A royal hunting, a poaching case, a decade in the courtroom and finally Salman Khan goes to jail for five years… This might look straight out of any Bollywood film, but Bhai’s long impending blackbuck poaching case finally found its closure in Jodhpur when the court handed a five-year imprisonment to the actor on Thursday. And as much as his crazy fans kept praying for his acquittal, this time Salman couldn’t escape the clutches of law. And now that Salman has been taken to the Jodhpur Central Jail, many fans are crestfallen.
Surprisingly, Salman’s fan base includes people from all walks of life, all genders, all ages… In short, the entire fanbase of other Khans and Kapoors combined on one side and Salman alone is worshipped by fanatics on the other. Yes, such is his fandom. Bhai’s power is also immense in the Indian film industry. He can make and shatter careers in a snap. And Salman’s imprisonment comes when roughly a thousand crores are riding on this Khan.
As Salman readies to go on a hiatus of five years from films, here are 10 things his massive fans will miss in the next five years when he’ll remain locked up.
1. Salman’s films
Just when he got his biggest hit in Tiger Zinda Hai, also giving YRF its highest grosser till date, Salman is set to leave it all behind. This, when his Race 3 is almost wrapping up, and his TZH and Sultan director Ali Abbas Zafar is readying to begin work on Bharat with Salman again. There was also Kick 2 and Dabangg 3 in talks. Then, if we include the huge endorsements he does, Bollywood is set to lose a lot of money. And we mean – A LOT!
2. Salman’s Bigg Boss
After having hosted its eight seasons, Salman might need to skip its next five. And considering the only TRPs this controversial reality show received was during its weekend episodes when the superstar made an appearance, we have doubts about the future of this show. Is Bigg Boss 12 on cards now? We wonder!
3. Salman’s shirtless body
Salman is synonymous with a chiselled body. He introduced the six packs in Bollywood and became the fitness icon for every new actor. Writers of his films even weaved a screenplay around his toned physique just to ensure that he goes shirtless at least once in the entire three hours. But now, his fans will have to wait a bit (too) long to drool over those muscles again.
4. Salman’s parties
Salman Khan’s lavish all-night parties at his Panvel farmhouse are well known. The who’s who of the industry lines up when he throws a bash, be it on his birthday or the New Year. Now, when the host himself will remain jailed, guess Bollywood will have to look for some other venue for catching up? We hear Manish Malhotra’s parties are popular nowadays!
5. Salman’s bracelet
His firoza bracelet has remained his lucky charm for decades now. And more than that it has become a fashion statement. Fans simply love him flaunting the silver chain with the blue stone hanging on his wrist every time they see him. Now, they’ll have to do with his old photos and videos as his bracelet will be going inside the jail with Salman!
6. Salman’s marriage rumours
The entire nation has had one worry for years – When will Bhai get married? While Salman has evaded the big question with ease and a smile every single time, the concern of his fans never decreased. Infact, it was rumoured that once he would be pronounced innocent even in the blackbuck case, he would tie the knot. But alas! This will put all the marriage rumours on the backburner for a while, as Salman won’t be around to tackle them personally. Sad?
7. Salman’s Da-Bangg Tour
Salman’s Da-Bangg The Tour has been gaining international popularity like never before. It debuted in India with a show in Delhi and later travelled to Pune recently. Now, before it could take off to the US and Canada, the blackbuck poaching verdict played a spoilsport. Since Salman is the face of this celebrity tour, which also includes actors Sonakshi Sinha, Katrina Kaif, Maniesh Paul and Daisy Shah, it has already crashed before even taking off this time.
8. Salman’s Being Human
Salman’s charity brand was well promoted by him in ways more than one. Salman mostly wore the ‘Being Human’ T-shirts, jackets and bracelets at every public appearance. His brand will surely suffer a setback in the absence of its main face.
9. Salman’s funny tweets
When he isn’t promoting his films or posting nostalgic pictures with his brothers Arbaaz and Sohail on Twitter, Salman often writes some of the funniest tweets you’ll read by any Indian celeb. Take for instance – “Tweetak tweetak tweetiya I lv u”, “Actually I honesty wld wanna b depended on n upon jaise ke Love respect care share trust etc etc God bls n protest us Bus aur kuch nahi” and “for those who dont understand hindi should i tweet this in english too ?’ Yes, these are all Salman’s crazy Twitter banter. Missing all of this already?
Salman did “Swag se swagat” in TZH. But now that he will remain behind the bars, that swag will be reserved for either his fellow inmates or the jailors. While his followers will miss seeing his peculiar dance onscreen, the Jodhpur Central Jail would surely have some stardust blowing around!