What makes Salman Khan No.1?

Wed, August 22, 2012 11:30am UTC by 80 Comments
What makes Salman Khan No.1?

From Maine Pyar Kiya to Ek Tha Tiger, one thing has remained constant and that is the Salman Khan mania. We take a look at some of the reasons behind the ever-increasing market value of Bollywood’s mega star

Rarely do you see superstars like Salman Khan. An actor whose first film as a solo hero (Maine Pyar Kiya – 1989) was a blockbuster; the next 20 years were nothing but the scariest of roller coaster rides, with the last three years being his best. But he hung on, taking on competition of all kind. In MPK, he began as the cute yet stylish loverboy who would do anything for his love. Women of all ages swooned over this new lad. You might remember the magazine cover saying ‘A million dollar star is born’, with a smashing image of Salman.

Aamir Khan, who had won hearts as the new romantic hero just a year-and-a-half earlier in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, now had to face some serious competition. Both Salman and Aamir had their fair share of flops in the initial days of their career. But while Aamir soon announced that he would do only one film at a time and focus on diverse roles, Salman ruled the masses with his total masala fare.

Rauf Ahmed, former editor, Filmfare, spoke to BollywoodLife about the Salman phenomenon, “He has always had a huge fan following of women and that has helped him sail through. Also, he has a very strong team behind him. His father, veteran scriptwriter Salim Khan has a very shrewd sense of what works at the box office.”

But what is the reason for the resurgence of the Salman mania in the last three years? “I would say it’s the times. I think all credit should go to director Abhinav Kashyap for creating a character like Chulbul Pandey for Salman in mega blockbuster Dabangg (2010). The role and the film reflect today’s era, when people are up against corruption in society. Chulbul was a corrupt cop but always fought against evil – somewhat like Robinhood. Dabangg was more a turning point in Salman’s sagging 20-year career than his 2009 superhit Wanted.” And it is to Salman’s credit that he is able to identify and bag the kind of roles he knows will work with the masses today. According to Ahmed, the actor “mixed action and comedy with great panache”.

Indu Mirani, film writer and journalist, says Salman was huge after his debut, but he went down later. His film Bandhan (1998) is what got him back in the reckoning, she feels, followed by Biwi No.1 and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in the same year. But he was still not seen as successful a bet as Shahrukh Khan back then. So what has contributed to Sallu’s meteoric rise to the No.1 position today, beating his arch rival-turned-buddy Aamir? This standing of the Bhai was not even seen in mega hits like Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! (1994) that ran for weeks together. Explains Mirani, “The earlier hits cannot be compared to today’s times with figures, as those films released with barely 500 prints vis-à-vis the 1,500 prints of today.” Salman perfectly understands this logic and thinks earning Rs 100 crore is no big deal at the box office. There’s one quality of a superstar – business acumen.

Plus, there is no doubt about the fact that movies are better marketed today and there are more avenues for doing so. Also, observes Ahmed, “Salman has matured and mellowed down now. He knows there is no point in having a conflict with the media. This has happened to Amitabh Bachchan before. But the actors realise that film reviews and critics might go against them, but it’s the media that helps them build a long-lasting image. Same goes for the field of politics.”

But will the craze continue? “It will not, if he repeats himself. That is the mistake that Akshay Kumar made. But Salman is intelligent enough to not do it. With Ek Tha Tiger too, he has surprised everyone by doing what is not expected of him.” And that explains why the megastar has now revealed that he is doing a romantic film next, and is tired of action already. He knows the pulse of the masses, or better still, knows the pulse of his fans and what they want. He also knows he is ageing and cannot do what he did 10-15 years ago. A superstar’s trait again.

What the future holds for him, we don’t know. But all we can say is – we are waiting to see more from you and of you, Salman!Subscribe to me on YouTube

  • ashermadan

    He’s been no 1 since MPK !

    • salman

      salman is no.1 star.

  • sara

    hes awesome as always and we love him to death i love him Salman khan you Rock man

  • Sunaina

    Even I loved it! Salman Khan really nailed it. And Katrina Kaif also did wonderful, I think. I and my friends watched it at Wave Cinemas, Rajouri Garden and we had a great time.

