Salman Khan at his best

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1. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015)

Not Rated | 164 min | Action, Drama, Musical

While recovering from an assassination attempt four days before his coronation, a stern prince is replaced by a romantic lookalike.

Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya | Stars: Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Deepak Dobriyal

Votes: 14,269 | Gross: $4.36M

Make no mistake, Salman Khan is the sole draw of this film, and he works hard for his top billing. The actor is in good form – terrific in the comic scenes, and earnest in the emotional ones – turning on the charm to help you survive, and even enjoy, this nearly 3 hour film that’s crammed with songs, and over-styled to a fault. - Rajeev Masand, CNN-IBN

It's sacrilegious to envision any other actor enacting the part of Prem in a Sooraj R. Barjatya movie. When the reels unfold, you don't see Salman, you see Prem and that is one of the biggest strengths of the film. This time around, Salman is cast in a dual role -- while he takes to Prem, the simpleton, like a fish takes to water, he's equally competent as Vijay, the prince. What's interesting is, the two characters are as diverse as chalk and cheese, but it is Prem that's winsome and endearing and Salman makes sure he interprets it brilliantly. This is a Salman show from Scene A to Z. - Taran Adarsh

Salman Khan looks like a million bucks in both the roles and acts like he has rarely acted before. The honesty and integrity on his face add so much to the two characters that they force the audience to believe in the drama. To say that he is extraordinary in emotional scenes would not be an exaggeration. His look with fondness when he, as Prem Dilwala, is bidding goodbye to Maithili from the car’s front seat is to die for. In the light scenes, he is just too endearing. All in all, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that he carries the film on his shoulders. - Komal Nahta

Salman performs with superb finesse, skillfully creating a caviar-chole bhature cinematic contrast. His Vijay is tense, terse and taut, radiating machismo but no gentleness, loneliness with king-sized ego. His Prem is luminous with life, cheekily cheery - teasing Diwanji as 'virgin Bapu' - then deepening, like sugar stirred into kheer, in silent gazes of hesitant love. The acting is ace - this year is Salman's finest yet in cinematic grace. - Srijana Mitra Das, TOI

The film is a one-man-show – Salman Khan is almost in every frame of the film in both the roles. As the prince, he remains firm, dignified and regal. As Prem, he is more endearing, funny and down-to-earth. Somehow, he always reserves his best for Sooraj and PRDP is no different. - Sarita A Tanwar, dnaindia

As both Prem and Vijay, Salman Khan does a commendable job. He mostly tries to not be Salman Khan, and is immensely enjoyable when he does not do so. Just the fact that the theatre erupted in claps, wolf-whistles and shouts every time Salman entered the screen is a reminder of the superstar's popularity. - Ananya Bhattacharya, indiatoday

Salman Khan succeeds in his comeback as Prem. His character of Prem Dilwala seems full paisa wasool as he is funny yet emotional. We rarely see Salman express emtions like this and well, that’s when you are reminded that this is a Rajshri film. As prince Vijay SIngh too, he shows a decent transition and his stern look with the moustache is certainly impressive. The film is a sure shot treat for any Salman Khan fan. - Surabhi Redkar, koimoi

2. Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)

Not Rated | 163 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

An Indian man with a magnanimous heart takes a young mute Pakistani girl back to her homeland to reunite her with her family.

Director: Kabir Khan | Stars: Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Meher Vij, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Votes: 56,625 | Gross: $8.18M

In one word, an award-winning performance by Salman Khan. - Komal Nahta

With Bajrangi, you meet a whole new Salman - this is not the shirt-ripping, ab-flaunting, dialogue-maro-ing Khan but a simple, innocent and honest man, who fails, gets tricked and beaten up - but never shaken from his purpose. With gentleness and no gimmicks, Salman puts on a polished, luminous performance - Srijana Mitra Das, TOI

Salman Khan is genuinely endearing as the simple-minded Hanuman devotee who genuflects in reverence each time he spots a monkey. There’s an unmistakable earnestness in his performance as a man who demonstrates the importance of humanity over religion and nationality. - Rajeev Masand, CNN-IBN

The film’s best performance, undoubtedly, is that of Salman Khan. To play this part, he has left behind his signature over the top gestures somewhat; he is measured & endearing. - Archita Kashyap, Koimoi

BajrangiBhaijaan is Salman Khan's BEST movie to date. Also, it is, without doubt, his CAREER-BEST performance. Wins you over completely. - Taran Adarsh

As far as the performances are concerned, absolutely no prizes for guessing that the film belongs to the one and only 'Bhaijaan' Salman Khan, who makes no mistakes in delivering an outstanding performance in this film. - Bollywood Hungama

Won 2015 Big Star Entertainment Award Most Entertaining Actor in a Social Role

3. Kick (2014)

Not Rated | 146 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

Devi Lal Singh, a typical youth with an anomalous standard of living, tries to find pleasure in whatever he does. He eventually becomes a thief and dons a new name, Devil.

