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Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past

December 26, 2012, 6:15 pm
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • As Salman Khan, 'bhai' to family, friends and fans, turns 47 on December 27, his life and career has been one of Bollywood's biggest success stories. From the scrawny male lead with huge, expressive eyes in 'Maine Pyar Kiya' to beefcake cop in 'Dabangg 2', it's an interesting journey fraught with personal loss, loss of face and controversies - one that almost incarcerated him. He remains one of Hindi cinema's endearing icons as he goes from success to success - building myths of economic invincibility around his films. All images are from the actor's public profile on Facebook. Text: IBNLive and Agencies.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • When Salman started out in 1988, almost simultaneously with Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, his 'Maine Pyar Kiya' established him as a hopelessly romantic hero. No one would know that 20 years later he would transform his dreamy Prem of MPK into a caricature cop in Dabangg. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • The actor makes no secret of his dislike for Bollywood's new love for small films which explore complex issues. If he had his way, Bollywood would go back to the 1980s phase of the angry young man and the virtuous heroine, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar of Reuters. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • After going through a tough phase, Salman Khan seems confident in the knowledge he knows what will make the world's biggest film industry dance to his tunes - literally. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • His demeanour is that of a man who knows he's holding on to success in an industry where fortunes change in a second. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • The formula seems to be working -- both 'Dabangg' and 'Ready' are blockbusters, as was Khan's 2009 release 'Wanted'. Even though he delivered three turkeys in between, no one seems to notice. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Before Wanted, Khan's fortunes weren't shining brightly - most of his films, including Subhash Ghai's Yuvvraaj and God Tussi Great Ho tanked at the box-office. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Critics of the actor said he wasn't making the right choices, doing films for the wrong reasons. Khan admits they were right but says he couldn't do much about that phase of his life. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • In a candid interview, Salman said there were some films he had to do. There was also a time when everybody's films were working and his films were bombing left right and centre. But he didn't panic at that point because he knew that those films were going to bomb. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Khan has also learned the ways of making money from his films. He takes a nominal fee to make a film, and asks for a cut from the profits. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • If Bollywood has an actor with the Midas touch, it has to be Salman Khan. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • The star, one of the Indian film industry's trio of Khans, is riding a wave of success that has seen three of his films make a billion rupees at the box office. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • His latest film Dabangg 2, a sequel to his 2010 hit, has opened and Khan's mass appeal has ensured audiences flock to cinemas. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • The actor has his own recipe for a blockbuster. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • "I don't know the pulse of the audience. I have my own pulse and if I go by my own pulse and believe that this is what the audience wants, then I have got it," Khan told reporters. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Fortune may be smiling now but Khan says he knows success in the world's biggest film industry has come the hard way, after he learned how to deal with film-makers and movie producers. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Khan is popular with both multiplex and single-screen audiences in India, but says it is tougher to be an actor now than it was when he made his debut in the 1980s. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • "The older you get, the better you have to look, the higher you have to kick, the harder you have to work," Khan said. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Meanwhile, his personal life remained turbulent. According to a recent survey, actress Katrina Kaif has topped the list of perfect matches for Khan. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Another interesting survey around the 'Dabangg' star reveals that 62 percent of Indian men don't want the actor to get married at all while 60.37 percent women want him to settle down as soon as possible. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Bu despite a nation's eager wait, Khan has finally put to rest questions pertaining to his marriage, saying he will think about tying the knot only after the verdicts of Jodhpur and Mumbai courts in the blackbuck and vehicle mishap cases against him. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • The 47-year-old actor, who is always hounded with questions about his never ending bachelorhood, has been linked to a number of women in his career but is said to be single post his alleged split with actress Katrina Kaif. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Coming from an illustrious family of Bollywood stars, Salman grew up amid his father Salim's celebrity connections. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • He wears a larger than life aura around him and has never played by the rules. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Today, he enjoys stardom beyond the imagination of a common actor. But he remains the loveable mass entertainer that tickled the masses with his slapstick act in Andaz Apna Apna. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • We wish the Dabangg actor a very happy birthday and a long life. Salman is seen in a file photo.
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past
  • Salman Khan turns 47: Pictures from Chulbul Pandey's past