Actor, producer and philanthropist, Salman Khan's meteoric rise in Bollywood and controversies in personal life have run on two parallel tracks, each no less interesting than the other. A card-carrying member of B'town's elite 100-crore club, here's a look back at the life and career of the actor.
1. Prem, Prem
Khan made his debut in 1988 with a supporting role in the Rekha-Farooq Shaikh-starrer Biwi Ho To Aisi. He was still in his early 20s then. When Sooraj Barjatya paired him with the now-forgotten Bhagyashree in Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), little did he know that he was creating an icon for thousands of girls across India.
2. Salman Khan: The stupid, lovely Prem
With Rajkumar Santoshi's Andaz Apna Apna, Khan became part of one of the most memorable cult comedies in the hearts of Bollywood lovers. The movie also starred Aamir Khan, Raveena Tandon and Karishma Kapoor.
3. Salman Khan, the hunk
Oh Oh Jaane Jaana from Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998) crowned him Bollywood's undisputed Shirtless Hunk who could make thousands of girls go weak-kneed.
4. Salman, the woman-beater
But then, he's also accused of many terrible things. Try convincing these fangirls about them and you know the power of the Salman Khan effect. His tumultous relationship with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan remains one of the most-talked-about controversies surrounding him. The romance began in 1999 when they were shooting for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, and their 'love life' ended in 2002 after Salman was accused of abusing Aishwarya Rai.
5. Salman, the killer
Khan ran over five people, killing one and injuring others on a Mumbai pavement in September 2002. He spent 17 days in jail. After years of hearing, Salman was convicted on Wednesday is likely to face upto ten years of imprisonment.
6. Salman: The intimidator?
Bollywood Vivek Oberoi stunned the industry in 2003 when he called a press conference and claimed that Salman Khan had abused and threatened to kill him as Vivek was close to Salman’s ex-girlfriend, Aishwarya Rai.
7. Salman Khan: The Hunter
He was convicted under the Wildlife Act in February 2006 for poaching a Chinkara in Jodhpur during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hain in September 1998. He was sentenced to one-year imprisonment and was slapped a fine of Rs. 5,000. Actor Saif Ali Khan too, was accused of the hunting.
8. Salman Khan: The mentor
Katrina Kaif met Salman in 2003 when she was a struggling model. Salman mentored her and got several plum film projects for the then aspiring actor. The two were in a relationship for a long time. In 2011, Katrina told a magazine that Salman was her first serious relationship. However, Katrina and Salman, too, drifted apart after there were reports of the Dabangg star thrashing Katrina.
9. Salman: Robinhood Pandey
Salman had made a comeback with films like Tere Naam (2003) and Wanted (2009) but Arbaaz Khan's home production Dabangg (2010) brought back the masala entertainer's cult following.
10. Salman Khan: The Bhai
In 2008, Salman and Shah Rukh Khan were engaged in an ugly, heated argument resulting in a physical fight at Salman’s then girlfriend and actor Katrina's birthday party at a restaurant in Mumbai and things were never the same. Ever since, the two actors have constantly been taking digs at each other, adding more fuel to the fire. But then just when everyone was certain that these two stalwart Khans could never make peace, the duo was seen getting friendly at an Iftaar party in Mumbai.