The rise and fall of Salman Khan
From being labelled as a 'bad boy' of Bollywood to the reigning
superstar, Salman Khan's meteoric rise in the film industry has been
equally turbulent and rewarding.
The 49-year-old actor, who was on Wednesday convicted by a Mumbai
court on the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, is the
second big star from Mumbai film industry, after Sanjay Dutt, to get
embroiled in a high-profile criminal case in recent years.
Best known for his roles in films like Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke
Hain Koun, Karan Arjun, Judwaa, Pyar Kiya to Darna Kiya and Hum Saath
Saath Hain among others, Salman has totally reinvented himself in the
feel that people's perception about Bollywood's favourite pin-up boy has
changed over the years. From being a bad boy, he is a person who is
liked by everyone, they say.
Often in the news for his love-hate relationship with the media,
Salman had his share of tiffs with the media when he got into a scuffle
with photo journalists on the sets of 'Sanam Bewafa' in the 90s.
Subsequently, few film magazines had banned him too.
However, even his critics have been unanimous that Salman, who has
been romantically involved with many film actresses, has a heart of
"He is the most obedient son and respectful even to his father's
second wife Helen," according to a senior film journalist.
"The year 2002-03 was a bad patch for the actor, who has mega
blockbuster films like 'Maine Pyar Kiya', 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun' and 'Hum
Dil De Chuke Sanam' to his credit. Over the years, he has changed a lot
as a person and mellowed down," a journalist, who has interacted closely
with Salman, said on condition of anonymity.
The actor also received several awards in his film career. His second
film 'Maine Pyar Kiya' (1989), in which he acted in a lead role,
garnered him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.
In 1999, Khan won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for
his extended guest appearance in 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' (1998). In 2011,
he won the Screen Award for Best Actor for his performance in 'Dabangg'.
Immediately after his jail stints in the hit-and-run and black buck
hunting cases, his film 'Tere Naam' opposite Bhumika Chawla became a
Salman is now careful about what work he does and not reckless like
he was earlier, an industry insider said, adding that the 2007 film
'Wanted', two seasons of his TV show 'Dus Ka Dum', later another reality
show 'Bigg Boss' and his NGO 'Being Human' brought a lot of positive
changes in his personal image and professional career.
"His focus is on earning money so that he can put it to use in 'Being
Human'," said an industry source. The actor, who returned from Srinagar
on Tuesday after wrapping up the shooting of 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan', was
present in the court when the verdict was pronounced by judge D W
The shooting of his two under-production films 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan',
which stars Kareena Kapoor, and 'Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo' opposite Sonam
Kapoor, is currently in the last schedule.
An investment of about Rs 200 crore is riding on him with two
under-production films and couple of endorsements. On the personal
front, his father Salim Khan remains a guiding force in his life.
Instead of his father launching his film career, Salman assisted
Shashilal Nair on a film starring Jackie Shroff called 'Falak' before
getting a break as an actor in 'Biwi Ho to Aisi'.