There may not be a recipe for success, but if you aspire to be a Bollywood actor, here’s a formula that will give you that all-important break — get Salman Khan to take you under his wing.
The man with the Midas touch has aided the careers of well-established actors, such as Katrina Kaif and Sonakshi Sinha. Katrina’s first hit came with the Salman-starrer Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya (2005). Sonakshi, of course, found instant fame with Dabangg (2010). He also launched Zarine Khan with Veer (2010), and gave Asin’s career a fillip with Ready (2011).
Katrina’s sister, Isabelle, is set to debut with a crossover film, Dr Cabbie (co-produced by Salman), in which she will be seen alongside the Indian-American TV actor Kunal Nayyar. “When a name like Salman Khan is backing a film, it leaves you with an amazing feeling,” said Kunal in a previous interview with HT Café.
The next Salman-starrer — Sohail’s directorial venture, Jai Ho — will also feature newcomers Daisy Shah and Sana Khan. While Daisy was a former assistant to choreographer Ganesh Acharya, Sana is a popular face from TV commercials and was a contestant on the Salman-hosted TV show, Bigg Boss, last year.
Salman is also slated to introduce his bodyguard Shera’s son, Tiger, in Bollywood. “He is keeping a close eye on Tiger’s training process,” says an insider.
Also finding favour
Salman is also believed to be helping out Pulkit Samrat. The Fukrey actor will also be seen in Jai Ho, and is also starring in the Atul Agnihotri (Salman’s brother-in-law) production, O Teri. He is also touted to be part of Sooraj Barjatya’s next, Bade Bhaiyya, which has Salman in the lead. Even Ram Charan Teja, who starred in the Zanjeer remake, will team up with Salman for a film he is producing.
Debut film: Hero remake
Salman connect: Friend Suniel Shetty’s daughter
Debut film: Dr Cabbie
Salman connect: Alleged ex-girlfriend Katrina Kaif’s sister
Debut film: Jai Ho
Salman connect: Appeared in Salman-hosted Bigg Boss
Debut film: Jai Ho
Salman connect: He had offered her a role in Bodyguard
Debut film: Yet to be decided
Salman connect: Bodyguard Shera’s son