Salman Khan, who forayed into Bollywood as a supporting actor in the flick ‘Biwi Ho To Aisi‘, went on to become the ‘Bhaijaan’ of the industry. Consistently playing a lead role for more than 25 years, he has shown a plethora of movie a way to 100-crore and 200-crore mark. However, if there were peaks, there were valleys too in Bhai’s Bollywood career. From brawls to breakups, controversies and troubles enveloped him from time to time. But amidst all the woes and hardships, Salman did not keep himself at bay from one thing – launching and giving breaks to new faces in his movies.
This prominent actor among the film fraternity has lent a helping hand to many to make their mark in the industry. Here we present to you the most notable ones:
The gorgeous British Indian Model, Katrina Kaif, doesn’t need any introduction. However, her first Bollywood movie ‘Boom’ was no less than a disaster at the box office. But it was Salman Khan who proved to be the silver lining around the dark clouds hovering her career. She shared the 70 mm screen for the first time with Salman in ‘Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya’. Since then there has been no looking back for her. Undoubtedly, she owes Khan a big time for her success.
All the Indian cinema buffs and movie enthusiasts will never forget the ‘Thappad se darr nahi lagta sahab……….’ dialogue of Sonakshi Sinha which she delivered in her very first movie Dabangg. Not only the movie was a blockbuster but it also made Sonakshi experience stardom. And it is needless to mention the male lead of the movie who was also behind the launch of Sonakshi Sinha.
Pulkit is another name who was mentored by the ‘Prem’ of the industry. He started his career as a television actor and played roles in two renowned soap operas viz. Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kaho Na Yaar Hai in 2006 and 2008, respectively. From his first movie – Bittoo Boss – which turned out to be a dead duck for Pulkit to his blockbuster Fukrey Returns, Salman was always beside him with his luck and guidance. But rumor has it that Khan was quite upset with the Fukrey actor after he separated from his wife Shweta Rohira – the ‘Rakhi Sister’ of Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
Did you know that Daisy was one of the background dancers in the movie Dabangg? It’s on the set of the same movie that her stars treated her well and Chulbul Pandey noticed her. Later, she was in the main lead with Salman in Jai Ho. She’ll soon share the silver screen with Salman Khan again in the third installment of Race.
Arjun never wanted to make a career in the film line, but Salman saw a great potential in him. He even helped him lose extra pounds and guided him wherever necessary. It’s due to this gesture that Arjun is a big time ‘Salman ka Fan’.
Zareen Khan made her debut in ‘Veer’ opposite, of course, Salman Khan. She played the role of a princess in this royal film which proved that there couldn’t be any better start for her. Zareen then went on to do an item song with Salman in the movie- Ready. #CharacterDheelaHai
The Little Ones of Bhai’s Friends
Sooraj Pancholi, Aditya Pancholi’s son and Athiya Shetty, daughter of Suniel Shetty were seen together in Salman Khan’s production venture ‘Hero.’ The movie performed average on the box office. However, both Sooraj and Athiya agreed that they were lucky enough to be chosen by Salman for his project.
The Famous Launches of the Past
Launching new faces in the industry is not something that Salman has started doing recently. In 2003, he launched Bhoomika Chawla, a known name down south, in Tere Naam, which turned out to be a massive hit. Later, in the year 2005, Salman launched Sneha Ullal in Lucky: No Time for Love. Though the movie and the actress did not get much luck in the industry, people surely noticed her striking resemblance with Salman’s ex-flame, Aishwarya Rai.
Be it the real life or reel life, Salman Khan has been showing his generosity since long. And the launch of Warina Hussain and his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma in his upcoming home production venture ‘Loveratri’ proves that Bhaijaan’s quality of big-heartedness will not be fading-away any time soon!