Salman’s secret 

Guess how the star chooses his projects. Hint: It was not how he chose to do Race 3

  • Published 14.06.18
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Race 3 co-stars Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez

He is one of the most money-minting stars in Bollywood, but Salman Khan says he trusts his instincts when it comes to choosing scripts. 

The 52-year-old actor, who has blockbusters like Dabangg, Ek Tha Tiger, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Sultan in the past few years to his credit, says he immediately gives his nod to a project if it excites him. “The only films I want to do as soon as possible are the ones which satisfy me. I want to do something which I instantly like. I take up films only if they instantly excite me. If something is narrated to me and I am like ‘I will tell you tomorrow’ or ‘I need some time to think’, it’s never happening,” Salman said. 

The actor, however, made an exception for his Id release this year. “The only film I have done like that is Race 3. That too because I instantly loved the script, barring one or two points,” he revealed. 

Salman confirmed there is a film with director Sanjay Leela Bhansali — who he has worked with on Khamoshi and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam besides a bit role in Saawariya — in the pipeline. “There is no No Entry or Wanted sequel happening. I am doing Bharat, Dabangg 3 and Sher Khan. The Kick 2 script isn’t ready at the moment and then there is a dance film with Remo (D’Souza, Race 3 director) and one Bhansali film when he comes and narrates it. We recently discussed it,” he said. 

Salman has been part of the movie business for around three decades and believes while some of the younger actors are doing good, there are a few who have misunderstood what Hindi cinema stands for. “Tiger Shroff got it right this time (referring to Baaghi 2 success). Varun Dhawan has always been getting it right. He tried one, but then that was a film (October) he wanted to do and it did make decent money and no one lost anything. 

“Apart from that, I think everyone is going slightly... They think India is from Cuffe Parade (south Mumbai) to Andheri, which is not true. They think all our emotions are cliched and outdated,” he said. 

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