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Birthday Love: Five movies that saw Salman Khan in a love triangle

Salman Khan has played the hero in a multitude of films over the span of his career. Now in Bollywood, there’s always a twist to any love story and this usually comes in the form of a love triangle! Am sure we have all sat there rooting for the main jodi to work out and to later share the heartache when circumstances go against them. To mark Khan’s 55th birthday, looks back at some of Khan’s memorable characters caught in a love triangle.

‘Saajan’ (1991)
This super hit classic from the archives never fails to entertain. Akash Verma (Khan) and his adopted brother Aman Verma (Sanjay Dutt), both find themselves falling for Pooja Saxena (Madhuri Dixit). This love triangle is not about the chase, jealousy or trying to snatch another person’s romantic interest, but more about sacrifice which can be another interpretation for love.

Directed by Lawrence D’Souza, this masterpiece remains a favourite with an equally impressive soundtrack to match. The songs were written by Sameer Anjaan and composed by Nadeen-Shravan who together manage to bring poetry to life on screen.

‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ (1998)
Khan made a special appearance in Karan Johar’s ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ (1998). His character Aman Mehra was of a kind-hearted person who was deeply in love with his fiancé Anjali Sharma (Kajol) and simply wanted to give her all the happiness in the world. Unaware of her past and heartbreak, when the truth emerges of Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) and Anjali’s connection, Mehra selflessly puts his feelings aside to reunite them.

This was the second time Khan and Kajol were seen romantically involved onscreen following their film ‘Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya’ (1998) which also released earlier that year.

‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ (1999)
In this Sanjay Leela Bhansali creation, Khan plays the role of Sameer, a keen musician and ends up falling for his guru’s daughter, Nandini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan). In a twisted turn of events, their love story is cut short and Nandini is married off to Vanraj (Ajay Devgn).

In this particularly complex love triangle, as a viewer you slightly feel conflicted by what happens. On one hand you can’t help but feel sorry for Sameer and Nandini’s plight, but later on in the film you start to connect with Vanraj and Nandini as their relationship blossoms.

‘Biwi No.1’ (1999)
In comparison to the aforementioned films, in David Dhawan’s ‘Biwi No.1’ (1999), Khan takes on a light-hearted role playing the character of Prem who is happily married to Pooja (Karisma Kapoor). Prem soon finds himself attracted to model, Rupali Walia (Sushmita Sen) and starts having an affair with her. He believed she was a more suitable as partner due to her modern lifestyle and outlook, whereas Pooja was more traditional. Ready to give up his marriage and family for his mistress, he eventually comes to his senses.

Although infidelity is a serious issue, the comical timing in some of the scenes have to be noted. Anil Kapoor and Tabu also feature in supporting roles, making this is an all-round family entertainer.

‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’ (2004)
Another David Dhawan directorial and another rom-com triangle for Khan. Feeling unlucky in love after his girlfriend breaks up with him, Sameer (Khan) heads to Goa to start afresh. It’s not long before cupid strikes, and he meets Rani (Priyanka Chopra Jonas). Just as things start to look good it all goes downhill and matters are not helped when unknown to Sameer, his childhood friend, Sunny (Akshay Kumar) returns from America, causing even more complications to his struggling love life!

Team wishes Salman Khan a very happy birthday and we look forward to seeing the impending releases that are in the pipeline for 2021.