KARACHI: Salman Khan is one of the most widely loved celebrities in the world. Although the actor has been part of a number of controversies, he has somehow still managed to crunch numbers at the box office and maintain the love his fans have for him. As Bollywood’s bhai celebrates his 52nd birthday today, we take a trip down memory lane and recall some of his best films from the last 30 years.
1. Hum Aapke Hein Kaun
Released in 1994, this family drama starred Madhuri Dixit opposite Salman. While the story revolved around their love story, the song Didi Tera Devar Deewana was a massive hit on its own, so much so that people still dance to it today.
2. Andaz Apna Apna
Another 1994 hit by the 52-year-old actor, Andaz Apna Apna is a cult-classic. With Salman, Aamir Khan, Karishma Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Paresh Rawal and Shakti Kapoor as crime master Gogo, Andaz Apna Apna gained a huge fan following. Its impeccable comic timing paired with the most unfortunate of situations made it a must-watch for every Salman fan.
Salman also appeared in a double-role in the original Judwaa. The 1997 film was a favourite among the masses as well and a remake of it was released this year starring Varun Dhawan. A few of the original songs were recreated as well but the rendition wasn’t up to the mark that Salman had set.
4. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s musical drama showed Salman and Aishwarya Rai as its lead pair. The movie revolves around their love for each other, followed by painful anguish. The song Tadap Tadap Ke became an anthem for heartbroken lovers all across the world.
5. Tere Naam
While Tere Naam might not have garnered a huge following, Salman’s look in this movie surely did. He was also nominated as the Best Actor in Zee Cine Awards 2004 for it too. However, Bhumika Chawla who marked her debut opposite him, was awarded as the Best Female Newcomer. Much like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Tere Naam also shows an unfateful end for two lovers.
Much-like his other films, Salman again essays a character named Prem in this 2007 movie. Starring alongside Govinda, Salman helps him as his love guru to win Katrina Kaif. While doing so, he falls in love with a single mother, Maria played by Lara Dutta and the journey follows them around.
Playing Chulbul Panday in Dabangg, Salman again managed to woo his fans. His character hung his sunglasses on his shirt collar, setting yet another trend that was very quickly adopted by his devotees. Dancing opposite then-sister-in-law Malaika Arora in Munni Badnaam Hui also sent waves amongst the crowd. Many dialogues from the film were also branded iconic.
8. Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Released in 2015, Bajrangi Bhaijaan was quick to reach the top of the box office. The film shows an Indian man who finds a mute Pakistani girl and tries every possible way to take her back to her country. The film also encouraged India-Pakistan friendship and was immensely loved by fans from both the countries.
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