Salman News

"A pillar of strength and support"
2001 Jan Movie
When director Sanjay Leela Bhansali began shooting a rain dance sequence for his film Devdas at Film City on Friday, December 1, he must have never in his wildest dreams imagined that it would turn out to be one of the most tragic days in the film industry.
Till around 4 pm, the work proceeded like it does any normal day. At that time, the dancers and heroine of the film Aishwarya Rai were assembled on the sets for the next shot. Choreographer Baibhavi was instructing the dancers on their steps for the last shot of the day, artificial rain was called for and gigantic 10 by 12 feet storm fans were switched on.
Before everybody's unbelieving eyes, one of the fans suddenly toppled over and crashed on to two workers below, beheading one of them and killing him instantly while seriously injuring the other.
Reportedly, within a minute the set had turned into a gruesome scene of carnage, confusion and hysteria with loud shocked screams reverberating to the ceiling, blood everywhere and people running helter-skelter.
Aishwarya, who was the only one of the star-cast present, was so shocked and shaken that she was on the verge of collapse. Fortunately, Salman who is a frequent visitor, rushed to pitch in and help. He was, "A pillar of strength and support," Ash confided later to friends and colleagues. Ash was won over by her man all over again when Salman rose to the need of the hour, and did all he could, during that time of dire need and dreadful crisis, to be of assistance. He used his celebrity status and star-power to cut through red-tape and get the second, critically injured worker to Nanavati Hospital, plus he dealt with the police and other authorities with charm and grace.

Salman Khan takes Hrithik for a ride!
2000 Dec 24B4U
Looking at the way Hrithik mania has stormed the nation, and every little thing that he does becomes news. Last heard was that Hrithik was missing out on privacy and freedom and was heard complaining about it to friend Salman Khan. And knowing our Sallu, and his bizarre ways, he made Hrithik plonk on a cycle and took him for a ride around Bandra Bandstand in Mumbai. Now, now, chweet isn't that!

Bharat Shah Moves Court Fot CCCC Release

2000 Dec 27 India FM
The Empire strikes back. The real badshah of bollywood, Bharat Shah has filed his appearance before the special court hearing the Chori Chori Chupke Chupke case.
The special court is examining the prosecution allegations of the producer Nazeem Rizvi being a part of the underworld and laundering illegal money through Bollywood. Shah filed a vakalatnama of his lawyers R M Aziz and Girish Kulkarni on behalf of his firm Mega Bollywood Pvt Ltd.
However, he has not staked any claim or raised objection to the negatives of the film seized by the police on December 20 in his vakalatnama. Legal sources say that the release of the negatives of CCCC is possible provided the case is handled skillfully. .
The designated judge of the special court, A P Bhangale has ordered Shah to file written objections or stake his claim at the earliest if he so desired. The case is being tried under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.
The judge has also ordered the prosecution to supply Shah a copy of the application made by police on the seizure of the film's negatives at Film City in suburban Goregaon
The police produced the seized negative prints of Rizvi's film Chori Chori Chupke Chupke before the judge on December 21.
Subsequently as per the law, the judge directed that a public notice be issued in English and Marathi newspapers to invite within 15 days claims if any to the seized property.
In case of no claims being released the court would be seized of the custody of the negatives and dispose it off therein under the Act. In case Bharat Shah is able to prove his claims to the negatives, the items would be released to his custody. However the police are apprehensive of this order, as their total case against Nazeem will collapse if Bharat Shah is able to prove his ownership of the negatives.
The police is trying every trick in the book to ensure that Bharat Shah stays away from the negatives of CCCC.

Is Sallu Appearing In Rajshri?

