Prem Prem: A Look at Salman`s Prem Over the Years

Salman`s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo released on the Diwali of 2017 and became a cracking success at the box office. What continues to puzzle many movie-pundits and excite trade gurus is the perpetual charisma of Prem.

By Neha Jha

Jun 3, 2018

Salman, since Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), has rendered Prem an utterly likable and desirable character who will never wrong or insult women. He will never utter profanities. He will be the vanguard of truth and justice even when dealt with unfairly by destiny. In short, he will be the quintessential good guy.

The name has remained with him and Salman seems to be in no mood to change it. Here are some of his movies where we met Salman as the loving, one and only Prem. Are all these Prems similar? Let’s find out

Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) -

Oh, the guy just made us go all “Aww” over him as he says to the over shy girl - “Dosti ka usool hai Madam - No Sorry, No Thank You.” He is also the guy who protects her from the lustful gaze of his cousin, or whoever Mohnish Behl played in that movie. And then, he also becomes the guy who’d sweat it out (literally making women sweat) in order to win the hand of his friend-turned-lover. Prem became the guy every girl with a strict dad would want to have. At least back in the 80s!!

Andaz Apna Apna (1994) -

This Prem was different than the one we saw above. He is hilarious, funny and doesn’t mind going through whatever it takes to be rich. Even when that means persuading a girl’s super-rich father to give her hand in marriage. So what if his best friend also vouches to do the same? Prem, here, is not afraid of societal conventions or class divide. And, most of all, he can take any gangster who comes in his way, let that be the evil Teja. We are all ready to rush to the theatres if both the Khans - Aamir and Salman - come together to remake the film.

Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994) -

Oh, what fun it was to see Prem and Nisha fight with each other ever since they first met! The film was a favorite of both Salman and Madhuri for the fun they had while shooting it. Here, we have an adorable brother Prem who loves his family, but, at the same time, also has no qualms about wooing the love of his life. Once he falls for Nisha, it doesn’t take much time for him to make a move. And dance has to be a part of it, along with the dog too.

Judwaa (1997) -

Yes, we have a remake now. But the original Prem was Salman and we loved him in it. Despite his many shortcomings, he is ready to take up the challenge of defeating the local gangster along with his twin brother with whom he separated at birth. The film was a super hit and provided the much needed comic relief at the time. But of course, our Prem here is the twin who has been sophistically brought up. Yeah, we know how that trope works out.

Deewana Mastana (1997) -

Yes, you will not find Prem in the film up until the last scene where he marries the leading lady and takes her away while the two male protagonists had no idea what really happened! This film was the only one where Juhi Chawla, the leading lady, is seen opposite Salman Khan. and here, once again, Prem is good, cool, sophisticated and Neha’s (Juhi Chawla) prince charming. No matter where he goes, he is Prem who loves his beloved and is the epitome of all things good.

Biwi No.1 (1999) -

Our Prem here is a playboy who has a weakness for women. He gives into it fairly quickly in spite of having a loving wife and two kids. The comedy film might appear regressive now but was a huge hit back in the day. Nevertheless, despite everything else, this Prem does come back to his wife and kids. Not really a favorite, but well, it was the 90s.

Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999) -

Prem as the younger brother who adores his elder brother and loves his childhood sweetheart despite other temptations is what we loved. He is the symbol of Bharat from Ramayan, at least that is what the film portrayed. Despite being asked to spearhead the project his elder bhaiya should have done but couldn’t because their beloved momma had doubts about his intentions, he refuses and keeps him above all else. Why wouldn’t he? From the beginning of the film, our Prem has a soft corner for the poor and the downtrodden. And that makes him more desirable, at least on screen!

Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye (2000) -

The film is a series of mismatched coincidences involving our beloved Prem in all of it. Poor fells are in love with a girl but are rejected at the altar. He gets depressed, sings sad songs but eventually falls for another girl that comes his way through her career. But again, this girl also has to marry someone else. Goodness, gracious! Our Prem finds no prem! Once again, this lover boy is the emblem of righteousness, giving up his lady love each time. How many times this Pyaar had to happen is shown quite strangely in this film.

No Entry (2005) -

This Prem unwittingly cheats on his absolutely unassuming wife all the time without any ounce of guilt. In a series of hilarious plot twists and turns, he does whatever he can to make sure things don’t go haywire. Yet, ultimately his wife finds out and no matter how many times he apologizes, he refuses to budge. Well, he boozes, is a complete womanizer and teaches his unwilling friend how to woo women even when you are married. Call for an apology? No!

Partner (2007) -

A remake of the Hollywood flick ‘Hitch’ our Prem here is the advisor, the relationship coach who teaches one of his clients how to woo. It is an entirely different story how that wounds up ultimately. Getting into Will Smith’s shoes is no mean feat and he achieves this with whatever ways he could apply.

Salman and his alter ego Prem seem to go hand-in-hand all his career. And we have nothing to say of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, do we?

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