Born in a Doctors' family in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, Salim Diwan has come a long way and the path has not been a cake walk. After finishing his studies he landed in Mumbai to spearhead his family’s pharma business but the actor in him was searching for an avenue to open up.
Already a veteran at plays during his college days he was keen to work in Bollywood and was selected for a film. Director K D Satyam, after 2 screen tests and a strict regime wherein he had to lose weight, agreed to cast him in the role of Rohit in Bollywood Diaries. Salim plays Rohit, a call centre executive, and is a key protagonist in the film reflecting the madness of Bollywood that all aspiring actors landing in Mumbai have. He goes through an identity crisis living a normal life with a normal job but at the same time carrying on the suppressed passion of making big in Bollywood. His co stars Ashish Vidyarti, as a retired man and Raima Sen, a prostitute too portray the same ambitions.
Back in 2005-06 he participated in Star TV’s reality programme Get Set Go and won an IIFA award for the same. There he happened to meet stalwarts like Karan Johar, J P Dutta and the urge to become an actor and making it to Bollywood only got stronger.
The actor, who has also been part of an episode on television, said "The role I am looking to portray should be convincing and relate to the audience”.His film Bollywood Diaries has been awarded the Special Jury Mention Award (Critics Choice) by The Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Award for the year 2016.The award function will take place/ was presented at Delhi on 30th April, 2016 at the hands of the President of India.