Salman Khan's stardom knows no bound. The superstar has a mass appeal and lately, the roles he has played reflect the same. If you think his characters are mostly about that 'Bhai wala swag', then let me happily correct you here. Salman has portrayed layered characters as well. The characters which have depth and where eyes speak more than action. Be it his chocolate boy character Prem in the evergreen film Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! or Akash in blockbuster Saajan or goofy Prem Bhopali in cult classic Andaaz Apna Apna, Salman has never refrained from treating his fans to something new.
We all know that Salman's commercial prowess is unbeatable but here we are to talk about his best roles (say, best movies) that will make you say 'Bhai Jaisa Koi Hardich Nahi Hai'.
Maine Pyaar Kiya
Maine Pyaar Kiya was a musical blockbuster that gave us our very own lovable Prem. One of the earliest films of Salman and his first blockbuster was also Sooraj Barjatya's directorial debut. The two later went on to collaborate on several hit projects.
Salman and Bhansali's first collaboration Khamoshi had Manisha Koirala as the female lead and brilliant Nana Patekar as her father. The film was about dreams, aspirations and relations. Salman as Raj inspires Annie played by Manisha and helps her realise her passion for singing. Life feels complete with a supportive partner and this film aptly portrays it.
Hum Aapke Hain Koun!
Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! is one such film that is loved in every Indian household and has been an essential part of all 90s kids' life. The camaraderie between Prem and Nisha was magical. There was some sort of eye to eye conversation between them that made us believe that 'Yes, matches are made in heaven'. The two pass the test of time and harsh situations that destiny put them into, only to make their love win.
Directed by Lawrence D'Souza, Saajan was the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 1991. Salman plays the character Akash, who is flirtatious but undergoes a drastic change after meeting Pooja. Akash is the one who sacrifices his feelings at the end as true love is all about how much you can give. Isn't it?
Andaz Apna Apna
This film has no haters. Andaz Apna Apna is insanely funny and everyone would agree to this. The extraordinary jodi of Amar (Aamir Khan) and Prem portrayed by Salman make you ROFL every time they appear on screen. No film has been able to reach the bar of comedy and funny one-liners set by Andaaz Apna Apna.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
The ease with which Salman portrayed Sameer only leaves in awe of him (Hum Fan Ban Gaye Sanam!). This was his second collaboration with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. A love story that is still etched in our minds. When Sameer cried with ''Tadap Tadap Ke Iss Dil'' playing in the background, our hearts cried too. And how we wished he got the girl!
Well, Salman Khan's Bhai image gained prominence after Satish Kaushik's tragic drama. His character Radhe Mohan became 'god' for all one-sided lovers of the country. Remember that 'Tere Naam haircut'? Salman aced the role of Radhe, a jobless rowdy, who falls for a girl but unfortunately ends up in a mental asylum.
Tiger Zinda Hai
Salman as a fictional Indian spy Tiger in Ali Abbas Zafar's 2018 blockbuster oozes machoism, swag and romance in perfect proportion (Na Kam Na Zyada). Whether it is the fight sequence with a pack of wolfs or his romance with Katrina, Salman was at his best in Tiger Zinda Hai. It is one such character that can make any girl go weak in her knees.
Salman played a washed-up wrestler in Ali Abbas Zafar's directorial, wanting to win over his estranged wife, played by Anushka Sharma. It is not often that we get to see Salman in a true-blue romantic character. Sultan is one such film you shouldn't miss if you love Salman's romantic avatar.
One of the most successful films of Salman Khan's career is this Kabir Khan's cross-border unique love story. Salman plays a righteous man in the film, who shares a heartwarming relationship with a mute girl. One of his best perfomances? Undoubtedly, I would say.
Happy Salman Khan Day to all Bhai fans! Do not forget to tell us your pick out of the list.