The Khans continue to rule the box office as the film industry flourishes. When audiences finally begin to feel that each of the ruling Khans – Aamir, Shah Rukh and Salman – have reached the peaks of their career, they take on yet another challenge, pushing themselves to their limits. While all three Khans have made their mark on the 100 crore club, the question still remains that who among them is the alpha male Khan?
Aamir Khan : The Perfectionist
Mr. Perfectionist, Aamir Khan, is known for his one-project at a time rule. He is one actor who studies his character so well that he completely engulfs himself in the persona of the character, providing audiences with an end product they cannot help but love. While a number of his releases have received critical acclaim – including the Oscar nominated film, Lagaan – his most recent film, Dhoom 3 is the talk of the town for a number of reasons. After having entered the 100 crore club with 3 Idiots, Aamir Khan pushed his own limits with Dhoom 3. The film grossed over 500 crores, making it the biggest film in the history of Indian Cinema, and continues to run into its fourth week of release. Aamir Khan is also noted for his outreach show, Satyameva Jayate, where he rightfully encouraged a modern India to evolve.
Shahrukh Khan : The King Khan
Aamir Khan’s friendly arch rival Shah Rukh Khan, also known as King Khan, has been the uncrowned king of Bollywood for over two decades. His classic romance film, Dil Wale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, plays every Friday at a theater in Mumbai even today. Keeping with his enigmatic lover boy image, Rahul, Shah Rukh Khan starred in Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express. The film went on to collect over 200 crore thus earning the title of the biggest hit of 2013. On popular demand, the actor turned anchor will also be seen hosting the Zee Cine Awards 2014. His matchless popularity amongst women of all ages makes him Bollywood’s most legendary heartthrob.
Salman Khan : The Dabangg Khan
While Shah Rukh Khan is known as the lover-boy Rahul of the industry, this next Khan is the symbol of Prem. Being the most controversial Khan of Bollywood has worked to Salman Khan’s advantage. The Dabangg Khan brings forth a form of entertainment which is popular in the masses. His films Dabangg, Dabangg 2, and Ek Tha Tiger have successfully been a part of the 100 crore club. Aside from his big screen features, his reality shows have also garnered many viewers. His most recent season of Bigg Boss not only made headlines but also was amongst the highest rated reality shows in India. On a more social level, Salman Khan is noted for his philanthropical efforts to aid people in need through his campaign ‘Being Human’.
However, still the single screen theatres are ruled the most by Salman Khan. The Dabangg Khan for his Dabangg attitude appeals more to a certain section of audience who are absolute crazy for pure entertainment or to be more precise the ‘dabangg kind of entertainment’. This section of the audience still somewhere doesn’t get appealed with anyone except Salman Khan. For all these reasons and more, Salman seems to have taken home the crown for the most popular Khan in the industry. However, both Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan in their own right posses a popularity, unparalleled to any other Khan in the industry. For as long as the three Khans shall remain in the industry, they will continue to rule Bollywood and beyond.
Author: Diana Lydia