Salman Khan Curated
Bollywood Actor and Producer
CURATED BY : +44 others
What are your thoughts behind starting ‘Being Human’?
Why do you want to associate with the Rio Olympics in spite of having been offered commercial sports ventures earlier? Why is Rio Olympics so special to you?
When you’re playing these sports, you’re going after different cities. I don’t like this Mumbai-losing-to-Pune, Pune-losing-to-Hyderabad, Hyderabad-losing-to-Delhi thing. It’s a sport, it’s doing really well, players from all over the world are coming to play. But if I take Mumbai or Pune, the fact that I’m losing to another state or star becomes more important. I didn’t want to be part of that mess at that point of time and neither do I want to do it now. Plus, I’m working and I don’t have the time or the business acumen or the administrative expertise to get something this large working every single year. I neither have the frame of mind nor the bandwidth to take care of something that big.
How do you open up being a shy superstar at a very early age?
Everybody thinks Salman Khan as a ‘superstar’. What do you feel about yourself?
How do you choose good movie scripts?
Is it true that you are both traditionalists as well as orthodox?
You told that you want to work for 20 to 25 years more, is it true?
What changes come to your image in past 2 years?
What kind of character do you want to play in movies after 20 to 25 years?
Do you remember your childhood days? Do you still remember your stay at Bhopal and Indore?
Does your mom send you tiffin at the movie set even today?
Is ‘Being Human’ a complete charity? Are you following any business model?
What is your future plan for the ‘Being Human’?
Is your dad still contributing to the charity? How do you assist him?
How do you help the newcomers in the Bollywood industry?
What do you want to say about the controversies aroused for the film ‘Padmaavat’?
‘Race 3’ is releasing soon, what are the new things audiences will get to see in ‘Race 3’?
When did you get your first break and when did you decide to become an actor?
When will you get married?
How does your painting connected to God and spirituality?
Does painting give you mental peace and satisfaction?
Do you have an interest in sports?
Do you have any plan of owning a football or a cricket team?
Does your father look after all your businesses?
What do you pray to God about?
What do you want to say about your latest movie ‘Kick’?
From where have you done your schooling?
When did you realize you should make a career in the film industry?
What is your fitness mantra?
It is said you are a very angry person, what is your perspective?
What is the cause of the fight between you and the media all the time?
How do you ignore whenever your name gets associated with any heroine?
What is your connection with Prime Minister Narendra Modi?
What do you like the most about Narendra Modi?
What is your advice to the youngsters those want to start their career in Bollywood industry?
When did you think that you should name your charitable trust ‘Being Human’?
What do you like to do other than acting?
Do you have an interest in the car driving or motorcycling?
What is the mystery of wearing a bracelet on your right hand?
What is your father’s contribution to your life?
Everybody admires you when you take off your shirt. Do you feel the same?
What are your strength and weakness?
Which person has influenced your life the most other than your parents?
What is your aim in life?
What are the things you keep in mind while acting?
Are you satisfied with your film career?
Do you believe in God?
We get to see your different kinds of dance moves in your every new film. From where do you learn those moves?
Why Bollywood remakes South Indian films? What is your perspective?
In which film did you perform the most dangerous action stunt? How was your experience?
Whom do you listen to at the time of decision making – your mind or your heart?
What is the best memorable moment of your life?
What is so special about you that from Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi to Akhilesh Yadav all the politicians love and respect you?
Do you want to join politics?
Apart from entertainment movies, you acted on quality movies like Chillar Party, are you disappointed it did not do well?
How do you create your new brand ‘Being Human’ all alone?
You launched actresses like Sonakshi, and they are thankful to you, what is your opinion?
What is your equation with Katrina Kaif?
What do you want to say about the small argument you had with Sanjay Dutt at his party?
Are you a difficult person to live with?
What is the most interesting thing you have done in your life?
Which of the seven sins have you committed in your life?
How do you feel when you interact with international fans?
How was your travel experience in Australia?
How do you connect to your fans while you are on international tours?
What does the Global Diversity Award mean to you?
Do you see the flashback of yours when you see any newcomers like Suraj, Daisy?
Do you enjoy a lot when you have been on international tours?
Do you feel the pressure of being a star?
Do you want to do movies that focus more on social issues?
Who do you consider as the ideal audience?
What do you want to do to eradicate movie piracy?
Why do you sign newcomers like Daisy Shah as a lead actress opposite to you?
What are the factors that play an important role for you to become a superstar?
What are the qualities you seek for in your wife?
You have worked with Arbaaz and Sohail. What is the difference between the two directors?
