Bajrangi Bhaijaan, the Eid special, is expected to propel Salman khan to a different level of stardom and heroism. His previous hit movies, Kick and Dabangg, were also released on Eid.
Eid might be his lucky charm, so much so that Salman Khan makes sure that most of his movies are released at the end of Ramadan month. His next release, by the way, is Prem rattan dhan payo, which will be released on Diwali. Salman Khan and festivals have worked so far. No reason why it won’t again.
Salman bhai’s character in the movies, bajrangi, is a devotee of Hanuman and wears a ‘gada’ around his neck. Releasing a Hindu-centric movie on a Muslim festival day reflects Salman’s secular spirit. It is not just fiction, but a reflection of Salman’s real being. Sallu bhai’s ‘Being Human’ initiative has already shown his compassionate side.
The recent conviction for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, and the subsequent freedom through bail, has been extremely troubling for the ‘hero of the masses’. In the end, justice prevailed and for all our support for him, he has gifted us all with ‘Bajrangi bhaijaan’!
Normally, convicted people do community service after conviction, but Salman Khan has been helping underprivileged children, cutting across all religions, since 2007 and spent 42 crores in the last three years on health and education.
Remember Salman Khan’s response in the Jodhpur Sessions Court? On being asked to state his religious affiliation, Salman Khan said, “I am an Indian.” It was a simple statement, but carried a deeper meaning, reflective of who Salman Khan really is.
The judge said, “There is a column which needs to be filled so you will have to tell.”
Salman Khan’s reply left the audience stunned, “I am both Hindu and Muslim. My mother is Hindu and my father is Muslim.”
Coming from a secular family, Salman has become the symbol of religious tolerance.
Salim khan tied the knots with Salma, Salman’s mother and a Maharashtrian Brahmin. His second wife, Helen, is a Christian. The Salman Khan we know today grew up in a family which had members from almost every major religion. The ‘Khan Khandaan’ cares about love, their choices in life are not dictated by the religious sentiments. Salman Khan, though still single, could end up marrying either a Hindu, or a Muslim, a Christian or a Sikh.
Salman’s brothers, Arbaaz khan and Sohail khan, kept the legacy on by marrying Malaika Arora Khan, who is half-Hindu-half-catholic, and Seema Sachdeva, a Hindu, respectively.
Belonging to different backgrounds, imagine the celebrations! The same family celebrates Ganpati pooja, holi, Diwali, Eid and Christmas with equal fervour and affinity.
We should not tag Salman Khan to a particular religion. He is a human being even before he is an Indian. His actions speak for themselves.