Director: Sajid Nadiadwala | Stars: Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Randeep Hooda

Votes: 19,803 | Gross: $2.46M

Salman Khan gives a mind-blowing performance, playing to the gallery with all the conviction at his command. He excels in dramatic, romantic and comic scenes, is superb in action and stunt scenes and also makes a swell impact in the emotional scenes. He looks handsome as ever and also stands out in the dances. - Komal Nahta

Kick is vintage Salman Khan, the star flipping from fun-loving Devi to dead-serious Devil with goofy, yet deadly grace. - Srijana Mitra Das, TOI

The actor, fully aware of his strengths and of what his fans expect from him, is in goofball mode. He dials up the charm, and delivers flashes of amazing spontaneity - Rajeev Masand, CNN-IBN

Even in weak scenes, his screen presence is extraordinary. He's clearly having a blast not having to mouth lewd lines or take his shirt off. - Raja Sen, Rediff

The soul of Kick is Salman Khan - it's like a one man show. He towers above everything else with his persona, style and attitude. - Sarita A Tanwar, DNA

Salman Khan is having a blast in the film. Unlike most roles, Khan was seen having some great fun in the film. He says his dialogues with a wicked gusto and plays Devil with an evil flair and brutal swagger. - Mohar Basu, Koimoi

Salman Khan will dole out Eidi to his fans this weekend with Kick. - Manjari Saxena, GulfNews

4. Jai Ho (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 135 min | Action, Drama

An ex-army officer initiates a unique idea of propagating social responsibility among ordinary people and in doing so, crosses paths with a powerful political family.

Director: Sohail Khan | Stars: Salman Khan, Tabu, Nadira Babbar, Danny Denzongpa

Votes: 14,251 | Gross: $1.25M

He roars and fights and even weeps on cue. In one scene, he kicks an ambulance into motion. Closer to the end, he rips the shirt off his back for a mano-a-mano with another muscled hunk. It's a committed performance. - Rajeev Masand, CNN-IBN

JAI HO is a Salman show through and through and the actor rises above the script to deliver a bravura performance. The actor fires on all cylinders, standing tall and dwarfing everything and everyone in sight. You cannot take your eyes off him, he's simply incredible. - Taran Adarsh

Salman Khan looks like a million bucks and plays to the gallery. He acts with effortless ease and will drive his fans crazy with his action, stunts and physique as also with his facial expressions in the action scenes. The scene in which Salman takes off his shirt will bring the house down. - Komal Nahta

Jai Ho is wholly and solely powered by Salman. He roars, romances, sings songs, gives speeches, wipes tears and of course, eventually takes off his shirt. - Anupama Chopra, Hindustantimes

With ‘Jai Ho’, Salman Khan has been able to deliver one of the best performances of his career and convey a very simple yet a strong message through this highly entertaining movie. - Gayatri Shankar, Zeenews

Salman Khan is not Dabangg but he is light years better synced in the role than even Dabangg. He is earnest in his role and though there was hardly any scope for him to have fun, he is deliciously indulgent. - Mohar Basu, Koimoi

5. Dabangg 2 (2012)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action

Chulbul Pandey invites a fresh trouble when he kills the brother of a notorious politician and the former swears to wreak havoc in his life.

Director: Arbaaz Khan | Stars: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj, Vinod Khanna

Votes: 12,222 | Gross: $2.52M

Salman uses his fists, escapes the bullets, spews venom and threats, bullies the villain, flirts and romances his wife, does the pelvic thrusts... in fact, he does everything that one expects from Chulbul Pandey. Oh yes, he even takes off his shirt, flexing his muscles and showing his well sculptured torso without inhibitions, a mandatory requirement in a Salman Khan movie. Honestly speaking, DABANGG 2 is a Salman Khan vehicle and the actor is the Big Boss here. You cannot imagine anyone else doing what he does. And every time he plays to the gallery, many in the audience [especially at single screens] are sure to fling the loose change on screen as a mark of appreciation for his on-screen antics. - Taran Adarsh

Salman Khan does a fantastic job, playing to the gallery and putting his superstardom to use very appropriately. Not only is he mind-blowing in action scenes but is also endearing in the rest of the scenes. He looks sup­erb and remains in character throughout. He uses his charisma to the fullest and endears himself to the audience with his cute comedy, his man­nerisms, his typical style of acting and his naughtiness. His dances are extraordinary, whether in the ‘Hudd hudd dabangg’ or the ‘Pandeyji’ or the ‘Fevicol’ song. - Komal Nahta

Salman Khan's charming in his romantic, cheeky scenes with Sonakshi Sinha, he's mischievous and endearing while teasing his father, and plain hilarious in his interactions with his sidekick cops. - Rajeev Masand, CNN-IBN

For Salman Khan fans, it's manna from heaven. He cracks a joke, kills a few goons, dances with original item girl Munni (Malaika Arora Khan) and a new item girl (Kareena Kapoor), takes his shirt off to display his age-defying, perfectly chiselled body, and then cracks another joke. - Anupama Chopra, Hindustantimes

