When Salman Khan is not making news for his reported moody behaviour, it seems he is busy channelising his energies onto canvas. Now, the actor-artist says he plans to organise an exhibition of his latest paintings sometime next year. “I think I will have an exhibition sometime in February,” says Khan. When prodded on the possible location, he jokes, “Not in Mumbai. Maybe in Paris somewhere?”
Arrangements are currently being made to finalise the gallery for his art exhibition in the city. The actor will also promote his NGO, Being Human Foundation, through his art-works.
That Khan is an avid painter is known to his fans. He had gifted actor Ranbir Kapoor a painting of his grandfather Raj Kapoor on his TV show
Dus Ka Dum
in 2008. But his recent present to friend and actor Aamir Khan — a picture perfect charcoal painting of Aamir’s character from
— drew everyone’s attention to his talent once again. Even the legendary artist MF Husain has praised Khan’s canvas skills.
Recalling the instance when Husain gifted Madhuri Dixit a portrait he had made of her after watching
Hum Aapke Hain Kaun
, Salman says, “I was also part of that film and hugely appreciated in it. But I never got any paintings or anything from him (Husain). They said he made a painting of me begging with a bowl and all that. But we met up after, and it’s all okay. He saw some of my works and he quite liked them as well.”
The superstar is known to gift his family and friends works of art and has even faced trouble on that front. In 2007, he had promised to paint sister-in-law Amrita Arora, a version of The Last Supper. Instead of Jesus’s 13 disciples, Arora wanted the painting to portray her family members. When she announced this, the Catholic community threatened to file a police complaint against Salman for hurting their “religious sentiments”.