  • Mr, Naim

    Salman is the Best Actor no1

  • manauwar hussain

    best entertrainer in word..and golden heard is make him best

  • DOLGO

    ALL THE PEOPLE SUPPORT AND BECAME THE FANS OF SALMAN AFTER 2009,,WANTED,,,,,,,BUT IAM THE REAL FAN OF SALMAN FROM 1989 ON WARDS,,,,AND I SAW HIS FILMS IN FIRST DAY ,FIRST SHOW IN MY NEAR CINEMA THEATRES,,,,,TILL THIS DATE WITH OUT ANY DETERMINATION,,HIT /FLOP,,,,,,AND IN MY VILLEGE ,NO BODY NO ABOUT HINDI FILMS,,AND NAME OF ACTORS DURING 1990′S,,,,AT THAT TIME I AM THE DIE-HARD FAN OF SALMAN,,,,,,,,,,,NOW ALL ARE BEHIND SALMAN,,ALL OVER,INDIA SALMAN/MANIA,,,,,BACK TO BACK 100CRS,,,ALL FILMS ARE BLOCKBUSTERS OR ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTERS…..THESE NEWS ARE GIVING VERY PLEASURE TO MY MIND THAN ANY OTHER,,,,,BECASUE I,,SAYS WITH ABIMAAN THAT I AM THE FAN OF SALMAN KHAN FOR LAST 24 YEARS……………….

    • Nizam

      Glad to know that you are the oldest fan of Bhai..its because of you die heard fans..all his Films are doing good now. Infact Salman himself admits that he does movies for his FANS which infact is significant in salman becoming King of hearts of Billions of Indians..we all love him for what he is..we all love him for what a wonderful person he is..we all love him for not being un-adulterated in his approach towards life.

  • sagar

    Salman is no.1 superstar in bolly history ever.I love Salman.I am the biggest fan of Salman.his ek tha tiger will smashed all of bolly’s records.
    Ok.Salman jaysa koi nahi .Wo bollywood ke don hai.

  • Raj Kumar Yadav

    Salman is Salman. No one else in the film industry is as great as him. He is a hero both in real life and reel life. We will watch any film of his no matter what kind of role he does.

  • Guest

    Salmaan is the best superstar in the Industry! Love you so much Sallu bhai :P
    I’m so happy that ETT is such a hit! I hope that all your movies after ETT are also superhits and bring more success to you :)

  • vidiah

    salman is the best and a true tiger we all love him a lot may god bless him

  • salman khan

    Hello SALMAN BHAI GREAT FAMILY :)

  • UJJAL

    Why u do not call he ‘the king of bollywood’.
    see wikipedia they write his name’the king of bollywood’.salman khan is the king of
    bollywood.

  • ujjal

    Salman khan is the king of bollywood.pls see
    wikipedia

  • Kiran

    Salman Khan is always no.1. He does not praise himself like other Khans does. No other Khan can reach him. He is the orginal King of bollywood, not the media hyped person.

    • mohit

      Hahahhahahahaha… hahahahaha !”Salman Khan is always no.1″ …. he has always been below SRK, the true king, and has always been looking up towards the great Khan !!

  • usman saifi

    the biggest hero in bollywood salman khan
    & no. 1 khan

  • bapu

    it is a very important question for all salman khan fan -could u please tell me who is no 2 ..?i want maximum 50 peoples comment who are salman khan fans only.

    • prem

      who care…about no.2 possition…. salman is on no.1 possition… that enough……….

  • rafia nakhath

    salman is the best. i have been his fan for the past 25 years from his first film mpk. many ups and downs came in his life,many new actors came and went but anyone could not deter my craze for salman .i am his greatest fan and will remain so lifelong .salman,in fact my children r also becoming your fans .may allah give u a long,healthy,happy life always

  • king

    salmankhaniskingofbollwood

    • king

      salman khan king of bollwood

  • Asgar

    salman khan is the real tiger of Bollywood

  • Asgar

    salman khan is no.1 of Bollywood

  • ktan

    Sure nowadays salman is NO 1 in making money at boxoffice bot he is not no-1 in Bollywood, as he has not acting skills or what we can presense of mind. one big reason for his huge fan following is that his LOOK, he looks so cute and handsome thats why most of us like him..other than this he has not any other quality which make him intelligent or num-1

  • bollywoodfan

    whats makes an actor a number one?

