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Salman Khan: Judgement day approaches!

Salman Khan


Mumbai, April 23 -- Salman Khan has had a hot streak at the box office ever since the release of his 2009 film, Wanted.

So naturally, those who are currently working with him are anxious about the verdict in the 2002 hit-and-run case, which will be delivered on May 6.

As per trade estimates, roughly 300 crore is riding on Salman's current assignments, which include two films (Kabir Khan's Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Sooraj Barjatya's Prem Ratan Dhan Payo). The actor is producing Kabir's film, along with a remake of Hero (1983), and also has a number of endorsement deals under his belt.

"The trial has been going on for a long time, but it's only this time that the industry seems worried," says a prominent film-maker, who has worked with Salman several times, not wishing to be named.

While around 200 crore is riding on the two films he is starring in, the figure shoots up to 600-'650 crore if other films - which he is expected to start work on - are also taken into account.

"Definitely, with the kind of stardom and value he holds, there's cause for worry, but we don't have to panic immediately. God forbid, even if the verdict goes against him, Salman can appeal in higher courts," says trade analyst Komal Nahta.

Salman has wrapped up most of the shooting of both these films, but in a recent interview, he had confirmed that Karan Johar's Shuddhi, Anees Bazmee's No Entry (2005) sequel, and two films by Aditya Chopra and Mahesh Manjrekar were in the pipeline.

As for his endorsements, the actor promotes over 10 brands, ranging from apparel and aerated drinks to motorbikes and travel companies.

Bazmee, who directed Salman in No Entry and Ready (2011), says money isn't the only issue. "From the trade point of view, Salman is as big as it gets. A lot of money is riding on him, but I have known him for many years, so I am concerned about him on a personal level," says the director.