QUAL­ITY NEEDS COM­FORT LEVEL

Sal­man Khan says that strong movies re­quire a healthy ca­ma­raderie be­tween an ac­tor and a di­rec­tor

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In his ca­reer of more than 30 years in the in­dus­try, Sal­man Khan has worked with a num­ber of direc­tors, rang­ing from Sooraj Bar­jatya (in Maine Pyaar Kiya, 1989) to Kabir Khan (Ek Tha Tiger, 2012; Ba­jrangi Bhai­jaan, 2015; and Tube­light, this year). He says it is nec­es­sary for an ac­tor to have a great rap­port with his direc­tors.

“A com­fort level has to be there, re­gard­less of whom I work with,” says Sal­man. “Other­wise, you can’t make th­ese kinds of films.” His three films with Kabir Khan show a clear chem­istry be­tween the ac­tor and the film­maker.

Sal­man, who will soon be work­ing with chore­og­ra­pher di­rec­tor Remo D’Souza for the first time, says that when there’s healthy ca­ma­raderie be­tween an ac­tor and a di­rec­tor, “there are healthy dis­cus­sions” re­gard­ing the project. “Such dis­cus­sions can range from things like, ‘If we should keep this or that (in a film), if we should do some­thing in a par­tic­u­lar style, or if some­thing isn’t work­ing out and if a song is not that great,’” he says.

Sal­man, who de­buted with Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988), says that he also has an un­der­stand­ing of films, thanks to his ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence. “I have been in the in­dus­try for the past 30 years now, and with my back­ground in writ­ing and dad (Salim Khan was one half of the fa­mous Bol­ly­wood writer duo, Salim-Javed), I have enough ex­pe­ri­ence to tell what’s work­ing and what isn’t.”

The ac­tor will next be seen in Ali Ab­bas Za­far’s Tiger Zinda Hai, which will see Sal­man team­ing up with Ka­t­rina Kaif again af­ter Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005), Part­ner (2007), Yuvvraaj (2008) and Ek Tha Tiger.

“Ka­t­rina is surely one of the most hard­work­ing girls in the in­dus­try,” says the ac­tor.

Sal­man will also start shoot­ing for Da­bangg 3 this year, repris­ing his role as the cool cop, the very da­bangg Chul­bul Pandey. The film is likely to be directed by Prabhu Deva.

PHOTO: JOE PEN­NEY/REUTERS

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