Being a movie star has its perks. You get to live in a mansion, drive fancy cars, and date beautiful women. But as the famous saying goes, all good things must come to an end. And that was precisely what happened with Bhai. After spending almost two decades playing leading men in more than 40 hit films, the actor’s sudden fall from grace left him bankrupt and almost broken. Whether you like him or not, it’s hard to deny that the life of the actor has been anything but eventful since he first stepped into Bollywood 19 years ago. With more ups and downs than most people experience in a lifetime, here’s everything you need to know about this debonair superstar from Panjim.
The Beginning of the End
The real death knell for Bhai’s career was the Blackbuck Poaching Case. The poaching of two blackbucks in Jodhpur by members of the film crew, including Salman Khan, in the year 1998, almost brought an abrupt end to the actor’s flourishing career in Bollywood. Widely regarded as one of the most high-profile criminal cases in India, the verdict was slated to be announced on the 10th of April, 2019. Subsequently, the case was adjourned to the 17th of April, 2019.
The Big Shake-up
The biggest shake-up in Bhai’s life came when he was convicted in the blackbuck poaching case by the Rajasthan High Court and sentenced to five years in prison. All the while, he had maintained his innocence, claiming that he had been framed. But the verdict created such a furor that it left the actor reeling under the pressure of his popularity. While the actor was let off on bail, the incident proved to be the tipping point in Bhai’s career. From then on, his films were met with a lukewarm response at the box office, and his earnings started dwindling. The actor’s fall from grace was further compounded by the fact that he couldn’t find work in Bollywood for almost two years. His only source of income during this period was his game show, Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain. But even that came to an end when the show was axed after just two seasons. With his finances dwindling and creditors closing in on him, Bhai almost broke down under enormous pressure.
Going to Jail: The Bigger Shake-up
Most people in his position would have given up, but not Bhai. After attempting to go clean on several occasions, he finally succeeded in 2014 when he was sent to jail. He had been accused of poaching two blackbucks in the year 1998. The actor had spent almost 20 days in jail in Jodhpur before being granted bail. The court had ordered him to be present in person on the day of the verdict and had also asked him to deposit the bail amount in cash. The actor had failed to appear in court on the notified date and had requested the judge to be granted an extension. When a fresh date was finalized, Bhai failed to appear again. He had been hospitalized after suffering from a high sugar level. There had also been rumors that Bhai had fled the country amid all the chaos, but those turned out to be false. The actor had been arrested and had spent a few days in jail before being granted bail. He had been sentenced to two years in prison but had managed to get himself released after spending a few weeks behind bars.
After Going to Jail
Bhai had been booked under the Wildlife Protection Act after one of the fellow actors in the film claimed that the blackbucks were found dead and the pellet guns used by the actors were licensed to kill animals like snakes and rabbits. The actor had spent two weeks in Jodhpur Central Jail before being granted bail. Due to his failure to appear in court, Bhai was booked and subsequently arrested. The actor was first booked in the year 1998. There had been a group of actors who had been shooting for a film in Rajasthan. The actors had been shooting on the outskirts of Jodhpur when a few of them spotted a blackbuck. The actors then shot the blackbuck for a close-up scene in their film. The blackbucks are said to be an endangered species and Bhai was booked under the Wildlife Protection Act.
2019 and Beyond: What’s next for Salman Khan?
Salman Khan’s legal troubles would appear to be over. After being acquitted in the blackbuck poaching case, Bhai is now looking to get back on the right track with his career. His recent films like Race 3 and Sultan have been box office hits, and he is all set to star in two more films—Brahmastra and the remake of the Hindi film, Sohail Khan. Earlier the remake of Sohail Khan was scheduled to be released in 2019 but now it would be released in 2020. In addition, the actor is also all set to turn producer and will be making a film under his production house, Being Human. The film is likely to be directed by his brother, Sohail Khan. Salman Khan’s rise to fame has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. From being almost broken and penniless to becoming one of the highest-paid actors in Bollywood, Bhai’s life has been nothing short of dramatic. Now that the actor is back on track with his career, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he lives up to his reputation and surprised everyone in the coming years.