Do directors get frightened to ask you or to correct you while directing?
Are you concerned about your movie’s first day box office collection?
Do you feel insecure with Amir and Shahrukh?
What is your opinion about Pulkit Samrat?
Do you involve family or friends in your work?
What was the difficult moment for you in the movie ‘Sultan’?
When was the last time you panicked as an actor?
Do you ever go to theatres and watch your own movies?
Do you feel an actor should act responsibly both on screen and off screen?
What is the most important thing in your life?
Do you ever feel incompetent?
Do you feel you lack something while acting in movies?
How do you give the best shot every time in front of the camera?
Do you ever get criticised for any of your blockbuster movies?
Do you offer bribe to any policeman ever?
Do you believe in talent or destiny?
Why don’t you look aged? How do you maintain yourself?
How was your kite flying experience with Narendra Modi? Do you promote your films through politics?
Do you have any connection with Aam Aadmi Party?
Do you believe anyone can replace you? What is your opinion about Ranbir and Emraan?
Do you work hard for films like all other actors in the industry?
Why do you do comedy films?
Who do you follow? Who is your role model?
How did your family support you at the time of need?
Which film actor and director do you consider as your role model?
How did the bodybuilding idea come to your mind?
What are the things that make you angry?
Were you a good student in your school days?
What prompts you to ride cycle or motorcycle through the busy outskirts of Mumbai?
What are the things you consider while signing a film contract?
Do your parents ever pressurize you to get married?
How was your experience working with Malaika in ‘Munni Badnaam Hui’?
What are the craziest things your fans have ever done?
How are your bonds with Aamir and Shah Rukh?
Why do you charge so much for the films and the corporate events?
Do you get affected by criticism?
Being a son of the legendary writer Salim Khan, why do you take so much time to start writing stories for films?
How do you look yourself as a story teller?
What are the qualities one must possess to be your friend?
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Do you think your mother is the strongest force among all the members of your family?
What is your opinion about Suraj Pancholi?
How do you evolve from a romantic hero to a action hero?
How do you stay young and enthusiastic all the time?
Do you compete with any of your co-stars in the industry?
What is your perspective on love?
What is your relationship with Katrina? Is it love or just friendship?
What made you decide to work with Katrina again even after consecutive flops?
How did you guide and support Katrina during her initial years?
What do you want to say about ‘hit and run case’ and ‘blackbuck hunting’ case?
What do you regret the most in your life?
Do any religious conflicts ever bother you?
Do you feel marriage still works as an institution?
Have you ever raised a hand against a woman? Do you regret?
Do you feel nervous when you go on stage?
Did you ever think you would become so popular?
What are the proudest moments of your life?
Do hits or flops affect you?
How do you keep connection with the common people being a star?
Why don’t you have a big fortress? Why do you live so modestly being a star?
How does one can get involved with ‘Being Human’?
Why did not you use your father connection when you were a newcomer?
Why don’t you experiment with your look?
Do you think you are misunderstood?
How was your experience in jail?
How successful was your ‘trigeminal neuralgia’ surgery?
When did you have your first drink?
Do you do television shows just for money or you like it?
What is the best project ‘Being Human’ has done so far?
How painful was the ‘trigeminal neuralgia’? How did you recover?
How do you motivate youngsters in the industry?
Do ‘hit and run’ case and ‘blackbuck hunting’ case bother you?
Why didn’t you marry?
How was your experience working with comedian Sunil Grover?
How difficult and challenging was it to play versatile characters in your upcoming movie, Bharat?
Which is favourite song in your upcoming movie Bharat?
Which was the toughest role to play for you in the movie Bharat?
This time, we believe you have been credited with the story,screenplay and dialogue. What makes Dabangg 3 different from the earlier two films?
When I heard the story of the first Dabangg, which Dilip Shukla had written, I liked the plot but thought the character wasn’t noble. There were no songs, he was grey, corrupt and ruthless.I changed him into the Chulbul Pandey you see, and it worked. There was a lot of angst. The mother passes away, after which he accepts his father and brother as family. That script was not mine; we retained the mota mota plot and made the scenes. If you were to meet Chulbul on the road, toh aap usey maroge because he’ll appear arrogant and badtameez. But on screen, you like him He does tedha things but for the right reasons. Like the zehreela sharab scene in Dabangg was negative. Dabangg was negative but uska fayda was positive.
In Dabangg 2, they wanted just Chulbul, without the family.I argued that Chulbul worked because of his mother, father,Bobby ji, Tiwari ji, Pichkari ji, Rajjo, everyone.How could I take them out? So, we retained them
The third part is about how Chulbul became the man he is. We’ve dug up his past, there’s pain. It’s an emotional vendetta story.
