On Salim Khan’s Birthday, A Look at Veteran Writer’s Contribution To Indian Cinema

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Legendary film writer Salim Khan celebrates his 87th birthday today, November 24. The veteran writer’s partnership with Javed Akhtar was hugely popular, especially after the duo produced a host of cult classics, including Andaz, Sholay and Haathi Mere Saathi, among others. Although Salim had to face many ups and downs in his professional and personal life, he dealt with them head on and became a force to be reckoned with. Read on to find out more about his career, which has been fraught with difficulties.

Salim Khan launched his acting career with the 1957 film Alladin Leila, directed by Lekhraj Bhakri. After that he tried well written parts in films like Kabli Khan, Teesri Manzil and Diwana to name a few. However, none of these films helped establish him as a top performer in the film industry.

While Salim was unable to make his mark as an actor, his career trajectory only increased after forming an association with Javed Akhtar. Together, their legendary partnership has earned them a host of accolades. Apart from the aforementioned films, during their 12-year partnership, the writing duo have been associated with iconic films like Kaala Patthar, Deewaar, Don, Dostana, Zanjeer and Mr India. However, their association ended in 1982, which disappointed many fans. Anil Kapoor’s Mr India marked their last film together.

On a personal level, Salim Khan has faced many difficulties in his life. In a past interview with a portal, he talked about losing his mother when he was 9 years old. Salim’s mother suffered from the deadly infection of tuberculosis. He also recalled that she used to keep him from getting too close to her due to the risk of him contracting the infection. Her father, Abdul Rashid Khan, who worked for the Imperial Indian Police, died aged 14 in 1950.

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