Not many would credit him for taking up any 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 and humor till the very last thread. And despite what cynics say, you do not earn the ‘Superstar’ sobriquet unless you are a darn good actor.
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.
I have tried to compile a list of best Salman Khan performances where he took his skills several notches higher and with which he can make a fair claim of not being jus someone who started the shirtless hero trend.
You associate ‘natural acting’ with Salman Khan on odd occasions. And with Love, those odd occasions did arrive much before he became a veteran. In a role of 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 label his hyper emoting of few scenes as overacting. it’s rare you get to see Salman expressing on screen, and if there is a speck of overacting, he somehow gets 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 the turn of the century, but it wasn’t a performance you could ignore 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. The fim, after a vivacious start, was dwelling into a mawkish territory with over sentimentalized moments, but right then, Salman entered the frame and infused some much-need energy. Here was the ‘Doosra hero’ which 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” anyways.
Biwi No. 1 (1999)
Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar are two actors who can be ranked alongside Dharmendra when it comes to the most funny lead actors in Hindi cinema. Both have an impeccable comic timing, that goes well with their machoism.
Only Salman could have pulled it off. and thus it had to make the list. Despite all its flaws and the whole masala-giri, Dabangg worked because of its messiah, Chulbul Pandey. While you can say it about most super successful movies, but to claim that Dabanng 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 present stocks of the two superstars, it should be one barn-burner of a flick.
Salman 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 they were a part of. 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!
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