The journey from nobody to a celebrity is never easy. But if you have talent and faith in yourself, then no one stop you from achieving your dreams. Salman Yusuf Khan’s (SYK) life story is exemplary of that. From Dance India Dance to ABCD, his 4 year journey was full of struggles and challenges. Yet his fearless attitude and fighting spirit kept him going and helped him achieve the name and fame he has today. He is one of the most stunning personalities in the dancing fraternity of India. He has a huge fan following both in India and abroad.
Born to a conservative, middle-class Muslim family, Salman moved to Bangaluru from UAE to pursue mechanical engineering. In Bangaluru he started attending dance workshops as he had never undergone professional training before. A colleague informed him about a dance reality show Dance India Dance (DID) and encouraged him to participate. Salman cleared three rounds of auditions and was asked to fly down to Mumbai for the final. His parents did not support his decision to participate. Salman however was quite adamant and borrowed money for his flight to Mumbai.
Salman won DID Season 1 in 2009 and became the talk of the town. However, six months later after his win, Salman had no job. He approached his mentor and choreographer Remo D’Souza for help. Remo took him on as an assistant director for his directorial venture Faltu (2011) which gave Salman an opportunity to learn about the technicalities of filmmaking.
Soonafter, SYK was offered the dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa. Salman was skeptical of returning to dance and choreographing a celebrity for the show as he was not a trained dancer. But he took on the challenge. He was teamed up with Yana Gupta and their pairing was appreciated by all.
SYK got his first break in Bollywood with Salman Khan’s- Wanted where He danced in the title song of the movie. He even worked in the movie Rakta Charitra.
Soon after Remo approached him for his movie ABCD – Any Body Can Dance. But this time Salman was given acting and direction duties. ABCD turned out to be a hit in 2013 and Salman climbed another step to stardom.
He returned to Jhalak Dikhla Ja the same year and won the contest with contestant Drashti Dhami. Soon he met director Vivek Agnihotri (Hate Story) to choreograph songs for his next film Freedom. Vivek also gave Salman some dialogue and asked him to audition for a character in the same film. The talented Salman cracked the audition and bagged a role in ‘Freedom’. He’s going to follow that up with a part in Remo D’Souza’s next film. After a rollercoaster of ups and downs, Salman’s career has finally taken off in the right direction.
Salman also took part in Khatron ke Khiladi season 5 and was recognized as one of the most versatile and consistent performers on the show. This year he will be seen choreographing and acting in several upcoming bollywood movies. We wish him the best!!
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