Salman Khan - Bollywood's answer to Rajinikanth?
The superstar primarily of South India - Rajinikanth, has a major fan following all over India. There is none like the man himself and his effect on the box office is unbelievable. Bollywood has never really had a stable "box office lucky" actor till date. But with Salman Khan's recent stint at the box office, we might have to re consider.
The last few releases of Salman Khan have gone onto create box office records. One even won the National Award! Though he has given a no.of hit even before this, it is the "masala entertainer" avatar that the audiences have grown to love. The critics haven't been too easy on this Khan but his loyal supporters and fans have ensured that the critics do not spoil the party for Salman. This pattern almost resembles the pattern of Rajinikanth's relationship with the box office.
With all due respect, there is no comparison to this mega star's success. But truth be told, Rajinikanth's films have hardly been accepted by critics. There has been a few movies where his performance has been spoken about but it then reached a point where anything he did was a style statement. Even though his antics are almost always difficult to believe, it is those very antics that has the audiences world over going ga ga over him.
Salman Khan is now in a phase similar to that. When he did play some high intensity, meaningful roles, there was just a few section of the audiences that accepted it. The critics still had their share to say. But now, Salman's loyal fans have decided to support the star in full force in all his ventures and by the looks of it, Salman has in turn decided to give his fans what they need instead of trying to please the critics.
It is difficult to remember the last time a actor had a run of this sort at the box office. Maybe he is just plain lucky or maybe hos hard work is finally paying off. But for now, whatever Salman Khan touches is making crores of money and the fans are loving this avatar of their star. If you want any more proof of it, here are a couple of videos portraying the "Salman mania"!
So whose complaining then?