Salman Khan doesn’t hesitate to name that ‘idiot’ (it’s not Shah Rukh, by the way) – just like he doesn’t hesitate to talk about his sporting
ambitions, his court cases, being asked to stand for the elections... and, of course, SRK.
From Maine Pyaar Kiya to now,Salman stays the action hero forever. Actually, you’ve grown fitter over the years, haven’t you?
Yes. But it’s becoming very difficult now. I used to play many sports at that time, used to work out a lot. And then I used that to put a lot of children from the roads into gyms, I think, from having them watch me, from making fitness aspirational. Now, I’m going to take it to a different level with football and cricket. If I could do it then, I’m sure I can do it again.
Becoming the ambassador for football – was it a spontaneous call, ya soch ke Delhi aaye the?
Na na na. Mera koi decision soch ke nahin hota... mujhe jo karna hai, it’s all impulsive. Joh cheez jis waqt right lagti hai, woh main karta hoon.’
Did you decide in the stadium that you wanted to be the ambassador for soccer?
Nahin, uske pehle socha thaa, isliye stadium gaya thaa. The idea appealed to me. And Praful (Patel) is a dear friend, and also the chief of the Football Association right now – he felt that if I could get guys into the gym, I could get them onto the football field as well. The first sporting passion of most kids is football. You just need a ball and a ground.
The last Bollywood hero to become a sporting ambassador was Suniel Shetty, who supposedly became the brand ambassador for hockey. And that was the last one heard of it...
Achha? I’m not too clued in to that. But if I give my name to something, I’ll make sure I give it my one hundred per cent, yaar.
The IPL question: are you or are you not acquiring a team?
Bid karenge. Bid zaroor karenge. Agar bid mein mil gaya, toh team le lenge.
For football, you aren’t charging, it’s close to your heart... But IPL is a business investment. Yeh khayaal kahaan se aaya?
Dekhiye, as far as this goes, I’m going to do it at a different level altogether. One can raise a lot of money through this as well. There are many multinational companies who like to be associated with this, through logos, sponsorships and all that.
Bidding went up to 400 crores for some of the bigger teams last time. Do you have that sort of money in mind?
Itna? Nahin, itna budget toh nahin hai. If it goes to these levels then I can’t afford it! Let’s see.
And how long will you answer the question – are you following SRK?
See, I came into cinema first. Does that mean he followed me into the film industry? Or that we both followed Amitji or Dilip saab into movies?
Ek cheez achhi lagi, usme chale gaye, bas... Main hamesha apne se umar mein kam samajhta thaa lekin recently pata chala ki mujhse ek mahina bada hai woh – iska matlab yeh thode hai ki is duniya mein main isliye aaya kyunki woh aaye the pehle... Anyways, agar unki, ya kisi ki, yeh soch hai, toh unko mubarak ho.
TV would love a match between SRK’s and Salman’s teams, wouldn’t it, with all the undercurrents?
But it’s not as sharp as it’s made out to be. It’s very okay. He’s very respectful to my dad. My sisters-in-law, his wife, they’re very comfortable with each other, we don’t ask or influence them to be otherwise. It’s just that we’re not very comfortable with each other. And I’m sure he’s right where he is, and I’m right where I am.
We won’t see a Karan Arjun again?
Who knows what the future holds?
You won’t back out if you’re offered a movie with SRK?
No, no... I’m above all these things, yaar, these insecurities and all that...
Self-confessed Primitive Man, possessive man, outspoken guy... your dad was ribbing you about dating heroines and expecting them to behave like stay-at-home girls. You let Katrina do what she wants? You really don’t have a hassle with her acting opposite SRK?
No, I’ve never stopped her from doing a film with John or with anybody else, it’s her life, her career, but I’ve just put my foot down on one idiot.
And that is?
Hasn’t he been trying to patch up for eternity?
Arre woh drama-shama karta hai, kaan pakadta hai, you know what all he does... there’s no meaning to it, it’s all... you know what I think of it.
