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Male actor Salim Khan from India, famous due to tollywood

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Salim Khan (born November 24, 1935) is an Indian actor and scriptwriter. He wrote numerous screenplays for Bollywood films in the 1970s. He frequently collaborated with writer Javed Akhtar; the duo is credited as Salim-Javed.

Personal life and education

Khan was born in Indore, India. His father was a police officer; his mother died when he was still young.

In 1964, he married a non-Muslim woman Sushila Charak alias Salma, a Hindu from Maharashtra. Salma's family was unhappy that she had married a Muslim. Her father refused to speak to Salim or Salma for seven years after the wedding.

Salim and Salma have four children: Salman (b. 1965), Arbaaz (b. 1967), Sohail (b. 1970), Alvira.

In the late 1970s, Salim took a second wife, the dancer/actress Helen, who lives in a separate house. Relations between his two families were rumored to have been tense at first, but Salim's children by his first wife are now said to be fond of his second wife as well. They also adopted a daughter named Arpita


Khan debuted after director, K. Amarnath saw him at a wedding and was impressed by his good looks. He asked Salim to come to Mumbai, where he hired him as an actor for Rs.400 a month.

Salim acted in various movies, in large and small parts, for seven years. He never captured the public's fancy and his career stalled. He appeared in such films as:

Teesri Manzil (1966)
Sarhaadi Lootera (1966)
Diwaana (1967)
He met Javed Akhtar on the set of Sarhaadi Lootera. Javed used to write dialogues and then became a film script writerand now a well known lyricist. The two hit it off and formed a scriptwriting team, known as Salim-Javed.

Their first big success was the script for Seeta aur Geeta (1972). They also had hits in Zanjeer (1973), Deewaar (1975), Sholay (1975), and Trishul (1978).

They split up in the early 1980s. Neither scriptwriter has had much success in scriptwriting since the breakup.

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