RANKED: Salman Khan’s 10 Best Films Of All Time
With stardom that outshines every possible periphery of imagination, with blockbusters that define new threshold of success, with fans that signify madness in all true sense and a career that stretches close to 30 years, Salman Khan is a brand that defines an industry in itself. It’s not easy to rate and rank a Salman Khan release for it brings too much of involvement with itself. When an actor as an entity grows beyond the outreach of a film, it stands to reason why Bhai films are scrutinized in a different style altogether.
While his larger than life persona brings him under a different league, his films nevertheless have laid quite an impact all along. From action to drama to comedy, while he’s tried his hands everything, what needs to be taken into consideration is his share of success in all different genres.
With a packed filmography, multiple blockbusters and years of investment in acting, it’s not really easy to pick Salman Khan’s best films, yet we just thought of ranking his finest films to date. Films that have made a connect, films that we like watching again and again and films that truly live up to the standards of entertaining cinema.
Here are Bhai’s 10 best films of all time:
10. Ek Tha Tiger
There are no reasons really to not like Ek Tha Tiger! A high octane action romantic drama that was largely touted to be inspired from the life a popular Indian spy, the film broke the shackles that Salman cannot be a part of content driven cinema. The film had enough elements to bring itself up as a decent watch and made sure the audiences stayed engaged throughout.
The film that holds credit to establish Salman as an invincible entity in modern cinema is Dabangg! From his characteristic styles to his Chulbul Robinhood Pandey flavor, the film brought back the essence of bad vs good and took us through two hours of complete entertainment. The dance moves, the dialogues, the get-up, there’s nothing about Dabangg that isn’t iconic.
This came at a time when Salman wasn’t particularly keen on doing comedies and yet this collaboration of his with David Dhawan gave us a perfect rib-tickler to savor. Propped on the concept of separated twins, the film was a complete masala entertainer back then and set itself up as one of the most watchable comedies of the 90’s.
The epic reviver of fading Salmania in 2009 is what this action-masala film is. Though a carbon copy remake of Telugu hit Pokhiri, Wanted was a refreshing change for Hindi audiences who probably got tired of fresh but mediocre products. Wanted is also largely responsible in having Salman realize his core fan base and making essential alterations in his movie picks.
6. Karan Arjun
One of the biggest hits of the 90’s, Karan Arjun is one film that never goes without a watch if it’s playing on TV. Sharing screen with SRK for the first time, the reincarnated action drama was a pretty impact making film directed by Rakesh Roshan. While it lingered on all essential elements of a compelling masala watch, its experiment with a new idea paid off larger dividends.
5. Hum Aapke Hain Koun!
Hum Aapke Hain Koun’s colossal stature on the blockbuster board of Indian cinema wouldn’t necessarily highlight the impact it made on Indian households back then. It’s one film that probably became a mandatory watch for everyone and reflected the family wedding extravaganza in a style of its own. From its music to its performances, from its comforting appeal to its flavor, everything about Hum Aapke Hain Koun spoke of magnetic charm!
4. Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya
This is one feel good family entertainer that never became intense for its own good. Directed by Sohail Khan, Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya was iconic in style, entertaining in narrative and delightful to its core. From having introduced us to a shirtless Salman Khan in ripped jeans to a lovely Kajol from the outskirts of a city, the film not just ran justifiably on its romantic quotient, it also made sure it went down as one of the most watchable family dramas of all time.
3. Bajrangi Bhaijaan
One of the most endearing films to have been credited to Bhai’s filmography, Bajrangi Bhaijaan isn’t just a blockbuster by status, but also with its heart. His second collaboration with Kabir Khan found its way straight into the hearts of the audiences. This was for once in the last seven years that Salman let go of his macho image and played a lovable nice guy with a pure heart. Bajrangi Bhaijaan would rank as one of his finest films after his rise to superstardom!
2. Tere Naam
Possibly the film that had him deliver his best performance to date, Tere Naam came at a time when Salman was going through a career turmoil. However, the heart breaking love story reestablished himself as an ‘actor’. Tere Naam was as much an entertaining ride in the first half as heart breaking and emotional it was in the second. While his looks set a complete rampage of following across the country, the bad boy imagery of his became a guilty fascination of a lot of guys. However in totality, Tere Naam would always go down as one of the best Salman Khan films ever.
1. Andaz Apna Apna
The only Salman Khan film that perhaps has a crazy cult following along its name, Andaz Apna Apna is one of the best comedies that India has produced. As Amar and Prem, both Aamir and Salman together were hilarious to the core with a cartoon like appeal attached. The film also makes solid grounds to make Aman-Prem one of the most loved duos of Indian cinema ever. The gags, the jokes and the sequences Rajkumar Santoshi spread in the narrative were only suggestive of the fact that Andaz Apna Apna was a comedy of epic proportions. If there’s one Salman film that will unanimously get a standing ovation from all sections of the audience, Andaz Apna Apna would just chart up the scale.
A Salman Khan film is not measured on the count of the substance it carries but the money it makes. However, that should never come in the way of us realizing that there are enough films Salman has done to warrant enough entertainment through his life. All we can do right now, is thank him for having delivered so much! Agree with our list? Tell us if you think there’ a better Salman Khan film you wanted to make the cut.