Salman Khan- A Superstar with Golden Heart
Salman aka Sallu and also called as ‘Bhai’ by the close ones began his film career in 1988 with the film titled-‘Biwi Ho To Aisi’. The film had Farooq Shaikh and Rekha in the lead roles and Salman played a sort of spoiled younger brother-in-law of Rekha who later on becomes a good ‘devar’ and considers Rekha as his another mother. Even in this not so important or central role he had shown his acting talent and a spark of becoming one of the great actors of the industry. The very next year i.e. 1989 a history was written with the release of ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’. It was the blockbuster of that year and for the first time Salman and Sooraj Barjatya worked together. This tremendously talented duo went on to give some of the most memorable films of Hindi cinema such as ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’ and ‘Hum Saath Saath Hai’. It’s a great news that at present they are working on another film titled ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’.
One of the salient features of Salman’s films is they are complete family entertainers. One can watch his films with parents, siblings and children as there is seldom obscenity in his films. Due to it Salman is perhaps a rare reigning superstars who has the fan following from all age groups. It is said that ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ and other films of his which were released between 1989 to 1994 were seen together by the parents along-with their children who were in the age group of 12 to 18 then and now those parents have crossed the age of 60 and their children have become middle aged parents and the children of these parents are watching the films of Salman along-with their grand parents and parents. Hence, Sallu has the fan following of three generations and all of them love him equally.
Sallu is the person who believes in helping others. He has helped immensely many newcomers in the industry; few of them are Katrina Kaif, Himesh Reshmiyah, Sajid-Wajid, Pulkit Samrat, etc. He has also helped many workers who work on the sets of films by way of organizing free surgery camps for them and their family members. For carrying out his charity work he runs his NGO called Being Human. This NGO apart from helping the needy people also promotes the cause of education among the needy children. It is also promoting the cause of ICT enabled education in certain parts of North India.
Salman and his family firmly believes in secularism. His father is Muslim, mother Salma Khan is a Hindu, step mother Helen is a Christian, his sister Alvira Khan is married to Atul Agnihotri, a Hindu, brother Arbaaz Khan is married to Maliaka Arora-Khan who is half Hindu and half Christian, youngest brother Sohail Khan is married to Seema Sachdev Khan who is Hindu. Hence, we can say that this Khan family is the best example of national integrity. He loves his family enormously and still stays along-with his family at Galaxy Apartments in Bandra. He has acted in the films either produced or directed by Arbaaz Khan, Sohail Khan and Atul Agnihotri. He believes in helping his friends from industry during their need. For instance, he made a film tilted ‘Partner’ especially for Govinda when his career was in trouble.
By :Prof. Subhash G. Shinde