By Neelam Jain Last Updated:
We have often discussed keys to a happy married life. But hardly do we talk about the keys to having two happy marriages. Yes, re-marriage without divorcing the first wife never creates a blissful picture in our mind. Isn’t it?
A man who goes for second marriage generally shows a red signal to their first wife or get involved in the legal tussle or family brawls. But we would like you to meet the gentleman for whom two marriages are not that complicated. In fact, who has made it look possible and manageable.
He is none other than Bollywood screenwriter and Salman Khan’s dad Mr Salim Khan. The amazing writer has not only set the trends with iconic screenplays and dialogues, but is also popular to deal effortlessly with two wives and five children. Let’s get to know the man and the tricks that smoothly take him down the path with two life-partners.
Salim Khan was born on November 24, 1935 in Indore into a rich and wealthy Afghan family. On growing up, he took glamour industry and showbiz as his career choice. Once, he was spotted by Dr K Amarnath at a wedding function where he was offered the role of an actor. Soon after, he debuted with a movie named Baraat in 1960. Later on, he did a few more flicks with trivial roles. Not seeing a future as an actor, he switched his passion to editing, writing screenplays and dialogues teaming up with Javed Akhtar. So, this is how he shaped up his career.
It is said that love is always special. But your first love moves you in a way which is extraordinary and unique. So, the woman who introduced Salim Khan the ‘first-time’ feelings of wonder, excitement and passion is Sushila Charak. Salim was in a relationship with Sushila for five years and married her in 1964. Sushila was the daughter of a Dogra Rajput father and a Maharashtrian mother. He met her in 1958- around 5 to 6 years before his marriage and long before his career even started.
Khan revealed in an interview that the cupid struck as soon as he saw her, and he dated her for five years. Salim recognised the lady as the love of his life. Full of hopes, dreams and aspirations, the couple went ahead to tie the nuptial knot. Much in love, Sushila rechristened her name to Salma Khan. After marriage couple had three sons from their marriage Salman Khan (1965), Arbaaz Khan (1967) and Sohail Khan (1969) and a daughter Alvira Khan (1970).
Of course, when lovebirds unite, it is like a huge celebration. The level of affection and comfort started growing. Salim and Sushila started walking on the journey of life together and made it a huge success.
No doubts Salim and Salma along with their children made one complete and happy family, but Salim Khan got inclined towards yesteryear actress Helen Richardson. During 1960’s Salim Khan has helped Helen to have several songs in her kitty to dance on. The man gave wings to her career for sure and shared an excellent camaraderie on the professional front. But things went beyond professionalism and the duo came closer. The screenwriter indulged in an extra-marital affair with Helen.
Salim decided to honour and give a name to this relationship. Even Helen happily became someone’s second wife. He tied the knot with her in 1980. To quote from an interview:
“Cannot exactly say whether he was madly in love with Helen, but he knew her for so long that he had to honour his relationship with her. “
The fact that Salim did not stick to his first love for the rest of his life disappointed Sushila. It was devastating for the wife to see her husband cheating on her. Children too were not happy with the decision. The act disturbed the family and they started walking away from those feelings and memories they used to share with their dad.
But despite the frustration and sadness, Sushila did not have a choice and had to share her man as well as the house with Helen. Needless to say, things were not smooth between Helen and Sushila, and it was difficult to co-exist. Children sided with mother Sushila and were not ready to accept Helen.
Instead of choosing between the two, he wished to have both the ‘wives’ in his life. Salim made the family realise the cool and cordial nature of Helen and that she is not a home-breaker. Kids too could see that she was not like a stepmother at all. Time flew, and things started settling down and it was a happy development where they all accepted each other. Fortunately, the two women started living like friends under the same roof and children too started treating Helen as their own mother. Arpita Khan is Helen and Salim’s only daughter whom they have adopted.
Well, we have always seen bigamy creating thunders and havoc, but this is one is different. Salim broke all stereotypes and ideologies and lived normally with two wives. In fact, the credit goes to his family members as well to keep the blissful house from devastating.