2000 Oct 22 BollywoodMag

The buzz surrounding Sooraj Barjatya's latest movie 'Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon' is immense!
This is guaranteed to be a film that Bollywood fanatics will be looking out for, mainly because Sooraj Barjatya has already directed three super hits in a row - 'Maine Pyar Kiya', 'Hum Aapke Hai Kaun' and 'Hum Saath Saath Hai'.
Of course, the fact that it brings together Hrithik Roshan and Abhishek Bachchan for the very first time, together with Kareena Kapoor, is also a really big deal.
Anu Malik has already started talking with Sooraj Barjatya about the type of music he will be producing for the film, and promises that it will blow everyone away.

Rumours also suggest that a couple of big names are also making special appearances for the movie.
Who will it be? Well, you never know - this might just be Sooraj Barjatya's polite way of giving his regular actor Salman Khan some work!

CCCC not releasing
2000 Dec 24 India FM
The Maharashtra Government has decided to stall the release of Chori Chori Chupke Chupke until all the investigations into the case are complete. At a press meet at Mantralaya on Wednesday, Chaggan Bhujbal, Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra said that the print negatives of the movie are in the possession of the government and they would not allow the movie to release till the probe is complete.

With this decision, Bharat Shah's hope of early release is ruled out.

Is Salman the setting sun?

2000 Dec 20

A rising star is like the rising sun ? everybody worships him! And the setting Sun? No one ever really bothers about the gloomy downslide! Our film folk never tire of thrusting this axiom down their contemporaries' throats at the drop of a hat! But what happens when they themselves need to be taught the same adage? Well! That's a different story altogether.
Our macho man, Salman Khan, who could give Lisa Ray and Mamta 'Khul'karni a solid run for their money ? what with his going shirtless in every film ? hasn't had much success this year professionally! And would do well with a little courtesy and paying heed to some advice.
With Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega doing average business in only bigger cities and, Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge and Kahin Pyar Na Ho Jaye flopping miserably, his status has adversely affected his under production films. While Chori Chori Chupke Chupke 's release is embroiled in a controversy with its producer Nazim Rizvi behind bars, Salman has borne the brunt of the loss more than its heroines, Rani and Preity, who are going strong with hits to their credit.

Quick on the rebound, Salman's fate has had him thrown out of Aftab Khan's film in which he had been teamed along with Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Aishwarya Rai. Ajay Devgan has replaced him in the film since Salman asked for the satellite as well as overseas rights as his remuneration but the producer refused.
Seems like his stars are not happy this time!

In Trouble
2000 Dec 16 India FM
Trouble as always comes in droves. Barely had Salman recovered from the infamous black buck episode, was he raided by the Income Tax authorities in September.
Close on the heels of a police interrogation for criminal links for his role in Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Salman and Aishwarya were summoned by the IT dept. Salman along with girlfriend Aishwarya Rai apparently visited the Income Tax headquarters to meet Director General, Investigations.
Investigations revealed some documents belonging to his former girlfriend and Pakistani actress Somy Ali, which have caught the eye of the IT, imply financial irregularities. The department is now scrutinizing Somy Ali's foreign bank accounts on the basis of documents found at Salman's residence at Bandra.
Salman's house was one of those raided during a swoop by I-T sleuths on several film personalities. In a double whammy for Salman, Aishwarya's opening the door to the Salman residence surprised the IT sleuths. This resulted in raids on Aishwarya, who was originally not on the list of people to be raided. Aishwarya generally stays with Salman.
The department also recovered some blank stamp papers signed by Somy Ali's father at Salman Khan's house. Ali was staying at the Khan residence for several months when she was trying to get a break in the Mumbai film industry.
IT officials also recovered some documents pertaining to film stage shows organized abroad. The department suspects that some stars were using certain IT concessions to evade taxes. It believes that the stars, to evade taxes, were misusing a provision, which gives tax relief on professional fees earned abroad.
Similarly, another modus operandi was a provision being misused to siphon off money abroad through the hawala conduit.
Coming close on the heels of CCCC issue, Salman Khan has moved to his Panvel farmhouse and has switched off his mobile.