Needless to say, Dabangg 2 belongs to Salman Khan who rules supreme in every frame. He has supreme screen presence and Chulbul Pandey is Salman's most enigmatic and alluring characters in recent times. The film works primarily because Salman carries off Chulbul with elegance. - TOI

Salman Khan is at his entertaining best as Chulbul/Robinhood Pandey. - Yahoo

Salman, as usual, is at his best, delivering punches in slowmo sending the goons rolling into the air, smashing glasses and breaking bones. He does all that he has been doing in the past. Yes it’s a clichéd role, but the fans will love it. But, trust me when I say this…When Salman sends a man flying in 10 fps, it is more convincing than any other actor doing the same. - Kanika Sikka, dnaindia

When it comes to assessing Salman’s performance, all could be said is that he is the show stealer here and deserves applause for his mind blowing and effortless action scenes. He plays the bad-ass-cop-with-a-golden heart attitude with élan. Salman has proved with the ‘Dabangg’ series that he was and will always be an undisputed iron man of Hindi cinema. Period. - Resham Sengar, Zeenews.india

Salman is a treat to watch and steals the show with his endearing acting and unique style. Salman lives his role and acts with effortless ease. - Entertainment.oneindia

If Dabangg 2 was always about Salman Khan revelling in top form, the superstar doesn't disappoint. He makes Chulbul Pandey even more lovable this time- cool shades, wry humour, crackling stunts and smooth chemistry with the pretty Sonakshi, all very much in place. Did you seriously need any more reasons to watch? - Indiatoday

Salman’s performance as Chulbul is infallible and absolutely charming. To put it in Arbaaz’s words, “No one can play Chulbul like Salman – he owns Chulbul and is just brilliant as him.” - Rubina A Khan, Firstpost

Won 2013 Zee Cine Awards Best Actor- Male (Viewer's Choice) Won 2013 Colors Screen Awards Best Actor (Popular Choice) won ETC Bollywood Business Awards 2013 Most Profitable Actor

6. Ek Tha Tiger (2012)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Romance

India's top spy Tiger and his love Zoya battle the dark world of intelligence and espionage that forbids its soldiers from loving the enemy.

Director: Kabir Khan | Stars: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Girish Karnad, Roshan Seth

Votes: 24,507 | Gross: $2.35M

When you have Salman in a movie titled EK THA TIGER, the director doesn't need to convince the audience that he is a tiger. Salman looks the part! Clutching the thriller with his dynamic presence and performance, Salman is, without doubt, the lifeline of this film. He pulls off the part with flamboyance. Also, he brings in so much visceral rousing energy to the film, every time he appears on the screen. Salman and Katrina pair up after a hiatus in EK THA TIGER and their chemistry is electrifying. - Taran Adarsh

The role is tailor-made for Salman and he goes through the motions without missing a trick. - Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV

Termed as the mass entertainer, Salman Khan needs no verdict on his acting skills. What makes us love him in the movie is his rugged Tiger-like attitude, that suits him the best. Salman gets into the skin of his raw, rugged, edgy character and makes you admire over his marvellous performance. - Entertainment OneIndia

Salman has again come up with his best and not disappointed his lovers with a power packed performance with a strong script. - Amit Pandey, newstrackindia(dot)com

After Tere Naam, this is probably the closest Salman has got to a ‘realistic’ film. He makes even the most impossible stunts look natural. - KEYRUN RAO, Bollywoodlife

Ek Tha Tiger, at the end of the day, is an out-and-out Salman Khan film. But it's the rare well-made one. It's escapist, but it has style. - Aniruddha Guha, dnaindia

After a string of strident performances, Salman is eager to show stripes that we no longer associate with him. After a long time one gets to see a glimpse of impish traits that won him his female fan following. - The Hindu

For the first time since Chulbul Pandey (Dabangg), the actor's played a character, which to begin with is saying a lot. - Daily Bhaskar

Salman Khan has really done super brilliant job in this film. And no doubt if we say that Ek Tha Tiger is his career best movie. He portrays the role of Tiger with super conviction and ease. The man will surely bring the record breaking results with this film. - Bollygraph

Won Favourite Movie Actor People's Choice Awards India 2012 Won Favourite Action Movie Actor People's Choice Awards India 2012 Won BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor in a Thriller Film 2012 won ETC Bollywood Business Awards 2013 Most Profitable Actor

7. Bodyguard (2011)

130 min | Action, Romance

41 Metascore

The daughter of a wealthy nobleman secretly falls in love with her bodyguard.

