Meet Salman Khan’s bodyguard Shera: The man who calls Salman maalik

Salman Khan's bodyguard Shera has claimed innocence in a police case filed against him for assaulting a man. Here is who Shera is -- Salman Khan’s loyal bodyguard, his right-hand man and the one who calls the actor maalik.

Written by Sonup Sahadevan | Mumbai | Updated: October 27, 2016 10:27 am
Shera, Salman Khan, Salman Khan Shera, Salman bodyguard Shera, Shera background, Salman bodyguard, Salman bodyguard shera case, who is Salman bodyguard, who is shera Salman Khan’s bodyguard Shera is embroiled in a police case. As he claimed innocence, we bring you the life story of man for whom Salman is god.

Shera comes across as a no-nonsense man who is focused on doing his primary job – guarding Salman Khan. Late on Tuesday night, Shera was booked for assault after an altercation with a man. Shera himself told Times Now, “Nothing happened on Tuesday. I went to meet a friend at Kokilaben Hospital, then I went to Pop Tate’s where I had a verbal argument on the phone, but no physical scuffle. The police came to my house in the morning and now I am accompanying them to the DN Nagar Police Station. I don’t know the details of the charges against me.”

Without commenting on the police case, we take a look at the life of Shera and his meteoric rise that made him Salman’s right-hand man.

Salman Khan’s bodyguard Shera’s Family background

Born into a Sikh family in Andheri (Manish Nagar) in Mumbai, Shera’s real name is Gurmeet Singh. Yes he is a Sikh who decided to sacrifice his turban for his job. “It became very difficult to handle the crowds with my turban so I had to cut my long hair,” Shera once said in an interview to As a kid, Shera was less inclined academically and spent a major part of his early childhood chipping in at his father’s automobile workshop. And before Bollywood and Salman happened, pumping iron was Shera’s only passion, something that helped him win a few bodybuilding contests namely Mr. Mumbai and Mr. Maharashtra contest in which he stood second.

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Salman Khan

It was Shera’s impressive physique that helped him get into security in the early 90s when Andre Timmins of Wizcraft asked him join his company to handle protection details of Bollywood bigwigs. He first met Salman in 1995 at a party held for Hollywood star, Keanu Reeves. It was just a chance meeting which didn’t materialize into anything at first. However, a freak incident in Salman’s life thereafter when crowd spiralled out of control at a show in Chandigarh forced his brother Sohail to look for a new and stronger bodyguard. This is when Shera came into the picture. “Bhai ke saath hamesha rahoge (Will you always stay with my brother)?” Sohail asked Shera to which the beefy man said, “Yes”.

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A bond is formed:

While the rest of the world including girls address Salman as Bhai, for Shera Salman is Maalik. “Maalik means master and Salman Maalik is everything to me. I will lay down my life for him. He is my god,” Shera told me once. And he has proved his loyalty towards Salman by keeping him out of physical harm at all public places even if it means running in front of his car for miles. Recollecting an incident that endeared him to Salman for life, Shera said, “During one of my early assignments, I was at Indore with Maalik. We were travelling by car through this very small road where there were a lot of fans present and other people walking as well. So, it was difficult to drive. I got out of the car and ran in front of it for two kilometers clearing the crowd and allowing the car to pass smoothly. Since then, I have been like family for Maalik.”

Bodyguard film

Salman dedicated an entire film to Shera, a gesture that the bodyguard is eternally grateful about. “Who else has ever done such a thing for his bodyguard in the industry?” asked Shera. And the man repays his master by staying concerned only with his job. “Apne kaam se kaam rakho. I am like a horse decked up at a wedding to carry the groom. I am only concerned about my Maalik (Salman) and wherever he goes, I am there. I am his Yes Man. Till date, whatever Maalik has asked, I’ve done. That is why I am a part of Maalik’s family,” said Shera.

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Salman Khan to launch Shera’s son

Shera’s son Tiger, a handsome young man, is waiting in the wings to be launched by Salman. The youngster is currently learning the ropes of Bollywood by assisting filmmakers and was also an assistant director on the sets of Sultan.