    1) you must do meaningful movies, movies that will be remembered 15 years from its release date

    2) you must be a good actor or atleast grow in ur acting skills and give memorable performances

    3) be consistent at the boxoffice delivering atleast a hit movie each year.

    this is the combo that makes a #1 actor or actress or atleast this is what people should go by to determine who is #1. After over 20 yrs in the industry salman has shown no growth in his acting which wasn`t so good, the movies he makes are meaningless and easily forgetable. he has delivered 4 bluckbusters in a row. now does that make him #1? i say NO. well if he is then he is going to go down in history for the #1 actor who wasn`t a good actor and didn`t do a memorable movie during his peak.

    • sarifa

      I do not agree with you one bit, Salman has never made a flop as far as his fans are concerned. Big bucks is not always the answer and in spite of criticism like yours Salman has stood the times, he has emerged a hero as I always knew he would, all things in the fullness of times. Ironically, SRK threaten to ruin his career a few months back and boy did that made our God mad,He stepped in and give Salman the rise that no one else has, today is his, tomorrow will be someone else, that’s life, it is much easier to be critical than to give praise, it is human nature because we always see ourselves in others, we make other look bad so that we can pat ourselves on the back to say we are better. There in none righteous no not one, for all have sins and flaws in their lives. God bless you Salman.

  • RAVI

    salman khan alwys no 1 king of bollywood……………..

  • HAFEEZ ARMAN

    No doubt! Salman khan z da No.1 in bollywood. How can people say he z not a good actor?One can,t survive in da industory as a leading man for 20 odd year.
    Ok he z not as good as SRK in romantic movies but he z truely a entertainer.
    His movies earning alot n he has huge fans following. He z not only a reel life hero but also real life hero. And being a human he z da best personality n bes buddy n da industory.
    With all these quality, how can we deprived him 4rm No.1.
    Salman khan z da no.1

  • asif ali

    salman is no 1 and only no 1.
    his movies is clean and meaningful.
    raone dekhi hai, ek beta apne haath mein apne maa ke samne kondom liye huain hai. kitni behudi comody hai, film ko hit karane ke liye shahrukh kya kya karta hai, phir bhi film flop.
    Salman ko ye sab karne ki jaroorat nahi parti, saaf suthri film hoti hai, puri families baith kar dekh sakti hai, aap bhi ja kar dekh sakti ho, apne bhaiyone ke saath bhi aur kal ko anpne son and daughter ke saath bhi.
    Samhi ye hai salman ise sab isiliye no. 1 kehta hai.
    jo bhi karta hai, dil se karta hai.

  • sahil khan

    bhai no.1 one hai or rahega………….

    • MOHD IBRAHIM

      SALMAN KHAN NO 1

  • anum

    onle salman khan is a biggest super hero in bollywood.
    is ki films mai behudge nai hote hai .
    or na he ye film ki promotion k lie bhi faltu harkatain nai karte . being human with salman . salman is a king of bollywood is a superb actor and a good human being. salman fans really loves his . to bakwas mat karo salman ke film ko flop keh kar . ache logo k dushman b bohut hote hai.

    • vidiah

      very well said anum salman is the number 1 superstar

  • FAHEEM

    AKSHAY KUMAR SHAHRUKH KHAN THE TWO LIVING LEGENDS

  • FAHEEM

    AKSHAY KUMAR SHAHRUKH KHAN NO 1 ACTOR

  • FAHEEM

    AKSHAY KUMAR SHAHRUKH KHAN BEST ACTOR

    • vidiah

      faheem what are you doing here just go to akshay and srk site

  • FAHEEM

    SALMAN KHAN FLOP ACTOR

  • shrinivas

    salman khan when you marry

  • sunny shah

    salman khan is a real super star

  • vidiah

    salman is the real tiger

  • Nitish

    “Salman khan” a man with golden heart….

  • Sobechi

    Oer BOSS SALMAN KHAN,The WANTED Khan,The DABANGG Khan is again READY to give another BLOCKBUSTER.He is The Best.Salman Khan is The Big Boss of Bollywood.Sallu Rocks.

