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Wanted anniversary: What has changed in Salman Khan and Bollywood in 7 years?


The Prabhu Deva film started a trend of hero-oriented masala entertainers with south films style action in 2009. 

Keyur Seta

Salman Khan is currently having the time of his career. His position as the box-office king was reconfirmed earlier this year with the phenomenal success of Ali Abbas Zafar’s Sultan, where his performance too was lauded. Needless to say, his upcoming films are awaited with bated breath. 

But the Bajrangi Bhaijaan actor once went through a prolonged rough patch. It lasted from 2003 to 2009. During this time, though his films Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), No Entry (2005) and Partner (2007) did well, none of the movies where he played the solo lead worked at the box-office. 

Khan finally tasted success as a single hero after a long time with Prabhu Deva's Wanted in 2009. The last time this happened was in 2003 with Satish Kaushik’s Tere Naam. The film, which was the official remake of the Telugu hit, Pokiri, also marked Prabhu Deva’s Hindi film debut as a director. 

But the significance of the film doesn’t end here. No, this is not the film that started the unbeatable period for Khan, which a lot of people wrongly believe. He starred in three back-to-back flops after this one — Main Aur Mrs Khanna (2009), London Dreams (2009) and Veer (2010). 

Wanted was the film that started the trend of hero-oriented masala entertainers with south films style action. Generally, Dabangg is credited for the same, but in reality this honour belongs to Wanted. Apart from the Abhinav Kashyap film, Rohit Shetty’s Singham (2011), Prabhu Deva’s Rowdy Rathore (2012) and R… Rajkumar (2013) are some notable examples that continued the trend. 

But over the years, the fad subsided slowly. This can be said about Khan's choice of films too. From hardcore no-brainers, he has now moved on to more sensible subjects, which can be seen in the two of his last three films — Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) and Sultan (2016). The same is expected from his forthcoming releases, Tubelight (2017) and Tiger Zinda Hai (2017).