Not too long ago, India witnessed one of the grandest weddings of the year – that of Salman Khan’s sister, Arpita’s. While everyone, by now, knows that Arpita wasn’t born into the Khan household, not many know how she landed up in this high profile family.
If you too want to know how Arpita was adopted by the Khans, read on!
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Once, Salim Khan, during his regular morning walks, noticed an ill beggar on the footpath seeking alms with her young daughter. Seeing the condition of the lady, and the subsequent state of the little girl, the kind-hearted Salim ji started getting food for the duo.
Then one day, when the acclaimed writer-lyricist was on his regular walk, he saw that the lady had passed away, and her little daughter was crying. Salim ji knew he couldn’t leave the girl alone on the cruel streets of Bombay to fend for herself. So, he held her hand gently, and brought her home.
Once there, he asked the little girl her name. She replied, with tears still in her eyes, “Arpita”. Salim ji introduced the girl to his family, who gladly welcomed her into their household. Soon, the process of adoption followed.
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Salim ji nourished the girl, educated her, made her self-dependent; and recently, the entire Khan family got her married with much aplomb.
Salim Khan does not like wasting money or spending it on extravagant weddings. Yet, when it came to Arpita Khan, the family spent more money than all weddings in their family combined!
If you’ve been wondering why they chose the Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad for the wedding, here’s the reason – Salman learnt that Arpita likes the royal look of the place a lot, so he booked the entire palace hotel for 2 crores.
It is also said that Arpita is the prime reason for the genuine reconciliation between Salman and Shahrukh Khan. Ironically, while a girlfriend was responsible for the animosity between the superstars, an adopted sister brought them together.
What is even more amazing is that the Khans did not change her religion. She was even married off as per Hindu rituals.
During the bidaai, a moist-eyed Salim ji bid adieu to his youngest daughter, who herself was in tears. In fact, the whole “Khan-daan” was emotionally choked.
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As a conclusion, all I can say is, accepting an outsider and taking him/her as a part of the family wholeheartedly is no easy task – especially if the family consists of grownup kids; but the Khan parivaar not only welcomed Arpita with open arms, but shared with her all the luxuries that they enjoy, and also gave her a family she can call her own.
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Truly, Arpita is one lucky girl, and Salim Khan, Salman Khan and others in the family are genuinely large-hearted. Hats off to them!
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