Sonakshi, Sneha Ulal, Daisy Shah and Salman Khan’s ‘debutante jinx’

For actresses, who are beginning their journey to the big bad world of Bollywood, there's no touch as golden and 'Midas'-esque as Salman's. But there's a jinx that follows him.

Written by Sonal Gera | New Delhi | Updated: July 16, 2015 1:04 pm
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Bajrangi Bhaijaan actress Kareena Kapoor was once quoted as saying that any actress who says she doesn’t want to work with Salman Khan is lying. Rightly so, as there hasn’t been a single actress who has denied working with the Dabangg Khan. The only exception happened when ‘Queen’ Kangana Ranaut recently refused to work with Salman Khan.

The reason the National Award winning actress gave at a press conference was that the dates for ‘Sultan’ clashed with that of Vishal Bharadwaj’s ‘Rangoon’. While Kangana would have preferred ‘Sultan’ to ‘Rangoon’, but she chose ‘meat’ over ‘star power’.

When Salman Khan started his career with movies like ‘Biwi Ho Toh Aisi’ and ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’, his image was more of a romantic actor. Gradually he drifted towards the larger-than-life premises, where he would be the movie’s sole-bearer with the actress having a short, and sometimes minuscule role to play.

The trend began with the 2003 movie ‘Tere Naam’ and it has continued till date with ‘Kick’ (2014).

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Starting with ‘Tere Naam’, the movie made headlines for its different storyline, a new hairdo for the superstar and its soulful music. The movie went on to become one of the most successful films of that year and best of Salman’s career. The movie’s lead actress Bhumika Chawla was praised for her acting, especially for the emotional nuances she added to Nirjara’s character.

Ideally, Tere Naam should have given Bhumika’s career a new push but contrary to that, she appeared in movies like ‘Run’, ‘Silsilay’ and ‘Dil Jo Bhi Kahey’, with performances as forgettable as the movies.

In 2005, Salman Khan took Sneha Ullal, famous as lookalike of his former girlfriend Aishwarya Rai, under his wings and launched her in the movie ‘Lucky: No Time For Love’. The movie didn’t manage to impress the audiences or the critics. But Sneha got recognition and was later seen with Salman’s younger brother Sohail in ‘Aryan.’ But she too vanished from the scene later. She did make a comeback in Hindi movies with ‘Bezubaan Ishq’ recently but it failed miserably at the box office.

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The gorgeous Katrina Kaif’s career ‘doom’-ed after her debut in ‘Boom’, but there was Salman Khan who fell for her charms and relaunched her in 2005’s ‘Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya’. The movie became a hit and so did Katrina’s career.

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Years after being mentioned as Salman Khan’s girlfriend and being praised for her beauty, Katrina began holding her own when she drifted away from Salman and did movies like ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’.

Salman Khan went through a slump in his career with flops like ‘Baabul’ and  ‘Jaan-E-Mann’ but Prabhudheva’s ‘Wanted’ (2009) arrived as a saviour. The movie released with YRF’s ‘Dil Bole Hadippa’ starring Shahid Kapoor and Rani Mukerji and won over it.

With ‘Wanted’ occurred the emergence of style icon ‘Salman Bhai’. This was his first release that clashed with the holy festival of Eid and did wonders to his career. And then ‘Salman plus Eid’ became the ultimate formula of a blockbuster.

What, however, nobody took notice of was the lead actress Ayesha Takia. After ‘Wanted’, Ayesha appeared in ‘Paathshaala’, a movie she would want to forget.

In 2010, Salman Khan launched Zarine Khan, who was said to have an uncanny resemblance with Katrina Kaif, in the movie ‘Veer’. The film didn’t do well at the Box Office and nor did the actress.

Zarine then appeared in an item number in Salman Khan’s ‘Ready’ (2011) and was seen in ‘Housefull 2’. She is now reported to have been signed for ‘Hate Story 3’.

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In the same year, Salman Khan launched Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter Sonakshi Sinha in the very popular ‘Dabangg’. Sonakshi did get noticed and later appeared in movies like ‘Lootera’, ‘Rowdy Rathore’, ‘Holiday’, ‘R… Rajkumar’ and ‘Tevar’. Some of them were even commercial hits.

Often criticised for her curvy figure and fashion choices, Sonakshi Sinha is the new Vidya Balan, who doesn’t care much about what the naysayers have to say. She has her own fan following and her own group of friends in the industry. But as far as her movies are concerned, only ‘Lootera’ stands out and does full justice to her talent. Her role in the sequel to ‘Dabangg’, ‘Dabangg 2’ was even shorter. Yet, she is the only exception to this long standing jinx, though partially.

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Salman Khan’s latest find was Daisy Shah, who he launched in 2014’s ‘Jai Ho’. The movie was criticised on various levels and Daisy was no exception to this. She is now reported to have been signed for ‘Hate Story 3’.

Even last year’s Eid release ‘Kick’ that gave actress Jacqueline Fernandez a second lease in the Indian film industry went on to earn crores because of Salman Khan. Jacqueline was praised for her beauty and screen presence, and nothing more. She appeared in this year’s ‘Roy’ which failed at the ticket windows and is now gearing up for her next release ‘Brothers’ opposite Akshay Kumar.

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She will also be seen in Varun Dhawan, John Abraham’s ‘Dishoom’ and with this, she still stands a chance to break the jinx.

Even Kareena’s role in ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ that releases tomorrow is said to be of 20 minutes only, though the makers have denied this.

Ironically, Salman’s friend-turned-foe-turned-friend Shah Rukh Khan’s leading ladies have had a better share of luck, be it Deepika Padukone who debuted opposite him in 2007’s ‘Om Shanti Om’ or Anushka Sharma who debuted in ‘Rab Ne Banaa Di Jodi’ (2008).

Many say Kangana denied to work with Salman Khan to not be a part of this jinx. But she can afford to take such an extreme position. She is at the top of her game, but for other actresses, who are beginning their journey in Bollywood, there’s no better launch than opposite Salman. He is the undisputed king of grandeur and larger-than-life movies. Whatever be the premise or the story, it’s Salman Khan that clicks.

You still stand a chance to break the jinx, however, only if you’re ‘Dabangg’ like Sonakshi.

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