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After several hearings, Mumbai court will announce the final verdict in Salman Khan's 2002 hit-and-run case on Wednesday.

Salman has been accused of ramming his Toyota Land Cruiser into a roadside bakery in Bandra, killing one person and injuring four others on 28 September 2002.

The actor will face maximum sentence of 10 years, on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, if found guilty. The final judgement in the hit-and-run, which will be delivered on Wednesday, will not only affect his personal life, but film industry as well.

If proven guilty and announced the jail term, Salman will not be able to shoot films or do endorsements. And film industry will incur huge losses after the verdict.

A DNA report states that Rs 1000 crore is riding on Salman with five big budget films in his hands, including "Bajrangi Bhaijaan", "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo", "Shhuddhi", "Sultan" and "No Entry Mein Entry".

The actor hasn't started the shooting of the films "Shhuddhi", "Sultan" and "No Entry Mein Entry", but he is yet to finish the shooting of his two films "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" and "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo".

The shooting of "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" and "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo" will be hampered if he is announced guilty in the hit-and-run case.

"The film industry is hoping that nothing terrible happens. Either he is pronounced innocent or the least punishment is given," trade analyst Komal Nahata told Press Trust of India.

However, trade analysts are not anxious with the final verdict. Trade experts said that Salman would appeal in High Court, if on Wednesday he is announced guilty.

"If the decision is not in his favour, he will appeal to a higher court. Nobody goes to jail so fast. He will appeal and then that court will undertake proceedings of the case which will take time," trade expert Vinod Mirani told IANS.