Salman Khan is one of the reigning Khans of Bollywood and also a brand in itself. He is known for good and not-so-good things. He is also called the ‘man with a heart of gold’ as he runs various charity organizations.
Salman Khan is the man who gave successful careers to many actresses. Some made it, and some just faded away. Some stole the limelight for a few days, and some are living in it. So we present you a list of actresses who owe their careers to Salman Khan for the limelight or the success in Bollywood.
1. Katrina Kaif
Born in Hong Kong to an Indian father and British mother, she traveled to various countries because of her mother’s social works. She came to India as a model and a negligible knowledge of Hindi. Her Hindi debut vehicle, Boom flopped badly and she was at crossroads, and here is where Salman stepped in.
She starred with him in Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya. That was the turning point in her life. After four hits in 2007 and various top endorsements in her kitty, she was counted among the successful Bollywood actresses. She broke up with Salman in 2010.
Now her career is all set and she has nothing to worry about, and yes, she got the handsome Kapoor boy, Ranbir Kapoor as her boyfriend. What more she would have wanted? Most probably, they will get married by the end of this year or next year! She will break many hearts when she will get married.
2. Sonakshi Sinha
The chubby-faced daughter of ‘shotgun’, Sonakshi had no idea to join Bollywood. A fashion designing student with a love for food, which showed in her huge figure, had never thought in her wildest dreams that Salman Khan will ask her to act in his film, Dabangg. The only condition he placed was weight loss.
Sona worked very hard and lost all that flab and now is one of the curvaceous actresses of Bollywood. Dabangg gave her the much-needed launch into Bollywood and gave her many commercially successful projects. I think Lootera was the film in which she acted very well. All thanks to Sallu Bhai!
I don’t know why people are after her fuller figure. Every girl can’t be stick thin, each body has got a beauty of its own. I love her curvaceous figure. She has curves in all the right places!
3. Daisy Shah
She used to work as an assistant choreographer for Ganesh Acharya. She worked in ad films, did modeling, and worked as a background dancer. Salman Khan brought this starlet into the limelight by making her the leading lady in his movie, Jai Ho. Jai Ho, her Hindi debut vehicle couldn’t do many wonders, but it gave her the launch she needed.
She is working in a couple of Telugu movies. She will be seen alongside Zarine Khan, Karan Singh Grover, and others in Hate Story 3. Let’s see how things work out for her. All the best Daisy!
4. Sneha Ullal
Well, well, well, the first thing which comes into mind is her uncanny resemblance to the former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Sneha is the friend of Salman’s little sister and he launched her in the movie Lucky: No time for Love. The movie failed at the box office and her dreams also came to an end.
She worked opposite Sohail Khan in the movie Aryan but that also didn’t work. She took a break from Bollywood and moved to Tollywood where she is best known for her roles in Ullasamga Utsahamga and Simha. Whether she will come back to Bollywood or not, I don’t know. She got married and is currently working in Tollywood.
5. Zarine Khan
Looks like, Salman Khan has a penchant for the look-alikes of his exes. He met Zarinw Khan on the sets of Yuvraj. He told her to lose the extra flab and he made her leading lady in the movie, Veer. The film was a flop and barely managed to cover the cost of its making. Zarine did a cameo in Ready but she was in news only for her uncanny resemblance to Katrina Kaif and her weight issues. She worked in Housefull 2, which was a hit, and in a couple of Tamil movies.
I heard that she and Daisy Shah are preparing for their roles in Hate Story 3 opposite Sharman Joshi. Sounds interesting! Let’s see what destiny has in store for her.
6. Somy Ali
A huge fan of Salman Khan, Somy Ali, moved from the US to Mumbai in the hope to meet him. Both of them met and Salman introduced her to Hindi Film Industry. He gave her the break in Anth. They became a couple and remained in a relationship for a long time. The relationship was the fodder for the gossip magazines back in the ’90s.
But Somy was not able to make her mark in Bollywood and the couple broke up. According to her, the excessive drinking habits of Sallu destroyed their relationship. In those times, Salman was the favorite child for the tabloids.
She left after her career went downhill. Recently, in her autobiography, she claimed that she was sexually assaulted when she was five. According to her, women will be motivated if she comes out in the open. Currently, she is managing an NGO which is supported by her ex-boyfriend, Salman Khan.
7. Jacqueline Fernandez
Former model, this Sri Lankan beauty made her debut in Bollywood through Aladin; the film tanked at the box office. Then she worked in films like Murder 2, Housefull 2, etc. which were hits. But the kick she needed in her career came through the Sallu-starrer, Kick. She starred in Roy after Kick, which was a hit.
Let’s see what are the future plans for Jacqueline. By the way, she dances very well. I loved her dance performances in award shows.
8. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
I know you all are surprised to see her name on this list but she is also one of those actresses who owe their careers to Salman Khan. The former Miss World made her mark through the movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. After that movie, the next thing in the tabloids was her relationship with Salman Khan.
They broke up after she claimed that Salman hit her. After that film and that relationship, Ash’s graph went only upwards. Now she is one of the most successful actresses in Bollywood.
Ash took a break from Bollywood after the birth of her daughter and was much criticized for her baby weight. Come on guys, give her a break! She is a woman after all. Now, she is back to her old figure and is preparing for a comeback.