Salman Khan brought in his 51st birthday on 27 December like he always does — at his farmhouse in Panvel, surrounded by his family and friends.
As he cut a ‘Being Human’ cake, with little nephew Ahil Sharma by his side, siblings Arbaaz, Sohail, Alvira and Arpita, close friends Sangeeta Bijlani, Daisy Shah and of course, Iulia Vantur, in attendance, Salman looked relaxed and happy. Friends and relatives gathered round to wish Salman a happy birthday.
First, he consolidated his hit-and-run acquittal from December 2015 with a clean chit from the courts in the black buck poaching case as well, this July.
Then, riding high on the twin successes of Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (which has recorded the highest ever opening day collections for an Indian film, at Rs 40+ crore) from 2015, Salman cemented his unimpeachable status as Bollywood’s numero uno star with 2016’s Sultan. Even the controversy over his ‘raped woman’ remark (Salman had said that shooting the wrestling sequences in the film had left him feeling like a ‘raped woman…unable to walk’) didn’t stop the Sultan juggernaut, which went on to do a box office business of over Rs 300 crore.
On the small screen, Salman returned with Bigg Boss’ tenth season. He also hosted the Star Screen Awards with Shah Rukh Khan, which will be telecast on the night of 31 December.
Coming up next is Kabir Khan’s Tubelight, which he has been shooting for through 2016, and the next installments in the Dabangg and Ek Tha Tiger franchises.