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13 Bollywood Actresses Who Owe Their Careers To Salman Khan

December 19, 2015 — by Team PeppyStory

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Salman Khan – Bollywood’s Bhaijaan [not applicable for females of all ages!] is very well known for debuting many new talents in the Hindi film industry. From actresses, music composers, actors to star kids, this Khan of Bollywood has pushed many newcomers towards name and fame in the industry. [Read: 5 Things Salman Khan Has Done That Make Him Totally Awesome]. While many managed to paddle their career to a fruitful one, some faded away. He has helped many Bollywood aspirants by giving them a much-needed break into the industry, either by recommending them to famous film makers or by co-starring with them. There are many successful female actors today who got break into the film industry only because of Bhaijaan. Have a look at these 13 Bollywood actresses who owe their careers to Salman Khan.

#1. Katrina Kaif

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There is a big reason why she tops this list. Born to an Indian father and British mother, Katrina Kaif kept travelling across countries due to her mother’s social work. She entered India as a model and did not know Hindi. Her debut movie, Boom-ed with doom at the theaters, and was an utter flop at the box office. Katrina was at crossroads, and it is at that time, Salman made an entry into her life. He recommended her for his brother’s production, and this added more fuel to the gossip mongers who were then talking about their growing relationship. Katrina was then cast with him in Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? This was the turning point in the actress’s career. She had four hits in 2007 and many top endorsements up her sleeves. After an alleged love affair with Salman, which she ended years back and films that drove her to be the topmost heroine in the industry, Katrina has proven herself very well in the tinsel town of Bollywood. But we wonder, would anything have materialised without Salman?

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Now, she is with the most eligible bachelor and the handsome Kapoor boy – Ranbir Kapoor. What more would anyone have wanted? There is a big probability of her breaking millions of hearts next year, when she will take vows with her now boyfriend.

#2. Sonakshi Sinha

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Shotgun’s chubby daughter, Shotgun Junior (this is what people call Sonakshi Sinha), never needed Salman to be her launch-pad, because she had her godfather sitting at home. A very fat girl pursuing fashion designing as career never in her wildest dreams thought of being an actress till Salman noticed the spark in her eyes and wanted to cast her for Dabangg.  The only thing that was not in place was her weight. Sona worked out day and night to lose all that extra fat and flab to become the curvy-figured girl that she is today. She had a magical debut with Dabangg, just one powerful dialogue in the entire movie and Sonakshi was the new ‘it’ girl, as her dreams of becoming a well-known fashion designer carved way for becoming the brightest commercial heroine that Bollywood ever had. And all thanks to Salman Khan!

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#3. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

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We know her name in the list surprised you, but the very beautiful actress too owes her career to Salman Khan. The former Miss World achieved her first commercial hit with Hum DIl De Chuke Sanam opposite our Bhaijaan. The movie got a very good response, and the next thing that hit the media was their relationship. This pair created magic on-screen and off-screen as well. But, because of Salman’s shifting mood and violent behaviour, led the two to part ways for good. Ash’s career graph saw an exponential rise, and she not only became the darling of Bollywood, but also got noticed by Hollywood and featured in few movies. She became the bahu of ‘first family of Bollywood’ i.e. the Bachchans and is also the mother of an adorable daughter. Currently, the diva has begun her second innings in Bollywood.

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Remember, Salman-Aishwarya’s ugly breakup? Read here: 6 Bollywood Celebs Who Were Physically Abused By Their Partners

#4. Sneha Ullal

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When the Salman-Aishwarya love story was at the rocks and probably heading towards its end, giving rise to rumours and showcasing the bad side of Salman Khan publicly, the actor decided to launch a new face; a face that bore a striking resemblance to his ex-girlfriend, Aishwarya Rai. At that point, we saw a Salman, too much obsessed with Aishwarya to let her go, making many attempts to bring her back to his life and this was one of those. And, this is how actress Sneha Ullal made her Bollywood debut opposite Salman in a completely forgettable film, Lucky: No Time for Love!

