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Sunday, August 24, 2003

In The Spotlight

"People donít give their life for love anymore"

Salman Khan sports a new look in Tere Naam
Salman Khan sports a new look in Tere Naam

SALMAN KHAN, unfortunately, makes news for all the wrong reasons. But, there is a softer, gentler side to him. His friends have always vouched for his golden heart. The macho hero, with a childís heart, is now making a splash on the screen as an intense lover in his film, Tere Naam.

Here, Khan talks about his latest movie, his movie image and his Bollywood journey.

What is it about the script of Tere Naam that appealed to you?

It is the remake of a hugely popular Tamil film, Sethu. It tells the story of a wild college senior who falls in love with a fresher during a ragging session. But, the girl doesnít reciprocate his feelings. So he kidnaps her. But later, he mellows down and the girl begins to like him.

You have worn a wig in the film. How much of a say did you have in it?

It was completely my decision. Have you ever seen a hero gone bald or wearing a weird-looking wig? I felt it went with the character.

 


Are you experimenting with the normal Salman image in this film?

There is absolutely no experimentation. Earlier too, in Veergati, I have done a different role.

Though Bhumika Chawla has done South films, she is a rank newcomer in Hindi films. How was it working with her?

Fantastic! She is a remarkable actress. It hardly matters to me that I am working opposite a newcomer, because earlier too I have worked with newcomers like Naghma (Baaghi) and Chandni (Sanam Bewafa).

Havenít you felt like experimenting with your image?

I am doing the same kind of films because I want people to come to the theatre and enjoy. There is no need to try anything different. Should I do a negative role just to try something different? There was a time when writers used to use their intellect. Now they just watch films and copy. They steal one scene from here and one from there. Whatever best is coming to me, I take it up. Tere Naam has comedy, action and emotion. The last half-an-hour of the film is very sad. Earlier, people used to give their life for the person they loved. Men and women are not the same anymore. Itís next who, what?

How has your journey from Maine Pyar Kiya to Tere Naam been?

Itís the most amazing journey that anybody could ever have. There are ups and downs in everybodyís life. I have only seen ups. I am dreading the downs. But Iím sure that when they come, I will be able to handle them. Now, when I go to bed, I donít know what to ask Him, because he has given me everything. So, even if he takes away everything, itís okay. Iím content. ó LMN

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