At a time when filmmakers are struggling with sequels, you’re coming with a prequel?
We have Dabangg 4 written too
Yeah you are going up to Dabangg 743 as you mentioned in our last interview. Seriously, how do these ideas happen?
They just come about. Sometimes, one film gives you an idea for the next.In Dabangg 3, we explore why Rajjo’s father was na alcoholic and how Chulbul met her. Aap jab picture dekhenge toh aapko samajh main aayega kahan kahan se nikle hain hum After two films today the minute I walk into the Dabangg set. I stop being Salman Khan the actor, and become Chulbul Pandey. Ditto Sonakhsi ho transforms instantly nto Rajjo. That's how it is with the whole caste. We've become a real family.
Do you have a personal connection with Chulbul?
Well, I’m writing it, playing the character, so there has to some thought behind it
Whay did you choose Prabhudheva as director for Dabangg 3?
Prabhu is very receptive, he gets what I want to say in a second. Language is a problem with him. so I have to explain things to him, but once he gets it, he executes it beautifully... Larger than-life, with humour and emotion.
You and Chris have shot a couple of high octane, elaborative action sequences. How was it for you to be in the middle of such madness on set?
It seems like madness, but it was a very well organised madness. There were months of rehearsals, and a team was put together to make sure everything was safe. So, it was a very well choreographed madness.
As an actor, when you are in the middle of an action scene, what goes in your head? Does it get difficult to focus on the emotional aspects of the character and the story?
No. That’s part of our job. What goes in your head is the content of the scene. For example, I have to kill him and take away the boy. So, that’s what’s going on. The action becomes second nature because it has been rehearsed so many times that it is at the back of your mind. Go slow, fast then super fast.
How much do you enjoy action as an actor?
I love action, but this kind of action was a challenge. They had called me for the rehearsals and showed me roughly what they would be doing. I was like ‘Whaaat?! Really?!’ Then they showed me how by breaking it down. While growing up, I would watch action films a lot and always wondered how it would feel like to be in Rambo. And here I was riding on a helicopter and holding a gun. I told people I felt like I was in Rambo, and they replied, ‘Dude, you are Rambo!’ So, it was really cool.
What drew you to the project?
The script was great and the fact that I wasn’t going to play a stereotypical part of a person from the Indian subcontinent, which is usually the IT types and millionaires. The opportunity here was to play an action person, which I don’t think any male from the subcontinent has done in Hollywood. So that was a big draw for me. Now hopefully, I will get to do more action films in India as well.
There is actually nothing extraordinary about your character, Saju. You being an Indian in an American film with Chris Hemsworth felt very organic.
That’s Sam Hargrave’s doing. We started with a video call after my audition was approved. He is a big fan of the western genre and so am I. Sam always said Saju is his favourite character in the sense that you don’t know which way it’s going to go with him. There’s ambiguity and you don’t know which side he’s on. The film might be all action, but it has got a big heart and a big family angle. Everyone is dealing with their demons, problems which are discussed and fought for. That emotion makes it larger than life and makes you invest in these characters as an audience.
You think Saju can have his own film, like a spin-off?
Haha! It is early days. It is up to Sam and the producers what they want to do with it next. It is their property, but I will be definitely elated and game to play that.
You did Extraction and also worked on Radhe with Salman Khan. Were the differences between the two worlds more glaring to you?
They are different people, to begin with. They have got similar qualities as well. Both of them are good looking, childlike, but there’s a cultural difference. We, as a culture, are more worshipping. Chris felt like he was a Gladiator or Beatles when he came here and saw thousands of people peeping out of their windows and shouting his name. That’s something which would be very normal for Salman. So there’s a whole cultural difference. And with that idolising, comes the other part – it can make you a different person. But I feel both are very grounded and have a wicked sense of humour.
After almost 20 years as an actor, what has been your biggest takeaway?
It’s that the love for work and the work for love is the most central part of anything. Just keep treading along.
You have written the song Selfish for the film, while those close to you vouch for your selflessness.
The songs just happened by fluke. The music director (Vishal Mishra) asked me what kind of lyrics do you want. I shared what kind of lyrics I wanted. I recorded a whole bunch of stuff. He kept what he wanted and this song was composed. The selfless may do good deeds all their life. But they need to keep something for themselves for a rainy day, for the future. When you've done so much for others, you need to do something for yourself as well. But that doesn't mean you need to harm anyone or use someone as a pawn. The song tells you to keep something for yourself also.
