Disha to Jacqueline: How old were Salman’s heroines when he made his Bollywood debut?
52-year-old Salman Khan is all set to romance 25-year-old Disha Patani in Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bharat. So basically, a heroine who is 27 years younger to him. So that makes us think how old was Disha when a 22-year-old Salman made his big screen debut with Biwi Ho Toh Aisi in 1988.
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Bhagyashree – Maine Pyaar Kiya (1989) Bhagyashree and Salman both were launched in Director Sooraj Barjatya’s movie Maine Pyaar Kiya. After the film’s blockbuster success, Bhagyashree decided only to act opposite her husband, Himalaya. She hasn’t had a Bollywood hit since. In fact she was last seen doing a cameo in 2009.
Nagma – Baaghi (1990) Nagma began her Bollywood career with Salman Khan in Baaghi. The film was a decent success and Nagma was appreciated for her performance. Though she did really well in the south, her Bollywood career did not flourish well. Her last release was the Bhojpuri film Gangotri (2007). Now Nagma is completely into politics!
Ayesha Jhulka – Kurbaan (1991) She had the best start with films opposite Salman Khan (Kurbaan), Aamir Khan (Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar), Akshay Kumar (Khiladi), Ajay Devgan (Sangram) and Govinda (Ekka Raja Rani). Ayesha was in the top league, but unfortunately, she blew it all away. Her career came to a halt after that. Chandni – Sanam Bewafa (1991) Sawan Kumar’s leading lady was paired opposite Salman Khan in Sanam Bewafa and was well appreciated, but that didn’t jump-start her career. She was last seen in a little known film called Hahakaar (1996). Though she did a couple of films with Akshay Kumar, she struggled to keep herself in the top league.
Revathi – Love (1991) Revathi had done a few films down south before making her Bollywood debut. Though Love had an average success, her performance was appreciated. Her Bollywood career ended but she blossomed down South. Later, Salman Khan acted as an HIV+ patient in Revathy’s critically acclaimed directorial venture Phir Milenge (2004). Raveena Tandon – Patthar Ke Phool (1991) The only one who managed to build on this platform was Raveena Tandon. She impressed everyone with her spunk in Patthar Ke Phool. With over 80 films behind her, Raveena was last seen in Buddah Hoga Terra Baap (2011).
Somy Ali – Anth (1993) In 1993, Somy Ali came to Mumbai from US. With Salman Khan’s help, she made her debut in Anth (1993). She disappeared aftr this.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) Reportedly it was Salman Khan who recommended Aishwarya Rai to Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. This mega hit proved to be a turning point in Aishwarya’s career. The two had started dating on the film’s sets too but later had one of the worst break ups possible.
Bhoomika Chawla – Tere Naam (2003) Bhoomika couldn’t find her footing in Bollywood after an impressive start in Tere Naam. She was the only newcomer with whom Salman had agreed to work 12 years after Raveena Tandon’s debut. Katrina Kaif – Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005) Katrina Kaif was introduced in Bollywood by Salman Khan. Katrina debuted with Boom in 2003 which didn’t give her much fame and she only got noticed in Salman Khan starrer Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya in 2005.
Sneha Ullal – Lucky: No Time for Love (2005) Her striking resemblance to Aishwarya Rai was the most noticeable thing about Sneha Ullal. The film was a decent success, but Sneha’s career didn’t go anywhere and she shifted down south Zarine Khan – Veer (2010) Zarine Khan, who resembles Katrina Kaif, played the princess in Veer and did reasonably well. She acted in the box office success Housefull 2 and did many item numbers.
Sonakshi Sinha – Dabangg (2010) A yet another Salman Khan discovery who has been consistently successful is Sonakshi Sinha. She is currently awaiting the release of her upcoming movie with Akshay Kumar. Daisy Shah- Jai Ho (2014) His last film Jai Ho saw newcomer Daisy Shah Kick-start her career. From winning a title in a Miss Dombivili beauty contest to romancing Salman Khan, Daisy Shah has come a long way.
Sana Khan – Jai Ho (2014) Sana has debuted down south but she was noticed during her Big Boss stint. After which Salman gave her an opportunity in Jai Ho. It is yet to see what this actress makes of her career in Bollywood.