Shahrukh Khan is the true King Khan of Bollywood. Its Aamir Khan who is the Ace Khan. Salman Khan steals the show with one big blockbuster after the other. For past 20 years, the top 3 slots of Indian film industry have been held securely by these three khans and they are often called as Khan Trika of Bollywood. The question which remains unanswered is: Who is the true king Khan of Bollywood? Who is the true ruler of Indian film industry? Here is a comparison of the three Khans from Bollywood.
Aamir Khan comes from a film maker family and has worked as a child artist in movies like “Yaadon ki Barat”. His debut as male lead was with 1988 superhit “Qayamat se qayamat tk”. With this movie’s release Aamir became a heartthrob literally overnight. This movie also was his fist with Juhi Chawla, with whom he starred in many other hit movies too. Aamir Khan delivered hits like Dil, Dil hai ke Manta nahin and Jo Jeeta wohi sikender in next few years. With each new hit he established himself as a better than before actor. In next 4-6 years Aamir did some masala movies too. His super hit movies like Hum hein rahi pyar k (1993) and Andaz Apna Apna (1994) further established his already successful career. Things however matured and improved for Aamir Khan in and after 1995, as from there on Aamir Khan has done very selected movies, almost all with both critical acclaim and box office success. Rangeela (1995), Raja Hindustani (1996), Ishq (1997), Ghulam (1998), Sarfarosh (1999), Earth (1999), Lagaan (2001), Dil Chahta hai (2001), Rang de Basanti (2006), Taare Zameen Pr (2007), Gajini (2008) and 3 idiots (2009) are among his best movies. Both Ghajini and 3 idiots grossed more than 300 crores on the box office making this movies the biggest hits of Indian cinema ever. Aamir Khan has broken his own box office records through smashing hits like Dhoom 3 and PK. Aamir has is probably the most versatile actor from Indian film industry after Amitabh Bachchan. Since 1995, Aamir’s success ratio has been around 80%; that is, every 4 of his 5 released films are box office hits.
Salman Khan is loved by Indian movie fans for his well built physique and his beautiful eyes. His career in Bollywood as a leading actor has seen continuous highs and lows; the thing however is- his highs are higher than others, and lows are lower. Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) was his second film which became a blockbuster, making Salman Khan a mega star overnight. After his blockbuster love story Salman Khan delivered 7 hits in a row including Pathar k Phool (1991) and Sajan (1991). After this initial success Salman Khan’s box office magic slowed down. In 1993 when his movies with star actresses like Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit flopped, he was considered by many as total washout. 1994 proved to be a very good year for Salman Khan when with one all time blockbuster “Hum Aap ke hein kaun” and a huge superhit “Andaz Apna Apna” he reestablished himself. Karan Arjun was a box office hit again in 1994, which further strengthened him. The next couple of years were slow for Salman Khan again. His box office grip again became better in 1998 with “Kuch kuch hota hai” and “Pyar kiya to darna kya”. 1999 Karishma Kapoor starrer “Biwi number 1″ was also a big hit so was “Hum Dil De Chukey Sanam”. From 1999 to 2003 Salman Khan again faced a low period where none of his movies worked on the box office. He came back to the lime light with a bang in 2003 movie “Tere Naam”. Some hit movies after Tere Naam include Meine Pyar Kyon kiya (2005), No Entry (2005) and Partner (2007). The best phase so far in Salman Khan’s career started with “Wanted” (2009) which was a big hit. With Dabang (2010) Salman Khan started his spree of 100 crore movies. Ready (2011), Body guard (2011) and Ek tha Tiger (2012) all grossed more than 100 crores on the box office. Kick (2014) has again shattered some box office records. Salu bhai as he is frequently called by his friends and fans is at the highest of his career highs in 2012.
Bollywood ka Baadshash-Shahrukh Khan. That’s what Shahrukh is usually called as. Where Aamir Khan’s great film selection and acting skills have done it for him and Salman Khan has cashed in on his looks and physique, Shahrukh Khan has the charisma. He is the box office king. His first movie Deewana (1992) was a hit which was followed by a few flops. His big break came with the big super hit Baazigar (1993) where he played a crazy lover boy against Kajol. Darr (1993), Anjam (1994) and Karan Arjun (1994) established him as a super star. His rise to the top slot however came with the mega hit Dil Wale Dulhaniya Le jaen gai (1995) against Kajol yet again. Pardes (1997) Dil to pagal hai (1997) and especially Kuch Kuch hota hai (1998) established him as the number 1 hero of Bollywood. However, critical acclaim came to him later with movies like Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001), Devdas (2002), Kal ho na ho (2003), Main Hon na (2004) and Veer Zara (2004). His super stardom was further established by Chak de India (2007), Om Shanti Om (2007) and Rab ne bna de jori (2008). My Name is Khan (2010) is considered to be one of his best movies so far. Though his movie Don 2 (2011) is an international hit, his top slot as box office winner is challenged by Aamir’s back to back 300 crore movies and Salman’s 4 back to back 100 crore movies. Shahrukh Khan has delivered box office smashing hits Chennai Express (2013) and Happy New Year (2014).
All 3 of these Khans have held their top positions firmly over the years. It is for you to decide who the real king khan is.