Parents go to any extent to protect their children and scriptwriter Salim Khan was no different. Once, he chose to get punished for failing to pay son Salman Khan’s school fee on time.
In an old interview, Salman had narrated how when he was in class 4, he had been punished in school and made to stand outside by the flagpole. When his father found out the reason, he chose to take the punishment upon himself.
Speaking on The Kapil Sharma Show, Salman had revealed: “One day, my father was returning from work, and he saw me standing outside class. He asked, ‘What did you do now?’ I said, ‘Nothing, daddy. I don’t know why the principal came and asked me to stand under the flagpole. I have been standing here all day.’ I was in the fourth grade at the time.”
On enquiring with the principal, Salim was told that Salman had not paid his school fee and hence the punishment. “My father said, ‘He is not supposed to pay the fees, I am. You are supposed to keep him in class. I am running short of money. I will pay the fees but right now, if you need to punish, you need to punish me.’ So he went and stood under the flagpole.”
Salman is extremely close to his parents and continues to stay with them in their modest Mumbai home. In 2017, appearing on singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs Season 6 to promote his film Tubelight, Salman had said: “I love staying at my flat in Bandra over a big, luxurious bungalow because my parents live in the flat above mine. Ever since I was a child I have taken the same left turn or right turn and I would not have it any other way.”
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“The entire building is like one big family. When we were little, all the kids of the building would play together in the garden below and sometimes even sleep there. Back then, there weren’t different houses, all the houses were treated as our own and we would go into anyone’s house to eat food. I still stay in the same flat because I have countless memories attached to that house.”
On the work front, Salman will be seen next in Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai with Disha Patani. He has been shooting for Antim with brother-in-law actor Aayush Sharma.