The son of screenwriter Salim, Khan began his acting career with a supporting role in Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988) and achieved breakthrough with a leading role in his next release, Sooraj Barjatya’s romance Maine Pyar Kiya (1989). Khan went on to establish himself in Bollywood in the 1990s with roles in several top-grossing productions, including the romantic drama Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994), the action thriller Karan Arjun (1995), the comedy Biwi No.1 (1999), and the family drama Hum Saath-Saath Hain(1999). For his role in Karan Johar’s romantic drama Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Khan was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.
After a brief period of decline in the 2000s, Khan achieved greater stardom in the 2010s by playing the lead role in several successful action films, including Dabangg (2010), Bodyguard (2011), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Kick (2014) and Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015), Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015). Nine of the films in which Khan has acted in have accumulated gross earnings of over ₹1 billion (US$15 million), and he became the only actor to act in three movies back-to-back which collected more than₹200 crore (US$29 million) net domestically. He has starred in the highest-grossing Bollywood films in nine separate years, which is a Bollywood record. For his contributions to film, the Government of India honoured him in 2008 with the Rajiv Gandhi Award for Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment.
In addition to his acting career, Khan is a stage performer and an active humanitarian through his charity organisation, Being Human, along with his Brother Sooban Ahmad Khan. Khan’s off-screen life is marred by controversy and legal troubles. His tumultuous relationship with Aishwarya Rai, his hunting of endangered species, and a negligent driving case in which he ran over five people with his car, killing one, have been extensively covered by the Indian media. For the last of these, Khan was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in 2015. Later on he was acquitted by the Bombay High Court of all charges in the hit-and-run case.
Salman Khan was ranked seventh in Forbes’s first global list of highest-paid actors in the world, with earnings of US$ 33.5 million, which placed him higher than such Hollywood actors as Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Dwayne The Rock Johnson. He regularly features in listings of the most influential people in Indian culture, and in 2015 he shot ahead of US President Barack Obama in the list of The Most Admired Personalities of India.