The Women Who Were Launched by Salman Khan
Salman Khan has launched as many as 11 actresses in his career. We take a look.
Not every actor in Bollywood is like Rishi Kapoor. The veteran actor, who is one of the best in the industry today, has launched as many as 20 actresses in his long and illustrious career.
But Salman Khan has launched many heroines as well.
His latest film Jai Ho sees newcomer Daisy Shah kickstart her career.
We look back at actresses, who were launched by Salman.
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Image: Salman Khan and Daisy Shah in Jai Ho
Bhagyashree - Maine Pyaar Kiya (1989)
Director Sooraj Barjatya launched Bhagyashree in Maine Pyaar Kiya. This was also Salman's launch as a leading hero.
After the film's blockbuster success, Bhagyashree decided only to act opposite her husband, Himalaya. She hasn't had a Bollywood hit since.
Her last release was Red Alert: The War Within (2009) where she played a cameo.
Image: Salman Khan and Bhagyashree in Maine Pyaar Kiya
Nagma - Baaghi (1990)
Nagma began her Bollywood career with Salman Khan in Baaghi.
The film was a decent success and Nagma was appreciated for her performance as the innocent girl thrust into the flesh trade.
Her only decent Bollywood success after that was Suhaag, though she did well in the south.
Her last release was the Bhojpuri film Gangotri (2007).
Image: Movie poster of Baaghi
Ayesha Jhulka - Kurbaan (1991)
She had the best possible start with films opposite Salman Khan (Kurbaan), Aamir Khan (Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar), Akshay Kumar (Khiladi), Ajay Devgn (Sangram) and Govinda (Ekka Raja Rani).
Ayesha was playing in the top league, but unfortunately, she blew it all away.
Her career came to a sliding halt and she was last seen playing the mother in the long delayed Ada (2010).
Image: Ayesha Jhulka and Salman Khan in Kurbaan
Chandni - Sanam Bewafa (1991)
As Sawan Kumar's leading lady, Chandni benefited from being presented quite well on screen.
Her pairing opposite Salman Khan in Sanam Bewafa was appreciated, but that didn't jump-start her career.
Despite a couple of films with Akshay Kumar, she struggled to keep herself afloat.
She was last seen in a little known film called Hahakaar (1996).
Image: Salman Khan and Chandni in Sanam Bewafa
Revathi - Love (1991)
Revathi had done quite a few films down south before making her Bollywood debut.
Though Love had an average run at the box office, her performance was appreciated.
She didn't have a single Bollywood success, but her career blossomed down South.
Later, Salman Khan acted as an HIV+ patient in Revathy's critically acclaimed directorial venture Phir Milenge (2004).
Image: Salman Khan and Revathi in Love
Raveena Tandon - Patthar Ke Phool (1991)
Of all the heroines who started their career cast opposite Salman Khan, the only one who managed to build on this platform was Raveena Tandon.
She impressed with her spunk in Patthar Ke Phool, which was a decent (if not a runaway) success.
Raveena went on to deliver many more hits. With over 80 films behind her, Raveena was last seen in Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap (2011).
Image: Raveena Tandon and Salman Khan in Patthar Ke Phool
Bhoomika Chawla - Tere Naam (2003)
Just like Nagma, Bhoomika couldn't find her footing in Bollywood after an impressive start in Tere Naam.
She was the only newcomer (she had worked in the south, though) with whom Salman had consented to work 12 years after Raveena Tandon’s debut.
Image: Salman Khan and Bhoomika Chawla in Tere Naam
Sneha Ullal - Lucky: No Time for Love (2005)
Her striking resemblance to Aishwarya Rai was the most noticeable thing about Sneha Ullal. Still, she did play her part well in Lucky: No Time for Love.
The film was a decent success, courtesy super-hit songs and some exotic locales.
Sneha's career didn't go anywhere, though, and her last film was the forgettable It's Rocking: Dard-E-Disco (2012).
Image: Salman Khan and Sneha Ullal in Lucky: No Time for Love
Zarine Khan - Veer (2010)
Zarine Khan, who resembles Katrina Kaif, played the princess in Veer and did reasonably well.
She acted in the box office success Housefull 2.
Her next film is Amar Must Die, with Rajeev Khandelwal.
Image: Salman and Zarine Khan in Veer
Sonakshi Sinha - Dabangg (2010)
A Salman Khan discovery who has been consistently successful is Sonakshi Sinha.
And she hasn't looked back after their blockbuster film Dabangg.
She is currently working with everyone from Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn to Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor and Imran Khan.
Image: Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha in Dabangg