He's 'wanted' by all and 'ready' for anything. As the Chulbul 'Dabangg' inspector turns 47, we list 10 reasons that give Salman Khan iconic status in Bollywood.
Find one Bollywood fan who does not remember Salman's towel dance in the song 'Jeene ke hain Chaar din', his gyrations in 'Oo Oo Jaane Jaana' or his latest belt move from 'Dabangg'.
Long before the newbies flashed their chiselled, hairless bodies, Salman Khan gave 'shirtlessness' an identity of its own.
His dialogue delivery has a fan following of its own! How many of us haven't heard a casual conversation filmed up by, "Ek baar joh maine committment kar di...uske baad toh main khud ki bhi nahi sunta"!
He played 'Godfather' to many sexy starlets in Bollywood, from Ash look-alike Sneha Ullal to Katrina Kaif and Zarine Khan.
He made Aviator sunglasses, hanging on your shirt collar, the coolest thing since taking the shirt off.
With 'Ready', 'Wanted', the 'Dabangg' series and other Eid blockbusters, he made 'being Salman' as the mantra of his success. Every Salman flick is a money spinner just because it has ‘the star’ in it.
He has a reputation for saying the wrong thing...and always getting away with it.
Other than Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the actor is on good terms with all his ex- girlfriends. And there are quite a few.
His unpredictable behavior has even the best of interviewers tactfully asking questions.
He has 'pungas' with some big names in Bollywood but his mass popularity still makes B-towners sign his films.