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01-17-2010, 01:01 PM #1
Sallu: Veer is one of my dream project
Wrecked escalator, broken glass and footwear strewn around. No, this wasn’t caused by any agitation. It was what one could loosely term ‘Sallu
As Salman Khan along with co-star Zarine Khan began their first leg of promotional activity in Hyderabad for their forthcoming film, there was absolute mayhem as the star-struck crowd tried their best to get a dekko of the macho Khan.
Salman was at his wittiest best and true to the character of Veer, he brandished a sword and said, “My chacha called me from Indore the other day and said, ‘Beta, tere dada ki talwaar toh mere paas hai. Tu dialogue kaise maar raha hai?” But his sword brandishing act came with a warning. “Yeh sab pictureon mein hi achcha lagta hai. Asal zindagi meing isska istemaal mat karna.” Speaking on his trip to the city Salman said, “I gave the first narration of this film to Anil Sharma in Hyderabad. Moreover, all my films that have been shot here, like Wanted, have turned out to be hits. That's why we decided to start our promotional activity from Hyderabad. So if the film turns out to be a big hit or a big flop, either way, the credit will go to Hyderabad.”
For someone who was never into aggressively promoting his films, unlike his contemporaries Shah Rukh and Aamir, post-Wanted everyone’s seeing a different side to Salman who’s going all the way to promote his movies. When quizzed on his change in stance, the cool Khan replied: “When you can’t beat them, join them. Earlier my producers and PR managers would ask me to go on a promotional biz, but I wouldn’t care. These days I do. Moreover producers today don’t want to pay. They want everything for free.”
Salman’s forthcoming film is also special as he makes his debut as a scriptwriter. “There was a time when I wanted to be a director, so I had three to four scripts in mind. Everything that I have written is larger than life. So when time came to realise my dream project, Veer was the first choice.”
With recession hitting the industry, didn’t he ever have to compromise on the budget of a period drama? “You know, the audience does not care about recession. They want a good film and it doesn’t matter to them if the movie has gone over budget or under-budget.” With his leading lady by his side, one could see the protective streak in Salman when asked about Zarine resembling Katrina. “When I was new in the industry, people said I resembled Sanjay Dutt (which I was very happy about) and Farooq Sheikh. People even said Madhuri looked like Madhubala. I see no resemblance between Zarine and Katrina, except maybe the voice.”
And when Salman’s around how can one not question him on women! When asked which woman is instrumental for his success, he said, tongue-firmly-in-cheek, “Quite a few women are responsible for my success, but I’ll not take any names here.”
And what about him being the reason why certain actresses are a success today? “I don’t take credit for that,” he said, before making a pit stop to wave at his fans who had gathered to see him.