What does it take to be brand Salman Khan, rocking even at 50 plus?
I really don't know Iska kya jawab doon main aapko (what answer can I give you)! I don't think about these things. From grandchildren to grandparents, I guess, they all connect with me. Perhaps, it's also got to do with the films I've done. I've done family films. Also, when things are written against you over and over again, somewhere, people begin to feel it's too much. That automatically changes opinion in your favour. There are a lot of factors that have helped me grow as a person. My immediate family, my friendsÖ School mein kaafi pita hoon main, ghar mein bhi (I've been spanked a lot in school and at home). That also helped. Basically, the life that I've ledÖ be it at home, in school, in boarding school, the friends that I've hadÖall this has added to my growth. I always hung out with people older than me and correct people. I learnt a lot from them.
Did your shows like Bigg Boss and Dus Ka Dum seem to have helped you forge the bond further?
My real connect comes from here. Audiences know me as the actor on screen. With these TV shows they also get to know the person. Things I like, things I don't like. If I don't like something it's right there on my face and so is something I like. I'm a transparent person. There's no acting, there's no drama, there's no melodrama. There's no milking the television space. When they start milking that emotion, I openly say, Ye lo, mil gaya inko promo!' I express my thoughts openly. Some people agree with it, some don't.
Is the responsibility of living up to brand Salman Khan huge?
You're responsible for uplifting your name, your brand. It's not only for yourself it's also for your fans, your parents, for the industry, for the country. You need to be careful. But sometimes you're so careful that even if you want to say the right thing, you pull back, which is also not right. You're needed to be politically correct, which I'm not. Also, a journalist can write anything, a politician can say anything but you cannot!
What sacrifices did you make to reach so far?
I've been extremely fortunate that I've not had to sacrifice anything. I've been working and enjoying my work. Usually, you cannot mix work and pleasure. But out here it's pleasure because I love what I do. And I get enough time to spend with my family and friends. I get along well with the people I work with. And if I've got to work with the ones I don't get along with, I make sure that I get along with them while I'm working with them. So I'm in a happy space.
Your life has witnessed both fame and infamy. What lessons have the two extremes taught you?
I've learnt that you can't take anything for granted. To stay on the top, you need to fight. To get past unfortunate happenings you need to fight. Also, something which is a challenge, not just for me but any other actor, is that even though you're going through trouble, you have to be out there promoting your film, romancing your heroines. And if you're on TV, you've got to be laughing and joking. People on the other side think, issko toh kuchh farak hi nahi padta (it makes no difference to him). They don't understand it's our job. No matter how down you are, how messed up you are, that shot has to be done right. You have to make people laugh on the show even though you could be going through so much.
A key change in you through the years?
Each day you grow. You have to live in the moment and make the best of it and take it to the next level. If you waste that moment you will go to waste.
Any fears you battle?
No. Just like everyone else, I too would want my loved ones to be well.
Do you have any regrets?
No. But there's something I remember, which I've never shared with anyone. I was in St Anne's School and I was running with this guy. We tried to trip each other. I managed to trip him. He fell and broke his two front teeth. That incident has been stuck in my head. Even though it was a game, I shouldn't have tripped him and he shouldn't have fallen. Two years later, Arbaaz and I were playing and he pulled me from the see-saw, I fell straight on my face and cracked two teeth. I must've been around 12 then. These incidents have remained with me.
At this point, what makes you happy?
The fact that everyone's in a happy space makes me happy. My films are doing well, the audiences are going to the theatres, they clap, they appreciate... It's not a waste of their time and money. Dus Ka Dum has received a great feedback. When all's in a good space, your health is fine, your loved ones are good it makes me happy.
You're launching many newcomers ñ Shera's son Tiger, Aayush Sharma, Isabelle Kaif, Zaheer Abbas. What makes you place your faith in them?
Sooraj (Barjatya) launched me. I believe I should give back to the industry. It's a joy to support the younger generation. They should catch my eye! If I don't see it in someone, I'll never encourage him. But if I find someone interesting then I'd definitely go for it. These boys have worked hard. Zaheer Abbas (son of his childhood friend) has been signed with me for the last five years, even before Jai Ho. He's been training since then. Aayush, Sooraj (Pancholi) and Zaheer have tremendous will power and patience. They're spending their energies training in things, which perhaps when they get busy, they will not be able to do. Like dance, action, horse riding, skating apart from acting.
Sanjay Dutt's life has been made into a biopic. Would you like a film being made on you?
No. My life is already out in the open. Sanju's life is also in the open. But I don't want a film to be made on mine.
What do you foresee for the Being Human Foundation?
