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When little Salman Khan unknowingly set Rs. 750 worth of currency notes on fire

Salman Khan today is one of the biggest superstars of Bollywood, not just for his massy image on screen, but also for his conscientious side. And author Sanjukta Nandy in her book ‘Khantastic – The Untold Story of Bollywood’s Trio’ has revealed that he got this aspect inculcated in him thanks to his father and certain experiences of his childhood.

Salman Khan, as is common knowledge, was born on December 27, 1965 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. His early days in Indore were spent with his cousins, climbing trees, plucking fruits and cycling. He became an expert cyclist as he could ride through stony paths and even balance it on stairs. Later, he moved to Mumbai and here’s where he did something that he majorly repented.

It was the night of the festival of Diwali and Salman and his siblings were rolling up paper and setting it on fire, imagining to be crackers. Soon, they ran out of paper and they didn’t know where to get more of it. This is when Salman Khan thought of a plan. He went to his father, writer Salim Khan’s study, opened the drawer, took out a bundle of paper and gave it to his siblings to burn it. What Salman Khan didn’t know was that the bundle of paper he and his siblings set fire to was his father’s entire salary of Rs. 750!

In no time, Salim Khan realized that his entire salary has been used up as Diwali crackers. Any other parent in Salim saab’s place would have meted out strict punishment to the kids. Instead, he explained to them their mistake patiently and also emphasized on the importance of money and how it is the means to get food at home. Salman Khan, the eldest of the siblings, it is said, was deeply impacted by his father’s teachings that night and he promised never to forget it.

Salman Khan’s philanthropic work is known and ‘Being Human’ today is one of his biggest contributions to society. Recently, he also won hearts when it came to light that he’ll financially support 25,000 daily wage workers from the film industry, after work stopped due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Sanjukta Nandy reveals in the book that he has always been so large-hearted, even as a kid. She narrates how one day the principal of his school, St Stanislaus High School, Bandra, asked the students for an unusual favour. He asked each one of the kids of well-to-do families to take one of the underprivileged students of the class for a meal home, so that they could experience family warmth and a good food. Little Salman, without even a second of hesitation, came forward and became the first one in the school to do so. The principal had asked for just one poor student to be taken home. He, however, took home seven of his classmates not just for a day but he did that on a regular basis.

Thankfully, even his family was as large-hearted as the superstar. They were more than happy to welcome these kids and feed them. Salim Khan always believed in the joy of giving and it is evident that Salman has taken this teaching of his father to another level with his noble deeds!

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