Even before the release of Salman Khan's keenly anticipated film, EK THA TIGER it has been touted as blockbuster considering mammoth Khan's past records. Though Salman has pretty much dominated the top slot right from the beginning, his back-to-back successes in the recent past have put the star on an enviable pedestal and made him the newest 100 crore Box-office king.
While all eyes are set on TIGER Salman to once again roar at Box-office, we take a look at the all-time blockbusters of Salman Khan's career. And if everything goes as per the speculation than EK THA TIGER would be Salman's 14th blockbuster of career and 5th in a row
MAINE PYAAR KIYA: Though he made his debut with Rekha starrer BIWI HO TO AISI, it was Sooraj Barjatiya's MAINE PYAAR KIYA which gave him overnight stardom.
SAAJAN: This was the first time when Salman Khan played a Casanova in his career and was liked by one and all. The film was a super-hit at the box office and also emerged as the highest grossing Bollywood film of 1991. It has gone on to grow a strong cult following, particularly due to its cast and the music.
HUM AAPKE HAIN KAUN: It was yet again Sooraj Barjatiya's film HUM AAPKE HAIN KAUN which catapult his career to new dizzying heights. The film broke all the records and went to become one of the biggest grossers ever in the history of Hindi cinema.
KARAN ARJUN: Rakesh Roshan's film for the first time brought together Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan (arch rivals now), two prominent actors of that time. This was the first film when we saw Salman's out-an-out action avatar. It was the second highest grossing film of the year, ranking as blockbuster.
BIWI NO. 1: After establishing as a lover boy, Salman went into the comic zone and got associated with king of comedy David Dhawan. BIWI NO 1 is one of the most successful outings of David-Salman's pairing. The movie effortlessly drew in the crowds and the movie got enough boost at the Box-office ranking it as Movie No 1.
HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM: Though Sanjay Leela Bhansali made his debut with Salman Khan in KHAMOSHI, it was with HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM he tasted commercial success. Salman's on & off-screen romance with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan made the film immensely popular. The film was a hit at the Indian box office, becoming the third highest grossing of the Bollywood films of 1999 . In the overseas too the film did good business.
TERE NAAM: Post HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM, Salman not only faced problems on personal level but also faced setbacks at BO. It was TERE NAAM, remake of Tamil film SETHU, which came to the star's rescue, who was being written off by media alike. It had an excellent opening at the Box-office. Salman's hairdo quite became a fashion statement.
MUJSE SHAADI KAROGI: David Dhawan's comic caper MUJSE SHAADI KAROGI was quite refreshing in terms of casting. Salman-Akshay's banter and Priyanka Chopra's presence, who was relatively new then, was more than enough for the film to pull crowds. It was a commercial success, becoming the third highest grossing film of the year in India.
PARTNER: Having two of David Dhawan's favourite Govinda and Salman Khan together, PARTNER was bound to be a money-minting proposition. It was the first blockbuster of Bollywood in the year 2007.
WANTED: PrabhuDheva's WANTED, remake of Telugu hit POKIRI, is touted as a big turnaround in Salman's career. Salman's portrayal as undercover cop with extraordinary physical strength and brain power impressed the cine-goers. The film did excellent business. It shattered all the records in Pakistan.
DABANGG: Salman Khan's home production DABANGG changed the entire game of Bolly business. Salman's cop act blended with his aura and style were alone enough to make the film superhit. The film did earth-shattering business in India & overseas and with that redefined Salman's position and put him in the 100 crore bracket. Since the film released during Eid and did wonders for the superstar, thereafter Salman's films are specially eyed for Eid.
READY: The hangover of DABANGG success only benefitted this Salman Khan-Asin starrer. The film did a fascinating business at BO and was yet another top grosser.
BODYGUARD: Close on the heels of Salman's consecutive successes, BODYGUARD was bound to get benefitted. The Tamil remake released during Eid and went to make pots of money.
Here's wishing EK THA TIGER a roaring success which releases tomorrow i.e. 15th August 2012