Salman Khan, born Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan on December 27, 1965 is a popular Indian film actor who appears in Bollywood movies.
Salman is the eldest son of celebrated screenwriter Salim Khan and his wife Salma Khan. His stepmother is Helen (actress), a famous yesteryear Bollywood dancer and actress. He has two brothers, Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan, and two sisters, Alvira and Arpita. Alvira is married to actor/director Atul Agnihotri.
Salman Khan, who made his acting debut with the film "Biwi Ho To Aisi" (1988), had his first commercial success with the blockbuster "Maine Pyar Kiya"(1989), and won a Filmfare Best Debut Award for his performance.
During his career years, he was the leading actor in some of Bollywood's biggest hits such as "Saajan" (1991), "Hum Aapke Hain Kaun"(1994), "Biwi No.1"(1999) and "No Entry"(2005), and has starred in the highest earnings of five separate years. In 1998, he won a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for his extended appearance in "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai". Since then, having significant commercial success and delivering many critically acclaimed performances, he is considered to be one of the biggest superstars and most prominent leading actors in the industry.
Salman Khan made his acting debut in the 1988 film "Biwi Ho To Aisi" where he played a supporting role. His first leading role in a Bollywood movie was in Sooraj R. Barjatya's romantic film "Maine Pyar Kiya"(1989). The film went on to become one of India's highest grossing films.It also won him a Filmfare Best Debut Award, and a nomination for Filmfare Best Actor Award.
1990 was a moderately good year for him with one film release, which did not do well at the box-office. However, 1991 was a good year for him, taking part in hit films like "Sanam Bewafa", "Patthar Ke Phool" and "Saajan".
His second venture with director Sooraj Barjatya, "Hum Aapke Hain Koun"(1994), remains one of Indian cinema's highest grossing films ever.
He has since had numerous box office hits throughout the 1990s and in the 2000s. Some of his biggest box office hits include "Karan Arjun","Judwaa"(1997), "Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya" (1998), "Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United"(1999), "Biwi No.1"(1999), "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" (1999), "Tere Naam"(2003), "Mujhse Shaadi Karogi"(2004) and "No Entry" (2005).
Khan has starred in the highest earning films of 1989, 1991, 1994, 1999, and 2005.
His recent release "Partner" has done very well at the box office and looks set to be the biggest hit of the year.He recently appeared in his first Hollywood movie, "Marigold: An Adventure in India" opposite American actress Ali Larter which was released on August 18, 2007.
The actor is known to be involved in several charities and many swear by his generosity.
Despite tumultuous relationships with ex-girlfriends Aishwarya Rai, Somy Ali and Sangeeta Bijlani, he is regarded as Bollywood's most eligible bachelor. Salman Khan has been romantically linked to actresses Sangeeta Bijlani, Somy Ali and Aishwarya Rai in the past.His turbulent relationship with Aishwarya Rai filled gossip columns.Her parents lodged a complaint against him and he was thrown off a movie set on which Ms. Rai was filming.
In 2005, news outlets released what was said to be an illicit copy of a mobile phone call recorded in 2001 by the Mumbai police. It appeared to be a call in which he threatened his ex-girlfriend, Aishwarya Rai, in an effort to force her to appear at social events held by Mumbai crime figures. The call featured boasts of connections to organized crime and derogatory comments about other actors. The alleged tape was tested in the Government's Forensic lab in Chandigarh, which concluded that it was a fake. The voices in concern were doctored and not real.
He is currently dating fellow actress and model Katrina Kaif.
On September 28, 2002, Salman was arrested for rash and negligent driving. He was under the influence of alcohol and his car veered onto a sidewalk outside a bakery in Mumbai. One person who was sleeping on the sidewalk died and three others were injured.Charges of culpable homicide were laid against him, but later dropped. However, some legal action in this case appears to be on-going.
On February 17, 2006, Salman was sentenced to one year in prison for hunting an endangered species, the Chinkara. The sentence was stayed by a higher court during appeal.
On April 10, 2006, Salman was handed a five year jail term for hunting the endangered Chinkara. He was remanded to Jodhpur jail, and remained there until April 13, when he was granted bail.
On August 24, 2007, the Jodhpur sessions court, upheld the 5 year jail term for Salman in the Chinkara poaching case by turning down his appeal against the 2006 judgement. At the time of the hearing, he was busy with a shooting elsewhere, while his sister attended the proceedings.
He has been placed under police arrest on 25th August 2007 in Jodhpur after a Rajasthan court upheld a prison sentence passed upon him for poaching.
On August 31, 2007, Salman Khan was released on bail from the Jodhpur Central jail where he has spent six days.
In September 2007, a Bareilly Muslim clergy issued fatwa against Salman Khan for participating in Ganesh puja celebrations