EID TURNS EV­ERY­ONE INTO FAM­ILY: SAL­MAN

Sal­man Khan shares his child­hood mem­o­ries from the fes­ti­val and how it brings to­gether all re­li­gions

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There’s some­thing about Sal­man Khan and Eid, and it’s not just his run­away fes­tive hits dur­ing this time year af­ter year. As Ba­jrangi Bhai­jaan opens with a big greet­ing, the 49-year-old peo­ple’s star shares some fond child­hood mem­o­ries from the fes­ti­val.

“All my broth­ers and sis­ters would get to­gether. An old rec­ol­lec­tion of the fes­ti­val is that we would celebrate it in front of our house. Our house was like a cot­tage, and there were two build­ings in the front. Since the small area was cor­doned off and the road was a bit far, all the fam­i­lies would get to­gether there. While some were Mus­lims, oth­ers were Catholics. Peo­ple from all re­li­gions and back­grounds — Ko­lis, Catholics, Par­sis — they would all join us,” says the ac­tor.

Call­ing it a “big party,” the ac­tor re­mem­bers, “Since there was an aan­gan (court­yard), there would be lunch and fes­tiv­i­ties for ev­ery­one — what­ever would be cooked in our houses would be served out­side to ev­ery­one. While kids would play cricket or football, par­ents would do their own thing ... ev­ery­one was part of one big fam­ily.”

Sallu also had a few event­ful rozas those days. “Once, while I was study­ing in Scin­dia school, I had dived into the swimming pool and some wa­ter went into my mouth dur­ing the fast. I tried to spit it out but noth­ing worked! Another time, I had wo­ken up late for sehri (predawn mean), so I did it in­side the blan­ket,” he says.

Does he feel the fer­vour around such fes­ti­vals has less­ened now? “No, it’s the same. Now, you will no­tice that we all par­tic­i­pate in each other’s fes­ti­vals in a big­ger man­ner. You will see a lot of Maul­vis sup­port­ing a par­tic­u­lar area’s Gan­pati man­dals. The same zeal is true for Christ­mas, Holi or Eid. It’s nice,” he says, adding cheek­ily, “And on top of it, agar unke favourite hero ki film aa jaaye toh woh dekhne chale jaatein hain!”

So he agrees he’s the ‘Eid king’? “Not at all. When­ever a good film re­leases, it will do well. The only ad­van­tage of com­ing up with a film dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod is that peo­ple are on hol­i­day; they have got their salaries, and fam­i­lies get to­gether to en­joy. And that means lunch, din­ner and movies. A new re­lease gives them more en­ter­tain­ment!”

Now, you will no­tice that we all par­tic­i­pate in each other’s fes­ti­vals in a big­ger man­ner, ev­ery­one joins in You will see many Maul­vis sup­port­ing a par­tic­u­lar area’s Gan­pati man­dals. The same zeal is true for Christ­mas, Holi or Eid

Sal­man Khan, ac­tor

PHOTO: PRAMOD THAKUR/ HT

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