A girl’s wedding is always an occasion of mixed emotions in the house; on one hand, you aggrieve the absence of a daughter in the house, and on the other, you feel happy for her. And it’s quite natural to be anxious about her future too. One man who has been through this rigmarole of emotions is the famous writer and Salman Khan’s father Salim Khan, who just got her youngest daughet Arpita married to Delhi based Aayush Sharma.
In an interview to Times Of India, the writer revealed it all; how he felt at her bidaai, the void Arpita has left behind and how anxiously happy he is for her.
When asked about his feelings for his youngest daughter, he was quoted saying, “It feels like a vacuum. Kya aap kabhi bhi apni sabse chhoti ungli ki tareef karte ho kisi se? (Do you ever praise your smallest finger to anyone?) Do you ever thank God for giving your smallest finger? No. We don’t even pay attention to it. But for some reason, due to an accident or otherwise, if God took away that finger of yours, you realise its value and utility. It’s only when it is not there that you realise that you needed that finger in every work of your life. But it’s a catch-22 situation. You feel the pain when your daughter is getting married as you want her to be with you forever, but at the same time, you also want her to get married, have her own family and kids.”
The star studded grand wedding reception that the Khan-daan hosted saw a bevy of Bollywood stars in attendance. Incidentally, Arpita happens to be a street child, who the family adopted long back. When asked about his anxiety for Arpita, the father of five replied, “When you bring up a child, especially a daughter, for so many years and when she leaves your house, you feel so emotional that it is natural for you to start crying. The same thing happened to me when Alvira had got married. It had to happen with Arpita too.”
Salim saab was also quoted praising Arpita’s in laws. He said, “You feel anxiety. You wonder how she will manage her house, she has to prove herself as a good wife. I also know that she is on her own and will have her own experiences and challenges. She also saw her father’s marriage that stayed for 50 years and she would be thinking of how she too, can keep her marriage for 50 years. But I have met her in-laws and woh achche and simple log hain. She is blessed to have them.”
The family head also gave his daughter an advice every father would give to his daughter. “Love and respect your in-laws as much as you have loved and respected your own family and parents. There should not be any distinction in that,” advised the father.
Arpita got married to her long time beau on November 18 and a grand reception party was held on November 21.