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Salman Khan as seen in Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan (2023). (Image via IMDb)

Salman Khan, the old master of B-Town, hit the theatres this Eid with Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan. The actor has not failed to deliver at least one movie every Eid. The exploration of his previous hits becomes an important milestone to cover. Salman Khan has grown in ways that are impossible to forget and hard to recognize.

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Salman Khan in the 90s. (Image via IMDb)

Through this article, we will explore Bhaijaan’s top 3 Bollywood hits. Salman Khan’s Bollywood career is more than his films or hits. It is defined by his influence on the culture of films in Bollywood. Over the years, the quality of Bollywood movies has also drastically altered, but the love for Salman Khan in the fan world has managed to remain the same.

Why is Salman Khan loved more despite a decline in performative results and growing controversies?

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Salman Khan in Hum Aapke Hai Kaun. (Image via IMDb)

Salman Khan’s movies are a product of both mass appeal and balance in Indian cinema. The mass appeal refers to the need for the Indian public to see Salman Khan once in a while. It is the need for the audience to not outgrow Salman, but to remain linked to his legacy throughout.

The balance in Indian cinema is also another factor that demands Salman Khan. Indian cinema since Salman Khan is defined by different phases, each of which is an indicator of his influence over that period. Therefore, it becomes important for Bollywood to sustain Salman for Salman to sustain Bollywood.

We will now look at Salman Khan’s top 3 movies across all genres and periods to better understand the actor’s legacy.

Salman Khan and the Top 3 hits of his career

The views and rankings in this section are decided after taking various reviews and ratings into consideration. Opinions might vary. Let’s begin!

1. Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015), dir. Kabir Khan, Mehmet Tutkun

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Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan in Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015). (Image via IMDb)
  • The Salman Khan blockbuster with the best storyline. It follows the story of a little girl who is separated from her family in Pakistan and how Salman reunites her with the family. The little girl grows fond of Salman who plays the role of a Hindu man.
  • She is mute adding to the state of her helplessness. but through all odds and scares, Salman breaks societal norms and beliefs to make the girl happy.

He finally reunites the girl with her family after traveling to Pakistan. The movie is a pure emotional rollercoaster. Getting through this piece would take courage and tears.

2. Hum Aapke Hai Koun (1995), dir. Sooraj R. Barjatya

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Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit as Prem and Nisha in Hum Aapke Hai Koun. (Image via Rajshri Productions)

The romance musical of the 90s follows a story where Prem and Nisha fall in love. The story however takes a serious turn soon. They fall in love over art and chocolates but the love soon turns tragic as Nisha’s sister passes away who is also Prem’s sister-in-law. Nisha is about to be married to Prem’s elder brother Rajesh.

The ending of the story marks Nisha and Prem’s love being accepted by all and the resolution is marked by their marriage. This movie is emotionally wholesome. Apart from all the controversies and breakdowns, the main character for the fans would always be Tuffy the Dog.

3. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), dir. Sanjay Leela Bhansali

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Salman Khan’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam rose to popularity as one of his best films due to the rising appeal of Westernized Indian cinema. (Image via Eros Now)

 Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam is considered an adaptation of Maitreyi Devi’s novel Na Hanyate. Although it is not officially sourced, major critics point this out often. The film was one of the most awarded in the year of its release.

  • Receiving positive critiques and reviews during the years and the years which followed, this Salman Khan blockbuster quickly became a national hit.
  • The film also features some of the most loved songs of the late 90s which include Nimbooda, Tadap Tadap, Dholi Tado, etc.


Salman Khan’s movies are more than their critical acclaim. They are a phenomenon of sorts, where the popularity of the movies is directly related to the audience’s appeal. But the most interesting fact about Salman Khan’s fans is that they only grow in numbers every year. This actor has suitably enchanted all generations of Indian viewership and will continue to do so.

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