Comfortable reinventing yourself as an ‘action hero’ at 44 with Wanted?
Hey, I’ve just restarted my career once again! Seriously, I haven’t done an action film in the longest time, and I think to stay fit I should do thesas Films Yeh sab romantic films karte raho, romantic scene mein paani ke andar se nikal kar aaye bare-chested, yeh sab theek hai. But to stay actually fit, bhaga-daudi, maara-maari, it takes a lot of energy, that’s what I wanted to do. Like when shooting for Veer, subah 6 baje I would get onto the horse and dismount at midnight... bechara ghoda!
What’s the fanatical gymming regime like?
Two hours or so almost, each day.
I’m fortunate, I get three hours or so each day. Then I sleep in instalments. Fifteen minutes here and there. Teen-chaar minute, shot ke pehle, baithe-baithe, khade hue, kabhi bhi.
How do you manage to live on three hours of sleep a day?
Chal jaata hai... jab mar jayenge tab ek baar theek se so lenge.
You’ve told people, bhai nahin bolne ka. What’s the affront there?
See, my name is Salman. Sohail calls me bhai, younger people around me call me bhai, that’s okay. But increasingly I’ve noticed that it’s becoming part of my name – I’m not ‘Salmanbhai’, okay?
Ya, sounds like a don...
Arre, not that way, they say it as a sign of respect!
The kids call me Salman, you realise? Just Salman. And when senior people, colleagues, older people begin calling me Salmanbhai, I get very uncomfortable, I say, this is not happening. Of course it’s not about taking offence. Bhai means they trust me, they believe in me... It’s like they call Sanju baba – Sanju baba is 50, but they all treat him like a little baby. Suniel is called anna, big brother. It’s about that sentiment you evoke in others.
Sanju baba has taken very clear political lines. SRK is seen to have clear political preferences and friendships. You must’ve had offers to join up too... You campaigned for people from several political groups in the last elections...
This is not for me. I have a lot of friends from the political world, but it’s not for me to join in. Yes, I campaign for people who I believe do outstanding work. I campaigned for Kamal Nath, for Anju, and for others I believed would make a difference. The people must believe that I am standing by someone because I believe he or she will do good for them. I have lots of friends who called me, but I know that if I go there and campaign, they will win the election, but they will do nothing, so I didn’t go.
So you rejected requests from friends to campaign for them?
Nobody asks you to fight the elections?
I was asked to stand (for elections). But I didn’t want to. My job is here, as an actor. I don’t know anything about how to run the country. It’s not my cup of tea, boss!
Emraan feels he is discriminated against in India, SRK was angry at being singled out abroad...
The audience doesn’t take us as Muslim, it says, yeh Salman hai, hamara star hai, hamara bhai hai. If my sister got married to a Hindu (Alvira Khan is married to Atul Agnihotri), it’s her choice, he’s a good man, he’s a super guy, we love him and respect him. If she’d wanted to marry a Muslim guy, that would’ve been super too. But we wouldn’t want to have her married off to someone who may not be a good husband or a good father just because he is a Muslim. On screen we always play Prem, Rahul, Radhe... 90 per cent population which is non-Muslim, usne toh banaya hai humko star. So I don’t believe in all this.
But there is a very, very minute population of people who have no idea of what the religion is about, who have their own idea of it and of what they want to do, who have made life difficult for Muslims.
You don’t get hassled travelling because your name is Khan?
If you have to go to a particular country, you should be prepared to respect their rules. Mere saath toh India mein hi kitna kuch hua hai. Jin cheezon mein main involve nahin tha, unme things were blown out of proportion because I was a star. Main Jodhpur jaata hoon for hearings, Mumbai mein case chal raha hai... but at least on that account people think that if this can happen to Salman, it can happen to us, so cases of hunting or drunken driving come down significantly.
The rounds of courts continue?
Nau saal ho gaye...
