Last Updated on August 29, 2020
Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan is an Indian film actor, producer, occasional singer and television personality. In a film career spanning over thirty years, Khan has received numerous awards, including two National Film Awards as a film producer, and two Filmfare Awards for acting. He is cited in the media as one of the most commercially successful actors of both world and Indian cinema. Forbes included him in their 2015 list of Top-Paid 100 Celebrity Entertainers in world; Khan tied with Amitabh Bachchan for No. 71 on the list, both with earnings of $33.5 million. According to the Forbes 2018 list of Top-Paid 100 Celebrity Entertainers in world, Khan was the highest ranked Indian with 82nd rank with earnings of $37.7 million. He is also known as the host of the reality show, Bigg Boss since 2010.
|Born||Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan|
27 December 1965 (age 54)
Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
|Education||St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai|
|Net worth||$ 260 million (2020)|
|Parent(s)||Salim Khan (father)|
|Relatives||Sohail Khan (brother)|
Arbaaz Khan (brother)
See Salim Khan family
The eldest son of screenwriter Salim Khan, Khan began his acting career with a supporting role in Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988), followed by a leading role in Maine Pyar Kiya (1989). Khan continued in Bollywood in the 1990s with roles in several productions, including the romantic drama Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994), the action thriller Karan Arjun (1995), the comedy Biwi No.1 (1999), and the family drama Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999). After a brief period of decline in the 2000s, Khan achieved greater stardom in the 2010s by playing the lead role in successful action films like Dabangg (2010), Ready (2011), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Kick (2014), Sultan (2016) and Tiger Zinda Hai (2017).
In addition to his acting career, Khan is a television presenter and promotes humanitarian causes through his charity, Being Human Foundation. Khan’s off-screen life is marred by controversy and legal troubles. In 2015 he was convicted of culpable homicide for a negligent driving case in which he ran over five people with his car, killing one, but his conviction was set aside on appeal. On 5 April 2018, Khan was convicted in a blackbuck poaching case and sentenced to five years imprisonment. He is currently out on bail while an appeal is being heard.
Early life and background
Khan is the eldest son of screenwriter Salim Khan and his first wife Sushila Charak, who later adopted the name Salma Khan. Born to a Hindu mother and a Muslim father, Khan was brought up in both faiths. His paternal ancestors were the Alakozai Pashtuns from Afghanistan who immigrated to Indore, Madhya Pradesh in the mid 1800s; however, Jasim Khan in his biography of the actor states that his ancestors belonged to the Akuzai sub-tribe of the Yusufzai Pashtuns from Malakand in the Swat valley of North-West Frontier Province in British India (now in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan). His grandfather Abdul Rashid Khan was a Deputy Inspector General of the Indore state who was awarded Diler Jung award of the Holkar times. Khan’s mother is a homemaker, whose father Baldev Singh Charak, a Dogra Rajput, comes from Jammu-Kashmir and whose mother comes from Maharashtra. He has two brothers, Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan; and two sisters, Alvira Khan Agnihotri, who is married to actor/director Atul Agnihotri, and an adopted sister Arpita.
Salman finished his schooling at St. Stanislaus High School in Bandra, Mumbai, as did his younger brothers Arbaaz and Sohail. Previously, he studied at The Scindia School, Gwalior for a few years along with his younger brother Arbaaz. He attended St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai but dropped out.
1989–93: Debut and breakthrough
Khan made his acting debut with the 1988 film Biwi Ho To Aisi, which saw him play a supporting role. He went on to play the leading role in Sooraj R. Barjatya’s romantic family drama Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), which become one of the highest-grossing Indian films at the time. It earned him his first nomination for a Best Actor at Filmfare along with a nomination for Best Male Debut at the same ceremony; the latter was awarded to Barjatya. Maine Pyar Kiya was dubbed in English as When Love Calls, in Spanish as Te Amo, and in Telugu as Prema Paavuraalu.
