In spite of a dozen erratic career moves, he is still a mighty force at the domestic B.O.
Sallu has, so far, had a rollercoaster life full of thrills and frills. His friends would swear that he “has a heart of gold”. His enemies (from the Black Buck… to Shah Rukh Khan) would lament his notorious temper. His fans would celebrate each of those carefully manufactured muscle blocks, and give a thunderous ovation every time he steps on screen.
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You can love him. You can hate him. You can laugh at him. You can call him a Boy among Men. But there is no ignoring Salman Khan. For, here’s one macho hero, who stands up for himself and for what he thinks he believes in!
Here is a look at the life and career of Salman ‘Dabangg’ Khan, who turns 49 today.
Salman on Salma Khan
Salman, who is close to his mother Salma, says: “Whichever girl I have dated or I will date in future have been and will be very beautiful, but for me the most beautiful person that ever was and that can ever be is my mother. She’s the most beautiful person I have ever seen.”He is known to share an uneasy relationship with father Salim Khan.”My father and I often don’t see eye to eye. I keep trying to prove him wrong on wrong things and fail miserably. Maybe it’s the James Dean influence in my life. I’m the rebel without a cause,” said Salman.
Salman, who had a brief modelling stint before Bollywood, made his silver screen debut with a supporting role in ‘Biwi Ho To Aisi’ (1988).
Salman on ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’
“The audiences completely overreacted to my performance in ‘Maine Pyar Kiya‘. I’d give myself three on ten for my acting in the film,” said Salman in a 1990 interview with Filmfare.
From Flop Khan to Box-office King
In spite of a dozen erratic career moves in the earlier stages of his career, Salman Khan, who reinvented himself in the last decade, has become a mighty force at the domestic B.O.
Must-see films of Salman Khan include ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’, ‘Saajan’ , ‘Andaaz Apna Apna’, ‘Karan Arjun’, ‘Khamoshi The Musical’, ‘Hum Aapke Hai Koun!’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya’, ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’, ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, ‘Baghban’, ‘Tere Naam’, ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’, ‘Partner’, ‘Wanted’, ‘Dabangg’ and ‘Ek Tha Tiger’
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Salman on acting
“For me acting comes straight from the heart. In that sense, I don’t act at all. I think that to feel the character’s pain I have to be myself. Somewhere audiences see that,” said Salman Khan.
Salman on choosing films
“When I hear the script, I just want to be entertained. I just want twists and turns so that the audience should have some kind of entertainment – be it in romance, action, drama or any kind of entertainment. When the audience comes out of the theatres, they must say ‘Wow, what a film’,” quipped Salman.
Salman’s tryst with the small screen
Salman made his television debut in 2008 with the game show ‘Dus Ka Dum‘ on Sony. In 2010, Salman returned to the small screen as the host of ‘Bigg Boss’. He has hosted five seasons of the controversial reality show.
“I have enjoyed all the seasons of ‘Bigg Boss‘ so far. I will not leave it and will keep on doing it,” says Salman.
Salman – The Screenwriter
In 2010, Salman Khan turned screenwriter with the period drama ‘Veer’.
“I really felt at home while writing; it was spoken straight from the heart — the way I feel about men, romance. I wanted to do a film on men, father-son relationships and romance, which is why it had to be a period film. There’s no romance now, we don’t have the relationships people had back then; I took it back to the 1800s as it was a time when men were men, they would die for their word,” said Salman.
2010 also saw the revival of Salman Khan’s charitable organization – Being Human Foundation.
“Everybody does charity, but not everybody likes to talk about it. Some may do it for personal benefits, to stay in the limelight or others might do it genuinely. According to me, you may do charity for any reason, but do it anyways. No matter what the intention is,” Salman told reporters at a Being Human event.
Cupid strikes Salman quite often
Salman has previously dated Aishwarya Rai, Sangeeta Bijlani, Somy Ali and Katrina Kaif.
“I’m a very committed person. If it (a personal or official relationship) breaks, it’s always the other person who breaks it and not me. I don’t interfere that much because it matters a lot to me,” says Salman.
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Dark side of Salman
After parting ways, Aishwarya cited abuse as the reason for her break-up with Salman Khan.
Says Aishwarya, “I stood by him enduring his alcoholic misbehaviour in its worst phases and, in turn, I was at the receiving end of his abuse (verbal, physical and emotional), infidelity and indignity. That is why like any other self-respecting woman I put an end to my relationship.”
Salman on being India’s most eligible bachelor
“I don’t think the girls who have been in my life have ever thought of me as the most eligible bachelor. I think that once they found that I was not, they dipped out,” said Salman.
What’s next for Salman?
Upcoming films of Salman Khan are ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo‘ and ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan‘.