10 things you didn't know about Salman Khan

  | December 27, 2013 09:30 IST (Mumbai)

Salman Khan turns 48 today.

Salman Khan is 48 today. Here are 10 facts about Salman that you may or may not know.

Salman Khan is 48 today. Here are 10 facts about Salman that you may or may not know.
Salman could have become a pro swimmer if he had so wanted. He was a swim champ at school and even tipped to represent India.
Salman's favorite actor is Sylvester Stallone and favorite actress, Hema Malini.
Salman was offered the lead in Abbas-Mustan's Baazigar but the idea of playing a negative character didn't appeal to him. The role went to Shah Rukh Khan and made him famous.
Even though, Salman has been ambassador of a shoe brand, he prefers going barefoot in real life.
Salman always wears a turquoise stone bracelet on and off the screen. His father Salim Khan also wears a similar bracelet and considers it to be very lucky.
Salman, reportedly, flew his own cook to London from Mumbai to dish up biryani to the cast and crew of the movie London Dreams who were tired of eating continental food.
The actor loves to drive and is fond of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Land Cruisers.
Salman loves Chinese food and his favorite restaurant is China Garden in Mumbai.
Salman has a soap fixation. His bathroom at home is stacked with soap of every sort and he especially likes those made with natural fruit and vegetable extracts.
Salman is the subject of two fatwas issued by Muslim organizations - one relates to the wax statue of him in Madame Tussaud's, the second is in connection to his presence at Ganesh Chaturthi pujas. In both cases, the fatwas allege that he contravened the Islamic law that forbids the worship of idols.