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Maine Pyaar Kiya (1989)
It wasn't his debut as the myth goes (Biwi Ho To Aisiwas) but it was the film which made Salman Khan the official movie 'lover boy' for decades to come. He was cute - those dreamy eyes made some girls gush with delight. The rest swooned when he took his shirt off. History was made, Salman Khanstyle. And, of course, the film remains one of the biggest box office grossers of all time.
Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
AAAhighlighted Salman's quirky comic timing. He played the slightly slow and bholaPrem perfectly and had the audience in splits with his innocuous one-liners. AAAis now a cult classic, a must-watch for any viewer who wants to see Salman Khan not breaking ribs but tickling them.
Hum Aapke Hain Koun. . ! (1994)
Salman's toothy grin and boyish sex appeal hit home - teenage girls' homes, to be precise. Not that women of other ages were immune to his charms. HAHK was a run-away blockbuster, cementing Salman's place in Hindi cinema's top rungs.
Karan Arjun (1995)
A quintessential Bollywood pot-boiler involving twins, re-birth and a lot of dishum dishum, Salman had a ball in this one. As did the box office coffers. Watch it for his inherent chutzpah and palpable star power.
Though the film didn't do too well, the applause was deafening for Manisha Koirala and Salman, who essayed one of his more sensitive roles. Khamoshiwas a musical success and the critics' favourite that year. Salman was on a roll.
You want inane, side-splitting comedy and Salman Khan in the middle of it all? Watch Judwaa. It's as mind-bogglingly hair-brained as they come and yet just so entertaining.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
Sure he didn't essay the lead role, but Salman got a thumbs-up for his supporting role in KKHH. He even won a Filmfare award for his performance. And it helped that the movie was such a huge commercial success.
Biwi No. 1 (1999)
Teaming up with the taller Sushmita Sen, Salman played a philandering husband in this comedy, Karisma Kapoor as the doting wife playing to his corny side. Sexist, anti-feminist, who cares? The audience lapped it up like hungry cats.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
"Sameer, thandi hawa ka jhonka, " says Aishwarya teasingly to Salman. And yes, the winds of fortune were blowing in Salman's favour big-time. Not only was the film a huge success, everyone rooted for the adorable, zesty romantic singer who ultimately doesn't get his girl.
Tere Naam (2003)
This was one of Salman's more serious roles as a lover who goes insane for his lady love. It was designed to make viewers reach for the tissues. Salman gave it his all. The audience reciprocated in kind.
He played a love guru in David Dhawan's scene-by-scene rip-off of the highly successful Hitch. As Prem, Salman is the perfect 'relationship doctor' who gives a brilliant Govinda advice on everything from kissing to dancing. Comic timing has always been Sallu's strong point and he's in top form in Partner.
This film showcased Salman's star power to the hilt and proved yet again why he is the darling of the masses. Wantedhad it all - the suave, guntotting hero, the helpless girlfriend, corrupt cops, the dreaded don, the don's moll, the henchmen. . . and the final unexpected twist in the tale.
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