Salman Khan’s Top 10 Performances

Article by Abhishek Sharma

Salman Khan made his debut about 2 and half decades ago in Biwi Ho To Aisi, where he had a supporting role to play. Since then, he has featured in more than 75 films (including special appearances). His acting talent has always been under-rated, but what you simply cannot argue, is the fact that he is one of the most successful superstars India has ever seen.

Here is my list of Salman Khan’s Top 10 Performances

Tere Naam

1. Tere Naam: Salman put his heart-n-soul into the character of Radhey Mohan in Tere Naam. The movie came at a time when his career was quickly sliding and brought him back into reckoning. Although the film wasn’t one his biggest hits commercially, it remains his most liked and acclaimed performance.



2. Dabangg: It was a close call between Dabangg and Tere Naam as Salman lived the character of Chulbul Pandey to the fullest. Humor, Anger, Romance.. it was a prefect blend of every emotion. The commercial success of Dabangg was also the turning point of his career after a prolonged lean patch.


Hum Aapke Hain Kaun

3. Hum Aapke Hain Kaun: These kind of boy-next-door roles are actually very tough to enact because there is a very thin line, which if crossed might look pretty awkward or unconvincing on screen (like Hrithik Roshan in Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon). But Salman played the iconic character of Prem with ease and looked every bit the character.


Judwaa4. Judwaa: This was the movie that started his partnership with David Dhawan and they both went on to work in several hits over the last decade. Both the characters – Tapori Raja and the nice guy Prem – were poles apart from each other. And Salman was at his best here. Unfortunately, he won’t be a part of the sequel.


Maine Pyar Kiya5. Maine Pyaar Kiya: This is were it all started for Salman Khan. Under Sooraj Barjatya’s brilliant direction, Salman was raw and lovable. Considering the fact that this movie was only his 2nd release, his performance was superb. He fitted the role to the T and Maine Pyaar Kiya made him an overnight superstar.


Wanted6. Wanted: Salman looked at ease with action in the remake of Pokkiri and played both the rowdy as well as the officer’s part very well. Action scenes were brilliantly done. Although Wanted wasn’t as successful as Dabangg, it started the trend of south remakes and action entertainers in Bollywood (along with Aamir’s Ghajini of course)


Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam7. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam: This movie boasts of some power packed performances by all it’s lead stars – Ajay Devgan and Aishwarya Rai were terrific, but Salman was a stand-out. His chemistry with Aishwarya was electrifying, arguably the best he has shared with any of his leading ladies. The off-screen relationship that the two shared during the time, translated into beautiful chemistry on screen.


Biwi No.18. Biwi No. 1: The portrayal of a infidel husband, caught between his loyal wife and an attractive girlfriend, with elements of comedy was done perfectly by Salman in this David Dhawan directed entertainer. The movie went on to become the biggest hit of the year.



Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai9. Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai: Salman played the role of a brat and then a responsible father with utmost conviction. The character was tailor made for him and left a lasting impression. The Deepak Sareen directed film also featured Twinkle Khanna.



Jaan-E-Mann 10. Jaan-e-Mann: This is one of my personal favorites, simply because it didn’t do too well at the box-office. I still wonder why the movie failed to make a mark, but for me this is one of the best emotional performances by Salman, ever!



So there it is, that’s my list of Salman Khan’s Best 10 performances. More than the film’s popularity and success, the list is based on his on-screen histrionics, which is the reason why some of his biggest hits are ranked lower. Also I pondered a lot but found it hard to include Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Andaz Apna Apna, Karan Arjun, No Entry, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi or Saajan as these movies had some solid performances by his other male co-stars.

Some of his other noteworthy performances that didn’t make it to the Top 10 list were Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, Khamoshi , Pyaar Kiya to Darna Kya and Garv.

Do give your views and your own Top 10 list. Any other performance which you consider was worthy enough to make it to the list?



  • 1. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

    2. Dabangg

    3. Tere Naam

    4. Maine Pyar Kiya

    5. Ek Tha Tiger

    6. Hum Aapke Hey Kaun

    7. Biwi No 1

    8. BodyGuard

    9. Pyar Kiya to Darna Keya

    10. Wanted

  • Agreed, Tere Naam was one of Salman’s best performances. But I also liked his performance in Kyon Ki and London Dreams… still don’t understand why these movies flopped and something like Ready became such a hit. Salman is at his best when he is in a comic role or an action role, provided he doesn’t overdo it, but every once in a while he can deliver a great emotional role as well, such as in Tere Naam and in Jaan-e-mann. I appreciate his style of romancing as well; it’s not intense like Shahrukh’s (which is great for Shahrukh, he’s brilliant in romantic roles!), but it’s lighthearted and fun. And last but not least… no one can dance like Salman! It’s not perfect like the way Hrithik or Shahid dances, but again, it’s fun, it’s different, it’s his own original style! Wanted showcases all these characteristics of Salman (action, lighthearted romance, comic timing, memorable dance steps), which is why Wanted is one of my most favourite movies of Salman Khan. Here’s my top 20 (couldn’t cram them all in 10), however, in random order, because the most favourite one keeps changing depending on my mood (although the top 10 definitely has the recent more favourite ones). ;)

