|Winston Churchill once said “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”.|
In this holy month of sacrifice and giving, charity should be one of our main priorities. Charity is something many of us practice but when international stars make it a priority and truly believe in this cause it is truly commendable. In this regard one international star comes to mind — a man who has made a significant change to the lives of many under-privileged people. He is perhaps one of the best examples of a philanthropist in the Indian movie industry — a person who is truly “Being Human”. The star I’m talking about is the Indian film star Salman Khan. His charitable foundation has been working in areas of healthcare and education for the under-privileged since it was established in 2007.
“Being Human” is of course best known for its clothing line which has many boutiques in India and in the Gulf region. Over the years it has been associated with many schools by funding the education of hundreds of students. In 2013 “Being Human” teamed up with Coca Cola to develop career centres in non-urban areas. It has also teamed up with the global health organization Max to provide the best healthcare and support to people with cancer.
Clearly, all these achievements are no easy feat for a mega star as busy as Salman Khan, but it shows that he truly cares. He also takes time out to attend to designing his clothing brand and regularly visits the under-privileged people he helps support.
Salman has been through rough times in his life, admittedly some due to his own wrongdoing. Although branded by some as Bollywood’s “Enfant Terrible” he has many more admirers than haters. His charm never fails to light up the silver screen and his charity work is commendable. He is a true star in every sense.
Salman (fondly known as “Bhai”) has an outstanding fan following and his movie releases are always a major event. I still remember attending one of the premiere shows of “Ek Tha Tiger” — the audience’s resounding applause when Salman’s name appeared in the credits was breathtaking.
Salman launched his film career with “Maine Pyar Kiya” back in 1989 and since then has not looked back, albeit a few unpopular films in the 1990’s. He re-launched himself in a big way with “Wanted” in 2009 which turned out to be a money spinner at the box office, and led to a whole series of movies with an 80’s action drama feel, but of course with new slick CGI and modern technology.
Following the outstanding success of Salman’s “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” last year, 2016’s big summer release is “Sultan” in which he plays a true Indian wrestler. I am eagerly awaiting this movie. Salman’s box office draw is so strong that even Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan pushed back the release of his film “Raees” to avoid a clash at the box office with “Sultan”.
Salman Khan has truly made a difference to so many people both as a great entertainer and a human being.
This Ramadan let’s all make a difference in someone’s life. Stay blessed!
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By Adeeb Shuhaiber
Kuwait TV2 and FM 99.7 News Anchor