Director: Siddique | Stars: Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Raj Babbar, Asrani

Votes: 18,983

Salman delivers one of his best performances in recent times. - Taran Adarsh

Salman Khan lives the character of Lovely Singh. He looks like a million bucks and acts very efficiently. In one word, he is truly endearing. - Komal Nehta, Koimoi

Salman Khan is cool and convincing in the title role. His subdued act and charming innocence wins your heart. - TOI

With Bodyguard, Salman Khan has returned to a genre he started out with love story. He emotes well in sentimental sequences and he surely rocks the viewers in action, music and comedy sequences. - Entertainment.OneIndia

Nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award 2012 Nominated for Zee Cine Award for Best Actor 2012 Won Super Star Hero at Airtel Super Star Awards Won Most Entertaining Action Actor at 2011 BIG Star Entertainment Awards Won Star Of The Year at 10th Stardust Awards Won Most Profitable Actor at 2nd ETC Bollywood Business Awards

8. Dabangg (2010)

Not Rated | 126 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A corrupt police officer faces challenges from his family, gangsters and politicians.

Director: Abhinav Kashyap | Stars: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Vinod Khanna, Dimple Kapadia

Votes: 23,469 | Gross: $4.63M

The film then belongs to Salman Khan who dives into the character with an enthusiasm we haven't seen before. He relishes every moment of delivering those cocky lines, and turns Chulbul Pandey into possibly the most enduring character he's ever played. - Rajeev Masand, CNN-IBN

Salman Khan lives his role and is the life of the film. He is so extraordinary that it seems, he was born to play this role and that the role was written for him and him only. - Komal Nehta, Koimoi

Salman Khan is the boss, when it comes to playing to the masses. This film reaffirms this truth. The role provides him ample opportunity to prove his star power and he does it with remarkable ease. - Taran Adarsh

Salman Khan towers over his film in a way that only one other Indian actor can -- superstar Rajinikanth. - Rediff

Dabangg works big time only because of Salman Khan. He's having fun, and that's fun to see. This is Salman at his best. - Mid-Day

The whistles and cheers are back.... And we all have Salman Khan to thank for it! - Planet Bollywood

Won Star Screen Award for Best Actor 2011 Nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award 2011 Won Most Entertaining Film Actor 2011 at BIG Star Entertainment Awards Won Best Actor in a Leading Role 2011 at Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards Won Star of the Year 2011 at Stardust Awards Won Best Actor In A Lead Role 2011 at The Global Indian Film and Television Honours

9. Veer (2010)

Not Rated | 169 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In early twentieth-century British India, the Pindari leader Prithvi Singh narrates his story to a reporter from the London Times - a story of betrayal and deceit at the hands of the ... See full summary »

Director: Anil Sharma | Stars: Salman Khan, Jackie Shroff, Mithun Chakraborty, Zareen Khan

Votes: 6,204 | Gross: $0.50M

The film, then is watchable for Salman Khan's arresting screen presence, his charming romantic overtures, and a degree of involvement from him that you haven't seen before. - Rajeev Masand, CNN-IBN

Both Sharma and Salman bring an astounding degree of conviction to the project. Both have worked very hard to give it scale and heft. Salman with flared nostrils and angry eyes channels Dharmendra from Sharma’s earlier films. - Anupama Chopra, Consulting Editor, Films, NDTV

But of course, the real 'veer' of Veer is Salman Khan - it's his sheer star power that holds the film together. In a role that's tailor-made for him, Salman packs a punch exactly when it matters. - Mid-Day

Salman Khan is slightly over the top in the initial reels (first 20 mins), but quickly gets his act right and delivers a good performance. - Indicine

10. London Dreams (2009)

146 min | Drama, Music

The story revolves around two childhood friends Arjun and Munnu who find a way to get from a small village in India to Wembley as Rock stars, having overcome their personalities.

Director: Vipul Amrutlal Shah | Stars: Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, Om Puri, Dilyana Bouklieva

Votes: 3,575

Salman has a role that the junta would take to instantly and the actor too endears himself to the viewers. He's stupendous. - Taran Adarsh

London Dreams belongs to Salman. - Rediff

Salman puts in a lot of heart in his act and his frivolous nonchalance never makes the drama go overboard. He is likeable as a flirt trying to woo Asin and his doped act in the final reels is compelling. - Economic Times

Think ‘Wanted’ was Salman’s best? wait till you watch this. He emotes like never before, effortlessly delivering one of his best performances to date. You easily relate and feel deeply for his character. This performance could well win him some awards this year. - Indicine

Salman Khan is super in the lighter moments, his scene in the aircraft is the highlight. - Mid-Day

Salman seems to be enjoying himself and is extremely likeable. - Realbollywood

11. Wanted (2009)

Not Rated | 147 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Radhe is a ruthless gangster who will kill anyone for money. He is attracted towards Jhanvi, a middle class girl, who does not approve of his work and wants him to change.

