'I've never beaten Ash' says Salman
Mid Day Sep 18 2002
|Salman Khan walks into the sets of Tere Naam. He is a bit angry. He has just heard about an article about him beating up Aishwarya Rai and abusing Aziz Mirza and Shah Rukh Khan in Mid Day.
After sitting next to director Satish Kaushik, he asks for a copy, goes through it again and again reading it aloud. Then he takes off his shirt and walks around with bodyguard in tow. The producer Sunil Manchanda then talks to him and brings him for an interview.
Salman puts his shirt on and fields questions. His answers are laced with sarcasm as he also enjoys a bit of his wit as he answers questions about his work and personal life. Excerpts from an interview.
|Why did you sign Tere Naam?
Because I had no work. (laughs). I liked the script. It is a very good film.
Tell us about working with director Satish Kaushik?
Pappu Pager? (Kaushikfs name in a few films). He is a very sweet guy. This is my first and last film with him (laughs).
We believe that the music by Himesh Reshammiya is very good.
Indeed. The music will kick ass. It is very melodious and has a lot of lyrical value.
|What is your role in
There is a boy who falls in love with a simple girl and goes out of his way for her. He loses everything in life including his friends. But he gets the girl in the end. He has been regarded like a total untouchable. But suddenly his worth is known when he goes ahead and gives his life for the girl. She thinks he is wrong, but she realises everything about him in the last 15 minutes.
Is it same in your personal life? Do you feel that you have been misinterpreted too?
Not at all. People understand me very well, especially the press. (laughs)
feel the need to clarify?
I donft need to go and explain anything to anyone. My family and people who know me know the truth. I donft need to tell anyone what has been happening. But all these things said and written about me add up. I let it go as a part of life.
|What would you compare Tere
It is a film in the genre of Ek Duuje Ke Liye or even Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. But I did not agree with the ending in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Sanjay Bhansali told me that he wanted a depressive high. But frankly, I feel that love is above all traditions. But if you are making a traditional film, then f*** love.
Nandini (Aishwarya) should have left her husband and gone with the guy she loved (Salman). Her husband (Ajay Devgan) was like god to her for what he did. If I had made Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, I would have let her go with the guy she loved.
|What is your take on
I donft think that there is a word called love. There is a word called eneedf. A girl will not reciprocate the love, till she feels the need for the guy. Even if he says that he wants to jump off the cliff, she will ask him to go ahead and do it.
|What about the love in
That is not love. It is a film about a loser. The writer of the book himself realised that he had destroyed an entire generation.
Why didnft you do Devdas?
I was the last person to know that I am not doing Devdas. I did two films with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. By the end of that, he had outgrown me. He needed a much better actor to play the role.
What about Aishwarya? Did she fit the role?
But you do get
You have not been able to control your
|What about the story in Mid Day? Is it
Every word of it is true. I donft want to clarify anything.
Have you beaten up
Donft you think your anger can ruin her
What about the heroine of this film
Bhoomika? Is she scared of you?
|You mean to say that you are being
victimised by the media.
Indeed. I donft suck up to journalists, I donft throw parties and entertain people.
You have also been accused of stripping in public?
What is stripping? Even now, I have been walking without my shirt on. I donft have my shirt on in some films. I cycle without my shirt on.
|What went wrong with your last film Tumko
Na Bhool Payenge?
I liked Tumko Na Bhool Payenge a lot. I really donft know what was the problem.
There was the aspect of the Muslim guy being a Hindu in the film. You can either be a Muslim or a Hindu. I realised that you cannot mix up the religions.
You seem to have a strong viewpoint on
|Tell us about your brother
He is very good. He has been accepted as an actor. He has passed that test. He has been handling four departments. The film has done well.
You were to do the role that he did.
Tell us about