Salman Khan is known to be the most bankable star in Bollywood. There was a time when a movie with Salman in it was sure to do a business of 100 crore or more. However, 2018 was different. Along with other Khans – Shah Rukh and Aamir – Salman too had to suffer a Race 3. Interestingly, despite the critical bashing it received, Race 3 is perceived to be a hit primarily because of the huge opening it got. That is the power of Salman. Of course the same goes for Shah Rukh and Aamir as well though both of them received severe setbacks in 2018. Shah Rukh’s Zero was a below-average performer was Aamir’s Thugs of Hindostan was a flop.
Salman may well make a huge comeback with Bharat but his box office record wasn’t always so humongous. There was a time when Salman Khan couldn't deliver solo hits for a long time.
Salman’s most memorable hit is, of course, Maine Pyaar Kiya which remains one of the biggest hits of his career. He also did Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, also from the house of the Barjatyas, which became one of the biggest blockbusters in the history of Indian Cinema.
However post another Barjatya film called Hum Saath Saath Hain in 1999, Salman Khan's career began a free-fall. This was the same film which saw him getting accused of blackbuck poaching, which saw him getting convicted and sentenced to five years in jail. That was the beginning of a bad patch for Salman which continued for five years and during those years be could never deliver a solo hit. All his solo films were flops.
Between 2000 – 2004, Salman Khan had only two hits – Baghban (where he made a special appearance as the hero was Amitabh Bachchan) and Mujshe Shaadi Karogi (This was a multi-starrer with Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra). Tere Naam and Garv did reasonably good business but were not super hits.
The bad patch continued to haunt him until the release of his film Wanted in 2009. Salman had never had a box office disaster post-2010 after his film Dabangg released.
Here are some prominent flops of Salman Khan during the period.
1. Dil Ne Jise Aapna Kaha (2004):
The movie is so bad that most of us have even forgotten that it even exists. It starred Preity Zinta and at time, you can catch it in one of the satellite channels.
2. Phir Milenge (2004):
This film about an Aids patient played by Shilpa Shetty received a lot of positive reviews but did negative business at the box office.
3. Kyon Ki (2005):
The hit jodi of Salman and Kareena wasn't enough to stir this Priyadarshan directed remake of a Malayalam film at the box office.
4. Baabul (2006):
Rani Mukerji was the heroine but the storyline was boring and hence the audience was not interested. The filmmakers were the same as Baghbaan and they tried to rehash the formula but it did not work.
5. Jaan-e-Man (2006):
This film had both Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar co-starring after Mujhse Shaadi Karoge. It had a gorgeous Preity Zinta. It had Anupam Kher playing a dwarf. It had a quirky storyline and some fabulous music. Yet this Shirish Kunder directed romantic comedy failed to move the BO.
6. Marigold (2007):
It is a rare niche film of Salman Khan that couldn't stir the box office.
7. God Tussi Great Ho (2008):
This comedy had superb acting by Amitabh Bachchan but alas that alone couldn’t sustain at the box office.
8. Yuvvraj (2008):
This was a Subhash Ghai epic that had Anil Kapoor and Katrina Kaif. It was a box-office disaster.
9. Main Aurr Mrs Khanna (2009)
Despite the presence of Kareena Kapoor, the film couldn't manage to hold onto the box office and flopped.
10. London Dreams (2009):
This film also had Ajay Devgn and Asin. But the faulty storyline couldn't salvage the film.