Director: Prabhudheva | Stars: Salman Khan, Ayesha Takia, Vinod Khanna, Mahesh Manjrekar

Votes: 15,510

Fans, rejoice, Salman is back with a vengeance with WANTED. This is his deadliest performance to date. - Taran Adarsh

Salman sleepwalks through so many mediocre projects that it's genuinely refreshing to see him have a ball with this one, throwing himself into both dance thrusts and clever kills with abandon. - Rediff

Salman Khan appears to be having a rollicking good time. - Rajeev Masand, CNN-IBN

Salman Khan alone makes watching Wanted worthwhile. He is fresh, fit and in form, looking smashingly super-cool like never before. Despite the hardcore action image, his face exudes an innocent charm. He dances with new vigour, kicks serious butt and kills ruthlessly. - The Economic Times

12. Heroes (2008)

R | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Havaldar Balkar Singh, Captain Dhananjay Shergill and Lieutenant Sahil Naqvi are amongst numerous fatalities on India's side in the 1999 Kargil war against Pakistan. All 3 men had written ... See full summary »

Director: Samir Karnik | Stars: Sohail Khan, Vatsal Seth, Amrita Arora, Riya Sen

Votes: 1,748 | Gross: $0.59M

Particularly Salman Khan deliver honest heart-felt performance. - Rajeev Masand, CNN-IBN

Salman Khan, too, deftly avoids any overlap between his down-to-earth Balkar Singh with his prevalent, stylised aura, creating a sympathetic corner within the viewer. - Rediff

The ones who leave the maximum impression in this multi-starrer are, in this order, Salman [superb; one of his finest works]... - Taran Adarsh

Salman strides outstandingly and his looks of Singh is cool. - Indiaglitz

Salman and Preity not only look like a real couple but they are very much in character appearing real Punjabis. - Realbollywood

13. Jaan-E-Mann: Let's Fall in Love... Again (2006)

Not Rated | 165 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

40 Metascore

Follows a love triangle between Agastya, Suhaan and Piya.

Director: Shirish Kunder | Stars: Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta, Anupam Kher

Votes: 7,051 | Gross: $0.51M

The one question that you want to ask Salman is, why had you hidden the sensitive performer in you all these years? Agreed, the actor has delivered fine performances in the past, right from Sooraj Barjatya's films to TERE NAAM to NO ENTRY [aimed at the masses]. But this is an altogether different Salman you see in JAAN-E-MANN. In fact, it wouldn't be erroneous to state that if asked to choose one performance from the three pivotal ones in JAAN-E-MANN, it has to be Salman without doubt. He wins hands down completely. The role is a reflection of what Salman can handle in real life: Loads of attitude, the mischievous dude with a naughty streak and most importantly, a sensitive and soft-hearted man who can weep, if affected. Simply remarkable! - Taran Adarsh

Akshay Kumar is inspired and performs competently, but he's clearly overshadowed by Salman Khan who steals the show in the second half with moments that will leave your eyes welling with tears. He touches your heart with his emotional scenes and proves again that he's so underrated. - Rajeev Masand, CNN-IBN

In the acting department, you shall find Salman Khan as his best. He looks cool-as-ice-tea and hotter-than-piping-sizzlers. Even as an actor he gravitates between the superbly humorous to tugging-at-the-heart-strings-emotional during his brief interactions with his beautiful daughter. I would rate this as Salman's most flawless performance ever. - Indiaglitz

Salman is just great in the emotional scenes. The part is tailor made for him. - Rediff

Salman Khan, as the suave Suhaan, is the centerpiece of the movie’s love puzzle and towers above everyone else. Having the meatiest part of all, Salman’s Suhaan makes an overwhelming impact. Bollywood’s most notorious thespian is at the top of his game yet again and springs a surprise performance that many of his detractors have always considered him incapable of. Employing his eyes to express a million words, Salman displays Suhaan’s notoriety, passion, wiliness, anguish, vulnerability and remorse with staggering belief and assurance. His transition from a conceited smug into a repenting, helpless lover speaks volumes about his immense talent that has remained untapped for most part of his career. Though he does get a bit loud in the initial reels, this is Salman’s movie from start to finish and had it not been for his controlled outing, Jaan-e-Mann wouldn’t be even half the movie it has turned out to be. - Planet Bollywood

After a long time, you love to see Salman Khan. Neither does he ham, nor does he under act – he is simply adorable and perfectly controlled. - Nowrunning

14. No Entry (2005)

158 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Kishen is a newspaper baron married to Kaajal, a housewife who suspects her husband of having numerous non-existent affairs. Pooja is the believing wife of ever-philandering globe-trotting ... See full summary »

Director: Anees Bazmee | Stars: Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Fardeen Khan, Bipasha Basu

Votes: 8,909 | Gross: $0.68M

Salman is excellent throughout, but it's his work in the climax that takes the graph of the film to an all-time high. However, he is missing for a substantial part in the post-interval portions. - Taran Adarsh

Salman Khan is at ease as the smooth-talking womaniser. His character is similar to ones he’s played before in films like Biwi No.1 and Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya. - Planet Bollywood

15. Kyon Ki... (2005)

Not Rated | 160 min | Drama, Romance

After learning the sad truth about a patient, a female psychiatrist falls in love with him.

