Nowhere in Bollywood is Eid celebrated with more fervour than at Salman Khan’s. Everybody is welcome for Eid at Salim Khan’s home Galaxy Apartments in Bandra, Mumbai. All doors are thrown open and the smell of festive food emanates down to the streets of Bandra.
The guests pour in all day long while Salim Saab’s three sons and two daughters gather together to welcome the visitors who pour in all day. Sometimes they stay for just an hour. Others hang around for hours sometimes the whole day.
Sohail, the youngest of the Khan brothers and by far the funniest and most down-to-earth, once recalled this Eid incident that made the family a little more alert though no less hospitable. Says Sohail, “There were guests once whom nobody from the family could recognize. We kept presuming they were guests of one or the person in our family. It was only hours later that we got to know they are gatecrashers. But they had left by then.”
The Khan family at one of the celebrations in a file photo
Salman, Arbaaz and Sohail’s mother Salma is actually a Hindu. However for years she has been supervising the sumptuous Eid menu at the Khans’ residence.“Nobody who visits the Khans’ residence is allowed to abstain from the culinary orgy. Eid Day is Cheat Day for all frugal eaters, dieting divas and anorexic types,” says Salman’s buddy Sajid Nadiadwala.
Salman himself heaps every plate with second and third helpings. Try saying no to him. Veteran actress Asha Parekh, a very close friend of Salman’s second mother Helen says, “They are very good hosts. Every guests is looked after personally by one or the other brother. No one goes home unfed.”
This Eid is special for Salman Khan as he awaits the release of his much-anticipated film Bharat co-starring Katrina Kaif. Watch out for the review on masala.com tomorrow.