Credit it to his looks or to his acting; blame it on his dancing or his mere star appeal. Salman Khan is one actor who has survived all the legal battles and relationship controversies and has managed to be a part of some of the biggest projects with B-town's most coveted banners.
Indiatimes Movies looks at the actor's brilliant work which will be remembered for ages to come.
Just one year old in the industry and Salman Khan already had a major hit to his credit. Under Rajshree Productions and a genius for a director, Sooraj Barjatya, Salman delivered his first ever box office superhit, Maine Pyar Kiya.
He went on to become a sensation. The romantic boy next door character escalated this newcomer's image to that of a heartthrob.
The industry had just got its new superstar.
The industry had high hopes from the new actor and he already had a huge fan following.
Though another hit didn't come along Salman's way until Saajan happened, he had become one of the most sorted after actor.
Be it the role of a young rebel or the character of a young love smitten lover boy, Salman was the man to look for.
Though Salman set the box office register ringing every once in a while, he was never away from the movie scene. He was lucky enough to be trusted by the producers and directors to pull off a varied genre of movies.
He was the number one choice for film makers, big and small. In 1994, Salman delivered two hits back to back. Andaz Apna Apna was a romantic comedy and had gained a cult status since its release.
Soon after, Salman teamed up with the man who had given him his first hit, Sooraj, and delivered yet another massive hit, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, he romanced Madhuri Dixit here and was loved for the romantic boy character he portrayed.
Hits or no hits, Salman was always a part of some of the costliest projects with the most coveted banners. In two years span from 1995 to 1997, Sallu did several movies, the noteworthy being Rakesh Roshan's Karan Arjun, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Khamoshi and David Dhawan's Judwaa.
By now, Salman Khan had proved himself as an actor. Back then, Salman was one of the few actors who rocked the rhythm whenever on the dance floor. With his killer looks and a hot body with pumped up muscles, Salman was truly a delight to watch on screen.
The period from 1998 to 1999 was a kind of high in Salman's career. With a mix of films like Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, Biwi No. 1, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Salman once again ruled the box office.
Salman had now become a hot favourite of Sooraj Barjatya's Rajshree Productions which cast him yet again in Hum Saath Saath Hain. Banners big or small, directors old or new, Salman managed to be a part of all the action.
When not playing the lead, Salman had a key supporting role in some of the most remarkable flicks, one of them being Karan Johar's directorial venture, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
What followed was a lull in Salman's career. During this period he did movies which just came and went unnoticed.
The next in line was a trend during which Salman did an average of 4 movies a year, out of which only one graduated to become a hit. All in all, Salman bagged the best of all the projects in Bollywood and made his presence felt through a consistent performance.
He gave his best shots in movies like Tere Naam, Baghban, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, No Entry and Baabul.
The year 2007 was an action packed one for the hot actor. He bagged the Rajiv Gandhi Award for his Outstanding achievement in entertainment.
He also did movies like Salaam E Ishq, Partner, Saawariya and even a Hollywood Movie, Marigold.
Amongst these, Partner sent the cash registers ringing loud and clear at the box office and Salman's cool dude attitude was an instant hit.
Salman not only associated with the best of Bollywood projects, but also got a chance to rule the small screen and reach out to his fans in a never before way. At a point when the small screen is at its re-defining stage, Salman was an obvious choice to turn a host for reality shows.
After all, what can work better for the TRP of a television channel than to have a superstar for its host?
He may not enjoy the status of a Baadshah or Shehenshah of Bollywood. But this Khan is a class apart and the King of Entertainment by himself.