Director: Priyadarshan | Stars: Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Rimi Sen, Jackie Shroff

Votes: 2,961

Salman Khan is arguably Bollywood’s most underrated actor. While his star-status can never be questioned, his acting ability has always come under fire from critics and viewers alike. I, on the other hand have always believed otherwise, as Salman’s ability to casually walk through complex roles and still coming up with believable performances is something that not even the best in the business have. We saw a few sparks of such brilliance in Veergati, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Baaghi, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and more recently, Tere Naam. With Kyon Ki too, Salman shows signs of being a potentially great actor; an actor who is finally getting his due from an industry where a star’s acting credentials are often weighed in terms of the award trophies he takes home every year. While I would still rate Tere Naamas Salman’s best work till date, Kyon Ki definitely features as one of his best performances. Looking young and charming, his dialogue delivery, especially in the music sequence, is flawless. While he is at extreme ease with light sequences, he is equally faultless when it comes to expressing emotions. Watch out for his expressions in the final sequence. The drop of the tear coupled with his perfect expression is bound to unsettle even the strongest of hearts. - Planet Bollywood

Salman Khan delivers an honest performance right through. He may not be as convincing as Sanjeev Kumar in KHILONA, but it's a pleasure to watch Salman shed all inhibitions and come up with a near-perfect performance. - Taran Adarsh

16. Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004)

163 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sameer, fast at losing his temper is re-located to Goa where he falls in love with Rani. But Sameer's new roommate Sunny, has some plans of his own.

Director: David Dhawan | Stars: Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Amrish Puri

Votes: 11,108

Salman Khan, playing a goodie-goodie guy, enacts his part with gusto. Not only does the actor look dashing [a compliment he has learnt to live with!], the ease with which he handles the comic portions is incredible. In moments when Akshay actually downplays his deeds in the movie, your heart goes out to Salman and that's only because of the effective portrayal. - Taran Adarsh

Salman is in top form. - Planet Bollywood

Salman, as the well-meaning loser, sportingly steps into the fuming groove once again. A lot of his recent roles find him resorting to a standard gritted-teeth-wicked-demeanour angst-projection as a pantomime of controlled acting. - Glamsham

17. Garv: Pride and Honour (2004)

162 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An honest and decorated police officer is arrested on charges of mass murder and trapped in a corrupt political system, where he finds himself sinking in deep trouble.

Director: Puneet Issar | Stars: Salman Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Arbaaz Khan, Farida Jalal

Votes: 2,643

GARV belongs to Salman Khan, who carries the film on his broad shoulders. The actor takes to his part like a fish takes to water and emerges trumps. This performance will only multiply Salman's fan following by leaps and bounds! - Taran Adarsh

Salman Khan gives a mind blowing performance that is truly award winning and the USP is the restrained acting in a loud movie. - Planet Bollywood

So far Salman has largely been seen doing romantic eye candy with dark overtones emerging in his last film "Tere Naam". "Garv" is his first headlong plunge into populist cinema. His performances are becoming increasingly fine-tuned. His physical and emotional restrain countermands the monstrous excesses of the villainous brigade. - Glamsham

So what makes this oft-repeated formula watchable? Salman Khan without a trace of doubt! He looks convincing in everything that he does, be it muscle flexing, pumping iron or bashing up the bad men. - Bollyvista

Though I must add that Salman Khan is decidedly restrained in comparison. The camera focuses on his eyes, and the sound editor on his crisp diction. It's definitely not his best work, but he does lend Garv a certain aura without which it would have fallen flat entirely. - Rediff

18. Tere Naam (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, Romance

Problems arise when Radhey Mohan, a delinquent falls in love with a girl named Nirjara.

Director: Satish Kaushik | Stars: Salman Khan, Bhoomika Chawla, Mahima Chaudhry, Sachin Khedekar

Votes: 13,673

Salman Khan is exceptional in a role that fits him to the T. He breathes fire in sequences that demand uneasiness. But beneath the tough exterior lies a vulnerable person and this facet in particular comes to the fore in the latter reels. His emotional outbursts are splendid, and making him break down on several occasions is another human aspect that director Satish Kaushik explores -- tough men also cry! - Taran Adarsh

Among the performances Salman Khan puts his heart and soul into his performance. - Planet Bollywood

Nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award 2004

19. Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (2001)

160 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A prostitute agrees to get impregnated and then give the baby to a couple (Raj and Priya) in exchange for a million rupees. Everything changes when she develops feelings for the baby and Raj.

