'We were more successful than most leading pairs'
Salman Khan's family is the perfect example of a secular country we boast of. With changing times, relationships are getting an altogether different meaning of . Helen Richardson Khan popularly known as only Helen (Hindi pronunciation: [ heːleːn]), is a She quit her schooling to support her family because her mother's salary as a nurse was not enough to feed a family of four. In , Helen married Salim Khan, a prominent Bollywood screenplay writer. Khan was already. By Salim Khan, one half of the famed Salim-Javed scriptwriting duo, tells And how would I bring up his second marriage with former dancer Helen? . but I can' t help wondering how the father dealt with his son's actions.
It, however, remained to be seen how his first wife Salma would react to the marriage.
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As expected, the ladies did share cold vibes. Similarly, the kids too were very hostile towards their stepmom. But they reacted the way their mother did. Luckily for Salim, this hostility was short-lived.
After a while, the kids and Salma realised that Helen was a warm person and slowly but surely accepted her. In fact, movie buffs got strong proof of this when sometime back Salma gave Helen a warm hug.
As a result of these favourable developments, the Salim-Helen love story reached a happy ending and there was no dark side to it.
They do make one happy family. But the rift that the marriage caused has seemingly been healed.
His life, clearly, revolves around his children — Salman, Arbaaz, Sohail and Alvira, all from his first marriage with Salma, and Arpita, whom he and Helen adopted. Khan first met Salma in But he had come across Helen before he and Salma met. Helen was those days making a mark as a dancer and actress, and Salim was trying to be an actor. They worked in several films together, including Sarhadi Lootera and Teesri Manzil. After seeing her for quite a long time we decided to honour our relationship.
His second marriage created ripples. Khan, however, talks warmly about the days the two reigned in Bollywood. Scriptwriters, he points out, bring their own experiences to a film.
He cites the example of the mausi scene in Sholay — where Amitabh Bachchan is trying to get his friend Dharmendra married.
The two did marry — it was years later that Akhtar married Shabana Azmi. For Khan, recognition came late, even though he was struggling in Mumbai since his early 20s. He had grown up in Indore, where his father was a police officer.
A strict disciplinarian when it came to education, he used to get a copy of The Statesman every day, and insist that his son go through it. Perhaps that is the secret of my success. We spent two months in hospital. When we recovered, we moved to Calcutta, and sadly my brother died there due to smallpox".
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Career Helen was introduced to Bollywood when a family friend, an actress known as Cukoohelped her find jobs as a chorus dancer in the films Shabistan and Awara She was soon working regularly and was featured as a solo dancer in films such as Alif Laila and Hoor-e-Arab After that, offers started pouring in throughout the s and s.
During her initial career, Geeta Dutt sang many songs for her. The Bollywood playback singer Asha Bhosle also frequently sang for Helen, particularly during the s and the early s. Writer Salim Khan helped her get roles in some of the films he was co-scripting with Javed Akhtar: Immaan DharamDonDostanaand Sholay.