Salman Khan is one of the biggest stars in the world, with an unprecedented popularity and an enviable box-office clout. Today, he charges a bomb to star in a film and the producers have to burn a big whole in their pockets to get the charming star on board. But this massive metamorphosis has happened only post the success of his rugged action drama, Dabangg. There was a phase in his career when his films struggled to stay afloat at the ticket windows.
Worse, back in the 90’s, most of his films, despite going under pre-production, were dumped into the bins due to lack of finances or some unforeseen circumstances. Here are five such Salman Khan films that never made it to the cinemas:-
1. Ran Shetra
Post the gigantic success of Maine Pyar Kiya, filmmakers wanted to cash-in on the meteoric rise of both Salman and his co-star Bhagyashree. However, the actress decided to tie the knot and announced she would only work with her husband. Hence, she became a One-Hit Wonder and Ran Shetra was shelved after being announced.
Salman was all set to collaborate with Rajkumar Santoshi for a film called Dil Hai Tumhara with Meenakshi Sheshadri and Sunny Deol. The film was all set to roll in 1991 but Santoshi got busy with Bobby Deol and Twinkle Khanna’s debut vehicle, Barsaat, which Shekhar Kapur left midway. Due to being busy with this film, Dil Hai Tumhara never took off. It was only because of this reason Khan agreed to do another movie with him called Gherao with Manisha Koirala, but history repeated itself and after the Mahurat shot, the film was called-off.
This film was set to unite the then lovers Salman and Somy Ali. Half of the film was complete but it seems a curse lurked around the actor at that time and Buland too suffered the same fate as the aforementioned films.
4. Raju Raja Ram
Imagine a film starring Salman Khan, Govinda, Jackie Shroff and Manisha Koirala and directed by David Dhawan. Guarantee of a Blockbuster! We are talking about a film that Dhawan was making called Raju Raja Ram, but unfortunately had to shelve it due to a financial crunch. Sad!
Before Nitin Manmohan and Anubhav Sinha’s Dus in 2005, the late filmmaker Mukul Anand was making a film of the same name in 1997. It was an action-packed adventure thriller starring Salman with Sanjay Dutt and Raveena Tandon. But during the making of the film, Anand passed away and the film, despite being almost complete, had to be dumped into the cans. However, we still continue to hear the song, Suno Gaur Se Duniyawalon by Shankar Mahadevan today on Independence Day and Republic Day.
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