Salman Khan: the superstar, actor and human being

Salman Khan: Bollywood’s enfant-terrible

Salman Khan is an actor with his own unique style and an unbelievable fan following – who is also known as the Rajinikanth of Bollywood. He’s labeled as one of the reigning Khans, with many claiming that he’s a misunderstood actor. He sure gets into his own share of trouble, current issue making headlines is the 2002 hit-and-run case that Salman Khan was involved in.

On 28 September 2002, he was arrested for rash and negligent driving after his car allegedly ran over four persons sleeping on the pavement. While one died, three others were injured.

The actor appeared in a Mumbai Sessions Court on Friday, (March 27) and told the court that neither was he driving the car, nor was he drunk, when the accident took place. Salman said that his driver, Ashok Singh was at the wheel of the car at the time of mishap. He further added that he had not consumed liquor on the day of the accident.

Salman Khan is facing charges of IPC Sec. 304(II) – which attracts a 10-year jail sentence, Sec. 279, Sec. 337, Sec. 338, Sec. 427, and under Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Bombay Prohibition Act, 1949.

But, apart from being in the news for the wrong reasons, Salman Khan hails from one of the most influential families in Bollywood. And not only has the actor made a niche for himself with the kind of cinema he does, but is said to be one of the most loved Khans in the industry.

Born as Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan, Salman was born to noted screenwriter Salim Khan and his wife Sushila. He has two brothers – Arbaaz and Sohail and two sisters – Alvira and Arpita. He schooled at St. Stanislaus High School.

Salman Khan made his acting debut with ‘Biwi Ho To Aisi’ (1988), in which he played a supporting role. However, it was his role as the shy Prem in Sooraj Barjatya’s ‘Maine Pyar Kiye’ (1989) that made him a household name. Maine Pyar Kiya went on to become one of India’s highest grossing films and its dialogues are remembered till date. Salman Khan also earned Salman his first Filmfare Award for Best male Debut and Filmfare nomination for best actor. In 1990, Salman Khan was seen romancing Naghma in ‘Baaghi: A Rebel for Love’, which was a Box Office success. 1991 saw three moderately successful films from Salman – ‘Patthar Ke Phool’ (opposite Raveena Tandon), ‘Sanam Bewafa’ and ‘Kurbaan’. The following year, Salman co-starred in Sanjay Dutt-Madhuri Dixit starrer ‘Saajan’, which was a critical and financial success. Following which, the actor suffered a few setbacks as far as films were concerned between 1992-93.

In 1994, Salman Khan was again back as the lovable Prem in yet another Sooraj Barjatya

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