1990 saw one film release starring Khan; Baaghi: A Rebel for Love, a box office success, followed by three moderately successful films in 1991, Patthar Ke Phool, Sanam Bewafa, and Kurbaan. The same year, Khan went on to co-star with Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit for the romantic drama Saajan.
1994–2009: Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!! and other films
In 1994, Khan appeared in Rajkumar Santoshi’s Andaz Apna Apna, co-starring Aamir Khan. At the time of its release, the film failed at the box office but has gained a cult status over the years. Later in the year he collaborated with director Sooraj Barjatya in the romance Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! co-starring Madhuri Dixit. During the 1995 awards season, the film won 3 Filmfare Awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress. It also won the National Award for being the most popular film of the year. Earning over ₹1.35 billion (US$19 million) worldwide, the film became the biggest Bollywood hit of the year. It is one of the films on Box Office India’s list of “Biggest Blockbusters Ever in Hindi Cinema”. In 2006, it was still the fourth-highest ever grossing Bollywood film, according to Box Office India. In 1995 he starred in Rakesh Roshan’s Karan Arjun alongside Shah Rukh Khan. The two played brothers who are reincarnated after being killed by family enemies. His role of Karan earned him a nomination for the 1995 Filmfare Best Actor Award.
In 1996, Khan performed in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s directional debut Khamoshi: The Musical. He also appeared in and Raj Kanwar’s action hit Jeet. He had two releases in 1997: Judwaa and Auzaar. The former was a comedy directed by David Dhawan where he played a dual role of twins separated at birth.
Khan worked in five different films in 1998, his first release being the romantic comedy film Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya opposite Kajol, one of the biggest commercial successes of that year. This was followed by the moderately successful drama Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai  where Khan played a young man who has to take a child who claims to be his son, under his custody. Khan’s performance in the film earned favourable critical review. He also had an extended cameo in Karan Johar’s directorial debut, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, for which he earned a second Filmfare Award under the Best Supporting Actor category.
In 1999, Khan starred in three films: Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United, Biwi No.1, and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam alongside Aishwarya Rai and Ajay Devgan, which earned him another Best Actor nomination at the Filmfare awards. His performance in the film was reviewed favourably, with Sharmila Telikum of Reddit noting, “Salman is endearing. He does tend to ham in the dramatic scenes but looks very comfortable doing comedy and those romantic scenes.”
In 2000, Khan appeared in Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, which addressed the issue of surrogate childbirth. In it, Khan played the role of a rich industrialist who hires a surrogate mother after his wife becomes infertile. Sukanya Verma of Reddit wrote that the film had an absurd storyline, but also spontaneous performances from the cast, helping to minimise its other flaws. In 2002 he starred in Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam.
For Tere Naam, (2003) Taran Adarsh said of him, “Salman Khan is exceptional in a role that fits him to the T. He breathes fire in sequences that demand uneasiness. But beneath the tough exterior lies a vulnerable person and this facet in particular comes to the fore in the latter reels. His emotional outbursts are splendid…] Director Satish Kaushik considered Khan’s work in the film to be strong, saying of it, “Salman has given a great performance in the film. He”s given an intense, unconventional performance. I believe this is the best performance of Salman”s career so far.” He continued his career with comedies like Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004) and No Entry (2005).
Khan started 2007 with the ensemble film Salaam E Ishq. He appeared in the Hollywood movie, Marigold: An Adventure in India opposite American actress Ali Larter. The film told the love story of an Indian man and an American woman.
Khan hosted the second season of the game show 10 Ka Dum during 2009. According to a 2008 report from BizAsia UK, the show earned enough target ratings points (TRPs) for Sony Entertainment Television to regain its third position in the Indian television ratings.
