to begin with i must narrow down the debate. there are no more than 2 contenders for the position of the biggest star of bollywood in the last 25 years. there is no aamir or akshay or even hrithik in the race, the competition is only between salman khan and sharukh khan.
2ndly perception and awards be damned, the real king will be decided on the basis NUMBERS.
in 2012 if both salman films are big hits and srk’s yrf film is a flop or average, the final will be over
if one salman film is a big hit and one srk and one salman film flop or average, still the final will be over.
however if all three of these films flop, it will be status quo and the finals will be in 2013.
if both salman films are flop and srk film is a hit, this becomes the semi final year (as opposed to status quo) and again the finals will happen in 2013.
and if both slman films are like dabangg, hahk, maine pyaar kiya or bodyguard even amitabh fans will have to admit he is much ahead of big b. in a way it will be the finals for not the last two decades but the 100 years history of bollywood.