11 Years of Wanted: 5 Reasons The Massive Blockbuster Sees Salman Khan At His Best

Here’s why you should re-watch the film that resurrected Salman Khan’s career in 2009 and made him the action star he is today.

Kenneth Carneiro

September 18, 2020


3 min


There was a film industry before the 100 crore club became a norm. But with the release of Wanted, Salman Khan established himself as the biggest star of Bollywood. He went on to make many such action films that quite regularly crossed the 100 crore collections mark. This film was also the beginning of the trend of Salman Khan‘s blockbuster Eid releases.

Watch a promo of the best moments from Wanted here.

1. Heart-thumping action

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Wanted brought back the action packed masala entertainers in a big way. Every kich and punch is exaggerated to give audiences a true feeling to the force in every hit. What’s even more impressive is Salman Khan did all his stunts in this film.

2. Celebrity Cameos

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Wanted has some delightful cameos in the opening song itself. With Anil Kapoor, Prabhudeva and Govinda all making special appearances. Salman Khan himself is the king of cameos with special appearances in over 26 films throughout his career.

3. Shirtless Salman

Still from Wanted on ZEE5
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Watching Salman Khan shirtless in theatres wasn’t always a big moment. With Wanted, Salman began dropping his shirt in big moments which showed audiences that he is ready to become even more violent to his enemies.

4. Minimal Movement, Maximum Effect

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To be fair to Salman Khan, he did try to dance in Wanted. The songs in this film are mostly high-energy numbers like ‘Jalwa’, Love Me, Love Me’ and ‘Le Le Mazza Le’. Yet audiences mostly remembered Salman’s move of tugging his shirt, can he really be blamed for not trying too many moves?

5. Remarkable Remake Of Pokiri

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Wanted was a remake of Telugu film Pokiri. Prakash Raj was the only actor who retained his role from the original film. Pradhu Deva directed both the Hindi and Tamil remakes. This film also began the trend of remaking action thrillers from South Indian films in Hindi.

Watch Salman Khan’s iconic 2000’s hits like Partner, Tere Naam also streaming on ZEE5.

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