    1. Wanted (although, his hairstyle kept changing…)
    2. Tere Naam (hated his hairstyle, though!)
    3. Kyon Ki (his portrayal of a mad man was fantastic)
    4. Lucky (because of the chemistry between him and Mithun, plus he looked absolutely hot!)
    5. London Dreams (great performance as an addict)
    6. Dabangg (hated the moustache! But otherwise fantastic movie!)
    7. No Entry (can’t wait for the sequel!)
    8. Ek Tha Tiger (entertaining and thrilling)
    9. Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (admittedly Akshay was brilliant as well; their chemistry worked)
    10. Maine Pyar Kyon Kiya (funny, plus he looked so handsome!)
    11. Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa (the chemistry between Preity and Salman was wonderful)
    12. Biwi No. 1 (Karishma should be paired with him again; she looked better with him than Kareena)
    13. Hum Aap Ke Hain Kaun (would love to see Madhuri and Salman work together again… A sequel?)
    14. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (Ajay Devgan was fantastic, in fact he was even better than Salman…)
    15. Andaz Apna Apna (where is the sequel!! Amazingly funny!)
    16. Judwaa (awesome portrayal of both characters)
    17. Chal Mere Bhai (loved the obvious brotherly love between him and Sanjay Dutt)
    18. Jab Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya (lovely pairing with Kajol, funny hostile moments with Arbaaz)
    19. God Tussi Great Ho (funny rivalry between him and Sohail)
    20. Karan Arjun (he was better than Shahrukh, that’s for sure!)

    Bodyguard was also nice, but not one of his best… but I can’t get enough of the song Teri Meri Prem Kahani. Some other beautiful, unforgettable songs from Salman’s movies are: Surili Ankhiyon Wale (Veer), Tu Muskura (Yuvvraaj), Tere Mast Mast Do Nain (Dabangg)… And the latest on the list of most favourite romantic songs from Salman Khan movies is Ek Tha Tiger’s Saiyaara! :)

    3-KYON KI
    4-N0 ENTRY

    3-KYON KI
    4-N0 ENTRY

  • T0P 10 OF SALMAN-
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    7-JUST L0VE ME

  • I agree that salman ignored his acting skills. But whenever he worked with good directors he delivered the best like maine pyar kiya, HAHK, hum dil de chuke sanam, tere naam, wanted, dabangg etc. No doubt Aamir & Srk are finest actors ever bollywood have. Salman done well with average scripts but it wasn’t the case in srk & aamir.both of them need good scripts then only they find success but it wasn’t the case about salman. Now these days salman ruling box office like anything. He is a good actor, best physic, & more important is good human being. SRK is too egoiest for which he is paying now. Aamir is also very good human being.

  • top 7 bollywood acters 2012
    1 salman khan is the best acter for dabbang 2, ek tha tiger
    2 shahrukh khan jab tk hai jaan
    3 aamir khan talash
    4 ranbir kapoor barfii
    5 ajay devgun son of sardar
    6 hirithik roshan agneepath
    7 emraan hashmi raaz 3 & jannat 2

  • The only movie where Salman acted is Tere Naam, Hum Apke Hain Kaun can also be considerred. He is definitely a star but not a good actor.

  • My list for top 10 performance of Salman Khan (till 2016):

    1. Tere Naam – Nothing and no movie is gonna replace this performance. Simply raw and amazing

    2. Bajrangi Bhaijaan

    3. Veergati / Dabangg

    4. Jab Pyaar kisi se Hota Hai

    5. Hum aapke hain kaun

    6. Sultan

    7. Maine Pyaar Kiya

    8. Kyun ki

    9. Wanted

    10. Judwaa

  • 1. HAHK 2.B.BHAIJAAN ,3.TERE NAAM 4. SULTAN 5.DABANGG 6.MAINE PYAR KIYA 7.WANTED 8.ANDAZ APNA APNA 9.JUDWAA 10.SAAJAN.No movie can replace Hahk can change because of its likeability and believable nature of the role .Salman himself cannot emulate it in HSSH and PRDP and other movies of similar type so far and will never be .

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