Directors: Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla, Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla | Stars: Salman Khan, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta, Amrish Puri

Votes: 3,479

This is one performance fans of Salman Khan will love him in. He is controlled, classy and mature, unlike the oft-repeated roles that exhibit his physique more than talent. This role has substance and the actor handles it with utmost sensitivity. - Taran Adarsh

Salman Khan impresses in a role where he keeps his clothes ON! (Yes, for the ENTIRE film...) - Planet Bollywood

20. Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega... (2000)

173 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Raj is a struggling singer with big dreams who is still waiting for his big break. One night he witnesses an accident where a car spins out of control and lands on the tracks of an ... See full summary »

Director: Raj Kanwar | Stars: Salman Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji, Shah Rukh Khan

Votes: 3,430 | Gross: $0.41M

HAR DIL JO PYAR KAREGA clearly belongs to Salman Khan. He takes a giant leap in emotional moments, handling the most difficult scenes with aplomb. In the light moments as well as the romantic ones, he is in total command, not going overboard one bit. There is no denying the fact that Salman will win adulation in this film, more for his performance than his star appeal. His overall look and performance deserves the highest marks. - Taran Adarsh

Salman shows that given a a good director to mold him, he can act. This performace gives him a chance to show his range. He actually does a good job in the emotional sequences which he seldom does (I think Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was the only film where he got to do that). He is at ease in the comic sequences. Overall, this is an extremley good performance. - Planet Bollywood

21. Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge (2000)

158 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sapna has lost her parents at an early age and lives with her three quirky uncles - Bhola Nath is a fitness freak, Prabhu Nath is a deeply religious fellow and Vicky Nath is a disco-savvy ... See full summary »

Director: David Dhawan | Stars: Salman Khan, Om Puri, Paresh Rawal, Anupam Kher

Votes: 2,366

Salman Khan´s forte ever since he entered films has been comedy, so he breezes through this role effortlessly (and doesn´t forget to loose his shirt - customary in Sallu films nowadays...). - Planet Bollywood

Karisma Kapoor and Salman Khan elicit more than their fair share of cat calls in the movie and make a delectable pair. Both are in form -- Karisma looks glamorous and at ease while Salman has perfected the lost-boy-muscle-man get up. - Rediff

22. Hello Brother (1999)

139 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

Hero (Salman Khan) loves Rani (Rani Mukerji), but she doesn't. Hero, meanwhile, is a loyal worker at A-Z, a courier company helm ed by baddie Khanna (Shakti Kapoor). The man actually ... See full summary »

Director: Sohail Khan | Stars: Salman Khan, Rani Mukerji, Arbaaz Khan, Johnny Lever

Votes: 3,094

Salman brings his comic talent to the fore -- sometimes trying to mimic Jim Carey, sometimes trying his own brand of humour. Luckily for him, it works and he is able to carry it off. - Rediff

23. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)

Not Rated | 188 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Nandini has to choose between Sameer, the man who taught her to fall in love; and Vanraj, the man from whom she learnt how to abide and fulfill promises of love.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Zohra Sehgal

Votes: 14,009

Salman is endearing. He does tend to ham in the dramatic scenes but looks very comfortable doing comedy and those romantic scenes. - Rediff

Salman excels and sure enough, he carries off the humor and light moments of his role quite well. And unlike his other recent movies, he has also done quite well with the few emotional scenes he has. - Planet Bollywood

24. Biwi No. 1 (1999)

159 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A housewife learns that her husband is cheating on her. Thus, her quest to bring him back begins

Director: David Dhawan | Stars: Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Sushmita Sen

Votes: 3,805

Salman reprises the role of an intellectually challenged playboy, a character for which he might as well buy a patent given its recurrance in his last few films. Prem's comical, self-loathing monologue at the end of the movie is very amusing and entertaining. - Planet Bollywood

25. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

Not Rated | 177 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

During their college years, Anjali was in love with her best-friend Rahul, but he had eyes only for Tina. Years later, Rahul and the now-deceased Tina's eight-year-old daughter attempts to reunite her father and Anjali.

Director: Karan Johar | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukerji, Farida Jalal

Votes: 39,683 | Gross: $2.10M

Won Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor 1999

26. Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai (1998)

154 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Playboy's past catches up with him, when he wants to get married

Director: Deepak Sareen | Stars: Salman Khan, Twinkle Khanna, Johnny Lever, Farida Jalal

Votes: 1,841

Salman has played a man capable of taking on trouble, not the hero who dances well and decimates the ranks of ugly-looking junior artistes. Also, by laughing at the comedian's one-liners, his character comes through as more human than that of other heroes. - Rediff

1998 may well be the year for Salman Khan. - Planet Bollywood

27. Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998)

162 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Muskaan (Kajol) is an orphan girl living on a farm run by her overly-protective older brother, Vishal (Arbaaz Khan) and their 'Chachu' (Dharmendra). Muskaan's childhood friend, Ujaala (... See full summary »

Director: Sohail Khan | Stars: Salman Khan, Kajol, Arbaaz Khan, Anjala Zaveri

Votes: 3,095

Kajol, as usual, gives a great performance, but Salman is surprisingly good. I'm not a big fan of Salman Khan, but his performance is very impressive in this film. He seems at ease in front of the camera (maybe because little brother Sohail was directing), and as a result comes across as very natural. - Planet Bollywood

28. Judwaa (1997)

138 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Twin brothers who are separated soon after birth, meet in adulthood and join forces to defeat their common enemy, a notorious criminal.

