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Best Salman Khan Movies, Ranked – MovieWeb

One of the biggest Bollywood actors ever, here are Salman Khan’s best movies, from Karan Arjun to Hum Aapke Hain Koun…!.
One of the best-known Bollywood actors of modern Indian cinema, Salman Khan has become a household name in South Asia and its diaspora. He originally began his career through his father, who was a prominent screenwriter in Bollywood. Khan appeared in his first movie in 1988, Biwi Ho To Aisi, in a supporting role, and the world was unprepared for the debut of what would become one of the biggest actors in India. A year after appearing in Biwi Ho To Aisi, he landed his first award nomination for Best Actor at Filmfare.
Khan's career began to take off when he appeared in 1994’s Andaz Apna Apna, which gained a cult following after its release. He continued to star in blockbusters that were a success at the box office and appeared alongside India’s top talent. However, it was in 2000s Bollywood movies that Khan began to find his stride in his career, cementing his status as one of the most legendary actors of his generation and popularity in commercial films. He would branch out in producing, hosting, and mentoring later in his career, giving back to the community. New to Salman Khan’s filmography? These are his best movies, ranked.
Released in 1994, Khan co-starred with Aamir Khan in Andaz Apna Apna. They are two young men that dream of marrying a rich girl, who has returned to India from London, to get a portion of her family’s wealth. The two decide to escape their town to travel to the city where the girl lives, in an attempt to woo her, and their paths cross for the first time. As they try to win over her affection, new obstacles and rivals appear on the horizon to make their task so much harder than it should be.
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Bajrangi Bhaijaan stars Khan in the leading role of Bajrangi Bhaijaan, a man who invites a young girl to eat with him after finding her wandering on the streets. As it turns out, she is a disabled girl from Pakistan sent to India to visit a holy shrine in Delhi, but the train she was on leaves her without her mother in a strange new country. Although the two are different religions and nationalities, they forge an unlikely bond as they journey to take her back home. A tender and wholesome story, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is worth watching at least once.
Karan Arjun is one of the most well-known movies Khan starred in during the 1990s, and was the second-biggest film that year at the box office. In a village located in north India, a mother devotedly raises her sons, single-handedly, despite being poor. When her dead husband’s relatives come and murder the sons, she prays they will one day be reincarnated — and they are. 20 years later, they become rivals and set out to kill each other, but discover their former past as siblings after a bolt of lightning forces them to stop fighting.
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Anushka Sharma and Khan star in 2016’s Sultan, which is currently the tenth highest-grossing Indian film in existence. Khan portrays Sultan Ali Khan, a middle-aged man who, when he was much younger, was a professional champion wrestler. Now, he lives in Haryana town with his wife and a local martial arts league is trying to recruit him to bolster their reputation. Khan, however, has given up a life of wrestling but cannot seem to escape it. The movie then dives into his past and how he got to this point, as well as how he met his beloved wife.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam is a classic example of what a Bollywood movie could be: it has drama, musical, and comedic timing scattered throughout its runtime. A young man (Khan) arrives to stay with the family of a classical Indian musician to study the art form. The musician’s daughter is kicked out of her room in the process, and while she initially holds a grudge against the new visitor, the two fall in love and decide to marry. But her father disapproves and already has a marriage lined up for his daughter, leading to an entirely new set of problems when he banishes the student from their home.
The romantic drama Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! was released in 1994, but it seems more relevant than ever. Khan stars with Madhuri Dixit as a budding couple. Two orphaned brothers find their lives shifting when one of them gets married, which ends up working well for both of them in the end. Both brothers end up falling in love, but it would not be a dramatic movie if something horrible did not end up happening during the process. A movie about love and the sacrifices we make to keep it alive, Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! was one of the most successful films when it was released in the 90s.
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