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The best roles of Salman Khan
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Salman Khan has been an underrated actor throughout his career. The media, critics and film industry have never really acknowledged his acting prowess. We have looked at him more as a handsome actor with good physique, as someone who is more style than substance. Over the years, he has done all kinds of films and has portrayed different characters. We have seen him playing romantic lover boy or rib tickling us with his comedy or daring action avatar. He has recently shown his emotional avatar in the super successful 'Bajraangi Bhaijaan' and 'Sultan' at the box office. His dialogues and punch lines in his movies have become very popular.

Salman Khan has become a phenomenon at the box office and is called the king of masses. He has improved drastically as an actor in his last few outings. His television stint with Bigg Boss and Dus Ka Dum has enhanced the popularity of his real life personality which had declined due to his court cases. He has tried playing different characters from his screen image in 'Tere Naam', 'Kyunki', 'Khamoshi' and 'Phir Milenge'. Some roles got success but he had more inclination towards commercial cinema that usually prove to be a safer bet at the box office. Over the years, I have watched all his films and list below five best roles of his career and ranked them according to me.

1.Sultan: It was the first time that he worked on his look, body language and the haryanvi accent to get the right feel for the character. He had done complete justice to his character 'Sultan Ali Khan'. He was really good in the wrestling scenes in the film. It was an emotionally vulnerable character. In the song 'Jag Ghoomeya', he made us feel emotional towards love. He had given a touching performance as an actor. For me 'Sultan' is more of a love story than a sports drama.

2.Andaz Apna Apna: The film was not successful at the box office but today it is a cult classic. Aamir Khan and Salman Khan played Amar and Prem. This movie can be rated as one of the best comedy films of all times. Amar was more of an intelligent fellow and Prem was an idiot. Salman played the character very well and got lot of appreciation despite Aamir having the best punch lines in the film.

3.Saajan: Nobody plays the Casanova kind of roles as well as Salman does. Lot of cine goers beleivve that it is an extension of his real life persona. He plays such characters in a way that there is less sympathy for his character. There is less of emotional quotient and more of flamboyance. Sanjay Dutt as 'Aman' takes all the sympathy for his character in the film and Salman Khan 'Aakash' gets reverse of it in this love triangle. He performed his part to perfection. Salman Khan never worries about other hero having better scenes and winning love of the audience.

4.No Entry: He was in a supporting role in the film but he stole the show with his hilarious antics. There was a scene in a film where he drinks and comes to home thinking his wife Esha Deol is not there but gets surprised to see her. The way he explains, why he drank is a brilliant comedy scene. The pre climax and climax scene comedy antics are great fun. He is a naughty 'Prem', who loves getting his friends in trouble with their wives.

5.Hum Saath Saath Hain: We have not seen many of our mainstream heroes playing shy and quiet character. It is a risk that your character may not get noticed in the film. Salman Khan 'Prem' got lot of appreciation in this role by critics despite it being a multi star film. He is same actor who has played Casanova in 'Saajan' and here he is playing perfect gentleman in the film. The pairing of Salman Khan and Sonali Bendre was much appreciated in the film.


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