To kiss or not to kiss, that's the question. Salman Khan has always been firmly in the no-kiss camp and maintains locking lips onscreen is simply not needed. While promoting Sooraj Pancholi, Athiya Shetty-starrer Hero, the Dabangg actor said kissing scenes are not necessary in a film. There were reports that the 49-year-old actor edited the 30 minutes from Hero, including kissing scenes.
"There is no kissing scene in the film. We wanted to put one but they (filmmakers) refused. I have not done kissing scene (generally)... how can I ask them (Sooraj and Athiya) to do it. I don't think they also wanted to do a kissing scene," he said.
Talking of intimacy, the actor was also asked about Shah Rukh Khan's singing skills, with whom he had recently kissed and made up. Salman said that he is a better singer in comparison to his arch-rival-turned-friend Shah Rukh Khan. Interestingly, Salman had said he "can't sing to save" his life, just a day ago in Delhi while promoting the same movie.
Hero remake is the first time Salman Khan has lent his voice for another actor, Sooraj Pancholi (in both Kick and Hello Brother, he sang for himself). (Facebook/HeroTheFilm)
When asked about Salman's singing skills, singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who has sung Yadaan Teriyaan, was asked this question and chose a safe reply. When asked who has better music sensibility -- Shah Rukh Khan or
as he has collaborated with both of them, Rahat said, "I have heard only Salman Khan's song. I am yet to hear Shah Rukh Khan's song. Salman bhai can sing himself."
Watch: Salman Khan croons romanctic number for Sooraj Pancholi's Hero
Salman, 49, interrupted the singer to say, "No chance... it's a losing battle. Don't listen. He (Shah Rukh Khan) will raise my hand (in victory)." The actor-producer said they wanted an established singer for the movie and chose Amaal Malik. "I felt, why not take Amaal... He has the tune, he has composed the song (title song) well and he also sings well. Himesh Reshamiya and Sajid Wajid can sing, his uncle (Anu Malik) also sings then why not him? He should get a chance," said Salman.
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When asked about the tagline of the movie - Rebel, love and freedom, Salman said, "My contribution to
. I have contribution towards love, freedom and some what for rebel." He added that film has to be good for it to be successful, it (film) doesn't need established face to promote newcomers.
"Sooraj Barjatya (director of Maine Pyaar Kiya) at that time was not an established face but he produced Salman Khan in the industry. It is about how good the film and its music is.. The audience response makes film successful and make stars," he added.
The Bajrangi Bhaijaan star has been a godfather to many Bollywood aspirants, be it Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha or music composer Himesh Reshamiya. Talking about launching Sooraj and Athiya, he said, "A proper launch for a newcomer is very important. There have been films where someone was launched and the film worked, but what after that? The last person who was properly launched as a hero in the industry was Hrithik Roshan. Even Shahid Kapoor didn't have that launch," he said.
The superstar feels the pressure is more on him than the two newcomers as it is his decision to pick up the project and back it. "The pressure of the movie becoming a success is more on me. I don't want to let them down. The choice of the director and the script was mine. So, if anything goes wrong here, it comes on to my head. But, whatever is fate of the film is, I believe that these two are going to make it big. I saw something in these two which made me put my money on them. I am putting my money with an assurance of return," said the Kick star.