Salman Khan Biography
Salman Khan is an Indian actor and philanthropist who is known around the world for his romantic action comedies. The superstar is one of the three “Khans of Bollywood” and is reputed as one of the most bankable leading men in the Indian film industry. Salman Khan has appeared in over 80 Hindi films, numerous TV commercials and reality shows and also he often walks the ramp for leading Indian fashion designers. He was voted the seventh best-looking man in the world by People magazine in 2004 which also voted him the best looking man in India for the year.
Salman Khan has been active in the Hindi film industry since 1988 and has been the star of many blockbuster hits in Bollywood. His most recent venture, “Ek Tha Tiger”, has become the highest grossed Indian movie both in the country and worldwide with box office collections crossing $43 million in the first 12 days of the movie’s opening. As of 2012, Salman Khan’s net worth is estimated to be around $25 million.
Salman Khan is one of the most noted philanthropists in Bollywood and he often lends his star power to a number of charitable causes. Salman Khan started a non-profit organization called ‘'Being Human: The Salman Khan Foundation" in July 2007. The charitable trust sells lifestyle products like watches and t-shirts online and in stores with a portion of the sales proceeds funding the foundation. The charity focuses on two main causes- healthcare and education for the underprivileged. The foundation also undertakes initiatives like Being Human Gitanjali Gold Coins and Being Human Art which also supplement the funding for the charity.
Salman Khan also owns a production company called Salman Khan Being Human Productions (SKBH Productions). Profits generated from films produced under the banner are also forwarded to the Being Human Foundation. In January 2012, Salman’s foundation offered to pay $72,400 to secure the release of 400 prisoners from various prisons in the state of Uttar Pradesh. These prisoners had finished the term of their sentences but were being held in prison for non-payment of legal fines for their charges.
Salman Khan is an avid bodybuilder and his physique remains one of the most idolized ones in the country. During his 24-year career in Bollywood, Salman has also at the center of many controversies. In 2002, Salman was arrested for negligent driving and culpable homicide after his car ran into a bakery and killed one person. The charges were later dropped. In 2006, Khan was found guilty of hunting the Chinkara, a protected dear species and was handed a one year prison term. A subsequent hearing saw the actor being slapped with a five-year jail sentence though he was granted bail after he was remanded to the Jodhpur jail for three day. As of July 2012, charges in the case have been finalized against Khan and others involved in the case which have paved the way for the beginning of the trial.
Like most Bollywood celebrities, Salman Khan has been romantically linked with almost every actress he has worked with. His first official girlfriend was model and actress Sangeeta Bijlani. Despite being in a serious relationship, the couple broke up in the early ‘90s. In the mid-‘90s, Salman began dating U.S.-born Indian actress Somy Ali though the relationship ended after just a few years. Salman Khan then started dating former Miss India and his co-star in the 1999 film “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” Aishwarya Rai. The much publicized affair, however, came to a bitter end in 2002 when Rai alleged that Salman had been abusive towards her and had even assaulted her physically at one instance.
Salman Khan met British Indian model/actress Katrina Kaif while the former was struggling to get her career in Bollywood started. Salman took the starlet under his wing and introduced her to big name producers. Despite her poor Hindi accent, Kaif landed a number of meaty roles in major film productions due to Salman’s influence in the industry. However, Kaif’s independent success later in her career soured the relationship between the two. Their seven-year-long relationship ended after Salman infamously told the media that he was “single” to which Kaif replied “If Salman is single, so am I”.