‘I only do films that in­stantly ex­cite me’

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - FRONT PAGE -

He may be one of the big­gest money-mint­ing stars of Bol­ly­wood, but the com­mer­cial po­ten­tial of a film is not the top pri­or­ity for ac­tor Sal­man Khan — he prefers to select projects by his in­stincts. The 52-year-old, who has block­busters such as Da­bangg (2010), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Ba­jrangi Bhai­jaan (2015), and Sul­tan (2016) to his credit, says he im­me­di­ately gives his nod to a project if it ex­cites him.

“The only films I want to do as soon as pos­si­ble are the ones which sat­isfy me. I want to do some­thing which I in­stantly like. I take up films only if they in­stantly ex­cite me. If some­thing is nar­rated to me and I’m like ‘I will tell you to­mor­row’ or ‘I need some time to think’, it’s never hap­pen­ing,” Sal­man said.

The ac­tor, how­ever, made an ex­cep­tion for his Eid re­lease, Race 3. “The only film I’ve done like that is Race 3. That too be­cause I in­stantly loved the script, bar­ring one or two points,” he added.

Talk­ing about his up­com­ing projects, Sal­man con­firmed that there is a film with direc­tor San­jay Leela Bhansali in the pipe­line, with whom he has worked in Khamoshi: The Mu­si­cal (1996), Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), and a cameo in Saawariya (2007).

“There is no No En­try (2005) or Wanted (2009) se­quel hap­pen­ing. I am do­ing Bharat, Da­bangg 3, and Sher Khan. The Kick 2 script isn’t ready yet. There is a dance film with Remo (D’Souza, di­rec­tor­chore­og­ra­pher), and a Bhansali film when he comes and nar­rates it,” he said.

Part of the movie busi­ness for around three decades, Sal­man be­lieves that while some of the younger ac­tors are do­ing good, there are a few who have mis­un­der­stood what Hindi cinema stands for.

“Tiger Shroff got it right this time (re­fer­ring to Baaghi 2’s suc­cess). Varun Dhawan has al­ways been get­ting it right. He tried one, but then that was a film (Oc­to­ber) he wanted to do and it did make de­cent money. Apart from that, I think every­one is go­ing slightly... They think In­dia is from Cuffe Pa­rade (South Mum­bai) to And­heri, which is not true. They think all our emo­tions are cliched and out­dated,” he said.

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