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The legendary scriptwriter, Salim Khan had married Sushila Charak, a.k.a., Salma Khan in 1954 after a five-year-long relationship. It was love at first sight for them and together they have three sons, Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan, and a daughter Alvira Khan. It was in the mid-1960s when Salim had helped Helen bag several projects in Bollywood, which had formed a great professional relationship between them.
Gradually, Salim Khan and Helen’s professional camaraderie had flourished on the personal level too and by the late 70s, he was ready to take their relationship to a new level. An already married Salim Khan wanted to marry Helen and in 1980, they had tied the knot. It is not known if Salim’s first wife, Salma knew about his extra-marital fling, but Helen did know that she is having a liaison with a married man.
In a throwback interview with the Filmfare, Salman Khan had talked about how his mother, Salma Khan was hurt with his father, Salim Khan’s second marriage to Helen. After Salim’s second wedding, Salma had accepted his decision without making an issue. Salman had mentioned that he used to hate how his mother waited for his father to come home. He had said:
"I can’t bear to see her unhappy. She was very hurt when my father married again; I’d hate it when she’d wait up for him to come home. Then, gradually, mom started accepting it. Dad explained to us that he still loved mom and that he’ll always be around. I was about 10 at that time and it took us quite some time to really accept Helen aunty. Today she’s a part of our family."
A report by Orissapost.com had stated that even Salim Khan’s children, Arbaaz Khan, Salman Khan and Sohail Khan were against their father’s second marriage. In a throwback interview, Helen had shared that she had felt ‘guilty’ of marrying Salim Khan in the beginning. A Pinkvilla report had quoted Helen as saying:
“The fact that Salim was a married man did disturb me and I did felt guilty in the beginning. Something about Salim set him apart from the rest of the industry men. I respected him tremendously as he tried to help me out without trying to exploit me.”
Things didn’t go smooth for Salim Khan and Helen after they had tied the knot but eventually, his first wife and kids had accepted his second wife and their hostility was short-lived. Speaking about the same, Salim Khan had shared:
“They've all realised that Helen is a wonderful person, the children have realised that she's as good as their mother, They feel, daddy likes her, our mother likes her, we also like her, she's family. Now Salman will give his life for Helen. On Mother's Day, or any time he buys anything for Salma, Salman will always buy two of the same thing, always one for Helen too.”
Salim Khan now lives happily with his two wives, Sushila Charak a.k.a., Salma Khan and Helen, and kids in the same house. About the same, Salim Khan was quoted as saying:
“Falling in love twice was a beautiful accident that happened to me. I have survived that accident! Though I wouldn’t recommend it as an ideal way of living. Normally it doesn’t work.”
We love the modern bond depicted in the Khan family!