Superstar Salman Khan has become godfather to many celebrities in Bollywood. Though he didn't have any mentor in the initial phase of his career, the actor turned himself into one to his juniors.
Here are some of the stars who made it big in Bollywood under Salman's guidance.
Hrtihik Roshan became superstar overnight after his debut performance in "Kaho Naa Pyaar Hain." But less people know that Salman mentored the actor in fitness-related issues. Even, after Roshan and Sussanne Khan's split, it is said that the "Bang Bang" actor spent a lot of time with Salman to pour his heart out.
Katrina Kaif would not have been one of the leading actresses after her debut film "Boom", if it was not for Salman. It was Salman who guided the leggy lass and gave her a break in his brother Sohail Salman's production film "Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya." After that, Kaif was offered several movies and also, her link-up with Salman had created buzz all over.
A perfect example of fat-to-fit is Bollywood's very own Arjun Kapoor. But, behind his achievements, the person who guided him was Salman.
Once the "Tevar" actor said, "Even my family did not notice my acting talent but Salman bhai saw the actor in me. He suggested I take up films and the very next day he took me to gym for a workout session. He has been my mentor and guide."
Having a star father is a boon for any star kid, but for Sonakshi Sinha, Salman became her godfather. He advised her to lose weight and cast her in "Dabangg." After Sinha's debut, the actress was showered with offers from big banner film.
"O Teri" and "Fukrey" actor Pulkit Samrat admires Salman as his mentor and guider. Samrat said, "For me my inspiration is Salman Khan. He is true rock star that the industry has and in spite of the amount of success he has received he is still the same. He was the same person in 'Maine Pyar Kiya' and same in 'Dabangg 2'. He has never changed has a human."
Himesh Reshammiya's music talent came into limelight because of the "Kick" actor. He gave a break to Reshammiya to compose music in "Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya", which gave a big hit song "Odhli Chunariya." After that the two became friends and Himesh created many songs for Salman.
Salman introduced Zarine Khan as a new face in his film, "Veer." The actor guided her about fitness as Zarine was criticised due to her weight and also her resemblance with Salman's ex-lover Katrina Kaif.
Salman is launching Aditya Pancholi's son Sooraj Pancholi and Sunil Shetty's daughter Athiya in his home production film "Hero." It is said that Salman has also trained Pancholi scion regarding fitness.