Birth date: 27th December
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
"He's Bollywood's original brat. The media hates him; but crowds go
wild at the very mention of his name. Girls swoon each time he flashes
his bare torso on screen (which is quite often). Gossip rags work
overtime fishing out juicy tidbits from his personal life: a brawl here,
an alleged affair there….
And Salman Khan keeps mum through it all. The eldest son on writer Salim Khan (of Salim-Javed fame) claims he isn't here to please anyone, and doesn't care what the world thinks of him. He hates the press and loathes the idea of answering questions. But he's one of Hindi cinema's hottest selling stars, a safe bet on any day, both in India and overseas...
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...Similarly, his [character] Sameer Rosselini in 'Hum Dil De Chuke
Sanam' was a thoroughly charming character. Just before the release of
this film, rumors of his supposed liaison with Aishwarya Rai started
circulating in tinsel town. But neither of them was willing to discuss
the issue; they still aren't.
In what must be the ugliest time of his public life, Salman was arrested in Rajasthan towards the end of 1998, while he was shooting for Barjatya's 'Hum Saath Saath Hain'. He was allegedly charged for hunting down the endangered black buck deer.
After spending a few days in a local prison, he was released, much to the industry's relief. For, at that time, the total value of his films under production was in the region of Rs. 100 crore!
Through it all, Salman kept his mouth shut and came back with a vengeance scoring one hit after another. Neither his somewhat tarnished reputation, nor the bald patch at the back of his head made a dent in Salman's popularity. Obviously, nothing matters but the magic he continues to create on screen."
This is another article I would strongly suggest everyone read the full text for. There's a lot of good background on this lively actor. As you can see from the selected text, Salman Khan has had a colorful history.
My personal experiences with his work are somewhat limited, but I have yet to see a movie of his that I completely disliked. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in particular is very good. Salman is another actor that seems to be really enjoying himself in every role, and as such is refreshing and entertaining. I can usually go into any of his films and expect to have a good time.
While he is usually cast in an action-oriented role, it is my belief that he is at his best when he is doing a more comedic role. Hopefully he will have many more.