Salman Khan Biography
The name Salman Khan
sparks several images: his reluctance to wear shirts, his sculpted chest, his
frequent run-ins with the law, his gorgeous ex-girlfriends, his good looks
(voted by People magazine in 2004 as the 7th most good looking man in the world
and the first in India), and his unquestionable status as one of three reigning
Khans of Bollywood.
Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan was born on 27 December 1965 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh to
Salma Khan and Salim Khan, a screenwriter who has to his credit several
successful films like Sholay, Deewar, and Don. His step-mother is Helen, an
actress and dancer famous for her blonde wigs and shimmies. He has two brothers
Arbaaz and Sahil, who have also worked in Bollywood and two sisters Alvira and
Arpita. His sister Alvira is married to Atul Agnihotri who was an actor before
taking on the role of a director.
Salman has dated some of the prettiest faces of Bollywood like Somy Ali,
Sangeeta Bijlani and Aishwarya Rai. His current partner is Katrina Kaif.
Salman, when not wow-ing his audience on-screen, has managed to get into quite
a few tangles with the law off-screen. In 1999, he was accused of shooting
Chinkara, an endangered species during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hai and
was awarded a jail term. After days spent behind bars and several appeals that
were denied, he is currently out on bail.
He was arrested for negligent driving on 28 September 2002, which resulted in
the death of one person while three others were injured. Charges were dropped
against the actor for homicide though other charges were leveled against him
over this incident, still being battled in court.
He has also been at the receiving end of fatwas for permitting Madame
Tussaud’s to make a wax statue of him and then participating in the
Aishwarya Rai’s parents had pressed charges against him for harassment
after the couple broke up. In 2005, alleged tapes were released of Salman Khan
threatening Aishwarya Rai to participate in events supported by the underworld.
These charges were dropped as the tapes were found to be doctored.
He played a supporting role in the film Biwi Ho Tho Aisi released
It was followed by the extremely successful 1989 hit, Maine Pyaar Kiya, winning
him the Filmfare Best Debut Award. This was followed by a string of films like
Bhaaghi, Sanam Bewafa, Pathar Ke Phool, and Saajan, which did very well at the
box office. The films released in 1992 and 1993 were pretty average.
came back to the top of the charts with his films Andaz Apna Apna with Aamir
Khan and the opulent family drama Hum Aapke Hai Kaun opposite Madhuri Dixit,
which is considered to be one of the biggest blockbusters of Bollywood. He played
the role of Arjun in Karan Arjun with Shah Rukh Khan in 1995. Khamoshi-The
Musical was the best of his 1996 films and was critically acclaimed. 1997 was
again a bleak year for Salman. He made up for it in 1998 with Pyaar Kiya Tho
Darna Kya with Kajol and his appearance in the hit Kuch Kuch Hota Hai as Aman,
which won him the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor award.
, he co-starred with Karishma Kapoor in the hit comedy Biwi No.1. He
starred with Aishwarya Rai and Ajay Devgan in the love story Hum Dil De Chuke
Sanam which made waves in India
and overseas. The film Hello Brother carried a family tag on it as he starred
alongside his brother Arbaaz Khan and it was directed by his brother Sahil
Salman continued to churn out several films. Some did fairly well
like Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega in 2000 and Chori Chori Chupke Chupke in 2001,
both films in which he worked with Rani Mukherji and Preity Zinta. None of his
movies that came out in 2002 worked well. He made up for it with Tere Naam in
2003 that not only did well at the box office but his performance was
He played the role of an AIDS patient in Phir Milenge that came out in 2004.
The World Health Organisation commended the film for its portrayal of AIDS.
Mujhse Shaadi Karoge in 2004, Maine
Pyaar Kyun Kiya? in 2005 and funnies like No Entry in 2005 and Partner in 2007
kept his fans hooked. His Hollywood venture with Ali Larter, Marigold: An
Adventure in India
flopped. He took over from Jim Carrey in God Tussi Great Ho in 2008, based on
the Hollywood comedy, Bruce Almighty. He put
in an appearance in Hello, which is adapted from Chetan Bhagat’s book,
One Night at a Call
Center. Salman Khan
worked with Katrina in Yuvvraj but the movie didn’t work at the box
, he continued to host the television show, 10 Ka Dum. His
performance in Wanted, a remake of Pokkiri, was praised. However, Main Aur Mrs
Khanna and London Dreams failed to make a strong impact.
His next release in 2010 is Veer, an epic. He plays the warrior Veer. The movie
is set during the period when the British had occupied India.
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