Esha Deol with Hema Malini, Sussanne Khan, Zayed Khan and family at Sanjay Khan's book launch

Updated: 04 March, 2020 17:58 IST | Nandish
  • Actor and filmmaker Sanjay Khan launched his second book Assalamualaikum Watan at a 5-star hotel in Bandra, Mumbai. The event saw many Bollywood and Mumbai personalities in attendance. Assalamualaikum Watan traces the role of Muslims in shaping India's heritage and encourages Indian Muslims to join the mainstream. All pictures/Yogen Shah and Pallav Paliwal

  • Actor-filmmaker Sanjay Khan at his book launch event has urged all Indians not to look at each other through the "narrow prism of religion", and urged the government to stop the use of the word 'minorities'.

    In picture: Sanjay Khan poses with wife Zarine Khan at the launch of his book.

  • Sanjay Khan's book was launched by Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh at the plush hotel in Bandra. On the occasion, Anil Deshmukh said Khan has taken the ideology of a secular India ahead. "We are all aware of the contribution of Muslims to the development and overall shaping of the country. Hindus and Muslims have been residing in peace and harmony. But many attempts are being made to create a rift between the two religions, but fail to succeed each time. I hope the book encourages Muslims of the country to empower themselves."

  • State Medical Education and Culture Minister Amit Deshmukh also launched the Sanjay Khan's book along with Anil Deshmukh. Amit Deshmukh at the event said, "I feel the country is currently going through an unfortunate phase and an Indian like me would have been happy if it wasn't true. We can't think of India without legendary personalities like A P J Abdul Kalam, A R Rahman, Madhubala, among others. This ideology is reflected in the book as well."

  • Sanjay Khan's daughter Sussanne Khan also attended the book launch event at the 5-star hotel in Bandra. Through his book, Sanjay Khan urged Indians to "stop looking at each other from the narrow prism of religion". He also urged the government to "banish the word 'minorities', as it comes with a different meaning".

  • Calling his book an honest attempt to answer some quintessential questions which have remained overlooked over the years, the author said Muslims in India today represents a population of 172 million individuals.

    In picture: Sussanne Khan poses for the photographers at the launch event.

  • Sanjay Khan said, "As Indian Muslims, we must feel tremendous pride, a sense of empowerment and responsibility in this fact, because we serve as a trajectory to the compass of achievement for all Muslims in the world."

  • "We are not immigrants in our motherland; we are the sons and daughters of the soil. It's time my fellow brothers and sisters reclaim that spirit of the soil," concluded Sanjay Khan at the event.

  • Sanjay Khan will soon also be launching the Indian Muslim Socio-Economic Trust (IMSET), an apolitical body which will engage pre-eminently successful Muslims from every state, including captains of the industry and tycoons in their respective fields of expertise.

    In picture: Zayed Khan was all smile as he posed for the photographers at his father's book launch event.

  • Esha Deol also attended Assalamualaikum Watan book launch event in Bandra. She came in with husband Bharat Takhtani and mother Hema Malini. Esha took to her Instagram to share pictures from the event and wrote, "At the #booklaunch of Sanjay uncle’s #assalamualaikumwatan a beautiful message to educate young India in the hope to eradicate violence! What a lovely thought must say ! [sic]"

  • Esha Deol also talked about how she and her husband Bharat cheered Hema, who was one of the esteem guests on-stage. "As the show began @bharattakhtani3 & I cheered from the audience..... We had my mother @dreamgirlhemamalini among other esteemed guest go up on stage and give a speech! [sic]" 

    In picture: The Dreamgirl Hema Malini looked pretty in her traditional 

  • Esha Deol further added, "Then there was my good old buddy @itszayedkhan hosting the show In a fabulous way ! And finally the man himself @sanjaykhan03 gave us a thoughtful insight about his book! Congratulations [sic]"

    In picture: Esha Deol and mother Hema Malini were all smiles as they posed for the photographers.

  • Fardeen Khan's sister Laila Furniturewala also attended the Sanjay Khan's book launch event in Bandra.

  • Priyanka Chopra Jonas' mother Madhu Chopra also attended Sanjay Khan's book launch event in Bandra.

  • Talat Aziz and wife Bina also attended Sanjay Khan's Assalamualaikum Watan book launch at a plush hotel in Bandra.

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Sanjay Khan's book Assalamualaikum Watan launch saw host of Bollywood celebrities in attendance at a plush hotel in Bandra, Mumbai. Esha Deol with husband Bharat Takhtani, Hema Malini, Sussanne Khan with sisters Farah Ali Khan and Simone Arora, Zayed Khan with family attended the event. We have pictures

First Published: 26 February, 2020 08:11 IST