Salman's loss is Ajay's gain

2000 Dec 20 Cinemaa Indiya com
Salman Khan is out of Jhamu Sugandh's Hum Kisise Kam Nahin. What is surprising is that Sallu finds himself out of the project despite his best buddy David Dhawan being the director of the film. This is a big film to lose for the Khan. Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Aishwarya Rai and Jammu Sugandh. Salman had done Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam with Sugandh and shared a fairly good relationship with him.
Something really serious would have to happen for them to have him replaced after two schedules of the film had already been shot. And that too, have him replaced by Ajay Devgun.
The story that's out in the trade is that apparently Salman wanted the overseas territory, which is the most lucrative of all, as his remuneration for doing the film. Salman has been demanding and getting the overseas territory from other smaller producers like Bubby Kent and Shyam Bajaj but Sugandh refused to get bullied into a lopsided deal.
's last couple of films hadn't made history for him to make such demands and that to from a project, which has Amitabh, Sunjay and Aishwarya to make it more than respectable already. But the Khan who's on a trip of proving a point more vehemently than ever (Flops do that to actors), refused to see the warning signals and was in for a rude surprise when Jammu decided to do away with him and get Ajay Devgun for his role instead.

Rani Mukherjee: Preity Preetam!

2000 Nov 13 Filmfare Online

Well, at the audio release of 'Chori Chori Chupke Chupke', Rani and Preity were at their over-friendliness stunts all over again. And what's more. Rani was heard calling out to her Preity dearest... 'Preetam Preetam'. And then obviously the giggles and talks followed. Also sharing another great friendship were co-stars Salman and Sunju, who were also filled with giggles and small talks with Salman whispering sweet nothings into the Dutt's ears every now and then. But obviously their friendship was shown-off with a li'l more maturity than the gals'. Neways, we hope their movie does well, in the name of friendship at least, if nothing else.

Chori Chori Chupke Chupke Party
2000 Nov 12 India FM
The audio release party of Chori Chori Chupke Chupke was held on 9th November at Hotel Sun-N-Sand. The event was organised by Universal music. The party was attended by producer Nazim Rizvi, Bharat Shah, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta, Salman Khan, Prem Chopra & Johny Lever. Bobby Deol & Sanjay Dutt were also present at the party as special guests. Salman Khan arrived late at about 11:30 and the party started in full josh afterwards.

First negative role?
2000 Nov 12 India FM
Salman Khan will enact the first negative role of his career in his home production to be directed by E-Niwas of Shool fame. There were rumours in the industry that this project was shelved two days ago and that Sohail Khan, Salman's brother, had signed ad-film maker Kailash Surendranath to direct the film. But the rumours were set to rest by a close source of Salman who informed IndiaFM that the E-Niwas project and the film that Kailash is going to direct are two different projects. While the project to be directed by Kailash will go on floors by January-February 2001, the E-Niwas film will start from June next year.

Atul Agnihotri to direct Salman Khan & Aishwarya Rai

2000 Oct 20 India FM

G.S Entertainments has announced the launch of two new projects both with Salman Khan.

The first movie will star Salman Khan & Aishwarya Rai and will be directed by Atul Agnihotri while the second movie will star Salman Khan and will be directed by E.Niwas. The leading lady is yet to be finalised. The creative inputs for the second film will be jointly written by Sohail Khan, Salman Khan & E.Niwas.

Salman to try his hand at writing script once again
2000 Oct 13 India FM
Salman Khan always wanted to follow his father's footsteps. But he strayed into an unknown territory, acting, with 'Biwi Ho To Aisi'. He did try his hand at writing twice, both misadventures. His first attempt was 'Buland' (with Somy Ali), which is incomplete yet, and the second was a damp squib, 'Chandramukhi'. But Salman seems to believe in the motto, try and try till you succeed. So in brother Sohail Khan's new project, to be directed by E. Niwas (of 'Shool' fame), Salman has decided to write the screenplay himself, with Sohail as companion. Let's see if Salman proves lucky in his third attempt!

Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega enters UK Top 10

2000 Sep 9 Digital Hidustan Times

Producer Sajid Nadiadwala has every reason to throw a party. As latest reports indicate, his new film Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega is creating quite a few records abroad. In the United Kingdom alone, the film grossed about US$320,000 in its very first week. The Salman Khan-Preity Zinta-Rani Mukherjee starrer has ever since entered the UK Top 10, where it's firmly seated for the past three weeks.
According to the buzz, most UK theatres that released the film have retained it on the screen, having earned at an average $16,000 in box office collection.

That pitches the Raj Kanwar-directed film into the ranks of alltime greatest overseas hits such as Dilwaale Dulhania Le Jaayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Hum Aapke Hain Koun! An impressive show that, considering the film is a take-off on the Hollywood hit, While You Were Sleeping.
Back home, the film has done average to good business in the various territories and most distributors are happy.

Hum Aapke Hain Sanam
2000 Sep 2 India FM
Hum Aapke Hain Sanam which stars Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan & Madhuri Dixit will be releasing around Idd. But it will be under a different title for the lead stars have expressed their opinion that the current title is a long one and they need a shorter title
The movie also stars Atul Agnihotri, Suman Ranganathan & Aroona Irani. Aishwarya Rai has been roped in to do a special appearance in the movie. The movie has been directed by K.S Adhiyaman. The movie has been nearly completed and only scenes related to Aishwarya are being shot.
We will not tell you who gets Madhuri in the end. But since Ash is there in the movie, you can all guess who will walk away with Madhuri, right ?

Salman Khan: Comedy Khan No More!

2000 August 28 Filmfare

Salman Khan, we are told is not interested in comedy no more. Yes, after the not-so-hot response to his comic flicks, 'Chal Mere Bhai and 'Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge' Khan has decided to stick to social, emotional and action flicks. Wethinks, he's following in the footsteps of Bobby Deol, who also resolved not to do any comic capers, despite his flair for comedy. What was that again? Oh, yes, typecasting. Happens all the time, no?

Salman, Hrithik Roshan & Aishwarya Rai

August 14 2000 India FM
The hottest news of the week is that Salman, Hrithik Roshan & Aishwarya Rai may come together in a film that will be produced by Sajid Nadiadwala whose latest release is Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega.
The movie will be directed by Sajid's 'moo-boli bahen', the no.1 choreographer Farah Khan. However, when IndiaFM contacted Sajid to confirm the news, Sajid just smiled and said that nothing had been finalised so far and everything was under planning stages. If insiders are to be believed, it was Salman who thought of this project since he is very friendly with Hrithik and 'good friends' with Aishwarya.
Let's wait and watch whether this project takes shapes or not.


August 11 2000 Indya com
Last week Salman Khan had a party for Arpita, the little girl the Khans had adopted some years ago. Although Hrithik Roshan came late for the party, he made up for it by dancing for his little fan. He did the entire song from Kaho Naa... Pyar Hai, the climax one, and Arpita was beside herself with happiness. "This is my gift to you", Hrithik told her. Roshan and Salman are bicep-buddies, remember, it was the Khan who initiated the young actor to muscle mania.


2000 August 10 Ridiff Com

It happens all the time. You are driving along one of Mumbai's roads early in the morning, and you see this hunk pedalling away for dear life. And you think, hey, that chap looks so much like Salman Khan, even Salman himself could get confused. But, you add to yourself, it couldn't be Salman. On a bike? No way. Next time round, tell yourself it is. Salman Khan. In the flesh. The fitness freak has a thing for bikes -- he uses his top-of-the-line bicycle more often than he does his car. In fact, he has developed this practice of pedalling to his shooting locations, with his car and driver following him.

Salman Khan: From Grumpy To Great!

