He didn’t have a godfather when he started out in Bollywood almost three decades back. However, once success touched his life, Salman Khan didn’t stop himself from giving back to the industry that made him a superstar, over the years.Often referred to as the oneman-army of Bollywood, he has been the reason and route for not one or two but countless talents, who’ve made a name for themselves in showbiz. While for many like Arjun Kapoor and even Hrithik Roshan, ‘Bhai’ has been an inspiration and guiding force, for others including actors Sneha Ullal, Zareen Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Hazel Keech, Daisy Shah, and even music composers Sajid-Wajid and Himesh Reshammiya, he has been the launchpad himself, giving the newbies the dream debuts of their life.
3.Himesh Reshamiya: It was all about one-off music albums for Himesh until his big break in Bollywood came from Salman Khan in form of Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998) where he got the chance to compose some of the songs. A known name today, Himesh’s initial hits were all from Salman’s films - Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge (2000) and Tere Naam (2003). Gradually, Himesh outgrew himself from Salman, and the two had a public spat of sorts in a reality show around 2008. However, in 2011 they decided to bury the hatchet and once again worked together in Bodyguard.4.Hrithik Roshan: Hrithik was launched by his dad Rakesh Roshan in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai but not many know that it was Salman’s training that went into creating that Greek Godlike physique. More recently after his split with wife Sussanne, Hrithik, reportedly spent a lot of time with ‘bhai’, pouring his heart out.
2.Sneha Ullal: Sneha, who’s often touted as a rebound for Salman after his breakup with Aishwarya Rai, because of their strikingly similar looks, was launched by him in Lucky: No Time for Love.
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3.Mahek Chahal: Mahek was mostly seen in Punjabi flicks until Salman gave her a break in Wanted and Main Aurr Mrs Khanna. Later, in 2011 it was apparently Salman who recommended her name for the reality show Bigg Boss. “Salman is a mentor and has always guided me about my negatives,” Mahek was quoted saying.
4.Zareen Khan: A complete newbie, Zareen bagged the leading role alonside Salman in Veer. Many believe that it was Zareen’s striking similarity with Salman’s ex, Katrina, attracted the superstar to her, and prompted him to give her a break.5.Asin: Asin made a grand debut with Aamir Khan in Ghajini (2008) but thereafter her career would have faded into thin air if Salman hadn’t given her a much-needed break in London Dreams (2009) and then in Ready (2011).
2. Pulkit Samrat: This Fukrey actor is also a pet of Salman, who gave him prominent roles in his films including Jai Ho and O Teri, this year. “His (Salman’s) belief in me as an actor is something I could have never thought of,” Pulkit once said in an interview.3. Elli Avram: Touted to the next Katrina Kaif, Salman’s fondness for Elli was quite evident in last season’s Bigg Boss, that was hosted by him. Post the reality show, Salman has reportedly taken the reins of her career in his hands, and she is now being managed by the same agency that handles Salman.
Isabel Kaif (6) and Lulia Vantur (10): Salman has now taken charge of both his current flame, Romanian model Lulia Vantur and his ex, Katrina Kaif’s sister Isabel. While Lulia was seen in a sizzling item number in his home production, O Teri, Isabel will be seen in his other production, Dr Cabbie.
Rinzing Denzongpa (7), Ali Murad (9) and Vaibhav Anand (12) : Salman is now reportedly mentoring Danny Denzongpa’s son, Rinzing, Raza Murad’s son Ali, and the late Vijay Anand’s son, Vaibhav Anand, for their entry into Bollywood. The trio will apparently be launched in the remake of the Telugu hit, Happy Days.
Sooraj Pancholi (8) and Athiya Shetty (11): Aditya Pancholi’s son Sooraj and Suneil Shetty’s daughter Athiya is being launched by Salman in his production Hero. Salman is not only launching Sooraj but mentoring and guiding him in every possible way — right from building his six packs to standing by Sooraj, who has been charged with abetting actor Jiah Khan’s suicide.