Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan (yup, that is his full name) is turning 50 on December 27, 2015, and he has been enthralling us with his brilliant performances ever since he acted in Biwi Ho To Aisi in 1988. According to IMDB he has 96 movies to his credit, and a proud Salman fan probably has seen them all. But truth be told, even a true-blue Bollywood buff might not be able to digest the Bhai phenomenon that Salman has ballooned into now.
Instead of spouting white-hot rage at his movies, a level-headed Bollywood-lover will enjoy some of Salman’s old gems. And, here they are:
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#1. Saajan (1991)
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This Lawrence D’Souza movie had some of the best and most memorable songs that came out of the 90s. S.P. Balasubramanyam, Kumar Sanu, Anuradha Paudwal, Alka Yagnik belted out beautiful songs like Dekha Hai Pehli Baar, Bahut Pyar Karte Hain, and so much more.
#2. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
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After Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) and Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994), this was just the third film in which Salman appeared as Prem. This is significant because, the same way Shah Rukh is synonymous with the name Rahul, Salman is synonymous with the name Prem, as both played characters with these names plenty of times in many hit films. Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Andaz Apna Apna is one of the best out-and-out comedy films to come out of Bollywood, and has secured a cult status over time. This film gave us Aamir and Salman together, Crime Master Go-Go and several iconic dialogues we love to spout even now to earn street-cred.
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#3. Karan Arjun (1995)
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In this Rakesh Roshan film, involving rebirth, revenge and romance, Salman played the character of a reticent, angry young man perfectly. His eyes expressed the anguish of his character, and his reserved emotions were a perfect foil for Shah Rukh’s Arjun, who was more of the fun-loving, easy-going guy. Quite a role reversal for both of them if you compare the kind of roles both choose now, eh?
#4. Khamoshi: The Musical (1996)
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This was the first Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed film that Salman featured in. Khamoshi was about a deaf and mute couple, played by Nana Patekar and Seema Biswas; their daughter played by Manisha Koirala falls in love with Salman’s character. Helen made a guest appearance as Koirala’s grandmother. Bahon Ke Darmiyan was a wonderfully melodious song that can keep lovelorn folks awake at night even today.
#5. Judwaa (1997)
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This was around the time when David Dhawan had found his hit formula- propel the story forward by involving twins, romance and a good dose of comedy. This one is a light-hearted comic caper where Salman plays the role of bachpan ke bichhre hue twin brothers.
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#6. Phir Milenge (2004)
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Even though Salman was not the lead in this film, he had a significant role in it. This was a sensitive movie where Shilpa Shetty’s HIV positive character faces discrimination at workplace and loses her job.
#7. Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)
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This Kabir Khan movie surprised even dedicated Salman fans. It has came out at a time when Salman has already established his brand so firmly that his characters no longer have much individuality; he is the eponymous “Sallu Bhai” in most of his blockbuster films nowadays. So, he surprised all by playing a character that was quite different. He actually got beaten up good in this one, which is a welcome change from always turning others into pulp.
The hardcore romantics would enjoy Maine Pyar Kiya a lot, and we all know how many kids faced teary-eyed emotional atyachaar from parents who had a habit of watching Baghban on repeat. Good or bad, Salman’s movies always provide entertainment, whether you are a fan, or just a heathen non-believer who can mock every shot in any Salman Khan flick. So as Bhai turns 50, pick any movie from his illustrious list and enjoy with a bucket of popcorn, a translucent vest and middle-parted hair.