Salman and Shera – a reciprocal relation

Today Salman is guarded by a posse of bodyguards while shooting in India. But if Bhai travels abroad or for something extremely important in India, his security detail is handled by a lone ranger- Shera. At best, their relationship today can be described as a reciprocal one where one cannot do without the other in life.

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First Published on: October 26, 2016 4:53 pm
  1. R
    Oct 26, 2016 at 7:21 pm
    Sounds like a pet Dog !
    1. S
      Oct 27, 2016 at 8:10 am
      How a reputed news agn can give a half page article on some one who is important for Salman khan, instead of this u could hv published some thing on war heros
      1. A
        Oct 26, 2016 at 5:36 pm
        I mean seriously who gives a fkc!!!! Journalism has gone down the drain in India!!!
        1. S
          Oct 27, 2016 at 12:48 pm
          God bless Shera and Salman Khan.
          1. C
            Oct 26, 2016 at 2:30 pm
            Why is this newsworthy, Some fool editor!
            1. F
              farzi kumar
              Oct 26, 2016 at 6:34 pm
              seriously IE, the reason i switched from TOI to IE because of nonsense news like this and now........ switching to THE HINDU
              1. T
                Oct 27, 2016 at 2:31 am
                We call such creatures in rude language kutta !
                1. G
                  Oct 27, 2016 at 3:45 am
                  What a full page article for a bodyguard.. As if this guy is doing some social work for the wonder why our nation is like this..we have always failed to recognized the real herores in society.. Time IE devoted attention to more imp news
                  1. G
                    Gudla Deepak
                    Oct 26, 2016 at 12:54 pm
                    Looks like a kutta is saying everything big about his mallick.
                    1. J
                      Oct 27, 2016 at 7:14 am
                      One full page coverage for the bodyguard of an irresponsible Khan..! Indian Express has departed long from the journalistic flair and is now serving as a chewing gum cover...!
                      1. B
                        Babu Rao
                        Oct 26, 2016 at 6:37 pm
                        Kutta is better name than shera
                        1. K
                          Kartik Malli
                          Oct 26, 2016 at 3:17 pm
                          Sonup Sahadevan --- works as a Senior Sub-Editor???? get some article that is worthy...not this **** you r getting paid for IE great.
                          1. K
                            Oct 27, 2016 at 2:26 am
                            I often stop and wonder , what has happened to us Indians, we seem to have lost all politeness, kindness and gentleness.....anything seems to go. In a nation where we revere devotion and submission, to only have abuses to offer, lt;br/gt;When did this happen ....when in this ancient land did we become so rough and abusive.....when and why did we loose our tradions of accomadation and culture.
                            1. K
                              K Uppal
                              Oct 27, 2016 at 6:36 am
                              A criminal guards another criminal: guarding from whom, may be again from criminals: strange,
                              1. L
                                lakshmi badrinath
                                Oct 27, 2016 at 3:58 am
                                How low can IE stoop more? Hope u give more such coverage to our brave Indian soldiers who guard our borders for just love of motherland.stead of such characters. .shame on u ..dianexpress
                                1. L
                                  Oct 27, 2016 at 10:37 am
                                  Honest security agencies guards and protect corrupt politicians, it does mean they are corrupt, it is their job and live hood.
                                  1. M
                                    Oct 27, 2016 at 3:58 am
                                    In India if you want the media to take note of you, you have to do something illegal, the more gory it is better
                                    1. M
                                      Monis Kamal
                                      Oct 27, 2016 at 6:52 am
                                      non-sense article.. better improve the standard of what to publish and what not..
                                      1. K
                                        Oct 27, 2016 at 4:49 pm
                                        Sounds more like a paid news article, sort of a PR campaign to help clear the legal mess this guy got into. The feeling is that any negative news even about Salman's dog (or bodyguard) will affect Salman's pority, which is anyway questionable after the hit and run case. This feeling stems from insecurity that is a obvious due to his below average acting skills, and stereotypical robotic dance steps.
                                        1. D
                                          Oct 28, 2016 at 2:48 am
                                          Run Salman for your life. In few months this case will be changed into Salman's hit and run case. Media will not stop earning roti on your name.
                                          1. V
                                            Vivek narain
                                            Oct 27, 2016 at 3:12 am
                                            No bodyguard can thwart a mercenary,Vito Ferraris abound in India.
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