Mumbai, May 6: From being labelled as a 'bad boy' of Bollywood to the reigning superstar, Salman Khan's meteoric rise in the film industry has been equally turbulent and rewarding.
The 49-year-old actor, who was today convicted by a Mumbai court on the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, is the second big star from Mumbai film industry after Sanjay Dutt to get embroiled in a high-profile criminal case in recent years.
Critics feel that people's perception about Bollywood's favourite pin-up boy has changed over the years. From being a bad boy, he is a person who is liked by every one, they say.
Often in the news for his love-hate relationship with the media, Salman had his share of tiffs with the media when he got into a scuffle with photo journalists on the sets of 'Sanam Bewafa' in the 90s.
Subsequently, few film magazines had banned him too. However, even his critics have been unanimous that Salman, who has been romantically involved with many film actresses, has a heart of gold.
"He is the most obedient son and respectful even to his father's second wife Helen," according to a senior film journalist.
"The year 2002-03 was a bad patch for the actor, who has mega blockbuster films like 'Maine Pyar Kiya', 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun' and 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam' to his credit. Over the years, he has changed a lot as a person and mellowed down," a journalist, who has interacted closely with Salman, said on condition of anonymity.
The actor also received several awards in his film career. His second film 'Maine Pyar Kiya' (1989), in which he acted in a lead role, garnered him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.
In 1999, Khan won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his extended guest appearance in 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' (1998). In 2011, he won the Screen Award for Best Actor for his performance in 'Dabangg'.