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I play sports, not games: Salman Khan

bollywood Updated: Aug 29, 2011 15:37 IST
Serena Menon
Serena Menon
Hindustan Times
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How often does one get to be Salman Khan and beat up the bad guys? Now, fans of the actor can actually feel like they are rescuing Divya (Kareena Kapoor’s character) in Bodyguard’s official mobile game, created by Reliance’s Fun Games.

However, Salman has no qualms admitting he isn’t a gamer. “I don’t play games, I play sports,” he smiles, adding, “I play football,
cricket, I used to play hockey, I swim, I play table tennis and I bowl.”

The game, which will be launched today, will be available for a price range of Rs 30-99, depending on the service provider, and
will follow the story of the film. Players will converse with various characters inspired by those in the film in an attempt to find Divya.

Insisting that mobile games help reach out to the masses, he adds jokingly, “It’s a time pass thing... and that always works. There’s too much time in our country. Your phone is in your hand, you don’t know what to do with it, or somebody’s talking to you and you’re bored, what do you do? Play games.”

Rohit Sharma, CEO, Reliance Entertainment (digital business) adds, “Also, action games are amongst the most popular genres in mobile gaming. This game is launched in India and global markets.”

Though Salman admits that the industry is growing tremendously, he doesn’t agree with the phenomenon entirely. Recalling how his young nieces and nephews are hooked to their phones and gaming consoles, he cribs, “In fact, we get upset with them because they
don’t go out of the house.”

So does watching an animated version of himself on a mobile screen make him feel like doing an animation film? “Animation works for me big time, but no, I have no film in animation yet.”