Bollywood Diaries actor Salim Diwan recently celebrated the first death anniversary of his father, Dr. Salaudeen Chopdar, and says that he will always be alive in him. On the first death anniversary of his father, a postal stamp was issued on his name. “I just feel blessed to have a father like him who raised me well and made me a successful man who is able to do such small things which he would have been proud of. I just want that he stays always alive with us, watching my back and be my strength,” said Salim.
There is also a multi-specialty hospital and research centre in Jhunjhunu in his dad’s name. “We have a good team in our foundation members who are dedicated to serve the society’s well-being. Dr. Salaudeen Chopdar Foundation served the best in corona time and Government of Rajasthan rewarded on August 15,” he said.
Talking about his relationship with his father, Salim said, “He used to teach me the meaning of life, the value of people, time everything which I am having with me right now is all achieved with having him besides with me. He was more of a teacher to me than father who always taught something or the other which helped me to be a successful man. He was a very loving and caring father to me and always was a guide for me to choose the right path.” “He always taught me how to handle the ups and downs in life, the power of responsibility, the gentleness towards everyone. There are countless things that I have learnt from him. He really was a role model for me,” he added.
His father always wanted him to be happy. “He never told me that acting is not what I am supposed to do. He always stood by me and supported me in my choices, also guided me where to step up and step back,” said the Aliya Basu Gayab Hai actor. “My father is always alive in me. I’ll always be in debt to him for all the learnings he gave me,” he added.