Salman Khan’s best performances is a title that could have triggered a lot of people. So, I thought I’ll do a spin on it and write something that sends out a message that you may have probably been mean to him all these years. Salman Khan can act. Salman Khan just doesn’t want to.
Not many would credit for taking up path-breaking roles (he is honest enough to not do that himself), but Salman Khan is a bonafide superstar who has stayed true to the whole essence of entertainment till the very last thread. And despite what cynics say, you do not earn the ‘Superstar’ sobriquet unless you are a darn good actor. Thespian? May be not.
Salman Khan is a good actor – if not remarkable – and he has surely earned all the praises (and the ridicule) that has been tossed at him along the way in last 25 years. And while his anti-fans would love to label him woman-beater, an actor with a silver spoon and a chauvinist among all the other things, he also seems to be the guy everyone loves in the industry. But that’s a story for another day.
LiesureMartini being a lifestyle blog that also passes movie wisdom, we thought we could throw some light on his acting capabilities.
I have tried to compile a list of the best Salman Khan performances where he flexed his acting muscles and could make a fair claim of being more than a pretty boy who started the shirtless-hero trend.
You associate ‘natural acting’ with Salman Khan on odd occasions. And with Love, one of those odd occasions arrived much before he became a veteran. Playing a torn lover who has his own struggles with his temper, Salman’s ire did leap into the sky a number of times, and I won’t go so far as to label his hyper emoting of a few scenes as overacting. It’s rare you get to see Salman expressing on screen, and if there is a speck of overacting, he should be allowed to get away with it.
Hum Aapke Hai Kaun (1994)
While the success of Prem can be owed more to Barjatya than Salman himself, the pretty Khan boy made no less effort to ensure that he remains the favorite Prem till date – despite the good looking stars like Hrithik, Shahid, and Abhishek taking up the mantle since then. It wasn’t a riveting performance, but good enough that you couldn’t ignore it either. Salman made Prem believable, despite his too-good-to-believe goodness.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
Alright, he was a supporting actor, but by no stretch a second fiddle to Shahrukh Khan in this blockbuster by Karan Johar. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, after a vivacious start, started dwelling into a mawkish territory with over sentimentalized moments. That’s when Salman entered the frame and infused a blast of energy. Here was the ‘Doosra hero’ who didn’t make you feel bad that our original hero might just end up losing the gal. Something, somewhere within us was rooting for Salman to fly away with his Anjali. Rahul had his “apni wali Anjali” anyway.
Biwi No. 1 (1999)
Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar are two actors who can be ranked right up with Dharmendra when it comes to the funniest lead actors in Hindi cinema. Both have an impeccable comic timing, that goes well with their machoism.
That timing was sprinkled all over Biwi No. 1. Twenty years later, we may find this David Dhawan caper to be pernicious, sexist, misogynist and every other word you can think of, but it did hold its own despite releasing in theatres during the 1999 Cricket World Cup. Salman Khan’s co-stars in this laugh riot, Karishma Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, and Anil Kapoor gave equally competent performances.
Only Salman could have pulled it off. Despite all its flaws and the whole masala-giri, Dabangg worked because of its messiah, Chulbul Pandey.
That’s a statement you could make about most star vehicles that break box office records, but to claim that Dabangg wouldn’t have been half as good without Salman Khan won’t amount to an exaggeration. The savage sincerity and elevated madness he brought to the screen was enough to send his fans in a tizzy of euphoria every time he made an extended entry into the movie. Dabangg was by no means a top-of-the-funnel cinematic endeavor, but it was a full bodied oxygen blast, and that’s what made it soar.
Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
The crackling chemistry between Slaman and Aamir fetched this movie a place among the funniest movies ever made in Bollywood. This was a true blue blend of entertainment and humor and Salman as the naïve guy, unsure of who is he supposed to fall in love was a treat. This was one of the earliest movies of Salman Khan where we got to see his funny side. There have been talks of the sequel, and considering the regularity with which Salman Khan and Aamir Khan churn out the 500+ crore winning films, it should be one barn-burner of an entertainer.
Salman Khan has also made some endearing cameos throughout his career. And while they may not make the list, some of those cameos were bigger than even the movie itself.
In one my of earlier posts around Salman Khan, I quipped Salman Khan lives to cross the line. And I will end it at that!