ek Tha Tiger he made him look very good as an actor and finally in Bajrangi Bhaijaan he presented Salman in the best way possible. His performance in the film is outstanding, his expressions looked apt, his comedy looked subtle, his look was apt for the role. In short, he did full justice with the character. With Kick, he entered in the 200 cr club after Aamir and Shahrukh but with Bajrangi Bhaijaan he entered in 300 cr club only after Aamir Khan. From 2002 to 2014 only 3 Aamir Khan films had 3 cr plus footfalls but with Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Salman too breached 3 cr plus footfall mark in this tough multiplex era. It is the most important film for Salman because this huge critical and commercial success completely belongs to him unlike any other film in the past where he never got both, numbers and praise alike. Earlier his films never worked big in overseas markets but with Bajrangi Bhaijaan he got that too. The movie made $28 Million USD and became the 4th film in the history to cross the magical $25 Million USD mark and 1st Non-Aamir Khan film ever. After a dull outdated Prem Ratan Dhan paayo he is preparing for Sultan and I hope he delivers yet another gem like Bajrangi Bhaijaan. He has sorted out all the differences with Shahrukh Khan, broken up with Katrina gently, he is still friends with all his Ex’s. His charity worked wonders for many needy lives.
He is acquitted of hit and run charges, He is happy and responsible now both as a Superstar and as a human being. His Bigg boss host avatar is also loved by one and all.
With Aamir Khan being the Maverick one and Overtaking SRK, He is the biggest star of our country right now. I wish him a great year ahead and also want him to be even bigger with every passing year, I wish this good time of King Salman continues forever.