‘I don’t know what makes me click’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Kavita Awaasthi kavita. awaasthi@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

There is no deny­ing Sal­man Khan’s star power. The Bol­ly­wood ac­tor is equally pop­u­lar on the small screen. Soon, he will re­turn to the tube as the host of a con­tro­ver­sial re­al­ity show. But the Da­bangg (2010) star says he has no clue what makes him ‘click’ with the au­di­ence. “There are oth­ers who are frank and hon­est, and have many more qual­i­ties, but they don’t con­nect with the au­di­ence. I don’t know what makes me click. I don’t want to find out ei­ther. If I found out, then I would make a con­scious ef­fort to be like that, and that would make it all fake. Let the mag­i­cal and mys­ti­cal qual­i­ties work,” he says.

This Di­wali, while his TV show will be on air, Sal­man’s film with di­rec­tor Sooraj Bar­jatya will also re­lease. But the ac­tor re­mains un­fazed about the clash, and doesn’t fear over­ex­po­sure. “I won’t be on air all week, so it’s not a prob­lem,” he says.

Money talks

A few months ago, ru­mours claimed that Sal­man was be­ing paid ` 8 crore for each episode (last sea­son, the mak­ers ap­par­ently shelled out ` 4 crore per episode). Bring this up, and he bursts out laugh­ing. “I ac­tu­ally wanted them to pay me triple the amount, but they didn’t agree,” quips the ac­tor, who has hosted four sea­sons of this TV show in the past. De­spite that, ev­ery year, re­ports emerge about Sal­man not plan­ning to re­turn as the host in the sub­se­quent sea­son. But be­fore we find a con­nec­tion — be­tween his com­ing on­board and the ru­mours about his hefty pay cheques — he ex­plains his de­ci­sion, say­ing, “Three months of be­ing in­volved in this show gets to you, I guess. So, when it ends, I feel like I’ve had enough. I feel ex­hausted with the whole jour­ney, and I don’t feel like con­tin­u­ing. But then, af­ter a few months, I miss it, and I end up com­ing back.”

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