2009–present: Commercial success
He appeared in Wanted, directed by choreographer turned director Prabhu Deva. The film received mixed reviews. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama rated it 4 of 5 stars noting, “WANTED rides on Salman Khan’s star power. He may not be the best actor in town, but in a film like WANTED, in a role that seems like an extension of his personality, you can’t think of anyone else enacting this role with flourish.” Raja Sen from Rediff gave a rating of 2/5 and said “The writing is both amateurish and crass, while the songs are plain hideous…Khan might be having fun, but the fact a film like Wanted underscores is how badly Bollywood needs a breed of younger leading men. And how the existing lot need roles that fit.
He appeared in two other films that year, Main Aurr Mrs Khanna and London Dreams. Khan’s first release of 2010 was Anil Sharma’s film Veer.Khan in 2009
In his next film, Dabangg, Khan played the role of a fearless cop with comic effect in the film. The film was noted by the Economic Times as being remarkable for its commercial success, despite having an “accent on inanity…” and “…complete incoherence in terms of plot and credibility. The Times also noted industry experts attributed the popularity of the film to Khan’s presence, stating that they “ascribe its allure to the star charisma of Salman Khan, who has managed to carry off the over-the-top articulation of Chulbul Pandey with unbridled enthusiasm and zeal.
Dabangg went on to win several awards, including the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.It was later remade in Tamil and Telugu. The film was produced by his brother Arbaaz Khan. It was reported by the Hindustan Times that the film opened to full houses across the country. Khan received a Star Screen Award for Best Actor and a Stardust Award for Star of the Year – Male for his performance. He was also nominated for his sixth Filmfare Award for Best Actor. Anupama Chopra from NDTV wrote about his performance: “It’s the role of a lifetime and Salman Khan bites into it like a starving man devours a feast. He inhabits it fully, strutting and swaggering and even, spoofing himself.
Khan’s first release of 2011 was Ready. Ready held a record for being the second highest grossing Bollywood film of 2011 He next appeared in Bodyguard, a remake of the 2010 Malayalam film of the same name. The film was not well received by critics, though it became India’s highest-earning film of the year.Khan with Katrina Kaif at the launch of Ek Tha Tiger’s first song ‘Mashallah’.
Khan’s first release of 2012 was Ek Tha Tiger where he starred opposite Katrina Kaif and acted as an Indian spy. The film garnered positive to mixed reactions from critics whilst opening to extremely strong box office collections. The film marks his first association with Yash Raj Films.
Khan releases Dabangg 2, the sequel of Dabangg, in 2012 under the production of Arbaaz Khan. Dabangg 2 eventually emerged as a huge financial success with revenues of ₹2.5 billion (US$35 million) globally.
After a one-year gap, Khan’s first release of 2014 was Jai Ho which he starred in opposite Daisy Shah. His second release, Kick, a remake of a Telugu film has entered the Rs. 2 billion club in India on Eid. He also sang the “Hangover” song from the movie.
Khan’s first film of 2015, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which was released on Eid, received positive reviews from critics and the public and broke several box office records upon release. The film, grossing ₹1.84 billion (US$26 million) on its first week beat the previous record of PK. This was Khan’s first and the second Bollywood film after PK to enter the 300 club. The film is currently the second highest-grossing Bollywood film in India and worldwide with a collection of over 6 billion. Bajrangi Bhaijaan crossed 300 crore within 20 days of its release and became the second highest grosser to date in India, while his second film, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, a Diwali release received mixed reviews from critics and the public and broke several box office records upon release. The film became the ninth consecutive film of Salman Khan to gross over 1 billion. The film grossed ₹1.73 billion (US$27 million) on its first week. As of 25 November, the film collected ₹2.01 billion. With this, khan become the only actor to give three back-to-back movies which collected more than ₹2 billion (US$28 million) net domestically] He became the only actor to collect over ₹5 billion (US$70 million) domestic net in a single year in India.
