When you think of the word Prem, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? You would say love, pyaar, ishq, mohabbat, right? We say Salman Khan.. remember the actor in Maine Pyaar Kiya, Hum Saath Saath Hain, No Entry and the list goes on and on.
Indian film makers have used the name Prem for their characters numerous times. Director Sooraj Barjatya likes the word Prem so much that he has always used it for the male protagonist in his films. Let us explore the various Prems of Indian Cinema.
The name of Salman Khan's character in many films has been Prem. In the 1989 film Maine Pyaar Kiya, he played the role of Prem Chaudhary who falls in love with Suman (Bhagyashshree).
He had to put in a lot of efforts to win his love in the film. The film became a blockbuster and Salman won a Filmfare Best Male Debut Award for his performance.
In 1993, Salman palyed the role of Prem Bhopali in the blockbuster comedy film Andaaz Apna Apna. He competes with Amar (Aamir Khan) in the film to become rich. Each of them tries various ploys to eliminate his rival, all of which fail ludicrously.
In the end, Amar and Prem agree to join forces, insinuate themselves into the heiress' household, and there compete for Raveena's love.
Judwaa (1997) saw Salman Khan playing the character of Prem yet again. Quiet and mature Prem, (Salman Khan) one of the twins and his dad (Dalip Tahil) come to India together with Mrs. Malhotra (Reema Lagoo) to get Prem married. In India, Prem meets with his twin brother very outgoing and precocious Raja (also Salman Khan), who looks like him, but is exactly the opposite in nature. A series of comic scenes result as a result of the twins getting together.
Salman Khan made a special appearance as Prem Kumar in Deewana Mastana(1997). The film had Anil Kapoor, Govinda and Juhi Chawla in lead roles.
In the 1991 film Biwi No. 1, Salman Khan played the character of Prem who is very much married man with kids. He gets involved in an extra marital affair with model Sushmita Sen.
He prefers Sushmita to Karisma because unlike his wife, she is modern and wears modern fashionable clothes.
Salman Khan also did a special appearance in the 1999 movie Sirf Tum as Prem, a guy in love with Priya Gill.
Hum Saath Saath Hai (1999) had the sweet childhood love story of Prem (Salman Khan) and Preeti (Sonali Bendre). These two have had a crush on each other since they were little kids, but have never ever spoken of their love for each other. Although it is quite obvious, neither of them is exactly sure of the other's feelings. It did not really matter because they were about to have an arranged marriage.
In the 2000 movie, Chal Mere Bhai, Salman Khan plays Prem Oberoi who is this time an aspiring actor.
The lives of Prem and his brother Vicky (Sanjay Dutt) are turned upside down by a girl named Sapna (Karisma Kapoor).
Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye (2000) tells the story of Prem Kapoor (Salman Khan), who earns his livelihood by performing at weddings and functions.
Prem is in love with Nisha (Raveena Tandon), but fate has something else in store for them.
In No Entry (2005) Salman Khan as Prem has been married to simple-minded and trusting Pooja (Esha Deol ) for several years.
Unknown to Pooja, he has been having several affairs with numerous gorgeous women.
The list of Salman Khan as Prem does not end here. In the 2007 movie Partner, Prem (Salman Khan) is a Love Guru who solves the love issues of his clients.
He meets Bhaskar Diwakar Chaudhary (Govinda) who comes to Prem for help in his love life.
Marigold (2007) followed the story of Marigold Lexton, an American actress who gets stranded in Mumbai and lands a minor role in a Bollywood musical.
She meets Prem (Salman Khan), the film's choreographer, and undergoes a personal transformation as she experiences Bollywood firsthand.