There is no denying Salman Khan’s star power. The Bollywood actor is equally popular on the small screen. Soon, he will return to the tube as the host of Bigg Boss. But the Dabangg (2010) star says he has no clue what makes him ‘click’ with the audience. “There are others who are frank and honest, and have many more qualities, but they don’t connect with the audience. I don’t know what makes me click. I don’t want to find out either. If I found out, then I would make a conscious effort to be like that, and that would make it all fake. Let the magical and mystical qualities work,” he says.
This Diwali, while his TV show will be on air, Salman’s film with director Sooraj Barjatya will also release. But the actor remains unfazed about the clash, and doesn’t fear overexposure. “I won’t be on air all week, so it’s not a problem,” he says.
A few months ago, rumours claimed that Salman was being paid `8 crore for each episode (last season, the makers apparently shelled out `4 crore per episode). Bring this up, and he bursts out laughing. “I actually wanted them to pay me triple the amount, but they didn’t agree,” quips the actor, who has hosted four seasons of the TV show in the past. Despite that, every year, reports emerge about Salman not planning to return as the host in the subsequent season. But before we find a connection — between his coming on board and the rumours about his hefty pay cheques — he explains his decision, saying, “Three months of being involved in this show gets to you, I guess. So, when it ends, I feel like I’ve had enough. I feel exhausted with the whole journey, and I don’t feel like continuing. But then, after a few months, I miss it, and I end up coming back.”
Ever since Salman Khan has come to be associated with this show, the perception has been that, for the contestants, it has become all about impressing the actor, in a bid to bag a role in a film. But Salman does not think so. According to him, “the only person who claimed that was Armaan Kohli.” “He said I was the main reason he was on the show, but that was not needed. Things don’t work that way with me. I had already considered him for a film three years ago, which he refused,” says Salman. Now, however, Armaan has bagged a Sooraj Barjatya film “on his own” (he plays the villain in it). “Initially, Sooraj turned him down, but after seeing his work, he signed him on,” says Salman.