Friends or foes, the two top Khans of Bollywood - Shah Rukh and Salman - are always compared with each other. They have polarised the film industry into two camps, and the war of words has never ceased to entertain us. Though the box office has been a friend to both, the small screen seems to be a Salman loyalist. Salman has been the torchbearer of shows, from Dus ka dum to Big Boss, and has become their identity. Now it could be a matter of luck, but there indeed are a few factors that have favoured Salman.
SRK's TV debut
Shah Rukh made his TV debut (post-stardom) as the host of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC)-3 in 2007. Most people like me who had been following the show because of Mr Bachchan were not pleased with SRK replacing him and trying to fit in his shoes. Expectedly, Shah Rukh fell short. Mr Bachchan, with his grace, experience and strong command over Hindi, was a favourite of the masses. And as they say, to solve any riddle, begin from the beginning. So I think most of the answer lies in the beginning of SRK's stint as a TV-host.
"Salman, aap shaadi kab karoge?" And the blush that follows helps "Bhai" floor many dying-to-be "Bhabhis". His innocent flirting, his history of beautiful girlfriends and his popularity among ladies in Bollywood, makes Salman an undisputed darling of his fans.
Not trying too hard
SRK tries too hard to impress. His actions at times exude desperation. He depends a lot on his friends in the industry to make his show the talk of the town. But alas! It ends up in going against him. On the other hand, Salman is more natural and composed.
SRK has been a game changer when it comes to hosting award functions. He is a master of entertaining the audience with leg-pulling and self-depreciating humour. But on few occasions, he had crossed the line, and his arrogance showed up. Even during few episodes of the KBC that he hosted, he had appeared disdainful towards a few contestants. And since TV is mostly a common man's platform, someone like Salman, who manages to do a better job at concealing his ego and other negative traits, has emerged more successful as a host.
Connect with the contestants
If we ignore a few instances when Salman has been visibly biased towards a few contestants, he had largely been fair to all. He appears very involved in the show Bigg Boss and well aware of every nitty-gritty of the housemates. Thanks to the format of the show, Salman also often gets a chance to deliver impressive one-liners on life and relationships.
Last but not the least, his popular charity organisation also fetches him the love of the masses. Salman is known to be a philanthropist. SRK, however, makes most of his TV appearances during Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) matches.
However, SRK fans, don't take offence. I look forward to watching SRK's Dilwale. But I also watch Bigg Boss eagerly. Yes, I follow the show for Salman Khan.