New Delhi: Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Salman Khan, 49, the eldest son of writer Salim Khan, has had an easy ride into Bollywood.
Though he made his acting debut as a supporting actor in the 1988 film 'Biwi Ho To Aisi', it was his charming boyish looks in the 1989 film 'Maine Pyar Kiya' that helped catapult him to fame at the age of 25, and give him a strong female fan base.
From playing a lover boy to crusader for justice, the superstar has charmed many and hit the jackpot numerous times with films like 'Kick', 'Dabangg' and 'Ek Tha Tiger' in his almost three-decade-long career. The fact that his brothers produced some of his films helped.
But it was his run-in with the law that raised his notoriety quotient.
The Bollywood sweetheart has got a two-day relief on his way to jail, having been sentenced to five years in prison by a sessions court in Mumbai. The 2002 accident had resulted in the death of one person and injury to four others.
The actor is also facing trial for hunting a black buck, a protected species, during the shooting of 'Hum Saath Saath Hain' in 1998. Two parallel cases are running against him - one under the Wildlife Act and the other under the Arms Act.
Even as the actor landed in legal trouble, he was busy giving box office hits.
Earlier, on his way to superstardom, he didn't mind sharing screen space with other leading actors of his era - Sanjay Dutt in 'Saajan' (1991), Aamir Khan in 'Andaz Apna Apna' (1994) - a box office failure, which years later became a cult film for its humorous dialogues - and Shah Rukh Khan in 'Karan Arjun' (1995).