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#5. Jacqueline Fernandez

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This Sri Lankan beauty, former model and a great dancer, made her debut through Aladin in Bollywood, the movie sank before it could surface up. Then she was seen in films like Housefull 2, Murder 2 etc. which were successful at the box office. But, her career got the much needed ‘kick’ when she was cast opposite the star himself, Sallu Bhai, in the film Kick, which no doubt was a mega hit. She was again seen in Roy which did well at the theaters. The actress and her Godfather shared a very special friendship after their movie together. Recently, Jacqueline said that for her the most handsome man in the industry is Salman Khan. She has always kept Salman as her first priority before other actors. She also tagged Salman as the most genuine actor.

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#6. Elli Avram

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We knew very little about this firang babe before she made her entry in the Bigg Boss 7 house as a contestant. She already had her debut film, Mickey Virus up for release when she entered the most controversial house of Indian television. But, she could not have gathered that much attention if it was not for Salman being continuously lenient to her on the show. She garnered more recognition for herself for her affinity and closeness with Salman Khan. With Salman’s support, Elli Avram had an innocent spell in the Bigg Boss house and she won many hearts with her cute virtuousness nationwide. We will not at all be surprised if Salman and Elli gear up for a movie together anytime soon.

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#7. Daisy Shah

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Daisy Shah worked as an assistant choreographer for the very talented Ganesh Acharya. Previously, she had worked with various ad-films, tried her luck in modelling and worked as a background dancer. Salman Khan brought her into limelight by co-starring with her in brother Sohail Khan’s directorial, Jai Ho. The movie was a great debut for the newcomer for sure, it did not do any wonders for her career. Currently, she has bagged a couple of Telegu movies and was recently seen alongside Karan Singh Grover, Zarine Khan in sex thriller, Hate Story 3. We are waiting to see how things work out for this amazing dancer.

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#8. Zarine Khan

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While Sneha Ullal went under the pages of history in Bollywood, disappearing without a trace, Zarine Khna, who resembled Salman’s another ex-girlfriend, Katrina Kaif was launched by him in his home production, Veer. She was tagged as Fat-Kat for her weight issues. Although she got a great debut, it did not do much for her career as she was heavily criticized for her weight, acting skills and similarities with Katrina, who was the most sought-after actress then. But, she made it up with Housefull 2 which crossed the mark of 100 crore.

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#9. Somy Ali

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Somy Ali, a huge fan of Salman Khan, shifted to Mumbai from US with the hope to meet him. They met, and she was then introduced to the industry by Salman Khan. Anth was her debut movie. They were a couple then and their relationship lasted for quite long. Their love affair was talk-of-the-town, and was a hit in the print media back in the 90’s. Somy failed to make a mark in the film industry, they broke up and she wrapped up her acting career. She was heard blaming Salman’s excessive drinking habits for their breakup. Recently she claimed to have been sexually harassed when she was as small as 5-year-old, in her autobiography. She says, she can motivate women when she comes out to the front. Presently, she is handling a NGO supported by Salman Khan again.

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#10. Sana Khan

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Sana Khan is another Bigg Boss contestant who had Salman taking up many stands for her be it on the show or after it. Sana got her big Bollywood debut in Salman’s movie Jai Ho, and she is definitely another person who owes her career to the friendly and always helpful star Salman Khan.

By the way, have you seen these amazing pictures of the latest season of Salman Khan’s Bigg Boss 9 Double Trouble House?

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#11. Athiya Shetty

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Athiya Shetty who took her first step into Bollywood with the movie, Hero alongside controversy’s favourite kid, Sooraj Pancholi, and she is backed by none other than Salman Khan. All the best Athiya!

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#12. Hazel Keech

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Hazel Keech had a very interesting entry into the film industry, given by Salman Khan. She played the character of Kareena Kapoor’s friend in the super-hit movie, Bodyguard, and succeeded in impressing everyone with her acting. We are hoping to see her in few other movies soon.

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#13. Isabelle Kaif

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Katrina Kaif shot to success by holding Salman’s hand, and now it is her little sister Isabelle’s turn to prove herself in Bollywood. Salman gave her a break in his home production, Dr.Cabbie and was seen promoting the movie too.

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Known as the Godfather of Bollywood’s future generation, Salman makes sure the fraternity every year welcomes new faces, either be it star kids or aspirants having no Bollywood connection at all.

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