Salman Khan, a force to reckon with and a Superstar with a massive fan-following ranging from the Indian soil to the foreign shores, completes 53 glorious years today. Regarded as the Bad Boy of the industry but someone with a heart of gold, the actor is currently in the space of recluse, unperturbed and unfazed by blockbuster success or gargantuan failure.
So as he celebrates his birthday today, here are 30 unknown facts about him that may SHOCK you:-
1. The Not-So-Grand Debut
For all those who feel Bhai made his debut with Maine Pyar Kiya are sadly wrong. The actor’s first film was Biwi Ho To Aisi, which released on the 26th of August, 1988.
2. When Unemployment Crept In
His second film, Maine Pyar Kiya, made him an overnight sensation but little did Salman know this mammoth success would be followed by eight months of unemployment. Oops!
3. The Writer Salman
Salman initially wanted to be a writer, and even penned the scripts of his films like Chandra Mukhi, Baaghi and Veer.
4. The Bored Salman
Khan assisted filmmaker Shashilal Nair on his film Falak in 1988, starring Jackie Shroff in the lead, but quit the project midway because he was….bored! Truly vintage Salman Khan.
5. The Biggest Blockbuster
Do you know the 1994 Hum Aapke Hain Koun is the biggest blockbuster of Hindi Cinema. It raked in over 72 crores back in the day and the current box-office number of the film stands at a staggering 722 crores, after adjusting the inflation, which happens to be more than that of Sholay.
6. The Love For Soaps
Salman has an incredible fetish for soaps, so much so that his bathroom is full of them. Quite a fetish we must say!
7. Oh Yeah, shoes too!
Bhai is equally fond of shoes and owns at least a thousand pair but he mostly prefers to flaunt his black ones, which are his favourites.
8. The Enviable Body
Salman’s body, which is still objectified in almost all his potboilers, is one sight to envy and behold. But do you know the measurements? His chest size is 45 and biceps are around 17 inches. Impressive right?
9. The Most Favourite Actress
Khan said in an interview that Hema Malini is his favourite actress and his fashion sense is inspired by her.
10. The Panvel Farmhouse
When not shooting, Bhai is mostly chilling at his Panvel Farmhouse.
11. The Hidden Salman Khan
Ever noticed how Salman’s silhouette or his backside is showcased in his films’ first look? It’s regarded lucky by the actor and also piques the viewers’ curiosity about the films. Bharat being the latest example.
12. Rum Rum Rum Rum Rum
Bhai loves Rum the most, no other drink!
13. Wait, Sushi too!
Bhai is a sucker for sushi; it’s his go-to food.
14. The Love for Biryani
Bhai loves Mutton Biryani and that too cooked by mommy Salma Khan. He even makes his entire cast and crew eat it.
15. Rendezvous with Sangeeta Bijlani
When a British journalist arrived at Salman Khan’s residence back in the late 90’s to know more about the actor, he took them to his then girlfriend Sangeta Bijlani’s house and said nobody knows me better than her. Now that’s quite a story!
16. Somy Ali
Bhai was in a relationship with the US based Somy Ali and was even close to tying the knot, but Ali called it quits and went back to the US. Why? You may ask!
17. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai- These were the two words Ali used when quipped about the reason behind the relationship going kaput. Salman was head-over-heels in love with the Miss World 1994 and was extremely protective about the liaison. However, protectiveness turned into possessiveness and love became obsession. Bhai was frequently violent and physically abusive and even stormed on the sets of Shah Rukh Khan’s Chalte Chalte which was initially offered to Rai. Not being able to take the brat anymore, Rai called off the relationship with Khan in 2002 and termed it as a nightmare.
18. Sorry Katrina!
Bharat is Khan and Katrina’s fifth film together and they both have been immensely close for the last 13 years. However, the actor doesn’t bother to watch her films. We wonder why!
19. The Sweet Gesture
Salman doesn’t believe in awards, he believes in rewards, and this has been the case ever since he stepped into the industry. In 1998, when Bhai was to be given an award for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, he declined the same and said Manoj Bajpayee deserved it for his performance in Satya. Truly a gentlemanly gesture!
20. The Man with a Golden Heart
Ace photographer Avinash Gowariker didn’t have any place to live in Mumbai during his struggling days. Enters Salman who gave him his house to stay in and that too for two years. Salute, Respect!
21. Tiger In Turkey
While shooting for Ek Tha Tiger in Turkey, Salman discovered there was a restaurant after his name there and frequently visited the place to have lunch and dinner. Isn’t that cool?
22. Fight with Raveena Tandon
Don’t worry; it wasn’t a rivalry or fallout but quite a childish one. During an ad shoot, Salman spat the chewing gum in his mouth on Tandon’s face. Furious, she refused to shoot until she got the opportunity to do the same. Guess what? Bhai was generous enough to allow her to do it. Sweet!
23. Fatwas against Salman
Two fatwas were released against the actor, one was regarding his wax statue at the Madame Tussauds and the other related to his presence at the Ganpati Celebrations. However, it’s not known what happened to them.
24. No Retakes Please
Salman asks his directors to create a six-camera set up as he hates to give retakes. Directors, please take note!
25. No Winters either
Salman hates winters. His nose is perpetually crimson during the season.
26. Saving Jackie Shroff
Jackie Shroff, who was hit by bankruptcy during the early 2000’s, took a loan from film producer Sajid Nadiadwala. Unable to repay it on time, Nadiadwala initiated legal proceedings against the actor but was stopped by Salman. Quite a gesture, we must say!
27. Getting beaten up by Salim Khan
Salman once hid in his bathroom out of his father’s fear. Well, Salim Khan broke the door, entered inside and gave him a beating. Ouch!
28. The Painter Salman
For all of you who didn’t know, Bhai is a great artist as well and frequently paints what his heart desires!
29. The Love for Sisters
Only his sisters can convince him to attend an event or an award show or a party, nobody else!
30. Being Human
Being Human is one of the most profitable NGO’S and it had a turnover of around 300 crores in 2016. Salman even donates over 10% of his films’ profits to the organization.
Weren’t these facts cool? Hope Bhai continues to entertain his fans as he always has!
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