Salman Khan – Biography, Facts and Family
One of the three Khans ruling the Bollywood industry, Salman Khan has been the most talked about celebrity in the country for his acting as well as his philanthropic work through his NGO ‘Being Human’. Born on 27th December, 1965, and the son of screenwriter Salim, he began his acting journey with a supporting role in ‘Biwi ho to aisi’ (1988). However, he made a debut as the lead actor in ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ (1989), which went on to become the highest grossing film of India and also earned him the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award and got him nominated for the Filmfare Best Actor category. Originally from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, Salman Khan has two brothers, Arbaaz and Sohail, and two sisters, Alvira and Arpita. The famed Bollywood actress Helen is Khan’s step-mother and Arpita is the adopted daughter of Salim and Helen. He established himself as a skilled actor in the industry in the initial years of the 1990s with consecutive successful films like Baaghi, Patthar ke Phool and Sanam Bewafa. The famed star now lives in Bandra, Mumbai. He is a passionate bodybuilder and an icon for many men across the world. The actor has stayed away from tying the knot ever, but has not refrained from relationships. He is known to have been in a relationship with the beautiful Aishwarya Rai, followed by Katrina Kaif, Sangeeta Bijlani and Somy Ali.
With fame, comes responsibility towards the society. This responsibility is even more so for the actors because they are idolized by their fans. However, this B-Town celebrity, despite a massive amount of a fan-following, has been criticized for being involved in several intense controversies. The most talked about controversial issue about him is the hit-and-run case that took place on 28th September, 2002. Apparently, the popular star, in a moment of rash drunk driving, ran over 5 people sleeping on the sidewalk, in the middle of the night. Other controversies involving Khan include – accusations of harassment by ex-girlfriend Aishwarya Rai, hunting the endangered Black Buck and also passing inappropriate and insensitive remarks about the tragic 26/11 terrorist attacks on Mumbai.
Apart from the controversies, Khan has also been in the limelight for his philanthropic contributions to the society. His registered charitable organization ‘Being Human’ is a trust foundation to support the cause for the underprivileged. The trust was set up by Khan by using his own money in the beginning. The main areas of focus for the Foundation were Education and Health. Several initiatives were taken by the famed actor to expand the Foundation’s reach, which included Being Human Art and merchandise. Later on, to support his organization, he established the Salman Khan Being Human (SKBH) Production Company. Chillar Party was the first movie produced by the company and it won 2 National Awards. Not only that, but Khan generously offered to pay about 4 million rupees to free 400 prisoners who were unable to pay their legal fine and gain freedom, despite completing their term in jail. As much as he is associated with the bad things, he is evenly popular about the good he has extended to the society, which is why he is still a youth icon and one of the three leading Khans of Bollywood.