2000 August 9 FilmFare Online

Ok! So, Salman is not known to be one of the friendliest people around, especially when it comes to the Fourth Estate. But of late he sure seems to be going the 'nice' way. Even to the extent of trying to woo the press. Hey, we have seen a lot of him on TV, giving interviews and talking about his role in his new films and stuff. That's fine. But recently, he was even spotted signing T-shirts for his fans. Sallu tried to be as courteous as he could be. So much so, that when a fan complained that he had missed out on his T, Salman exclaimed, "Oh F**K!" Now, the innocent creature could have died of a heart attack out of fear, when Salman apologized saying it slipped out because he had forgotten. Genuine concern, shall we say? Or just plain change of image? Any which way you look at it, it sure will do a whole lot of good for his PR.

Salman's popularity in the film industry 

August 8, 2000 India FM
If the number of prints ordered and processed by distributors and exhibitors are an indicator of a star's popularity, then Salman Khan tops the list. A film released with a maximum number of prints on its premiere release confirms the star's popularity and indicates his standing within and outside the film industry.

For quite some time now, there has been a debate about who the most in-demand star is at the moment. In the 1980's and 1990's, when Amitabh Bachchan ruled the roost, a Bachchan starrer used to released with 250 to 300 prints at one go. But, of late, Salman Khan starrers seem to be the hot favourite of distributors and exhibitors.
The year 2000 has witnessed the release of some of the biggest films and the list indicates that Salman is very ahead of his contemporaries. His latest release, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, has created a record of sorts by being released with a record number of 426 prints at one go, the highest-ever for any Hindi film.

Believe it or not, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega has emerged the No. 1 film as far as the prints processed are concerned, crossing the record figure of 424 for Rajshri's Hum Saath-Saath Hain, which also starred Salman Khan in the lead.

Trade Guide has been printing the breakdown of prints some big-budget films have been released with, of late: Mela 368; Kaho Naa.. Pyar Hai; 205; Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani 311; Pukar 320; Badal 327; Hey! Ram 157; Khauff 268; Dulhan Hum Le Jayenga 392; Chal Mere Bhai 320; Jung 242; Kya Kehna! 153; Refugee 300; Bichhoo 313.

Salman Khan: Back-Up Business!

2000 August 5 FilmFare Online

Salman Khan is one helluva smart cookie, especially when it comes to handling and investing his growing finances. Smart enough to realize that stardom need not last for ever, he is quickly expanding on his investments. First he launched an entertainment cum event management company along with brother Sohail producer Bunty Walia. Then he tied up with Wizcraft along with Sunjay Dutt, Karisma, Mahima and Govinda in the 'India Talkies' (the celebrity restaurant chain) deal. Now the 'topless' Khan is ready to invest in a new post-production studio, replete with all the facilities. Supposed to boast of top-of-the-art technology, the studio will also have a preview theatre, fancy equipment, latest dubbing and recording facilities, the works. Wonder what kind of phillums they will screen at the preview theater? Pam Anderson home videos? Maybe.

Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega : Talk About Getting Real! 

July 30 FilmFareOnline
Seldom does it happen that in a love triangle involving two female characters one hears of heroines being war and cordial with each other. Especially if they are hardcore contemporaries. However, Rani and Preity seem to be setting a different example on that front. The two leading ladies in Sajid Nadiadwalla's 'Har Dil Jo Pyar Kargaa' are not just great co-stars on-screen but thick pals off it as well. In fact so solid is their friendship that we even heard that they constantly made co-star Salman the butt of all their jokes. This was of course behind his back. On the face of it however, they were stuck together like a ready-to-eat triple deck sandwich. Talk about three's company, this trio sure seems to be setting a trend of sorts.

Salman - Amisha: Doing A Blockbuster!

