One aspect that many may not know is that Bollywood actor Salman Khan celebrates Ramzan (Eid), Vinayaka Chavithi, Diwali and Christmas along with his family members.
Salim Khan comes from a truly cosmopolitan family. His father Salim Khan’s first wife Salma is a Maharashtrian Brahmin and the second, is veteran actress Helen, a Catholic Christian.
During the holy month of Ramazan, Iftaars are held in the evening and the Khan family sends food and delicacies to orphanages and old age homes. They devoutly perform the Ganpati pooja because mother Salma brings home an idol of Lord Ganesh every year. Christmas is celebrated with Helen.
In September 2007, a Muslim organisation issued a fatwa against Salim Khan for attending a Ganesh puja stating that Islam prohibits idol worship. The organisation stated that unless Khan reads the kalmas – the declaration of faith, all over again, he will not be considered a Muslim.
In addition to that, Khan celebrated the Ganesh Mahostav with his family in Bandra; they brought a Ganesh idol as they do every year. Salim Khan even danced in the procession. His father Salim Khan, the script writer, said tat Salman had done nothing wrong.
Recently, Salman Khan shot for a song “Jalwa” that is picturised on Lord Ganesh for his forthcoming film “Wanted Dead Or Alive” being produced by Sahara Motion Pictures and S K Films Entertainment and directed by Prabhu Deva.
For that matter, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Naseeruddin Shaw have married Hindu wives. They respect each other’s religion and carry on with happy married lives.
Bollywood is truly a great example of religious tolerance without even an iota of religious bigotry.