December 2, 2021

Salman Khan speaks about father Salim marrying Helen: ‘I was 10 and hated mom waiting for dad to come home’


Tribune Web Desk

Chandigarh, November 24

Scriptwriter Salim Khan was a married man when he tied a knot with actor-dancer Helen in 1981. He had four children then, so naturally his new relationship was not accepted by his family.

However, his first wife Salma eventually accepted Helan as a part of the family and so did the kids.

It was during his early days in movies, Salman Khan, in an interview with Filmfare in 1990 said that since he is very attached to his mother, he hated when his mother would wait for his father to come home.

Salman said, “My mom’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I can’t say why, I don’t think explanations are needed. We get along very well because basically, I’m a mama’s boy. I can’t bear to see her unhappy. She was very hurtful when my father married again, I’d hate it when she’d wait up for him to come home,” adding, “Then, gradually, mom started accepting it. Dad explained to us that he still loved mom and that he’ll always be around. I was about 10 at that time and it took us quite some time to really accept Helen aunty. Today she’s a part of our family. Our whole family is like a closed fist, each one of us knows that if any one of us needs the other at any stage, we’ll be there.”

The interview was printed 31 years ago.

Helen, who was known for her many dance numbers through the 1960s and 1970s, had also opened up about marrying Salim Khan in an earlier interview with Filmfare, Indian Express reports.

Helan had once said that she was guilty about marrying a man who already had a wife and four children.

Salim had then said, “As kids they had their hostility. But they reacted the way their mother did. As I told you very honestly, it wasn’t as if Salma accepted the relationship happily straightaway and thanked me for it or said, you deserve an Oscar for it. So at that time, there was hostility from the children.



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