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Salman Khan turns 50: Most memorable roles that helped Bhai show his incredible range as an actor

Today, as Salman turns 50, we take at a look at some of his most memorable roles and celebrate what has truly been a remarkable career.

Roktim Rajpal | IBNLive.com

Updated:December 27, 2015, 1:21 PM IST
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Salman Khan turns 50: Most memorable roles that helped Bhai show his incredible range as an actor
Today, as Salman turns 50, we take at a look at some of his most memorable roles and celebrate what has truly been a remarkable career.

During his three-decade-long association with the Hindi film industry Salman Khan has quite successfully won over a legion of passionate and loving fans courtesy his suave style statement, ‘bindass’ attitude, well built physique and above all jovial personality.

Moreover, ‘Bhai’ has also proved that he is not merely just a star but an extremely versatile performer as well. Today, as Salman turns 50, we take at a look at some of his most memorable roles and celebrate what has truly been a remarkable career.

Maine Pyaar Kiya: Salman’s first film in a leading role, ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’ created quite a buzz in the industry courtesy his lively portrayal of love-stricken young man. Touted as a musical-drama, this Sooraj Bharjatiya directorial also featured Bhagyashree in the lead and became a hit at the box office.

Karan Arjun: Regarded as one of the classics of Hindi cinema, ‘Karan Arjun’ revolved around the intriguing subject of reincarnation. Directed by Rakesh Roshan, it highlighted the romantic as well as the macho side of Salman’s onscreen image. Interestingly, it also featured Shah Rukh Khan in the lead.

Andaaz Apna Apna: Best remembered for the crackling chemistry between Aamir Khan and Salman, ‘Andaaz Apna Apna’ revolved around the hilarious antics of two friends. Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi and released in 1994, the rib-tickling comedy is considered to be one of the most popular Hindi movies of all time.

Judwaa: Touted as an action-comedy, ‘Judwaa’ featured Salman in a double role and gave him ample scope to showcase his remarkable acting range. Needless to say, he made full use of the opportunity and a performance which left the audience in splits. Interestingly, this David Dhawan directorial was a remake of the popular Nagarjuna starrer ‘Hello Brother’.

Tere Naam: Regarded as one of the finest films of the actor’s career, ‘Tere Naam’ was directed by noted filmmaker Satish Kaushik. It featured Salman in the role of a young man who suffers brain damage after being assaulted by a gang of goons. As expected, ‘Bhai’ managed to do complete justice to this inherently complex character, delivering a heart-wrenching performance which floored all and sundry.

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam: Featuring a deep and intense performance from Salman, ‘Hum Dil Chuke De Sanam’ created a stir among movie buffs courtesy its engaging narrative and memorable songs. Moreover, the film also holds special significance for the actor’s fans as it saw him share screen space with real-life flame Aishwarya Rai.

Dabangg: Directed by Abhinav Kashyap, ‘Dabangg’ was an out and out Salman Khan show all the way. Playing the role of a cop, he pulled of some impressive fight sequences with remarkable ease and also left viewer in splits with his hilarious punch dialogues. Moreover, the actor also shared a wonderful rapport with Sonakshi Sinha. A blockbuster at the ticket window, it was later remade in Telugu as ‘Gabbar Singh’.

Ek Tha Tiger: Revolving around the chequered relationship between India and Pakistan, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ brought together the much loved pairing of Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. Playing the role of a RAW agent, the actor delivered a fiery performance which struck a chord with the viewers and critics alike.

Biwi No 1: Helmed by David Dhawan, this romantic-comedy featured B-town resident ‘Bhaijaan’ in the role of a married man who falls in love with a dashing model. Not surprising, Salman struck up a an excellent onscreen rapport with co-stars Karishma Kapoor and Sushmita Sen. Moreover, he he added new life to his character thanks to his perfect expressions and spot on comic timing. A runaway hit at the ticket window, ‘Biwi No 1’ helped Salman bag a Filmfare nomination.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan: Highlighting the heartwarming friendship between a mute Pakistani girl and a fun-loving devotee of lord Hanuman, ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ became the talk of the town courtesy its simple yet intelligent narrative as well as strong social message. Essaying the titular role Salman underplayed his part with absolute ease and earned tremendous critical acclaim.

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: Released just a few weeks ago, ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ marked Salman’s first collaboration with Sooraj Bharjatya after a gap of nearly 15 years. Touted as a family-drama,It revolved the lives of an arrogant prince and a humble ram-leela artiste. Featuring ‘Bhai’ in two distinct avatars, it opened to a thunderous response at the ticket window.

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