To live on and on and on. We're doing a lot in terms of health and education.
What you think about getting married?
Earlier it would have been okay. But now, at my age, marriage is a very big step. I would announce it myself, it would be a proud moment for me. I know the whole country would be happy for me.
What made Bharat special?
The reason for doing this film was the plot. A nine-year-old boy is given the responsibility of taking care of his mother and three siblings by his father. From the age of nine to 72, this person does everything to keep his family together. They nag him to settle down but he keeps his promise against all odds.
How difficult was it to get the curve of your character right in Bharat?
It was difficult but fun. I had to lose a lot of weight to play the 27-year-old. Then I had to put on weight right away to look 55. There’s a difference of 15 kilos between the two looks. Then, I had to come back to looking like a 27-year-old as you can’t shoot all the portions all at once. It was fun because I saw some of my old films as a reference point. It was hilarious. The innocence, which was there in me then, is lost today. The nayapan, the rawness… has gone. I cringe when I watch some of my earlier songs. I watched films like Nischay, Jagruti, Chandramukhi, Chand Ka Tukda… Oh God, those jackets! But Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! and Hum Saath Saath Hain had a different Salman altogether. The director makes such a difference.
In Bharat, Katrina has proposed for marriage to you. Has any girl proposed to you in real life?
No, so far it’s never happened. (Smiles) Because I don’t do candlelight dinners. I can’t see what I’m eating in candlelight. But I do feel sad that I haven’t been approached yet.
Despite huge-box office returns, your films are panned critically.
It doesn’t matter what’s being said about my films. Some will accord it 5 stars. Some will give it minus ratings. These people have never made a film themselves. And those who have, well, unki film itni buri tarike se piti hai. Critics can write what they want. But don’t be irresponsible. Don’t make fun of someone’s work. Let the audience decide. Let the fans go to the theatres at least. Even if 15 per cent of the audience relies on their reviews, the business gets affected by that much percentage. Maine Pyaar Kiya was made in one crore and eleven lakhs. It was a big budget film at that point. Today the smallest film is made in a budget of at least 25 to 30 crores. You need to recover that.
Does the fear of fading stardom bother you?
Stardom will fade eventually. It’s a huge task to keep it going for such a long time. I guess Shah Rukh (Khan), Aamir (Khan), Akki (Akshay Kumar), Ajay (Devgn)… we’re the only ones who’ve been able to pull it off for such a long time. We’ll try our best to keep it going for another few years. Then like in the case of all superstars, the box-office collection will come down to eight to 10 per cent. But it hasn’t started yet.
Do you find aging scary?
Aging can be scary for anyone. You need to work harder. You’ve got to give your best. You can’t be as undisciplined as you were earlier. You’ve got to get accustomed to the boring discipline, which is not fun. I don’t see Anil Kapoor or Amitabh Bachchan as old. They’re happening. I saw Sanju (Dutt) recently. He’s lost weight and was looking ripped. Each one of us is suffering from some physical problem. Someone has a knee problem; someone’s shoulder’s giving trouble, someone’s neck. Sab installments mein uthte honge subhe ko. But we’re at it.
Has doing action scenes taken a toll on you?
I’ve been doing action so my body’s used to it. But then it does take a toll. Because every action scene has to be rehearsed five-six times. There’s a lot of girna padna involved. From Bharat, I’ve moved on to Dabangg 3, which is all about action and thrill. Every scene demands so much energy ki scene karte karte hi aadmi thak jaata hai. But that keeps you fit and going unless you suffer an injury.
Is it easy to maintain the energy level at this age?
No. It’s not easy. I’ve my own problems. I don’t sleep much. If I didn’t paint or write at night, if I went to sleep early, things would be better. In the morning after having coffee, moving your body bit by bit – in installments as I say – kaam pe jaana padta hai. Sometimes I do cardio. At times, I cycle to work. I do something or the other to stay energetic.
Tell us a lesser known facet about you.
I don’t sleep much. I sleep for around two and a half to three hours every night. I paint, I write, I watch television. I don’t like switching channels, even if it’s only airing commercials. I get upset if someone comes and changes it. If cricket is going on then I switch it off as I don't understand it much. But that too after many hours. Even if a South channel is on, it keeps playing. Recently, I find web shows interesting.
Any plans of venturing as an actor on the OTT platform?
I’ve been offered stuff. But I’m not sure. Handling three mediums, films, television and the web, would be too much to handle. I want to do two films a year. So I may go back to the way I used to work earlier – doing two shifts.one thing you never take for granted? don’t take my work for granted. Actually, I don’t take anything for granted.