If you look at Salman Khan’s soaring career graph today, it is hard to imagine a time when his career had nosedived and one heard his name mentioned more in terms of controversies than box office successes.
Between 2005 and 2009, he gave a string of flops punctuated with a lone hit, Partner. The film industry’s Prem was in need of rescuing, and we mean both his image and demi-god status at BO. With films like Maine Pyaar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Karan Arjun and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in his kitty, he was a superstar already but facing a tough time ahead.
The reinvention of Salman Khan began with Prabhudeva’s directorial, Wanted (2009). And the Khan has not looked back since then. We bring you five films since 2009 that cemented Salman’s position and made him film industry’s biggest star at present.
Wanted: The film made Salman a darling of single-screen theatres once again. With its whistle-a-minute dialogues and action, the film became a money spinner. It earned Rs 61 crore in 2009, which may not sound a lot today but was big money back then.
Dabangg and Dabangg 2: At box office figures of Rs 141 and Rs 154 crore, these films ensured that multiplex audience was digging Bhai as much as those thronging single-screen theatres. And he got a franchise all his own too!
Ek Tha Tiger: This Salman blockbuster made critics happy too. It also started his relationship with director Kabir Khan and together they will give the biggest hit of Salman’s career 2.0 in 2015.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan: With this film, Salman gave his image a much-needed makeover and also earned a phenomenal Rs 321 crore. His role of Bajrangi also fetched him a string of awards.
Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo: Sooraj Barjatya is to Salman’s career what Yashraj is to Shah Rukh’s. With PRDP, Salman’s Prem was back and that was something to cheer about. The film was panned by critics but still made Rs 213 crore at box office.