|Salman shocks everyone, once again|
|Midday Amit Roy April 10, 2003|
|London: In the past few days that he was in London, Salman Khan shocked everyone by behaving impeccably.
The actor shot song-and dance-sequences with co-star Mahima Chowdhury, for Ravi Choprafs Baaghban, and appeared to have won over the whole crew.
On Tuesday, pausing between takes in Leicester Square on a sunny but cold afternoon, director of photography Barun Mukherjee summed up his personal feelings in Bengali.
gChele ta khoob mishti (The boy is very sweet),h smiled Mukherjee, adjusting his green baseball cap. gEkdom chele manoosh (Hefs so naive, so childlike),h he said with affection.
Could it be that the actor, widely castigated as Bollywoodfs bad boy, is a misunderstood soul? What about Vivek Oberoifs claim that Salman threatened him on the phone on 41 occasions in a single night?
Or Aishwarya Raifs unprecedented statement that he abused her and she wanted nothing more to do with him?
was a busy day for the crew: morning was in Marlowe, the early
afternoon at London Eye, the giant turning wheel by the Thames
Embankment at Waterloo, and afternoon in Leicester
At the Chiquito, a restaurant, Mahima had finished her pasta lunch and her hair was being fussed over by her stylist, Heather Shay, a Haka Chinese woman from Bombay.
gSalman is on his way,h someone shouted.
gThat means half an hour,h yawned Mahima.
Actually, Salman was outside, ready and waiting, dressed in faded blue jeans, a black leather jacket and a grey top.
He looked slim, without any sign of bulging muscles.
|On his wrist, he
wore a bracelet, the sort that Indian fast bowlers shake
angrily when they cannot get a wicket.
Like many Bollywood stars, Salman was clearly a mobile junkie. Every few minutes he took the phone out of his pocket to make or answer a call.
An enterprising young reporter, who believed she had his number, had been phoning him for three days, only to be told she had the wrong person.
She now tried a little experiment.
She rang the number. After a few seconds, Salmanfs hand slid to his back pocket.
Who was on the phone?
She gave her name.
What was it about?
She replied there had been allegations about him recently and perhaps he would care to comment.
She was told that unfortunately Salman was in Holland but if she rang again in three daysf time, he would be in Bombay and she might be put through to him.
The reporter was tempted to say, gActually, Ifm standing next to you,h but thought better of it.
When approached face to face, he was polite. gI donft want to talk,h he said, adding, gI have not given an interview in 18 years.h
For his fans though, Salman signed every autograph and posed for photographs.
After a 45-minute break, Salman was back, this time in a smart, dark suit, with a peacock-blue shirt and matching tie.
|Salman: 'I have nothing to say on the matter'|
|Rediff com April 9@2003@Subhash K Jha|
After shooting for B R Chopra's Baghbaan in London and completing a successful concert in Amsterdam, Salman Khan was expected to return to Mumbai April 9.
|Salman is referring to actor Vivek Oberoi's outburst against him on April 1. Vivek alleged Salman called him 41 times in one night and threatened to kill him if he did not stay away from actresses Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukherji and Diya Mirza. A few days later, Rai, who recently met with an accident on the sets of Rajkumar Santoshi's Khaki, issued a statement calling her relationship with Salman a 'nightmare.'|
Meanwhile, sections of the film industry who spoke up for Salman still support him. Says Suniel Shetty, "I stand by what I said earlier. The differences between Vivek and Salman were an internal matter. It should have been sorted out on that level."
|Meanwhile, a communal colour is being given to the fight between two colleagues. Rumours in Mumbai say Salman and his family are seeking the help of Muslim organisations to 'protect' him from the new crisis in his life.
Salman is appalled. "I believe in every God on earth. They will protect me against these vicious lies."
|VIVEK OBEROI VERSUS SALMAN KHAN!|
|'If he wants to put me down to bring himself up, let him do it'|
|Rediff com April 3@2003@Subhash K Jha|
After Vivek Oberoi's outburst against him on television, Salman Khan appeared stoic and amused at his colleague's bitter recriminations.
|Salman says, "Have you heard about Lord Buddha? There was a man spitting at him constantly. A well-wisher asked him why he was not reacting. And he said, 'Don't worry about it. Let the man get rid of all the filth inside him. All I have to do is wash my face.' I am certainly no Buddha. But let me wash my face in peace."|
Salman is expected to return to Mumbai on April 9.
|Arbaaz Khan points to Aishwarya Rai|
|Rediff com April 2@2003|
Actor Arbaaz Khan on Wednesday told Aaj Tak that Aishwarya Rai may have something to do with fellow actor Vivek Oberoi's outburst against Salman Khan.
|Arbaaz denied that his elder brother had threatened Oberoi and dismissed his allegations as 'false and baseless'.
"Salman is a bigger star than Vivek. To become a star everyone in the industry is targetting Salman," Arbaaz told reporters in Mumbai.
He said that Vivek might be in love with Rai, a former Miss World, who was earlier close to Salman.
|Salman threatened me: Vivek Oberoi|
|Rediff com April 1@2003@Priyanka Nair in Mumbai|
Vivek Oberoi called a press conference on Tuesday where he claimed he had received
threats from Salman Khan.
2003 April 10