It becomes a media trial. Hum khud nahin baat kar sakte hain about any detail because it is subjudice. Lekin baaki saari duniya baat karti hai. Aapne do galat article likh diye mere bare mein toh judge sahib ne dekhe hain.... Woh kahin na kahin influence kar jaate hain.
In any high-profile celeb case in a small court, if you let the person get away, the media will hound the court and say, how can you let him get away, he is powerful, has connections, etc, etc. If the star is thrown in prison, then also the media will start off, saying fans are upset, the case is not strong enough, you are just making an example out of him. So it’s a Catch-22 situation even for the authorities in cases involving stars... We need people to take a stand.
You’ve not been in the news for controversy for some time. Doesn’t that feel strange?
Haan, kaafi time se koi gul nahi khila hai. Main kaafi time se kisi galat jagah pe galat time pe nahi mila hoon.
A girl was saying ‘Main aapko apna pati maan chuki hoon’ today. How do you handle that sort of thing?
It’s scary, man, I don’t know how to handle it, I just don’t.
You get letters written in blood and all that sort of stuff?
Yes, that is why I stopped answering my fan mail. Yeh pehle bahut hota tha. I don’t like that sort of stuff. I can’t handle it.
You should stay single, actually, then girls can keep telling you they consider you their husband!
Yaar agar kaagaz pe sign karna shaadi hai, toh maaf kar do mujhe, ki nahin hui shaadi meri. Waise toh agar divorce bhi sirf sign karne se hota, bahut se logon ke divorce ho chuke hain, bas papers sign nahin huye hain!
Hum abhi paperwork tak aaye nahin hain... when people stay together and break up, it is also like a marriage and divorce, bas functions nahin hote!
250 ft deep lies the secret of Blue. Treasure hunters come in droves, lured by tales of a fabled treasure.
Rani Mukherjee was out of sight after giving several flops. But now she is back, and is looking like a bombshell after shedding those extra kilos, which made her look like an onscreen aunt. With her flick Dil Bole Hadippa, opposite Shahid Kapoor, Rani is looking stunning in bikini.
Just two days ago, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt was going all out to help Pakistani actress Meera who had apparently received death threats from a man in Lahore claiming to be her husband. But now it appears to him a case of Meera's past catching up with her.
Akshay Kumar, who is busy shooting for Sajid Khan's House Full, took up his fitness trainer and driver's challenge to perform a stunt in real. The bet was that Akshay run right in the middle of the busy traffic of London lane. Thus apna Khiladi Kumar started running.
A unit member said, "We all started hooting and shouting that he will not be able to do it. The public would block his way."
But iron-will Akshay would have none of it, as he dodged through the zooming traffic in full speed.
"Watching Akshay run, his fans started following him. They wanted to know if he is the real Akshay Kumar. Some who recognized Akshay even invited him for lunch," said the unit member.
Akshay won the challenge hands down. Now that does not come as a surprise, does it?
Come September and Akshay Kumar would be back with the Level 2 of ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi’.
With the show promising to be much jaw dropping and awe inspiring with dare devilry stunts being the order of the day, ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi’ is already ensuring a high adrenalin drive.
Currently stationed in Italy for the shoot of Sajid Khan’s ‘House Full’, Akshay Kumar talks about how this show is all about the mind game, rather than physical strength.
So how does he actually go about inspiring his participants?
Says Akshay, "I inspire them by stating that it doesn’t matter how small or how skinny or how afraid you are; your mind is stronger than ten wrestlers put together. This is one of the only shows in the world that is truly life changing, and I stand by it. I want people to look back and know that there was nothing they were too afraid to try."
While Akshay is quite experienced when it comes to doing stunts, the girls taking part are perhaps amateurish. How did he personally motivate, help and guide them before the camera was turned on?
"I knew exactly what was going through their heads, the amount of fear they were feeling, when and why they would panic. But knowing the stunts myself like the back of my hand, all you can give them is severe warning about what could happen. As for the rest, you purely motivate them and tell them that God is with you", he says.
Akshay also emphasizes on the point around being completely focus on what you are doing.