Khan’s first film of 2016, yet again another Eid release, Sultan, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar for Yash Raj Films received positive reviews from both critics and the public breaking several box office records. The film opened on an average of 70% audience occupancyand grossed approximately ₹365 million (US$5.1 million) on its opening day. The film also collected another ₹74.86 (US$1.00) on its first weekend, bringing its total first week collections to an approximate of ₹2.08 billion (US$29 million). By the end of its second week, the film had grossed an estimated ₹2.78 billion (US$39 million)and later became the second film of Khan to net over 300 crores.. As of 9 August, the film grossed ₹5.83 billion (US$82 million) worldwide]
In June 2017, Khan appeared in Tubelight, his third collaboration with Kabir Khan after Ek Tha Tiger and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. This film also starred Khan’s real-life brother Sohail Khan. Despite its high expectations, the film failed to maintain a strong run at the box office. Khan’s second release of 2017 Tiger Zinda Hai, a sequel to Ek Tha Tiger grossed ₹190 crore worldwide in its opening weekend. As of 23 January 2018, the film has grossed ₹5.52 billion (US$77 million) worldwide, including ₹4.28 billion (US$60 million) in India and ₹1.23 billion (US$17 million) overseas.
Khan starred in Bharat that was released on 5 June 2019 and Dabangg 3 that was released on 20 December 2019. Meanwhile Kick 2 which was scheduled to release around Christmas 2019 had been delayed
Main article: Salman Khan Films
In 2011, he launched his own production company called SKBH Productions (Salman Khan Being Human Productions). Money generated from film productions will be donated to the Being Human organisation. The first film made under the banner was the kids’ entertainer Chillar Party, which went on to win 3 National Awards for Best Children’s film, Best Original Screenplay and Child Artist’s Award. SKBH Productions next film will be Shikshanachya Aaicha Gho, a remake directed by Mahesh Manjrekar.
In 2014, he launched another production house called SKF (Salman Khan Films). The first film released under this banner was the Canadian film Dr. Cabbie. The film earned $350,452 on its opening day at the box office. The next films under this banner were Hero, in which he also sang the title song “Hero” by Nikhil Advani, which starred Aditya Pancholi’s son Suraj Pancholi and Sunil Shetty’s daughter Athiya Shetty; and Bajrangi Bhaijaan by Kabir Khan starring Khan himself with Kareena Kapoor & Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
In 2008 Khan hosted 10 Ka Dum. The show was extremely popular and was at the number one spot in ratings in India. It garnered an average TVR of 2.81 and a peak rating of 4.5, leaving behind Shahrukh Khan’s Kya Aap Paanchvi Paas Se Tej hai? with an average rating of 1.37 TVR and a peak rating of 2.3 and Hrithik Roshan’s Junoon – Kuch Kar Dikhane Ka on NDTV Imagine with an average TVR of 0.76 and a peak rating of 1.1. According to reports, the show helped Sony TV regain its third position in the Indian television ratings. He again hosted the show in 2009 and thus won the Best Anchor Award for 10 Ka Dum in 2008 and 2009. In 2010 Khan hosted Bigg Boss 4. The show was widely accepted and appreciated due to Khan’s hosting and surpassed the famous hosting of Amitabh Bachchan,
The Grand Finale episode on 8 January 2011, received a TRP of 6.7, which was the highest among the finales of other Indian reality shows such as Kaun Banega Crorepati, Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega, MasterChef and DID –Li’l Masters.Due to high TRP Khan again hosted Bigg Boss 5 along with Sanjay Dutt in 2011 and because of huge acceptance he also hosted Bigg Boss 6 and Bigg Boss 7 in 2012 and 2013. In 2013 Khan hosted the Star Guild Award for the first time. Khan also hosted Bigg Boss 8, Bigg Boss 9, Bigg Boss 10, Bigg Boss 11, Bigg Boss 12 and Bigg Boss 13.
