Salman Khan aka Bhaijaan aka Salman Bhai aka Sallu, we know him with these names, is the Biggest Superstar of Bollywood Today. Love him or hate him, you can’t deny his contribution to Bollywood. Though he is often criticised for making senseless movies with no story, he certainly is one of the biggest entertainers of Bollywood. Personally, I really like Salman. He may not be the best actor around, but his on-screen persona and antics have certainly changed Bollywood.
There is a reason why a Salman Khan movie opens to packed houses. There is some logic behind the madness. The logic is that he caters to not just classes, but also masses. That’s why there are some crazy Bhai fans around the world. From Maine Pyar Kiya in 1989 to Tiger Zinda Hai, he has given his fans a larger than life treat through each and every film. Amidst the several box office duds he has delivered in the early stages of his career he has also delivered some wholesome family entertainment to the Indian masses. And Cults like Tere Naam and Bajrangi Bhaijaan just showed us that this man can act and convey emotions really well.
Here is the list of 10 best Salman Khan movies which prove that there is something more to him than his dabanggiri:
1. Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
This was the beginning of the career of one of the biggest superstars in Bollywood. Launched by Rajshri Productions in this really warm movie, Salman was charming as Prem( a name which would be commonly associated with him in the years to come). He got a lot of acclaim for his debut performance, winning the Filmfare Best Actor. Bhagyashree was superb too as Suman, in her debut film. With a brilliant soundtrack by Raamlaxman to accompany, this was one of the classics of the late 1980’s retaining its entertainment value after multiple viewings too.
2. Tere Naam (2003)
Another really good movie on this list, Tere Naam tells the story of Radhe who falls in love with Nirjara(Bhoomika Chawla is brilliant in her debut film). Entertaining and heartbreaking at the same time, Salman gives a brilliant performance as a ruffian who falls madly in love with her and even as a mental patient , he doesn’t overact in most scenes. This was a really well made movie, where Salman gave a stellar performance. He conveyed his angst, happiness, despair and vulnerability really well in this and deservedly won a nomination for Best Actor.
3. Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)
No doubts, it is Salman Khan’s best performance till date. As Pavan Kumar Chaturvedi, the righteous, honest and loving bhakt of Bajrangbali, Salman Khan absolutely nails it, giving a very human touch to the whole movie.He is so relatable and pure at heart that your heart melts at the chemistry between him and child artiste Harshaali Malhotra who is so cute and adorable and conveys so much through just expressions in the movie. This movie, though, was out and out a Salman Khan movie. It showed Salman in a completely different way. This wasn’t a Salman Khan who took out his shirt at the first opportunity. This wasn’t a Salman Khan who beat up villains with utter disdain while mouthing cheesy dialogues. This was a Salman Khan who was a righteous man wanting to make a young mute girl reach her mother who was in Pakistan. His character was one with a heart of gold,. One of the better movies to have been made in the last few years, no wonder it is the third highest grossing movie ever after Dangal and PK. It also marked another successful collaboration with Kabir Khan who Salman reunited with after making Ek Tha Tiger.
4. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
One of the best movies to have been made in the last 30 years, this role was tailor made for Salman Khan and he played it to perfection. As Nandini’s lover Sameer, he gives an excellent performance in a movie which was dominated by Aishwarya Rai who was stunning and phenomenal in it. Deservedly sweeping most major awards in the year, it showed Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s masterful abilities as a director with some brilliant colour co-ordination and production designs.
5. Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994)
Releasing in the same year as Andaz Apna Apna, this movie overshadowed it at the box office. Another family drama from Rajshri Productions, this had some of the standard supporting cast from most Rajshri movies. But what made this movie stand out was the refreshing chemistry between the lead pair, Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit. She overshadowed Salman as she gave a brilliant performance as Nisha. However Salman stood his own ground as Prem(yes, again!), giving a really good performance as the childish sweet yet lovable youngest son of the family. A timeless classic, one simply doesn’t get tired seeing it again and again as the warmth of the movie simply lures you into watching it.
6. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
In my opinion, it is the funniest Bollywood movie I have ever seen and is deservedly a cult movie. Salman Khan and Aamir Khan in a movie together. WOW! Though it was a flop when it released, it has developed a cult status in the coming years. With some outstanding writing and some hilarious dialogues which would later become really famous, this movie had it all. Salman was again his charming self playing his character as a dumb guy ,trying to woo Karisma Kapoor , to perfection. His comic timing was superb, and added more joy to this hilarious comedy of errors.
7. Sultan (2016)
In my opinion, this is probably Salman’s best performance in the last 10 years after Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Salman plays the happy go lucky guy Sultan Ali Khan who gets inspired to work hard and become a wrestler and how success gets to his head leading to his downfall but yet how he makes a comeback to prove his haters wrong. Salman gave an outstanding performance as Sultan, not only chiselling his body to suit that of a wrestler but also learning the Haryanvi accent fairly well. A really inspirational movie to watch when you are down, it has some really well-acted scenes, earning him a well-deserved nomination for Best Actor across several awards. This movie had some brilliant performances by Anushka Sharma and the supporting cast too.
8. Wanted (2009)
This was a movie which revived Salman’s career. After a string of miserable flops like Yuvvraaj and God Tussi Great Ho, he finally gave the audience something to look forward to in this violent, abusive , A-rated movie. He gave a power packed performance in this movie, which was the second highest grossing movie of the year. Directed by Prabhu Deva, the movie had a stellar supporting cast as well who ably backed Salman.
9. Dabangg (2010)
This movie comes on the list not because of its content, but because of the impact it had on Salman’s career. High on entertainment, this movie was also the debut of Sonakshi Sinha.This movie became really popular when it released, with people copying Salman’s dance steps , his sunglasses, and even the dialogues of this movie. Salman was really good as the corrupt cop Chulbul Pandey and mouthed some of the iconic dialogues of this movie with some style. It was a complete masala Bollywood movie with action, power packed dialogues, item numbers and some comedy and romance thrown in as well. It won the Filmfare Award for Best Film as well as a National Award for Best Popular Film Providing wholesome entertainment.