‘I AM NO LONGER DO­ING FILMS FOR FRIEND­SHIP’

Sal­man says he’s be­yond that phase where he did films for friends or just for the sake of it

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - PHOTO: AFP Prashant Singh prashant.singh@ hin­dus­tan­times.com

Ac­tor Sal­man Khan says that in the last 27 years of his ca­reer he has fi­nally reached a point where he does not sign a film to please oth­ers. “Now, I don’t want to do movies just for the sake of do­ing them. Ear­lier, when dates were avail­able, I thought, ‘Let’s do a film’. I also con­sid­ered a project, think­ing, ‘Do the film, else my friend­ship will go bad.’ But now, things aren’t like that,” he says.

The 49-year-old ac­tor who started his ca­reer with a love story Maine Pyar Kiya (MPK; 1989) and then de­vel­oped an im­age as an ac­tion star, in­sists that at this stage in his ca­reer, he is try­ing to do movies that make view­ers as­pire to be “bet­ter peo­ple”. “If the au­di­ence comes out of the the­atre af­ter watch­ing Prem (his name in films, like MPK and Hum Aapke Hain Koun...!, 1994) or Pawan Ku­mar Chaturvedi from Ba­jrangi Bhai­jaan (2015), and says, ‘Oh, it was a su­perb char­ac­ter’, then it is a great achieve­ment for me,” he says.

Over the past few years, he has been do­ing ac­tion films. There­fore, he is happy to have re­turned to his ro­man­tic avatar. “In fact, if you leave the the­atre as a bet­ter per­son; if a char­ac­ter in a film makes you feel like you need to be like that per­son, then there’s no bet­ter movie than that. Those are the kinds of films I’m try­ing to do in my ca­reer. My next few films are also go­ing to be sim­i­lar. Those are a very good lot (of movies),” he says.

The ac­tor is happy the Da­bangg (2010) fran­chise’s next in­stall­ment has turned out well. “A project with Kabir (Khan, di­rec­tor) might work out as well, be­sides some other good films.”

If you leave the the­atre as a bet­ter per­son; if a char­ac­ter in a film makes you feel like you need to be like that per­son, then there’s no bet­ter movie than that

Sal­man Khan, ac­tor

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