2000 June 29 FilmFare Online
Salman Khan and the petite heroine of eKaho Naa Pyaar Hai ' Amisha Patel are all set to make the perfect match together. They are doing Ketan Desaifs next blockbuster project to be directed by David Dhawan. The film also co-stars Rishi Kapoor and sees the return of Rati Agnihotri to the silver screen. Seems like great pairing already. At least some people are saying that Salman is finally acting opposite a heroine who is the right size for him. Though with those heavy-duty muscles of his, he can probably star opposite Grace Jones too and no one would notice the difference.

Salman: Khan's Night out! 

June 12 FilmFareOnline
The uptown night club at the Ambassador hotel in Mumbai, 'Flavours', saw a new flavour on Friday night. The entire Khan family was there in full strength of friends and family, partying the night away. Salman, Arbaaz, Malaika, Sohail's wife Seema (we didn't see hubby himself), sister Alvira, (hubby Atul Agnihotri was absent since his dad only recently passed away), friend Kamaal Khan etc. Salman himself was dressed in the latest American shopping gear (he was away for a month and a half on shows, remember?) and turning quite a few heads, therefore. However, the good-looking Khan seemed morose and distant despite the smile and the perky attitude. With Aishwarya not around to complete the family picture, we probably know the reason for his "ashin' mood".

2000 May India FM
Salman has earned himself a close friend in Hrithik. The shirtless wonder actually gave Hrithik a wrist-watch worth five lakhs as a gift. This came as a shot in arm for Hrithik who was rcently gifted a Tata Indica by RPG- HMV. Must be more than anything he has given Aishwarya till date. Insiders insist that it is all with an ulterior motive. The Khan apparently has decided to sign hotter-than-Mumbai-summer Roshan for his home production. From being Hrithik's physical trainer to his producer, Salman has come a long way and he still has a long way to go

Salman to star in Baywatch?

2000 March 28  Digital Hindustan Times

Apna Bollywood is catching up with Hollywood big way. Move over Shekhar Kapur and Manoj Shyamalan. The latest Indian to cause a hungama in the wild wild west is the indigenous sexy beefcake, Salman Khan. While the zooming popularity of the other hunk, Hrithik Roshan, has virtually taken the shirt off Sallu's back, India's Pocket Hercules is none too bothered. The latest we heard, the Khan, who's already been voted among the top 10 sexiest males on the planet, is all set to do a stint in the most popular tele-serial ever, Baywatch. So all you starry-eyed dames who can't get enough of the cool dude's fab bod in desi mumbaiyya fare, be prepared to watch a shirtless Salman turn up the heat on the beach that Pamela Anderson immortalized.

The buzz is also alive that Salman's agents are seeking the permission of Baywatch producers to use exclusive footage from the serial in one of Salman's forthcoming films, Tere Liye. And you thought short Indian men didn't turn Uncle Sam's babes on fire!

Salman, Hrithik in Sooraj Barjatya's next?
2000 March 13 Digital Hindustan Times
Sooraj Barjatya is onto something 'different', so we heard. While the news is more or less confirmed that Barjatya will definitely sign up lucky mascot Salman Khan for his forthcoming film, here's a piece of delicious gulab jamun for you to savour. According to the biz buzz, Sooraj is keen to sign up Bollywood's latest sensation Hrithik Roshan and talks are already on between the two camps. Signing up Hrithik is Barjatya's attempt at something 'different'. We heard that because Hum Saath-Saath Hain didn't exactly turn out the blockbuster that Rajshri films had expected it to be, Sooraj want to radically change his cinematic fare this time around. Insiders tell us he's onto a fastpaced romantic thriller, for which Hrithik and Sallu would, of course, fit to the T.

Hrithik-Salman: When Brawn Meets Brawn!

2000 March 8 FilmFare Online

After a rather tame 'Hum Saath-Saath Hai', Sooraj Barjatya's switching tracks to make a muscle bound entertainer with none other than the raging muscle men, Hrithik and Salman. It might turn out to be a great coup for the Rajshri banner considering both leading men are hot property these days. Salman's got David Dhawan's 'Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge' round the corner while Hrithik 'raging' Roshan is on a golden run with his 'Kaho Na ...' still raking in the moolah. The Barjatya project starring the two is untitled we hear. Considering the two have, so far, let go of absolutely no opportunity at flexing their biceps, how about 'Hum Haath Haath Hai' ?

