Salman Khan made his first public appearance after Bombay High court suspended his sentence in the 2002 hit-and-run case on Sunday. Thanking his fans for their support, the Dabangg star also said that he wants to immitate his onscreen characters in real life. "Every film I do, I try to follow those characters in my personal life," Salman said, adding, that like most of his movies, Bajrangi Bhaijaan was also going to seen an Eid release.
Director Kabir Khan, who sat alongside Salman Khan during the media interaction, said a teaser of Bajrangi Bhaijaan would soon be unveiled. "It is a larger than life portrayal of the political backdrop of the subcontinent. "There is no negative portrayal of Kashmir in the film. It deals with the negative politics all of us are victims of," Kabir said.
Thanking his fans, Salman said. "I owe them a lot. I respect them and I appreciate what they did for me... all those prayers, fasts, etc. I don't know if I deserve all that, but I have got them and I accept thatand I will try to increase my levels." The actor, however, avoided talking about his case and the legal proceedings. "My problems are too small to talk about. We are here to talk about tourism here and let's focus on that," he said.
Salman is currently shooting here for his film Bajrangi Bhaijaan directed by Kabir Khan who has also directed the actor in Ek Tha Tiger. Salman said all those fans who prayed for him should pray for themselves. "Now they should pray for themselves apart from me," the actor said.
The actor evaded a direct reply to a question on whether he intended to join politics, saying, politics was a social work as well and he had an ambition to do lot of good work. "I have an ambition to do a lot of good. That is what I believe. If I can make somebody's life better, then I will do whatever it takes for me to do. Social work is superb and politics in my thinking is a social work. I think there is no better man than a good politician and no worse man than a bad politician," he said.
Salman also declined to comment on the political situation in Kashmir saying "let's leave that to politicians like the Chief Minister and the Prime Minister."
If someone has not seen Kashmir, he or she has seen nothing at all, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan said on Sunday.
Speaking to media persons in this north Kashmir tourist resort after completing his shooting schedule for "Bajrangi Bhaijaan", Salman said Switzerland has nothing better to offer by way of outdoor locales in comparison to Kashmir.
"If you haven't seen Kashmir, you have seen nothing. This is my second trip to Kashmir this year. I have spent 40 days here. We will now be leaving the Valley after the successful shoot of our movie. We shot in Pahalgam and Sonamarg. I request others to come here. I had intended to come and shoot for Dabangg, but that did not happen.
Salman Khan said the people of Kashmir were "extremely gentle, beautiful, simple and well-mannered". The actor said he wanted cinema theatres to re-open in the Valley. "Everyone watches movies here. Cinema theatres should be re-opened here. We would love to premiere a film here if theatres are re-opened," he said.
Salman dodged a question on the Kashmir issue, saying "Ask that to your chief minister and the prime minister. I have come here to see tourism flourish in Kashmir." Asked if he was prepared to act as brand ambassador for Kashmir, he said: "I would rather act as brand ambassador for the entire country."
Salman also disclosed that his family has a Kashmir connection. "My maternal grandfather Baldev Singh Charak was from Jammu," he said.
(PTI & IANS)
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