This week, Salman Khan’s Tiger 3 releases for Diwali. Sallu Bhai’s movies are over-the-top masala entertainers with a lot of fighting and punchy dialogues. But the man has had a long career spanning over 30 years and has done many roles.
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Best Movies of Salman Khan
Here is my list of the best movies of Salman Khan to watch. As always, this is a personal opinion, but feel free to chime in the comments below if you disagree.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)
Probably the best film by Salman Khan in the last decade. When the film was released, he was going through a personal horror period, and the mood of the public was against him.
But this movie, in which he carries back a dumb and mute Pakistani girl to her country and reunites her with her parents, was almost a great PR vehicle for him. He plays an innocent devotee of Lord Hanuman and it was so compelling to watch. Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s role as a Pak-based TV journo was also funny and solid. A solid commercial fun movie.
Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994)
This musical movie announced Salman Khan’s arrival as a star. HAHK was a watershed not just in his career but also in the history of Bollywood. Written and directed by Sooraj Barjatya and produced by Rajshri Productions, the film celebrates Indian wedding traditions.
The basic plot is said to be inspired by the production house’s earlier film Nadiya Ke Paar (1982). The 14 songs, set to tune by Raamlaxman, continue to remain popular even now across India. A milestone film for Salman Khan and the heroine Madhuri Dixit.
Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
Though Salman Khan was first seen in a supporting role in Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988), Maine Pyar Kiya is his debut vehicle as a hero. It was a smashing hit. It was also the first movie for the director Sooraj Barjatya and the heroine Bhagyashree.
Salman was introduced as India’s Tom Cruise as Barjatya designed a jacket for Salman Khan that was similar to Tom Cruise’s, which had patches of logos and emblems of various organizations. This movie was also a musical hit from the stable of Raamlaxman. And the southern singer S P Balasubramaniam became the voice of Salman in this film.
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004)
This movie showcased one of the strengths of Salman Khan- his comic flair. This rambunctious fun movie stars him, Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra.
The masala film director David Dhawan, in a departure from his usual style, successfully attempted the comic genre. It remains one of the most enjoyable funny films in the last twenty-five years.
Set primarily in Goa, the film follows the bumbling adventures of Salman and Akshay, who try to win Priyanka’s heart.
This Abhinav Kashyap directorial, his debut, remains a showpiece on how to make a mass masala movie with a big star. It had all the elements, especially comedy and action, in the right mixture and proved to be a big hit in Salman Khan’s career.
The movie spawned two sequels and remakes in other Indian languages. The film was produced by Malaika Arora and Salman’s brother Arbaaz Khan. Malaika’s cameo song Munni Badnaam Hui was a chartbuster.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
The film, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, is known for its grandeur, music, styling and production design and is considered one of his finest works.
The film presents a love triangle between Nandini (Aishwarya), Sameer (Salman) and the man she is ordered to marry, Vanraj (Ajay Devgn). The film marked Salman’s second collaboration with Bhansali after their highly successful 1996 release Khamoshi.
The film is also known for the industry talk that Salman and Aishwarya fell in love on the sets of this film. That they eventually parted ways is a different story.
The Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma starrer, a sports drama, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, is the only Hindi film to have raked in Rs 30 crore or more for five consecutive days.
Salman brought a sensitive vulnerability to his Haryanvi wrestler character, Sultan Ali Khan. Salman is these days sporting a near-bald look prompting rumors that a sequel to Sultan is in the pipeline.
Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
This is a cult favorite among Hindi speaking audiences. The zany and almost spoofy humour of this Raj Kumar Santoshi directorial remains popular among a large section of film fans.
With the two Khans in the lead, Salman and Aamir, the film is about them who both want to win over rich girls (played by Raveena Tandon and Karishma Kapoor).
The film is replete with oddball characters and provides a fun ride all through. This eternal crowd-pleaser showcased to the world for the first time Salman’s talent for comic flair.
Starring Madhuri Dixit, Salman Khan, and Sanjay Dutt in lead roles, the Lawrence D’Souza directorial was a sensational musical blockbuster.
It is a fraught love triangle, revolving around two brothers, who fall in love with the same woman. Originally Aamir was to play the role that Sanjay Dutt eventually played. It was indeed a big miss for him. But Salman proved his worth in a soft role. He channelled soft vulnerability in emotional moments wonderfully.
Karan Arjun (1995)
Directed and produced by Rakesh Roshan this fantasy film had the Khans, Salman and Shah Rukh in the leads. It featured an ensemble cast Raakhee Gulzar, Mamta Kulkarni, Kajol, Amrish Puri and more.
The movie centres on two brothers seeking revenge against their uncle, who murdered their father. However, they are killed by him, only to be reincarnated in order to fulfil their vengeance. The brotherly bromance between the leads is still a talking point.
An engineer-turned-journalist, K Balakumar’s career began in print publications as a sports writer. That also opened doors for other journalistic avenues like films, music, finance, technology and politics, which nobody can escape in India. After 30 yrs in mainstream journalism, now a freelancer for various digital publications.