Khan was associated as a brand when he had advertised for Campa Cola, Limca Soft drink, Hero Honda bikes and Double Bull shirts[ well before he entered the film Industry. Even after he became a superstar, he never showed interest in promoting himself as a brand, but he was signed for Thums Up in 2002 and continued until its contract was over. Later Akshay Kumar replaced Khan. Later he was the brand ambassador of the soft drink Mountain Dew with whom he ended the contract in December 2010,and he has once again promoted Thums Up but ended contract soon after. He is now brand ambassador for Pepsi. He has also become the brand ambassador for the travel website, Yatra.com, which also made him a shareholder. He is also the face of the History Channel and the new brand ambassador for Suzuki motorcycles, Previously he endorsed Red Tape Shoes, and now he is endorsing Relaxo Hawaii. Khan is also the brand ambassador of the detergent brand Wheel. He has also appeared for Chlormint, a brand of gum, with his brother Sohail Khan. The actor has also done a jewellery brand, Sangini with Kareena Kapoor. Apart from innerwear brand Dixcy Scott and tablet BlackBerry Playbook, Britannia’ s Tiger biscuits is the latest endorsement of Salman. He is also the face of Ranbaxy’ s Revital, replacing Yuvraj Singh. Apart from these brands, he also has Rotomac Pen and SF Sonic Batteries endorsements. Now Khan has been roped in as the brand ambassador of Dubai-based fashion label Splash, and has been also signed as the brand ambassador for Astral Poly Technik Ltd, the leading manufacturers of plumbing and drainage systems in the country. Khan is also the brand ambassador of civic body Bombay Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) drive against open defecation in Mumbai, and has been also signed by the Security and Surveillance brand, CP PLUS as their CCTV ambassador.Khan is now the second Ambassador along with Amitabh Bachchan for ‘Emami Healthy & Tasty’, ‘Himani Best Choice’ and ‘Rasoi’, apart from ‘Bake Magic’.
Main article: Being Human Foundation
Khan has mentored a number of aspiring Bollywood actors. He has also been an inspiration for some Bollywood actors like Hrithik Roshan and Arjun Kapoor to get into perfect shape. Saawan Kumar Tak, the director of Sanam Bewafa, was helped by Khan as he worked Saawan… The Love Season for free.
Khan has recommended composers like Himesh Reshammiya and Sajid–Wajid. He supported Sanjay Leela Bhansali to make Khamoshi: The Musical and then Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Actor Govinda’ s career was rescued by Khan as he was offered a parallel role in Partner. Similarly it was Khan who suggested Mohnish Bahl to Sooraj Barjatya for Maine Pyar Kiya and later in Baaghi: A Rebel for Love after his stint as hero failed. Bahl has also done important roles in Salman’s Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, Hum Saath-Saath Hain and recently Jai Ho. Similarly he was instrumental in getting Ravi Kishan the role in Tere Naam.
Salman is now reportedly mentoring Rinzing, son of Danny Denzongpa: Ali, son of Raza Murad and Vaibhav Anand, the son of late Vijay Anand for their Bollywood launches. Similarly Aditya Pancholi’ s son Sooraj Pancholi and Suneil Shetty’ s daughter Athiya Shetty were launched by Salman in his production Hero. He has also decided to offer Sonu Sood his role in the Hindi remake of Mahesh Manjrekar’s 2010 hit Marathi movie Shikshanachya Aaicha Gho since he lost many offers due to an injury that happened in the CCL while playing. Salman has decided to mentor his longtime loyal bodyguard Shera’s son as well. Armaan Kohli, who had a failed Bollywood career, played a major role with Khan in Sooraj Barjatya’ s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.
Khan has been involved in several charities during his career. He has started an NGO called Being Human which sells T-shirts and other products online and in stores. A portion of the revenues go to a worthy cause supporting the underprivileged. Being Human Foundation is a registered charitable trust set up by Khan to help the underprivileged. In its early days, Khan set up and funded the Foundation using his own money. The Foundation has two focus areas: education and healthcare. To increase the reach and corpus of the Foundation, Salman Khan has undertaken initiatives such as Being Human Art, Being Human merchandise and Being Human Gitanjali Gold Coins.
