|2004 March 19 Rediff com By Syed Firdaus Ashraf|
Dressed in a white shirt and blue jeans, Salman Khan was in a good mood on the sets of actor-turned-director Puneet Issar's Garv, in Mumbai's Mehboob Studios.
|Puneet Issar, better known as Duryodhan from B R Chopra's television series Mahabharata, debuts as a director in Garv. Issar claims that Salman has been very mature in the film. Salman quips, "He will obviously say that. He won't say I have acted immaturely after the completion of film."
There were recent reports about Salman travelling by a Mumbai local train from Churchgate. When asked, the actor exclaims, "Nahin, bhai! I didn't travel by train. I don't know who published this report. If you want, I will travel by local train tomorrow so that you can publish the right news.
"I travel by either bicycle or an autorickshaw. Don't be surprised if you see me in a rickshaw!"
|The actor jokingly explains, "I don't have too many films, so I cannot
afford petrol for my car. Money problem! And even if I could afford it,
I cannot drive because the police has taken away my license." It may
be recalled that Salman was involved in a hit-and-run accident last year, when he allegedly killed one and injured four people.
Though Salman plays a serious cop in Garv, he gets to sing the tapori number, Khaya piya kuch nahin, glass thoda baraana. Salman says, "Don't serious guys do tapori numbers? I have seen managing directors of big firms attending mujrahs. Why can't serious cops do tapori numbers in real life?"
The actor claims he is happy with the film; it has turned out to be a good one. "This is not a preaching kind of film but still manages to give a message," he says. "My character Inspector Arjun Ranawat is great. People will fall in love with him and his ideology."
Just then, a Pakistani delegation marches into Mehboob Studios to meet Salman. After exchanging pleasantries, a Pakistani lady thrusts her cell phone to a bemused Salman's hand and pleads with him to talk to her daughter in Lahore.