"I prepare them well and make them focus. That's because it’s actually tiny mistakes that cost points, as well as injuries", Akshay says, "I am quite happy though with the participants I worked with in Level 2.
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When it comes to his daughter, Bollywood actor-producer Anil Kapoor wants the best. He has roped in award-winning writer Manu Rishi to pen dialogues for Sonam's next film "Ayesha".
"Anil Kapoor met me and said that he had seen 'Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!'. He also told me, 'You're very good'. Then he started talking about 'Ayesha' and told me that Sonam will be starring in it and that it's his home production. He said that he really liked my work and wanted my inputs for 'Ayesha'. That's how the film happened, " Rishi told over phone from Mumbai.
Based on Jane Austen's "Emma", "Ayesha" is a romantic comedy about an ultra modern girl who is wooed by three men. While Sonam is playing the female lead, Abhay Deol, one-film-old Arunoday Singh and popular VJ Cyrus Sahukar will woo her in the movie, which is being produced by Sonam's sister Rhea under their father's banner.
For the movie, Delhi boy Rishi had to pen "sophisticated" lines - a complete change from what he wrote for the earlier film.
"'Ayesha' is a very different film from 'Oye Lucky...' and not just in terms of the dialogues, also in the look and feel, " said Rishi, who won a Filmfare as well as International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) award for best dialogues for his quirky and spicy one-liners in "Oye Lucky..."
He says that while "Oye Lucky..." dep***ed charms of Old Delhi, "Ayesha" is set to show a new "polished" side of the capital.
"In 'Oye Lucky...', the language was very, very West Delhi sorts and the protagonists were not very well read. But in 'Ayesha', the characters are from the upmarket Defence Colony, they are from English medium schools, etc. So that has brought in a lot of sophistication in the way we have written the dialogues, " he explained.
Rishi, seen as Abhay Deol's friend-turned-foe in "Oye Lucky...", says his role as a dialogue writer for "Ayesha" came in when a "male point of view" was required for the film.
"The film has been written by Devika Bhagat with Ritu Bhatia. So they wanted a male point of view as well and that's where I came in. I have written the dialogues along with Ritu, " he said.
Rishi started his journey with Delhi theatre and then shifted to Mumbai in search of work. But with a dearth of options, he ended up assisting actor-director Rajat Kapoor and kept waiting for good roles to come his way.
It was then that he started writing songs for TV shows and also took up work as a third dialogue writer to kill time. His patience paid off when he was introduced to Dibaker Banerjee who helmed "Oye Lucky..." and since then Rishi has not looked back.
He has done cameos in films such as "Mithya", "Ek Chalis Ki Last Local", "Mixed Doubles".
Coming from a humble background in Delhi and having flown to Macau to receive his IIFA award this year, he quipped: "I'm a real 'Chandni Chowk To China', you see!"
On Tuesday morning the appeals court in Kolkata ordered that the entire boxoffice collections of the Bengali film Poran Jay Jolaye Re be deposited in the court. The film which was released a couple of months ago to a rousing welome in Bengal is said to have so far collected whopping figures at the boxoffice.
By depositing the entire collection at the boxoffice the producers Venkatesh Films of the Bengali film stand to lose a substantial amount of money.
Says Vipul, “They’ve to deposit every single penny that the film has collected.The judgement of the appeals court says that the ENTIRE boxoffice collection of the Bengali film be deposited in court.
It is historic in terms of violation of copyright infringement. To know the court can stop a film is a clear signal that plagiarism can be fought.
The judgement will now be a reference point for all plagiarism cases. It was needed. Every filmmaker contemplating plagiarism will now think twice.”
The alleged copyright violators of the Bengali film can now appeal in the Supreme Court.
As for the money that the court has confiscated from the Bengali film’s collection it is now legally a part of a damage suit that Vipul chooses to file.
“However I don’t want any monetary compensation. That wasn’t my intention. I wanted to make a strong case against copyright infringement. The honourable court has done the needful.I think it’s v***ory for all us filmmakers.
