When Salman Khan told father Salim about marrying Helen: ‘I was 10 years old and hated when my mom waited for dad to come home…’

Tribune Web Desk

Chandigarh, November 24

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

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

During his early days in films, Salman Khan said in an interview with Filmfare in 1990 that since he is very attached to his mother, he hates when his mother will wait for his father to come home.

Salman said, ‘My mother is the best thing I have ever happened to. I can’t tell why, I don’t think an explanation is needed. We get on very well because basically, I’m a mama’s boy. I can’t see him sad. She was so hurt when my father remarried, I would hate it while she waited for him to come home,” continued, “Then, slowly, mom started accepting it. Dad explained to us that he still loves Mom and that he will always be with us. I was about 10 at the time and it took us a long time to really accept Helen Auntie. Today he is a part of our family. Our whole family is like a clenched fist, every one of us knows that if any one of us needs the other at any level, we will be there.

The interview was published 31 years ago.

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

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

Salim had then said, “They had enmity as children. But he reacted like his mother. As I told you very honestly, it wasn’t like Salma happily accepted a straight relationship and thanked me for it or said, you deserve an Oscar for it. So at that time there was enmity with the children.