He is best recognised and preferred shirtless. Probably with
shirt on, people will walk past him. (Just joking. He can never
be ignored with or without shirt.) With boyish good looks and a
body to-die-for, Salman Khan has always seen an increase in
female fan following. This is not to say Sallu Miyan lacks male
fans. That would make another story altogether.
It is hard to believe the Salman of yore had acted in
Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988). That was his
first film and he was an almost scrawny lad. With long hair, he
effortlessly walked into every teenager's heart. But he did
realise a well-toned body is the first requirement of show
What he did to himself later is the stuff body-buildng is made up
of. With his 6-packs and what not, he has female fans swooning
over him (me included). I remember the time when he had made
those music video albums like Honey
Honey. I had envied those girls, who had the
opportunity to be next to him. My wish remained a wish to be in
the same frame as him.
Never mind. I am quite happy seeing those videos and being
content that he is there within my remote's reach anytime
anywhere. Since then Salman has done wonders for himself. A major
factor in his success story is his body. A dedicated
body-builder, he is a modern day Adonis. And this body has a
philanthropic soul that adds charm to him.
I personally feel his best was Hum Dil De Chuke
Sanam (1999). My eyes (as of the entire nation)
were reserved only for him. He took our breath away with his
flawless performance and gorgeous looks. No doubt, then he made a
great screen pair with Aishwarya Rai. Thank God, he saw her true
colours soon. She didn't deserve him. He is better off without
her. She was mere trouble for him. She had her fun but put him to
His golden phase had started with him giving consecutive hits.
Salman never looked back. His images of a biker boy, a lover boy
or the usual Bollywood hero were enough to guide the crowd to the
theatres. Everyone knew his movies were a treat. They were never
disappointed on this score.
In countless movies he has been shown as a biker boy. That set
the sales graph of bikes on a Northward trail. In north India,
there were reports of an increase in sales of bikes with each
release of Salman's movies. Of course, sale of shirts remained
static as he never flaunted them. And he set the country's youth
on a gym trail. Suddenly everyone wanted to be fit and
muscle-packed like Salman Khan.
In 2004, he was voted the 7th best looking man in the
world and the best looking man in India. He has helped many poor
with his charities. Considered the bad boy of Bollywood, he has
steered himself to the path of philanthropic reformation. His
occasional help to the needy makes big media news.
Considered the most eligible bachelor in India and abroad, he has
been dating Katrina Kaif since 2003. It's high time he got
married and settled down. Although it will break many a females'
hearts, they will still wish him well. He deserves all the
happiness of this world and more.
I am looking forward to his wedding as and when it takes place. I
wonder when the day will arrive. I hope sometime sooner. There is
no envy or jealousy or hatred for his belle except that he should
always be happy. I am sure this will be seconded by his
innumerable fans, who wish him this and more.
With marriage his wild ways will totally come to an end (touch
wood). Remember his negligent driving case (2002) or Chinkara
case (2006) and his frequent temper show. The bad boy has now
turned sober. What he was and what he is now is a study in
contrast. The newer self is a welcome one. He has tuned into a
golden guy with a golden heart.
It is said when he was lodged in Jodhpur Central Jail in 2007,
his fans from remote corners of India were camping there and were
offering daily prayers at Ajmer Dargah. For them, he had done no
wrong. They wanted their hero out and walking free. God didn't
take long to grant then their wish.
The jubilation then was the eighth wonder of this world.
Crackers, prayers, tears, sweets et al were freely
flowing. Probably nothing like this mania has been seen since
Rajesh Khanna's days when girls used to write letters in their
No one is perfect. Our hero too has his own frailties. In his
case, it works out even better. We love him more despite them.
And he doesn't hide them. That's a big plus in his favour. Being
a fan, I see no minuses in him. That can be considered a
partiality but then I am a fan. And he will always top my list. I
can't state something different from what I feel.
When Ghajini was being promoted, Salman
was asked to join in. He was candid enough to say that he
couldn't make his own movie Yuvraaj a
hit, what can he do for Ghajini? My all
the brownie points went to him. My regard for him increased
His love for cars is legendary. He has cut down on smoking and
drinking. And absolutely no drugs. His message is clear - eat
healthy, exercise and be fit. Sylvestor Stallone and Arnold
Schwarzenegger pale in comparison before our own desi
With a wax replica of himself placed in Madame Tussauds museum,
now one gets a chance to see (if not the real self) him in (what
else!) wax. Sallu Miyan has also dabbled in painting and singing.
Hope he doesn't make a full time career out of these vocations.
We don't want to lose our hero.
He is the ultimate. There was never anyone like him. There will
never be anyone like him. And his best is yet to come.