Salman and his hidden talent
2000 Feb 28 Digital Hindustan Times
We've just discovered Salman Khan's hidden talent. So okay, all you folks know him as the handsome superstar screen hunk as also the give-a-damn casanova, perennially hitting the headlines with his legendary amorous escapades. What very few people know is Salman is also as adept behind the lens as he is in front of it. At least Hrithik Roshan will swear for Sallu's talent as an ace photographer. You see, many of the by-now still of the gorgeous Hrithik, circulating in the market were actually shot by Salman! Normally, Salman wouldn't show it off to all and sundry but he has a fabulous collection of photographs he has clicked all over the globe. Call him a photogenic face with a photogenic mind, right?

Salman Khan: Creating Waves!

2000 Feb 4 FilmFareOnline
After Aamir Khan's 'Mela' and Shah Rukh Khan's 'Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani', it time for the third of the three big Khans to line up his arsenal. And Salman Khan is just rearing to flex his well toned muscles once again with Gordhan Tanwani's 'Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge'. For Gordhan Tanwani, whose 'Ishq' and 'Pyar To Hona Hi Tha' did well at the turnstiles, this will be his third hit if it does well. And if one goes by the trade sentiments, this doesn't seem far fetched at all.
Directed by David Dhawan, the film also stars the heroine No.1, Karisma Kapoor. Mounted on an enormous canvas and shot on unexplored locales of Switzerland and Mauritius, the film is said to have all the ingredients necessary, namely, emotion, action, drama and music. And of course, going by Salman's recent track record, looks like he will not only walk away with the dulhan but the applause as well.

Hum Dil Fro Berlin Fest
2000 Jan Bollywood Premire
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, which has been one of the most popular films of 1999, has now been selected for the prestigious Berlin Film Festival which will be held from February 9 to 20 in Berlin, Germany. It is the first time that a popular commercial Hindi film will be featured at the Berlin Film Festival in the section "International Forum of New Cinema" wheremany prestigious filmmakers of the world were discovered.

Salman-Sunil Shetty: Bangkok Blues!

2000 Jan 23 FilmFare Online
Okay, two of our hunks are away in Bangkok together. Both Sunil Shetty and Salman Khan are there since the last week. And before you raise your eyebrows, they are not pataoing Thais (!) in Pattaya or frequenting massage parlours (though we can't verify that). The two muscled men are there to shoot a 'Thums Up' (their favourite cola) ad at an enormous budget. So it's work they are away on. But what they do after work is not anyone's responsibility. They probably watch the latest Hollywood releases we're sure. And that's about as FIZZical a tour as you can have on a cola shoot, right?.

David To Direct Salman In MKD's Next

2000 Jan 15@IndiaFilmTV
Producer Ketan Manmohan Desai has signed David Dhawan to direct and Salman Khan to lead the cast of M.K.D. Films Combine's next. It will go on the floors shortly. Other cast and credits will be finalised shortly. Executive producer: Prakash Pange.

Taste the thunder of Salman's biceps!

2000 Jan 19 Digital Hindustan Times
The last year has been a stupendous one for Salman Khan. Not only did three of his movies (Biwi No.1, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Hum Saath-Saath Hain) end up among the top hits of the year, even his "extra-curricular" activities were tremendously successful. Before you dirty minds think that we are talking of the star's love-life, let us assure you that post-Aishwarya, the hapless guy has apparently lost all interest in his old hobby of skirt-chasing. Sallu bhai now thinks only about work, work and more work. And the result is obvious to all his admirers. To add to his glee, Salman's ads for Thums Up have also been extremely rewarding-the soft-drink has registered a dramatic up-swing in sales ever since the Salman ads have done the rounds. "Taste the thunder" goes the successful catch-line of the ad, and as far as audience reaction is any indication, female fans of the beefcake star have lapped up the bare-bodied antics of the pocket Hercules. Yea, yea, ladies : taste the thunder of the sexy hunk's fab biceps! While Thums Up laughs all the way to the bank!!  

