About Actor Salman Khan

by Nancy Hayden
In 2004,

In 2004, "People" magazine named Khan the world's seventh most handsome man.

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Salman Khan has been one of the leading men of India's Bollywood screen scene since the late 1980s. Throughout the years he has cultivated not only a successful onscreen career but has kept fans intrigued with his bachelor lifestyle and his reputation as a "bad boy."


Salman Khan was born on December 27, 1965 in the city of Indore in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. His full given name is Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan. He is one of five children born to his father screenwriter Salim Khan and his first wife Salma. Salman has two brothers and two sisters. His parents divorced and his father married former Bollywood actress Helen Richardson in 1980. Salman appeared with his stepmother in a few films in the 1990s.

Career Highlights

Salman played his first leading role in the 1989 romantic film "Maine Pyar Kiya." Khan portrayed a young man named Prem who falls for the daughter of his father's friend. Following the film's success, Salman's career took off. Since then, he has appeared in more than 75 films. Highlights included the 1991 drama "Saajan," the 1994 mega-hit "Hum Aapke Hain Kaun" and the critically acclaimed "Tere Naam" in 2003.


Salman received the 1990 Filmfare award for Best Male Debut for "Maine Pyar Kiya." He was nominated three more times for Filmfare awards in the '90s before winning as Best Supporting Actor in '99 for "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai." In the 2000s, Khan was nominated for several Filmfare, Star Screen and Zee Cine Awards. In 2002, he won the Bollywood Movie Award for Most Sensational Actor for "Chori Chori Chupke Chupke." In 2007, he was presented with the Rajiv Gandhi Award for outstanding achievement in entertainment.

Personal Life

Khan is well-known for his off-screen antics. A bodybuilder who has been included on "People" magazine's list of most handsome men, he has quite a reputation as a ladies man. Khan had a publicly rocky romance with actress Aishwarya Rai and has also been romantically linked to Somy Ali and Sangeeta Bijlani. In 2003, Salman began a long-time relationship with Katrina Kaif. His bad-boy side has landed him in trouble with the law as well. In 2002, Khan was involved in a driving accident that left one person dead, although charges of culpable homicide were dropped. In 2007, Khan spent seven days in jail for hunting the chinkara, or Indian gazelle, an endangered species.

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