Festivals are all about jubilant celebrations, food and meeting friends and family. For cine goers Eid has become the most awaited festival of the year because it’s the time Salman Khan’s movies are set to release. The pre-release response from the fans is such that Salman’s movies are declared to be a success even before it hits the theatres.
Eid and Salman together have become a sure shot hit. Though already a bankable actor and favorite of many, it was the 2009 hit Wanted which made Salman a phenomenon. The action cum comic film directed by Prabhu Deva was Salman’s first Eid blockbuster and since then there was no looking back for the super star. His next Eid blockbuster was Dabbang (2010) which gave Indian cinema one of its most chic characters, super cop Chulbul Pandey.
While the latter was a critical success as well, Salman’s next Eid blockbuster, Bodyguard (2011) received mostly negative and mixed reviews, with only few critics praising it for its performances, technical aspects and action sequences. But Salman fans are least bothered about the critics. The movie became a commercial success and its signature dialogue, “Mujhpe ek ehsaan karna ki mujhpe koi Ehsaan na karna” was on the tip of the tongue of the fans.
Next was Salman’s tryst with Yash Raj Productions, the production house which has seen his rival Shah Rukh Khan as a regular in its cast. And Yash Raj was not disappointed. The movie, Ek Tha Tiger (2012) in which Salman played an Indian spy in love with his Pakistani counterpart grossed around 198 crore at the box office.
But his next Eid blockbuster was set to cross the 200 crore mark. Kick (2014), the remake of the Telegu blockbuster starring Ravi Teja gave the audience the kick they were looking for and its song Jumme ki Raat became a chartbuster. Though the movie managed to impress the critics, one of them described it to be “unjhelable”.
Salman’s movies which were not released during Eid like Ready and Dabbang 2 were also able to create a magic at the box office, however his 2014 movie Jai ho was declared an average grosser.
But Eid has never failed Salman. His most recent release on Eid, Bajrangi Bhaijaan has already become the fifth highest grossing movie of the Indian cinema. The movie which managed to impress the critics with many calling it Salman’s best performance broke the opening record of PK (2014). Salman will be back during Diwali with Sooraj Barjatiya’s Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo Ray opposite Sonam Kapoor. This is one of the most awaited movies of the year, even though it will not be released on Eid, because Salman after a very long time will be seen in a Rajshri Production movie which gave him his breakthrough Maine Pyar Kiya (1989).