It was the year 2015, when things were much more simpler at box office, and movies were meant to be released in theatres and if its Sallu Bhai’s film releasing on Eid then it had it had to be even bigger and grandeur overload. It was the year when ‘Bhajrangi Bhaijaan’ released on the big festival day, a tradition of sort when fans in addition to the euphoria of his film releasing, also carry a strong belief that if Bhai’s film releases on Eid, then it is surely going to be a success. And true to the legend the film went on to become a huge success and how. The story of the Pakistani kid who gets lost in India and comes to live with Salman before he goes all out to return her to her home – is a story that made his fans shed tears out of love for him, for the emotion of friendship between the two countries and danced to his songs and loved every bit of what he had to offer.
It all started in the year 2009 when ‘Wanted’ released and the dialogues especially – Ek bar joh maine commitment kar di…uske baad toh main khud ki bhi nahi sunta…are etched in the history books of Bollywood for eternity. Interestingly the film is a remake of a huge hit in Telugu with Mahesh Babu in lead – ‘Pokiri’. Fast forward to 2023, its Eid again and Salman Khan is all out there with his film – Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan – and it has its bit of south charm and there is Venkatesh in the film – that’s surely heavy weight south, and there is Jagapathi Babu looking terrifying enough for a villain. Fans are excited despite some mixed feelings about the song that released where Salman is seen dancing in his inimitable style with YoYo Honey Singh.
How did this tradition of Salman Khan and his Eid releases begin. Here’s a lowdown on Sallu Bhai’s previous Eid releases – which have become huge hits, reaffirming the aura these films carry with them. This despite misses like Radhe…
In 2009, Salman Khan’s first Eid release was “Wanted,” directed by Prabhu Deva, which starred Ayesha Takia as the female lead. It marked the comeback of Salman Khan as an action hero and was a major success. The film’s dialogues and music were a hit with the audience, setting the tone for his future Eid releases.
In 2010, Salman Khan collaborated with Anil Kapoor and Katrina Kaif for “Dabangg.” The film, directed by Abhinav Kashyap, became a blockbuster hit and broke several box office records. Salman Khan’s character, Chulbul Pandey, became an instant hit with the audience, and the film’s songs, including “Munni Badnaam Hui,” became chartbusters.
In 2011, Salman Khan’s Eid release was “Bodyguard,” directed by Siddique, and starred Kareena Kapoor as the female lead. It was a romantic-action drama that showcased Salman Khan as a bodyguard who falls in love with his client. The film’s music and Salman Khan’s chemistry with Kareena Kapoor were appreciated by the audience, making it a blockbuster hit.
In 2012, Salman Khan’s Eid release was “Ek Tha Tiger,” directed by Kabir Khan, and starred Katrina Kaif as the female lead. It was an espionage-thriller that saw Salman Khan as a RAW agent who falls in love with a Pakistani agent. The film’s action sequences and Salman Khan’s chemistry with Katrina Kaif were appreciated by the audience, making it one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time.
In 2014, Salman Khan’s Eid release was “Kick,” directed by Sajid Nadiadwala, and starred Jacqueline Fernandez as the female lead. It was an action-comedy that saw Salman Khan playing the role of a thief who becomes a superhero. The film’s songs, including “Jumme Ki Raat,” became chartbusters, and it went on to become one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time.
In 2015, Salman Khan’s Eid release was “Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” directed by Kabir Khan, and starred Kareena Kapoor as the female lead. It was a drama that revolved around the relationship between a Pakistani girl and an Indian man. Salman Khan played the role of the Indian man who helps the Pakistani girl reunite with her family. The film’s emotional content and Salman Khan’s performance were appreciated by the audience, and it went on to become one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time.
Salman Khan continued his Eid releases in the following years, with “Sultan” (2016), “Tubelight” (2017), “Race 3” (2018), “Bharat” (2019), and “Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai” (2021). These films had different co-stars and themes, but they all shared the common factor of Salman Khan’s stardom and the Eid release date, which has a cult following of its own.
Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan has Pooja Hegde in the lead in addition to Venkatesh and Bhoomika.
Directed by Farhad Samji
Produced by Salma Khan
Director of Photography: V. Manikandan
Associate Producer: Shamiraah Nambiar
Music: Himesh Reshammiya, Ravi Basrur, Sukhbir Singh, Devi Sri Prasad, Sajid Khan, Payal Dev, Amaal Mallik
Music Background Score & Sound: Ravi Basrur
Action Director: Anl Arasu
Editor: Mayuresh Sawant
Production Design: Rajat Poddar
Costume Design: Ashley Rebello and Alvira Khan Agnihotri, Sanam Ratansi and Rochelle