  • syedata

    I love Salman .movie Ek tha tiger hi is a only one superstar of bollywood

  • roja

    he is bollywood king

  • shilesh

    new king khan

  • raaz

    bollywood ek e king salman khan baaki sab doodh pithe bache he….

  • Dlp

    Salman khan king of bollywood
    shah rukh khan motherchoot
    did u hear shah rukh khan donated to anything… Never he thinks only himself

  • amit achera

    ek hi hai tiger and king no.1 in bollywood.. Suparstar salman khan

  • yadi mulyadi

    Ek tha tiger salman khan natural acting in tiger.hi is a superstar bollywood no.1

  • yadi mulyadi

    Salman khan no.1 my favorite actor I’m from indonesia

  • Tanveer Nisar

    u r the best waiting 4 ur nxt movie.i am 4m kashmir india sopore

  • REKHA

    SALMAN KHAN No.1 actor the,he,aur hamesha rahenge.salman bollywood ke real super star he.

  • md zafeer alam

    salman khan all time super satar 1989 dus sal ka no1 maine piyar kiya all time bolocbustar 1990 baghi hit 1991 sal ka no1 sanam bb wafa super hit sajaan super hit 1994 dus sal ka no1 hum aap ke hai kon all time bulocbustar 1995 karan arzun bolocbustar 1996 jeet hit 1997 juduwa hit 1998 sal ka no1 kuch kuch hota hai all time bolocbustar 1998 piyar kiya to darna kiya hit 1998 bandan hit 1999 biwi no1 hit 1999 sal ka no1 hum shat shat hai hit 1999 hum dil dechuke sanam hit 2003 bagban hit 2004 much se sadi karogi hit 2005 sal ka no1 no entry super hit 2005 mai piyar kuy kiya hit 2007 patnar bolocbustar 2009 wanted super hit 2010 sal ka no1 dabangg all time bolocbustar 2011 reddy bolobustar 2011 sal ka no 1 bodugard bolocbustar 2012 sal ka no1 ek tha tiger bolcbustar

  • salman

    salman bhai king

  • Kiran

    Sallu Bhai is King Khan of Bollywood…!

  • bisu

    akshay is was the best he is the best and he will be best not salman a child who dont know how to dance

  • bishal

    akki bhai is always no 1 don’t angry akki bhai ”ROWDY”

  • SUNNY

    THE KHILADI WILL BE BACK SOON BY THE SHOW KHATRO KA KHILADI 2012-2013

  • ansar

    he is a failure

  • srk

    salman is no 1

    • John naik

      Salman is the king of box office &he is no1 hero

  • FAHEEM

    AKSHAY KUMAR SHAHRUKH KHAN THE GREATEST LIVING LEGEND & THE REAL AND ONLY SUPERSTAR OF INDIAN CINEMA

  • haseeb DON

    IF ACTING IS A RELIOGINE THEN SHAHRUKH KHAN IS ITS GOD.YOU WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST KING KHAN.

  • umar

    YES SALMAN KHAN IS REAL KING KHAN OF BOLLYWOOD

  • salman

    bhaijaan bolywood ke dabangg no.1 actor hai bole to bolywood ke bigg boss all the best bhaijaan

  • anish malik

    sallu

  • vishal mandal

    Salman khan is god

  • mohammad

    Salman is the best.He is the king of bollywood .

  • hanykhan

    i like salman khan
    salman khan no 1 hero of boolywood

    like acting salman khan
    good jobe salman & i watn to meat salman

  • hmaroof

    salman khan king of the booly wood
    I like salman khan

  • salman shaik

    salman is bollywood ek tha , hai , rahega tiger of bollywood

  • shimaaabdo

    ilovesalmankhan

  • shimaaabdo

    ilikesalmankhan

  • FAHEEM

    AKSHAY KUMAR SHAHRUKH KHAN TWO LIVING LEGENDS

  • FAHEEM

    SALMAN KHAN SUPER FLOPPPPPPPPPPPP ACTOR

    • priya

      who r u??????????????

  • Rathod Ashok

    Big Boss only for one is Salman khan.


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