Salman Khan & The Cola Drink

2000 Jan Radio Sagam
Thums Up - India's greatest cola drink is reported to have made a dramatic comeback in 1999 and the main reason attributed is the return of old endorser Salman Khan. Once again shirtless Salman manages to draw gasps from teenage gals as retrieves a bottle of the drink from under water. Looks like the Salman macho magic has definitely made a strong impact amongst teenybopper loyalists.

Salman is Hrithik's guru

2000 Jan 16 Digital Hindustan Times
Hrithik Roshan has a showbiz guru. And guess who it is? Wrong if you said papa Rakesh Roshan, who just gifted sonny boy a 10-crore birthday gift called Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai. Handsome hunk Hrithik attributes his drop-dead looks to Bollywood's bindaas boy Salman Khan. Hrithik says hadn't it been for Salman, who trained him at the gym in the early stages, he would never have had the inspiration or motivation to build up that fab bod. Apparently, Sallu and Hrithik, good friends both, used to exercise in the same gym, and when Roshan junior informed the Khan of his intentions to join showbiz, Sallu came forward on his own to help the guy out. With a motivation like Salman, who was not long ago voted among the 10 sexiest men on the planet, no wonder Hrithik has shaped up so handsome.

Hum Saath-Saath Hain top hit of '99
2000 Jan Digital Hidustan Times
Hum Saath-Saath Hain, Sooraj Barjatya's latest paean to Bharatiya sanskriti, has become the highest grosser of the last year, overtaking David Dhawan's Biwi No.1 at the box-office. While Dhawan's movie had grossed over Rs 25 crores in it's silver-jubilee run, the Rajshri multi-starrer has almost reached the 30 crore mark, by its ninth week, thanks partly to a whopping 4 million dollars collected in the overseas territory. HSSH is the first ever Bollywood venture to break into the US Top 10 charts, and did better in the US than such Hollywood blockbusters like Eyes Wide Shut and Blair Witch Project. In the UK too, HSSH broke into the top 10, following the successful trend established by last year's Dil Se and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

Salman Khan-Sunjay Dutt: Great Friends!

2000 Jan 8 FilmFare Online
For all those who thought Chal Mere Bhai was going to be Salman's first release this year, we've got news for you. Because the David Dhawan directed Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge is to be released before that. Though both films are directed by the rolly-polly king of comedy, perhaps the Khan preferred a solo hero project as his first rather than a two-hero project like Chal Mere Bhai  which also stars Sunjay Dutt. And no, before his detractors jump to conclusions, this decision has nothing to do with Salman and Sunjay's friendship -- that is too strong to wither away for such petty reasons. So there.

Salman Gifts Blankets To The Poor
2000 Jan 1 FilmTV India
Salman Khan celebrated his 34th birthday on 27th December not with pomp and show, but with the poor people of Panvel, 40 kms. away from Bombay. He gifted blankets to them. Father Salim Khan, who has a farm in Panvel, and brother Arbaaz Khan accompanied Salman.

Top HeroesC1999
2000 Jan 4 Digital Hindustan Times
Salman Khan : Certainly, the hero no. 1 for 1999. Salman began his year on a dismal note with Jaanam Samjha Karo and had another apologetic mess, Hello Brother. But for the two turnips, he starred in two of the year's biggest hits, Biwi No.1 and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. And then there was Hum Saath-Saath Hain, where he sobered down from his usual funky self and was still accepted. His next releases, the David Dhawan-directed Dulhania Hum Le Jayenge and Chal Mere Bhai should be worth waiting for.