When he celebrated his 42nd birthday few days ago would Salman Khan have mused about the fact that he needs to undertake a change of image to shed away his image of a lover boy and graduate to being an actor of eminence. What started as a dream debut with MAINE PYAAR KIYA in the early 1990s (his first film as a solo hero, though he had made his debut in BIWI HO TO AISI) has indeed catapulted him to an orbit where it would indeed be difficult for any body to emulate the feet. But is it not the right time to move on?
Salman Khan has written new theories about lover boy and the choice of the name Prem that is given to him in nearly all the movies is symptomatic about the fact that Salman and love are two sides of the same coin. It was owing to this fact that Salman could reign over the audiences for more than fifteen years and gave hits of the order of HUM AAPKE HAIN KAUN, HUM DILL DE CHUKE SANAM, TERE NAAM, SAAJAN etc. which would be the frontrunners for all the romantic films made in the Hindi film industry for long time to come. It was his image of lover boy which even led to adoption of a new hairdo by his crazy fans after he displayed the same in TERE NAAM.
However, it is indeed the opportune moment to graduate to being a comedy star, as the timing of comedy which Salman has displayed right from the times of ANDAAZ APNA APNA to PARTNER is unparalleled.
The success that films based on humor have made during 2007 indeed indicates that the audience is starved of humor and would lap up anything that could mitigate the struggle for day-to-day survival.