SALMAN KHAN: Hail Bollywood's new king!
By Hindustan Times
Salman, Shah Rukh and Aamir have been indomitable rulers of Bollywood for years now. Their unique traits and styles have turned millions of people into their diehard fans. While SRK and Aamir are titled King Khan and Mr Perfectionist respectively, Salman's fans call him Dabangg Khan or Tiger Salman after his superhit films.
This Khan has turned tables Salmanwards with his latest film Ek Tha Tiger. After making the fastest Rs. 100 crore at the Indian box office, ETT is expected to cross the 200 crore mark. It has already garnered Rs. 210 crore if we count overseas collections as well. With Salmania at its peak, we ran a poll to see if he's the biggest Khan right now.
At the time of publishing this story, with more than 73% of votes in his favour, Salman Khan emerges as the unbeatable king of Bollywood as far as this opinion poll is concerned. Aamir and SRK have received around 13% votes each. Saif Ali Khan, who is rising slowly to make it to the Khan league, has got a handful of votes.
Salman Khan has given back-to-back four hits, all making it to the fancy 100 crore club. Salman has been the flavour of several seasons by now and our poll results have declared him the new king of B-Town.
Ek Tha Tiger (2012)
Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif
Director: Kabir Khan
Indian Collection: Rs. 177 crore (August 15-27)
Plot: RAW agent Tiger is on a mission to retrieve information from a scientist in Dublin.
Cast: Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor
Indian Collection: Rs. 145 crore
Plot: The daughter of a wealthy nobleman secretly falls in love with her bodyguard.
Cast: Salman Khan, Asin
Director: Anees Bazmee
Indian Collection: Around Rs. 122 crore
Plot: A case of mistaken identity leads to love and a man and his family concoct a grand scheme to win over a woman and her greedy conniving uncles.
Cast: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha
Director: Abhinav Kashyap
Indian Collection: Rs. 143 crore
Plot: A corrupt police officer faces challenges from his family, gangsters and politicians.
Upcoming films: Dabangg 2, Sher Khan
SHAH RUKH KHAN
King Khan is facing tough competition from his arch rival Salman Khan who is busy giving superhits. However, SRK is expected to reaffirm is place in the industry with Yash Chopra's next, which is a Diwali release.
Don 2 (2011)
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra
Director: Farhan Akhtar
Indian Collection: Rs. 110 crore
Plot: An international gangster turns himself in, then dramatically escapes - only to face treachery and betrayal.
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor
Director: Anubhav Sinha
Indian Collection: Rs. 115 crore
Plot: A video game developer's world spirals out of control when his shape-shifting indestructible virtual creation becomes real.
My Name Is Khan (2010)
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol
Director: Karan Johar
Indian Collection: Rs. 82.51 crore
Plot: An Indian Muslim man with Asperger's syndrome takes a challenge to speak to the President seriously, and embarks on a cross-country journey.
Upcoming films: Yash Chopra Romance, Chennai Express, Happy New Year
Aamir Khan inaugurated the 100 crore club with Ghajini in 2008. His last hit 3 Idiots was three years back and hence, the votes show a downward trend in his star status. Nevertheless, with interesting films in his kitty he will surely catch up.
3 Idiots (2009)
Cast: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R Madhavan, Sharman Joshi
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Indian Collection: Rs. 202 crore
Plot: Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently.
Cast: Aamir Khan, Asin
Director: AR Murugadoss
Indian Collection: Rs. 115 crore
Plot: A man, suffering from short-term memory loss, uses notes, tattoos and photos to hunt down his girlfriend's killer.
Taare Zameen Par (2007)
Cast: Aamir Khan, Darsheel Safary
Director: Aamir Khan
Indian Collection: Rs. 62.5 crore
Plot: An eight year old boy is thought to be lazy and a troublemaker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school.
Upcoming films: Talaash, Dhoom 3: Back in Action
SAIF ALI KHAN
Recent success of Cocktail is a stamp on Saif Ali Khan's popularity but this Khan still has a long way to go.
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Diana Penty
Director: Homi Adajania
Indian Collection: Rs. 76 crore
Plot: A love triangle between a guy and two girls, who are best friends but the complete opposite of one another.
Love Aaj Kal (2009)
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone
Director: Imtiaz Ali
Indian Collection: Rs. 66 crore
Plot: An old-fashioned romantic tells his personal love story to a modern man who has just broken up with his girlfriend. Has love really ever changed?
Upcoming films: Race 2, Go Goa Gone