In 2011, he launched his own production company called SKBH Productions (Salman Khan Being Human Productions). Money which will be generated from film productions will be donated to Being Human. The first film made under the banner was the kids’ entertainer Chillar Party, which went on to win 3 National Awards for Best Children’s film, Best Original Screenplay and Child Artist’s Award.
In January 2012, Khan offered to pay ₹4 million (US$56,000) to release about 400 prisoners from about 63 prisons in the state of Uttar Pradesh via his NGO. The prisoners had completed their terms, but due to economic reasons, they were unable to pay legal fines for their charges.
In July 2015, Khan offered to donate the profits of his most successful film Bajrangi Bhaijaan among the poor farmers all over India. The film’s producers Khan and Rockline Venkatesh both have mutually decided to donate the profits of their film to them. The film’s director Kabir Khan and Salman’s sister Alvira Agnihotri met Mahrashtra’s Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse to discuss the same.
Khan met with his 11-year-old fan from Pakistan, Abdul Basit who had severe jaundice at the time of his birth; he was diagnosed to have Criggler Najjar Syndrome and was admitted to the Apollo Hospital, Delhi. The youngster wished to meet the “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” star Khan.
Khan resides in the Galaxy Apartments, Bandra, Mumbai. He also has a 150-acre plot in Panvel which has 3 bungalows, a swimming pool and a gym. Khan is a dedicated and renowned bodybuilder.
Khan has never been married. His relationships have been of keen interest to the media and his fans.
In 1999, he began dating Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai; their relationship was often reported in the media until the couple separated in 2001. Khan started dating actress Katrina Kaif. After years of speculations, Kaif admitted in an interview in 2011 that she had been in a serious relationship with Khan for several years, but it ended in 2010. Sangeeta Bijlani and Somy Ali were also in serious relationships with Khan.
Since 2012, Khan is in a relationship with Romanian actress Iulia Vântur.
In August 2011, Khan admitted that he suffers from trigeminal neuralgia, a facial nerve disorder commonly known as the “suicide disease”. In an interview, he said that he has been quietly suffering from it for the past seven years, but now the pain has become unbearable. He said that it has even affected his voice, making it much harsher.
Khan identifies as both Hindu and Muslim, commenting that, “I’m Hindu and Muslim both. I’m Bharatiya (an Indian)”. He explained, “My father is Muslim and my mother is Hindu”.
In the media
In 2004 Khan was ranked as the 7th Best looking man in the world by People Magazine of the USA. In 2008 his lifelike wax statue was installed in London’s Madame Tussauds Museum; likewise, in 2012 another wax statue of him was installed in New York’s Madame Tussauds Museum. In 2010 People Magazine, India declared him the Sexiest Man Alive. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 he was declared the Times of India’s Most Desirable Man in 2nd, 1st and 3rd place respectively. In August 2013 he was declared India’s Most Searched Celebrity Online. Khan topped the Forbes India charts for 2014, in terms of both fame and revenues. According to the Forbes 2015 list ‘Celebrity 100 : The World’s Top-Paid Entertainers 2015’, Khan was the highest ranked Indian in the 71st rank with earnings of $33.5 million.
Khan was ranked seventh in Forbes’s first global list of highest-paid actors in the world, with earnings of US$33.5 million, which placed him higher than such Hollywood actors as Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Dwayne The Rock Johnson. In 2015, he was ranked ahead of US President Barack Obama in the list of The Most Admired Personalities of India.[ In September 2015, the International Business Times declared him “The Most Attractive Personality” in India. He also became the only actor to collect over ₹5.00 billion (US$70 million) domestic net in a single year in India. Khan was ranked the second “Most Googled Indian of 2015” and first among Bollywood actors. On 24 April 2016 the Indian Olympic Association appointed the actor as the Indian Olympic contingent’s goodwill ambassador for the 2016 Summer Olympics. In August 2017, he was identified as the ninth highest-paid actor in the world, and the second highest-paid in India after Shah Rukh Khan, according to Forbes.