February 9, 2010
Thirteen years after his death, Dhaliwoodï¿½s talented hero Salman Shah still lives in the hearts of his millions of fans in Bangladesh.
His boyish good looks, big budget films, the transition from modelling to cinema, his fashion statement incorporating modern trends, elevated him to a height never witnessed before or after him in the local film industry.
Salman, who made his debut as a television artiste and model in the advertisement of Jaguar Keds needed no time to make his mark as a hero in the local filmdom.
In the early 1990s when the countryï¿½s film industry was reeling in uncertainty with vulgarism and weak scripts ruling the profession, Salman Shahï¿½s entry was promising towards the revival of the trend in making good and healthy films.
The ailing film industry witnessed a real romantic hero and welcomed a new era in the romantic film genre with his appearance.
It was in 1993 that film buffs for the first time observed a superstar of modern Bengali films, Salman Shah, with the blockbuster ï¿½Keyamat Thekey Keyamatï¿½. Directed by Sohanur Rahman Sohan, the film was the remake of the Indian blockbuster ï¿½Qayamat Se Qayamat Takï¿½.
In his debut movie, Salman earned a niche through his mesmerising performance and quality acting skills and soon turned into a heartthrob of the young film connoisseurs. Salman Shah’s on-screen chemistry with his first heroine Moushumi and then Shabnur were the most wanted silver screen couples of that time. The Salman-Moushumi pair was treated as the most popular team after Razzak-Kabori in Bangladeshi films.
ï¿½Bikkhobï¿½, ï¿½Den Moharï¿½, ï¿½Antorey Antoreyï¿½, ï¿½Sneha Tomakey Chaiï¿½, ï¿½Swapner Thikanaï¿½, ï¿½Swapner Prithibiï¿½, ï¿½Bichar Hobeyï¿½, ï¿½Mayer Adhikarï¿½ are among the few hit films Salman offered in his short-lived career.
He appeared in about 25 films during the just over three years time before he was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his room, a suicide his fans refuse to believe.
Salman also performed in a good number of television dramas including ï¿½Nayanï¿½, which was among the hits of the time.
When at the pinnacle of his career, the demise of the talented actor on September 6, 1996 came as a shock for the film industry as well as for his millions of crazy fans across the country.
Even after thirteen years of the fateful death of Salman, his fans and the tinsel kingdom salute him for his dedication, enthusiasm and immense contribution to the film industry.