Salim Khan was one of the few in the film industry to openly support Narendra Modi when some in the fraternity backed a campaign against the then prime ministerial candidate. Now Modi is set to be sworn in as PM and Salim is among the special invitees to his swearing-in ceremony that is scheduled for May 26 in Delhi.
During the promotions of Jai Ho, Salim's star son Salman flew kites with Modi during the Uttarayan festival in Ahmedabad on January 14. Their meeting grabbed headlines.
Then, in April, Salim Khan launched Modi's official website in Urdu, at his Bandra residence.
Thereafter, Salman and sister Alvira were invited to dine with the then Gujarat Chief Minister at his Gandhinagar home.
When contacted, Salim told, "Yes, I have been invited to the swearing-in ceremony. Our friendship with Modi is not new. In the past, I wrote articles in a Hindi newspaper which were translated to Gujarati. Modi happened to read them. That is how our acquaintance began."
Salim reveals that he had told Modi that there were far more renowned writers in Urdu who would be better qualified to launch his web site, but the latter insisted he do it. "His team visited my house on the appointed day and I did the needful. Following this, he invited Salman over for lunch. It was a nice gesture on his part."