Post the success of Salman Khan’s latest Hindi film ‘Bodyguard’, trade circles in Mumbai have started describing the 45-year old star as the ‘Rajinikanth’ of Bollywood. Salman, undoubtedly the most ‘eligible bachelor’ in the country despite his age hovering around the mid-forties, has been having a grand time at the box-office for the past few years.
For the past three years, Salman has had a new film of him releasing regularly on the eve of Ramzan; it was ‘Wanted’ in 2009, ‘Dabbang’ in 2010 and ‘Bodyguard’ in 2011. All the three films have successively succeeded at the box-office in a big way. In particular, ‘Bodyguard’ (the Hindi remake of the Malayalam film ‘Bodyguard’- remade in Tamil as Kaavalan’) has been breaking many box-office records.
Within 5 days of its release, the film reportedly raked in a cool Rs.100 crores, which is a new record as far as Hindi films are concerned. Trade pundits were quick in showering on Salman, who has been admitted to a Hospital in U.S. for treatment of his jaw, as the ‘Rajinikanth’ of Bollywood in terms of box-office success and having masses as fans.
Trade expert Komal Nanda says that ‘Bodyguard’ continues to fill the coffers at the box-office, which is proof enough of Salman’s ever-growing popularity. Another expert Sanjay Ghai has said that for the first time in many decades, a film has been doing well equally at all the centres (A, B & C). Like Kollywood’s ever-green superstar Rajinikanth, Salman too has many die-hard fans who have been patronizing his films very well indeed.