Star of the week Salman Khans debut production film Bajrangi Bhai is to release on Eid. In an interview to Bollywood News Service, the superstar discusses his upcoming release and future plans for his new production house.
An Eid release has always been lucky for you at the box office and Bajrangi Bhaijaan is also releasing around that time. Is it a business proposition or you are superstitious?
Salman: Christmas too has been lucky for me. Maine Pyaar Kiya was released at that time and it was a huge hit. Any festive season is lucky for everyone. There is no superstition to it. Eid, Republic Day, Independence Day, Diwali, Christmas are equally lucky. Whenever there is holiday, it is a good time to release a film.
What made you start your own production house for Bajrangi Bhaijaan?
Salman: It's the fabulous script which made me produce Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Our first actual home production is Chillar Party which was assisted by Being Human. Now we have Salman Khan Films and though its first production was supposed to be Hero; since the film has not been completed yet and Bajrangi Bhaijaan was ready so its release came first. But the promos of Hero are due to be out with the release of Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
Is it a conscious decision to do one film for your family banner and one for an outside producer every year?
Salman: Yes, pretty conscious. As we have our own home production company, we need to have one film on floor at a time.
You already had two producers at home - Sohail and Arbaaz -- so what made you come up with Salman Khan Films?
Salman: This is something we wanted something for my kids.
The characters you have played of late are larger than life. Do you think the audience will accept you in a soft character like the one you presumably play in Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo?
Salman: No, it is not soft. Haven't you seen Maine Pyaar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hai Kaun? I thought that time had gone but that time never goes. When I heard Sooraj Barjataya's story, I was blown away. I was like, 'This is big!' The shoot made me realise that he is making a beautiful film. The character is a very noble image; it is much greater than the action image. It is like; when you come out of the theatre you want to be him.
Are you trying to bring back the essence of the character Prem you played in Maine Pyaar Kiya (1989) and Hum Aapke Hai Kaun (1994)?
Salman: It was very difficult for me to do Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo as I had moved on to doing comedy, drama and action films. Going back to this was difficult for me but then Sooraj has been a constant support. Moreover, though finding love may be difficult, finding Prem almost came naturally to me.
You will be playing a boxer in Yash Raj's next film, Sultan. How are you preparing for it?
Salman: I have to work a lot for this film and it's going to be very stressful. There is lot of action involved, like wrestling, lifting up weight and building muscles. But that does not mean it portrays six packs, but he (the character) definitely is strong.
Do you think it is difficult to put on and lose weight after a certain age?
If so, what age? At this age of 49, it is very easy to put on weight and very difficult to lose it.
Salman: Aamir Khan is playing a wrestler in Dangal. Stars seem to have developed a fascination for sports films. It is a beautiful film. He is playing a father of two in that film. I have no children in Sultan. Our film has sports but there is action and it is a love story too. There is no negative force; my character just has opponents.
Why has the No Entry sequel been postponed?
Salman: They are not ready with the script yet. Also, I am busy with about two-three films. As soon as I finish one, I'll start another.
What about Kick 2, Bodyguard 2, Danbangg 3?
Salman: I don't know about Bodyguard 2 but I am working with Atul Agnihotri (his brother-in-law and producer) in his next Dabangg 3, which will happen in a while. I am working with Sajid Nadiadwala but I don't think it is for Kick 2 as of yet.
Dharmendra said that if ever a biopic is made on him, you can play him on screen. What are your thoughts on his comment?
Salman: He can see a lot of similarities (laughs). I am his biggest fan. I follow him.
And who do you think can play you in your biopic?
Salman: Dharamji. If my biopic is made.he will add certain colour to it. He will enhance it by his presence.
Would you allow any director to ever make a film on you?
Salman: No! Are you mad! (laughs).
Is it easy or difficult to be Salman Khan?
Salman: I live this life every single day so I don't know how it is to live another life. I am comfortable with this.