MUMBAI — Salman Khan will celebrate his 50th birthday Dec. 27. He kicked off the week by riding back from Sohail Khan’s birthday bash Dec. 22 by an auto-rickshaw rather than in a car, along with friend and actor Nikhil Dwivedi. The time was well past midnight, and we hope that it is not the ghost of the accident that is haunting him and which motivated this move. On the other hand, Salman Khan prefers rickshaws regularly and is seen frequently commuting in them.
Meanwhile, the actor has also arranged a fund of Rs. 1 crore to spruce up slums and look into education and healthcare next year in Dharavi, the world’s largest slum.
The actor has urged his fans to start cleaning up their own neighborhoods and send pictures of what they have done, which if good, would be posted on social media and win goodies from the Being Human Foundation as rewards.
After his acquittal, the actor has boosted his “Be Good, Do Good” campaign. His birthday will be brought in closely with family and friends at home, but he will also start a cleanliness drive that day with over 500 volunteers for the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.”
Salman Khan and his father Salim Khan have already been working a lot towards education and healthcare for the underprivileged for many years, and they support the Akshara High School and the NGO Aseema. Schooling is being provided to 500 students, and the actor wants to expand it within a year to 2,000 children. The project is also associated with the Maharashtra Prabodhan Seva Mandal’s arithmetic project, which provides skills in basic mathematics to 4,000 tribal children between the ages of 5 and 12 in remote Maharashtra.
The actor is content with his lot and has learned to adjust to the good and bad in his life. He makes the confession that he is not bothered about bad press or even the link-ups with the Laila Vanturs. “They don’t bother me. But they bother my parents, and THAT bothers me,” he declares.