Basking into the success of his latest release 'Dabangg 2', Chulbul Pandey turns 47 on Thursday.
In recent years, Salman Khan has been one of the most consistent Bollywood actors who has been delivering one hit after another with films such as 'Partner', 'Wanted', 'Dabangg', 'Ready', 'Bodyguard', 'Ek Tha Tiger' and now, 'Dabangg 2'.
Elder son of scriptwriter Salim Khan, Salman debuted as the male lead in the 1989 film 'Maine Pyar Kiya', which was a blockbuster at the box office and also earned him the Filmfare award for the best male debut.
After 'Maine Pyar Kiya', Salman starred in films such as 'Baaghi: A Rebel for Love', 'Patthar Ke Phool', 'Sanam Bewafa', 'Kurbaan' and 'Saajan'. Most of these films did not do well at the box office.
In 1994 he starred in 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun' along with Bollywood diva Madhuri Dixit, which earned him instant stardom.
His roles in films like 'Khamoshi: The Musical', 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai', 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam', 'Chori Chori Chupke Chupke', 'Tere Naam', 'Baabul' have been praised by both critics and fans.
With films like 'No Entry', 'Partner', 'Wanted', 'Ready', 'Bodyguard', 'Salaam E Ishq', 'Ek Tha Tiger' and especially 'Dabangg', Khan established his superstar status in the industry.
The year 2012 has proved to be among the most successful years in his career as both the films released this year - 'Ek Tha Tiger' and 'Dabangg 2' - were superhits.
He has also hosted television reality shows such as '10 Ka Dum' and 'Bigg Boss'.
Khan has been involved in a large number of controversies in the course of his career. Right from his erratic behaviour post the breakup with Aishwariya Rai to killing blackbucks and running over a man sleeping on the pavement, his life has been media´s fodder.
The actor may appear in court on Thursday in connection with the 2002 hit-and-run case.
Khan was sentenced to one year in prison for hunting the Chinkara (blackbuck), an endangered species.
Khan is also known for the philanthropic works he does through his NGO Being Human.
(Reporting by Shreejata Niyogi)