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Dad Salim goes the Salman way

Legendary writer Salim Khan has bank account where he deposits the money he gets for penning articles, uses it to help needy writers.

entertainment Updated: Jul 15, 2011 18:03 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times

Seems like benevolence runs in the family. While Salman Khan is going all out with his charity firm, Being Human, not many know that his father and legendary writer Salim Khan too is helping needy writers in his own way. The story goes like this: Khan Sr, who has been involved with successful scripts like Zanjeer, Deewar and Sholay, writes articles that are published frequently in various newspapers and periodicals.

And whatever money he gets for penning the articles goes towards helping needy writers. “There are no restrictions on my writing because it has nothing to do with my economical or financial needs. I have opened a separate bank account. Whatever money I get due to my writings, I deposit it in the account. With the money, I help needy writers, who’re going through problems in life,” says Khan Sr. Ask Salim Khan about Salman’s reaction to it and he says, “He has always encouraged everyone in the family to help others. It’s a great feeling if we can be of any assistance to other people.”

Khan Sr contends he only writes when he feels he can contribute something through his writing or when he has an opinion. “If something bothers or inspires me, I write about it. And when it’s complete, I send it for publication,” says the writer, adding he hasn’t taken a ‘sanyas’ from films. “Whenever Salman, Arbaaz or Sohail seek my help in writing or editing, I help them. So, in some ways, I am still attached to films, but not as actively as earlier,” he says. “But if my kids have a problem (with their films), where will they go? You can’t deny that I have 50-year-long experience. So, I am always available for them,” he wraps up.

First Published: Jul 12, 2011 13:22 IST