Salman Khan, the great Bollywood actor in the film industry these days, started his film career with Sooraj Barjatya’s superhit film Maine Pyaar Kiya with Bhagyashree which remains one of the leading hits of his career. Director Sooraj Barjatya was also active in giving Salman Khan a great film like Hum Aapke Hain Kaun one of the leading blockbusters in the history of Indian Cinema.
Several of his other hits in the 90s are Baaghi, Karan Arjun, Saajan, Judwaa, Jeet, Biwi No 1, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam as well as Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya.
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It was the film after Hum Saath Saath Hain in the year 1999 that Salman’s career began to nose-dive. In the subsequent 5 years (2000 – 2004), Salman had just two hits – Baghban (special appearance) as well as Mujshe Shaadi Karogi (multi-starrer with Akshay Kumar). Tere Naam with Garv did reasonably good business.
Salman had some massively successful films between 2005 to 2009, e.g. Partner with Govinda as well as No Entry with Anil Kapoor, but most of his films similar to Jaan-e-Mann, Baabul, Yuvvraaj, Salaam-e-Ishq, Marigold – just to name some – sank with no a trace at the box office.
In Salman’s career, the largest turning point came when the dancer Prabhu Deva’s Wanted (2009) bought back the single-screen viewers to theatres. Post the achievement of Wanted, Salman began to take his career extra seriously stopped doing films as favors to several of his friends in the industry as well as signed films that targeted both the single-screen as well as the multiplex audience.
Dabangg released in 2010 as well as went on to break all potential box office records – the opening day, a weekend in addition to the first-week record of 3 Idiots. Ready was the major non-holiday grosser of all time. Bodyguard surpassed every record set by Dabangg only a year ago, as well as Ek Tha Tiger, almost joined the 200 crore club.
As things stand at the moment, Salman Khan holds more than a few records and is the undisputed ‘King’ of the domestic box office.
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