Maine Pyaar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hai Kaun, Biwi No.1, Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, No Entry and Tere Naam. What do these great movies have in common? They all star the amazingly popular, the surprisingly talented, and the disgustedly good looking Salman Khan.
While the heartthrob of millions may not have a line of awards on his mantelpiece, or belong to the any ‘filmi camps’, he still makes girls sigh at the sight of him and makes guys sign up for year long gym memberships. Hrithik Roshan and John Abraham may proudly parade around in their no-shirt-low-jeans look but Salman was the original bare-chested hunk of Indian Cinema.
Labelled a megastar from an early point in his career, Salman Khan has astonishingly maintained that status through the last decade. Whether it’s was “O O Jaane Jaana” or “Just Chill Chill”, he kept everyone is sync with their hips and feet, moving to his trademark catchy numbers.
While the average celebrity is challenged by box-office failures, divorces and relationship rumours, Salman has been thrown head over heels in relationship dramas, encountered hefty legal battles, suffered the wraith of media, and has been shunned by a good portion of the film fraternity. Despite all the chaos, the man emerges as a legend. The demand for his reign on the silver screen remains intact, his fan base has neither shaken nor stirred. How is this possible? It is a mystery.
But enough about the rough and victorious journey of our broad-shouldered muscle-man and let’s focus on what new magic he will be casting on the world of entertainment. After the high concentration of romantic comedies such as Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Jaan-e-maan, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, and No Entry, Salman is returning in this month’s most anticipated release, David Dhawan’s Partner, where his co-stars are the rib-tickling Govinda, the luscious Lara Dutta and his supposed real life partner, Katrina Kaif. That’s not the only spell he has up his sleeve. While Aamir Khan is geared for his Hindi remake of Tamil blockbuster Gajini, Salman Khan is to play the lead in the Hindi remake of the immensely successful Telugu action-drama Pokiri. If this was not enough to raise the blood pressure of Salman fans, he will be starring in a Hollywood project titled Marigold opposite the sexy Ali Larter of TV’s no.1 sci-fi drama, “Heroes”. He also has a string of special appearances lined up, including one in Sanjay Leela Bansali’s eagerly awaited Saawariya.
Ladies and Gentleman, the Salman Khan space shuttle has had a ferocious blast-off, blinding everyone in the light of his brilliance, choking the critics in the raging fire of his talent and deafening everyone with the words, ‘East or West…Salman is the best!’ What is his destination? Into the hearts of the audience and to the top of the world.