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The Khans of Bollywood

Introducing the only folks in the Indian Film Industry (Bollywood) who really matter “The KHANS” Shahrukh, Aamir, Salman, Saif Ali Khan not a day goes by in Bollywood without the mention of one of these names. They rule Bollywood bringing in the highest Box Office collections everywhere they go. Each an accomplished actor in their own right, they have an endless list of movie titles to their name. So which one of these stars the real King Khan.. I’ll let you decide.

Shahrukh Khan

This Delhi born boy of Pathan origin has ruled Indian cinema after Amitabh Bachchan. Also known as “King Khan,” Shahrukh started his career as a TV serial actor. His first movie, Deewana was released in1992. In this movie, he played the character of an obsessive lover. This movie with the then most popular actress of Hindi cinema Divya Bharti was a great success.

In his next few films Baazigar, Darr, he stuck to the same type of character and these movies were very successful as well. In 1995, Shahrukh appeared in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, a movie produced by Yash Chopra. The movie created a huge wave around India. Then movies like: Dil to Pagal Hai , Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Mohabbatein, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kal Ho Naa Ho and Veer-Zaara, Main hoon na and more recently Chak de India and Om Shanti Om has made Shahrukh one of the most successful actors of Bollywood.

Aamir Khan

The 90’s Bollywood is the history of the three Khans: Shahrukh, Salman and Aamir. Aamir was born to a film family,His father Tahir Hussain is a producer; his uncle Nasir Hussain was a director. He has acted in a few films directed by his cousin Mansoor Khan. He is the brother of Faisal Khan, with whom he acted in the 2000 film Mela.

Aamir began his career as a child-actor in the film Yaadon Ki Baraat (1973), when he was eight years old. Then at the age of 23, he appeared in his first movie Qayamat se Qayamat Tak. The film was directed by his uncle, Nasir Hussain. The film was a big hit and turned Aamir into a major heart throb. Since then, he didn’t have to look back. Movies like Dil, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, Andaz Apna Apna, Rangeela, Raja Hindustani, Ishq, Ghulam, Sarfarosh turned Amir into a top actor of Bollywood. As a producer, his first film Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India, was the highest grossing film of 2001. The movie was even got nomination for Oscar’s best Foreign Language film. He turned Director with his latest venture Taare Zameen Par. Time magazine refers to him as the Indian ‘Sean Penn’.

Salman Khan

Often known as Bollywood’s Bad boy, his knack of walking into trouble has overshadowed people’s perception of him as an actor.Salman Khan is a figure who loved by lots of people and equally hated by lot.

Born to Salim Khan, a famous screen writer, Salman got his first movie in 1988 Biwi Ho To Aisi. In that movie, he played a supporting role. His big break came in 1989. Maine Pyar Kiya, produced by Rajshri Productions was one of the highest grossing Hindi films. It was Salman’s first movie as a lead character. From there he became the heart throb of Indian cinema who frequently gets rid of his T-Shirt in his films to show his muscles.

In 1994, again he did Hum Apke Hai Kaun with Rajshri Productions and this movie was a block buster. Hum Apke Hai Kaun is one of the all time highest grossing films in Bollywood. Some of his major hit films are: Saajan, Sanam Bewafa, Karan Arjun, Pyar Kiya To Darna Kiya, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and of late Partner and Hello.

Saif Ali Khan

Chote Nawab, as he is generally known Saif is the son of famous actress Sharmila Tagore and cricket legend Mansoor Ali Khan, Saif Ali wasn’t sure, growing up, whether he wanted to be a cricketer or a thespian. Up until a few years, many would have said he’d chosen wrong.

Saif made his debut in 1992 with Parampara. He had his major success with the 1994 films Main Khiladi Tu Anari and Yeh Dillagi. However, his acting career thereafter went through a relative slump until 2001, when he was cast in Farhan Akhtar’s hit film, Dil Chahta Hai. The success of this film firmly established Saif as one of the industry’s most bankable stars. He followed it up with memorable performances as a comic eligible bachelor in Kal Ho Naa Ho, a manipulative gangster in Ek Hasina Thi, and a light-hearted cartoonist in Hum Tum. His performance in Hum Tum won him the National Film Award for Best Actor. These commercial successes were followed by critically acclaimed performances in Parineeta and Salaam Namaste, both of which were also hits in India and overseas.