Director: David Dhawan | Stars: Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Rambha, Kader Khan

Votes: 4,224

Salman Khan has done a superb job in being a rich dignified young man from America and a tough street Dharavi gunda of Mumbai. The contrast is seen vividly through his character. - Planet Bollywood

29. Jeet (1996)

180 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Tells the story of a feared hit man named Karan, who kills for the mobster Gajraj. On one assignment, Karan meets and falls madly in love with Kajal, the beautiful daughter of an associate.... See full summary »

Director: Raj Kanwar | Stars: Sunny Deol, Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Tabu

Votes: 1,695

Nominated for Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award 1997

30. Khamoshi: The Musical (1996)

Not Rated | 159 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Goa based Joseph Braganza and his wife Flavy, devout Catholics, are both deaf and mute. He makes a living selling soap bars door to door. Flavy gets pregnant and gives birth to a daughter ... See full summary »

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Nana Patekar, Salman Khan, Manisha Koirala, Seema Biswas

Votes: 2,084

Salman Khan as the bashful lover is the one the audience will closely identify with. His self-depreciating demeanor and the easy way he handles his role suggest an actor who is not afraid to play the fool. When has anyone seen Nana Patekar not dominate? In this movie, he allows even Salman Khan to steal scenes from him! - Planet Bollywood

31. Veergati (1995)

166 min | Action, Drama

Hawaldar found on illegal new born baby boy in the gutter of Kamathipura, a red light area of Bombay. A prostitute gives birth to a baby boy and she decides to educate him and request ... See full summary »

Director: K.K. Singh | Stars: Salman Khan, Atul Agnihotri, Sudesh Berry, Pooja Dadwal

Votes: 639

Performance wise, no one does a good job except Salman khan. Salman anger looks pretty good in the movie and it suits him just like it did in Karan Arjun. Too bad salman doesn’t take these kinds of role anymore. -

32. Karan Arjun (1995)

175 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

Karan and Arjun reincarnate in the different parts of the country. But the faith of their previous mother brings them together in order to avenge their death.

Director: Rakesh Roshan | Stars: Rakhee Gulzar, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Amrish Puri

Votes: 10,718

Nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award 1996

Shah Rukh and Salman share a great deal of chemistry as a male duo and that sets the screen alive. Their characters require little effort though in terms of raw acting. - Planet Bollywood

33. Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (1994)

Not Rated | 206 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Prem, a top student, is learning the ropes of business under his elder brother Rajesh and his uncle Kailashnath, a big industrialist. In another town, Nisha is studying computer science and... See full summary »

Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya | Stars: Madhuri Dixit, Salman Khan, Mohnish Bahl, Renuka Shahane

Votes: 15,331

34. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)

PG | 160 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

Two slackers competing for the affections of an heiress, inadvertently become her protectors from an evil criminal.

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi | Stars: Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon, Karisma Kapoor

Votes: 42,384

It would be unfair to say that Aamir Khan completely overshadows Salman Khan. Although Aamir is better, Salman does manage to nick in and keep up with him. He was trying a comic role for the first time (if I’m not wrong) and he’s simply fabulous. There are some scenes where he shows his excellence as a comedian. He shares terrific chemistry with Aamir and I wonder why they haven’t done any more movies together. - Planet Bollywood

35. Saajan (1991)

181 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Aman (Sanjay Dutt) is a poor, handicapped orphan who is befriended by wealthy Akash Verma (Salman Khan) during his childhood. Akash's parents adopt him and give him their family name, and ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence D'Souza | Stars: Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Salman Khan, Ekta Sohini

Votes: 4,813

36. Sanam Bewafa (1991)

160 min | Drama, Romance

Although neighbors Fateh Khan and Sher Khan are sworn enemies which brew from generation to generation. When Sher Khan Son Salman and Fateh Khan Daughter Ruksar fall in love both the ... See full summary »

Director: Saawan Kumar Tak | Stars: Salman Khan, Chandni, Kanchan, Pran

Votes: 750

37. Baaghi: A Rebel for Love (1990)

157 min | Action, Romance

Saajan is a college youth, enjoying his life, meets with Kajal the girl of his dreams at a brothel. Kajal is an innocent victim of Dhanraj, who runs this brothel. Saajan eventually falls in... See full summary »

Director: Deepak S. Shivdasani | Stars: Salman Khan, Nagma, Shakti Kapoor, Kiran Kumar

Votes: 848

38. Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)

Not Rated | 192 min | Drama, Family, Musical

Kishen Kumar Chaudhary and Karan are family like friends, when Kishen's wife Mrs. Kaushalya gives birth to a baby boy Prem, Karan helps the couple bring up their child with out- most care. ... See full summary »

Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya | Stars: Salman Khan, Bhagyashree, Alok Nath, Rajeev Verma

Votes: 8,715

Won Filmfare Best Male Debut Award 1990

Nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award 1990