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Muscle-bound Macho Man: Salman Khan
Well, we hate to say it but this one’s too easy. Salman’s rippling muscles, confident attitude, virility, and thick head of hair (even if it’s probably not real) have been lusted after by women and imitated by men for 2 decades now so there’s definitely something about him that everyone admires.
Everything he touches turns to gold at the box office even when it’s something as ridiculous as ‘Bodyguard.’ Producers cower at his gaze, directors line up for a meeting and any co-star who works with him is sure to get the royal Bollywood treatment. Yep, that’s the extent of the great Khan’s power in the industry but the best part about it is that he almost never abuses it!
Well, he’s been linked up with almost every hottie in town--from Katrina Kaif to Aishwarya Rai-- and he’s always shown impeccable taste. Women really seem to dig his bad boy image too, which means he can pretty much have any woman he wants, any time he wants. Enough said.
With more than 20 years of hit movies under his belt Salman has worked up a seriously impressive repertoire of work and it looks as though he has a long way to go still. His older movies showcase his obviously inherent acting prowess far more than his newer ‘masala’ flicks do but the verdict is in and he’s definitely got the skills.
From illegally hunting the protected black buck in Rajasthan to allegedly running over and killing an innocent person and injuring four others that were sleeping on the pavements of Mumbai, Salman has earned the reputation of being the king of controversy in Bollywood and seems to land himself in legal trouble no matter where he goes.
He spent some time in jail for the black buck offence but received bail soon after. He was even convicted and sentenced to a year in prison for the same case but the appeals process is still on.
Perennial Tough Guy: Sanjay Dutt
Aside from his slight 'bad boy' edge, Sanju resembles that well-meaning, drunk uncle everyone has in their families. What with those droopy eyes and fast-aging physique, it seems like he's suffering from a permanent hangover. And now that his wife wears the pants at home, he’s even lost that gunda goodness he had going on!
Sanju’s practically a veteran now and after so many ups and downs in the public eye, he’s come a long way in the industry which has always been ready to forgive him and welcome him back with open arms. As far as power is concerned, he definitely has it but not nearly to the extent of the mighty Salman Khan. We will say this--Dutt seems to inspire tremendous love and loyalty among his fans; that's probably why his movies are rarely flops.
Well he did have Rhea Pillai once but his most recent ‘sati-savitri’ find in Manyata Dutt seems to have taken him off that particular market permanently. Still, it looks like she's managed to keep the notoriously hard-partying star on the straight and narrow, so he's definitely got something Salman doesn't have: the love of a good woman and some stability at home.
He’s been around for longer than Salman and thus has an equally impressive repertoire of films under his belt. Some, like 'Munnabhai', have been beyond epic but he’s had just about as many flops as hits. He did, however, remold himself as a bankable comic lead early this decade, so that mitigates the criticism that he only has one real expression when he's essaying serious roles.
You may think that Salman’s track record is tough to beat but Sanjay's got him beat and how! After the 1993 Bombay blasts, he was arrested under the TADA act and imprisoned for over 16 months for "interacting with terrorists" and the illegal possession of weapons. His defense for the second charge was rejected and in 2007, he was sentenced to a 6-year jail term and even went to Arthur Road Jail for a period of time. He was, however, acquitted on the terrorism-related charge and even obtained bail from the Supreme Court soon after the judgment.
He’s spent the better part of his adult life fighting the charges and even till date, almost 20 years after the incident, his appeal against the 2007 conviction is still pending in the Supreme Court! Looks like we have a clear winner in this round.
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