Celebrating Salman Khan: Revisiting the Superstar’s Box Office Hits this Eid

As the crescent moon ushers in the auspicious occasion of Eid, Bollywood buffs often look forward to a festive bonanza—traditionally served by none other than the charismatic Salman Khan. For over a decade, Salman Khan has been synonymous with Eid releases, sharing his action-packed blockbusters as a treat for his devout fans. However, Eid 2024 marks a departure from this cherished custom, as his legion of followers won’t be graced with a new release. Instead, cinema marquees will showcase the talents of Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff in ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan,’ and Ajay Devgn in ‘Maidaan’—films anticipated to dominate this year’s holiday screens.

Yet, there is a silver lining for those devoted to Bollywood’s beloved ‘Bhaijaan.’ Salman Khan has made a triumphant announcement for 2025, promising the thrilling venture ‘Sikandar,’ directed by the accomplished AR Murugadoss. This eagerly awaited proclamation teases what could be yet another tour de force in the actor’s illustrious career.

For now, Salman Khan aficionados can indulge in a nostalgic journey through his cinematic universe. The actor’s passion for embodying diverse characters has led to an impressive treasure trove of hits that have become Eid staples.

2009’s ‘Wanted,’ directed by the choreographer-turned-director Prabhu Deva, established a new phase in Salman’s career. Here, he essayed the role of Radhe, an undercover cop who infiltrates the underworld to wipe out criminal elements. Joined by Prakash Raj and Ayesha Takia, the film was a paradigm shift for action films in Bollywood.

The following year, Salman introduced fans to the endearing and fearless cop ‘Chulbul Pandey’ in the blockbuster ‘Dabangg.’ The film offered a glimpse into the protagonist’s earlier life and his metamorphosis into a dauntless law enforcer. The chemistry with Sonakshi Sinha and the familial ties with brother Arbaaz Khan added layers to this commercially and critically acclaimed hit.

2012 saw Salman Khan stepping into the shoes of ‘Tiger,’ a R&AW agent in ‘Ek Tha Tiger.’ This film, the inaugural chapter of YRF’s Spy Universe, saw Tiger partnering with Zoya (Katrina Kaif) as they unite against a common enemy—terrorism. The movie’s espionage-thriller dynamics won hearts and established a successful franchise.

‘Ek Tha Tiger’ was followed by ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ in 2015, where Salman’s portrayal of Pavan, a Hanuman devotee, touched the core of human emotions. This cross-border saga centered on reuniting a lost mute girl, Munni, with her family in Pakistan. The narrative’s blend of empathy and humanity, coupled with a poignant performance by Harshaali Malhotra and strong supporting roles by Kareena Kapoor Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, earned the film a National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

In 2016, Salman Khan graced the silver screen with ‘Sultan.’ This sports drama, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, delved into the life of a washed-up wrestler grappling with personal loss and rediscovery. Starring opposite Anushka Sharma, Salman’s portrayal of Sultan Ali Khan illustrated the trials and tribulations of an athlete aiming for redemption.

In a turn towards romantic drama, ‘Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan’ presents Salman Khan as a bachelor turned peacemaker, wrestling with love and non-violence. The film boasts an ensemble cast, including the likes of Ram Charan and Pooja Hegde, and probes themes of love triumphing over rivalry.

As we await the Eid of 2025 and the release of ‘Sikandar,’ let us immerse ourselves in the quintessential Salman Khan experience by revisiting these timeless classics. Each film encapsulates an element of Salman Khan’s versatility as an actor—whether it’s the bone-crunching action of ‘Wanted,’ the style and swagger of ‘Dabangg,’ the cloak-and-dagger thrills of ‘Ek Tha Tiger,’ the heartfelt story of ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan,’ the combat sports of ‘Sultan,’ or the romantic entanglements of ‘Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan.’

This Eid may be a departure from tradition, but Salman Khan’s legacy of Eid hits continues to sparkle—an enduring gift that keeps on giving, masterfully intertwined with the festive spirit of joy and celebration.

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