A first of its kind in Celebrity StudiesAttempts to unpack the star body of Salman KhanAttempts to understand what stardom in Bollywood meansDevapriya Sanyal has a degree in English Literature from Lady Brabourne College, Kolkata, after which she attended Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, where she obtained her PhD in the cinema of Satyajit Ray. She teaches English literature to undergraduates at the University of Delhi.A name that's synonymous with packed theatres shouting his name and crowds of young men cheering for him, Salman Khan has been reigning in the popular imagination for three decades now. However, superstardom came with its share of troubles. Salman has found himself in the news once too often, almost as though he were controversy's favourite child. Endlessly discussed as well as criticised, he is an object of adulation, fantasy and reverence in the cultural space. Tabloid pieces, stories and gossip-all tend to collapse him into a formula, making him lose his exclusivity when he is one of a kind. Salman Khan: The Man, The Actor, The Legend offers new perspectives on cinema and the peculiar glow of this star's superstardom in a consumerist society. It cuts through the many layers of his personality, the gossip and the rumours to focus on the star's aesthetic formulation-on what exactly it is about film and television, the star system and the capitalistic society that make him such a huge icon. It looks into Salman Khan, the phenomenon, in-depth, considering there have been fewer enquiries dedicated to charting his stardom than some of his contemporaries. A fascinating account of one of Bollywood's towering figures, this is a candid portrait of Salman Khan-the man and the superstar-and what makes this legend thrive across generations.Analyses the superstardom of Salman Khan and the aura of a Bollywood film star with new perspectives on cinema.