“So­cial Me­dia En­joys Trolling Even The Small­est Of Mis­takes.”

SAL­MAN KHAN is known for his swag se swa­gat at­ti­tude. A power-packed per­former, the Sul­tan of Tin­sel Town shares his views on launch­ing new­com­ers in Lover­a­tri, films and more. Read on…

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What chal­lenges do you face while launch­ing a new­comer in the in­dus­try, es­pe­cially with the cut­throat com­pe­ti­tion th­ese days?

It is a big chal­lenge. The chal­lenge is not to launch the per­son but what hap­pens after the launch. In the past, ac­tors like Bachchan sir, Sha­truji could sur­vive flop pe flop but the work kept on com­ing. A new­comer may have good looks, can be a great ac­tor and dance well, but for some rea­son if the film doesn’t work, then he/she is gone. When Ajay, Shahrukh, Akki, Aamir and I were launched, we had a lot of sup­port, the press was re­ally nice to us, apart from me (laughs), mera be­gin­ning se hi kuch prob­lem tha! But to­day, there is the so­cial me­dia which en­joys trolling even the small­est of mis­takes. The pos­i­tiv­ity from the past is di­min­ish­ing and we have to work on it. I feel we should stick by new ac­tors and guide them to pick good scripts.

How did Lover­a­tri hap­pen?

When you see ta­lented peo­ple who make your head turn around, they de­serve to be launched. I had an idea about a sim­i­lar film ear­lier but with a dif­fer­ent an­gle. But when I saw Aayush, I made a few nec­es­sary changes to the script and came up with Lover­a­tri.

Did you make any sugges­tions for the film’s con­tent?

I had an idea for it. Love is supreme, ul­ti­mate, hai na? You love your fam­ily, your wife, your brother, your sis­ter, your girl­friend. Even agar jhagda hota hai and you are not talk­ing for what­ever rea­son, but dur­ing fes­tive time or the time when a per­son needs you the most, like an ill­ness, ev­ery­one comes to­gether for­get­ting the en­mity. So that is what I ex­actly thought about while putting the film out. I wanted to make a film that re­volves around love and fes­tiv­i­ties, cel­e­brat­ing those nine days of Navra­tri within a beau­ti­ful love story. The film is about an NRI girl and an In­dian boy and their love story which blos­soms dur­ing those nine days of fes­tiv­i­ties. How did you meet the fe­male lead of Lover­a­tri, Wa­rina Hussain? We have a mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion called Be­ingInTouch and Wa­rina is a reg­is­tered mem­ber of the same. Be­fore start­ing with the cast­ing process, we had in mind that we would like to se­lect some­one from the Be­ingInTouch app. So we asked the mod­el­ling agen­cies and Mukesh Ch­habra (cast­ing di­rec­tor) that au­di­tions should be done keep­ing in mind the same cri­te­ria. Then there were th­ese 3-4 girls se­lected for the fi­nal au­di­tions where Wa­rina was the one of them. The best thing about her was that dur­ing the au­di­tions, when she was asked for her num­ber by the one who was tak­ing her test, she re­fused to share it. She said, ‘ Main apko mera num­ber nahi dungi. Agar con­tact karna hain toh agency ko ki­jiye’. So, we were ba­si­cally test­ing her out and we re­ally liked her at­ti­tude. Then Ab­hi­raj made her shoot a scene and her way of speak­ing and ev­ery­thing was nice and in about 100 peo­ple, she was the one se­lected. She suits the char­ac­ter, and I feel that the cast­ing has been done per­fectly.

Ac­tors need the X-fac­tor to be suc­cess­ful. Do you too pre­dict the same for the Lover­a­tri new­com­ers?

Yes, they have it in their per­son­al­ity. I don’t know where I lacked that (laughs). But ev­ery­one I see has some qual­ity to them.

What qual­i­ties do you want Aayush to learn from you?

Oh no, he is mar­ried to my sis­ter and also has a kid. Yeh meri qual­i­ties se jitna door rahe, utna ac­cha ra­hega!( laughs)

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