We used to make a joke about copyright laws by saying copyright means the right to copy. I think the joke has now ended.”
Akshay Kumar who’s the co-producer of Namaste London has decided not to sign any film that he knows to be an illegal copy.
Says Akshay, “By God’s grace all my films seem to be original. Even Vipul’s Action Replay which some people think is a copied from elsewhere (The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button) is original. People who spread these rumours should be careful. Copying films is as serious an offence as accusing an original work of being a copy."
Producer Uru Patel has now zeroed in on Aamir Khan to play Hanuman, though God forbid, not as a monkey God but as a super-hero who can fly over mountains and skyscrapers and rescue the modern-day Rama from the ravenous Ravans of today’s world.
Rama and Ravan will be played by Hollywood stars Keanu Reeves and Gary Oldman, respectively. Sita was to be played by Shilpa Shetty. But she has opted out since then. The hunt is on for a new international face to play Sita.
Aamir has been keen to do super-hero film specially after Hrithik Roshan’s Krissh and Shah Rukh Khan’s forthcoming Ra.1 (where he plays a desi Spiderman). Hanuman will now be played as a super-hero with the best action directors and special-effects experts ensuring Aamir’s safe passage into super-heroism.
The whole project now depends on Aamir’s nod which he’ll give only after he approves of the script.
The catch is, Aamir’s signature will have to be on every page of the script.
Says a source, “Aamir wants to sign every page of the script to ensure no changes happen during shooting. Only then will he agree to play Hanuman.”
Apparently this is the method of working –signature on every page of the script-- that Aamir will adopt in all his future projects, whenever he signs more films. For now it looks like Hanuman will be his first assignment after the blockbuster Ghajini.
Earlier Hanuman was to be directed by Luis Mandoki (of Message In A Bottle fame). Mandoki wrote the first few drafts of the project. But now the chosen director is Chuck Russell whose familiarity with the language of fantasy (Eraser, The Mask, The Scorpion King, Mandrake) qualified him for the job of directing Hanuman.
A hush-hush meeting happened in Los Angeles three months ago at producer Uru Patel’s residence where director Chuck Russell met up with the project’s executive producer Pradeep Guha. The project has now passed into Aamir’s hand and his approval is awaited.
Says Pradeep Guha, “He has been approached. But Aamir will decide after he reads the script.”
Other sources insist that the makers of Hanuman are keen have Aamir on board and ready to comply with all his preconditions.
Once Aamir signs the film formally, the first schedule of Hanuman is expected to be held in Rajasthan at the end of the year. The rest of the film will be shot at Hollywood studios.
Bollywood actress Prachi Desai is the new face of international cosmetics brand Neutrogena in the Indian market.
US-based pharmaceuticals company Johnson & Johnson launched Neutrogena in the Indian market Thursday, offering around 25 beauty items ranging from fairness creams, face cleansing lotions to sun protection and hand and body care products.
Speaking about the endorsement, Prachi said: "The arrival of Neutrogena in the Indian market is going to be a gift for thousands of consumers who have waited long for products that really work."
The range is meant especially for the Indian skin type and the company has been testing the product for the past two years to suit Indian skins.
"We are bringing science to the art of beauty. For the past two years, we were understanding the needs of Indian customers because we wanted to give our consumers only the best, " said Swami Raote, managing director Johnson & Johnson (J&J), at a press conference.
"We are targeting mainly women living in metro cities. Therefore, our products will be available in major Indian cities and towns, " he added.
According to a survey, the skin care market in India is around $67 billion. This is because of the fact that women have become beauty conscious over the years.
"People want to look good and are concerned about fairness, aging, blemishes - in short they want to look beautiful. We have products that not only give complete solutions but also complete satisfaction as well, " explained Tina Mistry, vice president of J&J.
"The Indian skin care market is still in a nascent stage because there was a time when women were very indifferent about the way they looked. Things have changed today and young women want products that give them results, " she added.
The product range starts at Rs.85 and goes up to Rs. 500.