Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan (born 27 December 1965), credited as Salman Khan is an Indian film actor, producer and television personality. Bhai is the eldest son of screenwriter Salim Khan and his first wife Sushila Charak (later adopted the name Salma Khan).
The son of screenwriter Salim, Khan began his acting career with a supporting role in Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988) and achieved breakthrough with a leading role in his next release—Sooraj Barjatya's romance Maine Pyar Kiya.
In addition to his acting career, Khan is a stage performer and an active humanitarian through his charity organisation, Being Human, along with his brother Sooban Ahmad Khan.
Khan has been the subject of several controversies, including certain legal troubles.
On 28 September 2002, Khan was arrested for rash and
negligent driving after his car ran into a bakery in Mumbai; one person who was
sleeping on the pavement outside the bakery died and three others were injured
in the mishap. Charges of culpable homicide were laid against him, but later
dropped. On 24 July 2013, he was formally charged with culpable homicide in the
case, to which he pleaded not guilty.
Relationship with Aishwarya Rai
His relationship with actress Aishwarya Rai was a well publicized topic in the Indian media. After their break-up in March 2002, Rai accused him of harassing her. She claimed that Khan had not been able to come to terms with their break-up and was hounding her; her parents lodged a complaint against him. 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 Rai, in an effort to force her to appear at social events held by Mumbai crime figures. The call featured boasts of connections to organised crime and derogatory comments about other actors. However, the alleged tape was tested in the government's Forensic lab in Chandigarh, which concluded that it was fake.
Blackbuck hunting case
On 17 February 2006, Khan was sentenced to one year in prison for hunting the Chinkara, an endangered species. The sentence was stayed by a higher court during appeal. On 10 April 2006, he was handed a five-year jail term and remanded to Jodhpur jail until 13 April when he was granted bail. On 24 July 2012, Rajasthan High Court finalized charges against Salman Khan and his other colleagues in the endangered blackbuck killing case, paving way for start of the trial. On 9 July 2014, Supreme Court issued a notice to Salman on Rajasthan government's plea challenging the HC order suspending his conviction.
Remarks about 26/11 attacks
On September 2010, Khan was reported to have claimed during an interview to a Pakistani channel that the 26/11 attacks got a lot of attention because the elite were targeted. During the interview the actor had said: It was the elite that was targeted this time. Five star hotels and stuff. So they panicked. Then they got up and spoke about it. My question is why not before. Attacks have happened in trains and small towns too, but no one talked about it so much. Khan also said that Pakistan was not to be blamed for it, and that the Indian security forces had failed. Khan's comments had drawn strong reactions from Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Chagan Bhujbal, Shiv Sena, BJP and other political parties. The comments were also condemned by Ujwal Nikam, Special Prosecutor in the 26/11 trial. Bhai later apologized for his comments.
Tweets on Yakub Memon
On 25 July 2015, Khan made a number of tweets from his
Twitter account in support of the 1993 Bombay bombings accuse Yakub Memon.
Memon was scheduled to be executed, before which Khan made his tweets. Khan
said that Yakub's brother, Tiger Memon should be hanged instead. He also asked
the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif to confirm whether the mob boss is in his country.
But Salman Khan (Bhai) has a significant following in Asia and the Indian diaspora worldwide, and is cited in the media as one of the most popular and commercially successful actors of Hindi cinema.