Salman Khan is elated. His Eid release, Bodyguard, is breaking box-office records while he has just stepped out of a successful surgery in the US. “It was expected to be a half-hour operation, but stretched to almost eight hours. The doctors are saying it went off well,” says the upbeat actor from New Jersey.
He flew out last Tuesday to treat the nerve disorder, Trigeminal Neuralgia, that he had suffering from for seven years. The surgery involved the use of coil to remove the blockages. “The pain is still there. It could take between six months to three years to go away,” says Salman, adding, “I was supposed to undergo two surgeries, but the doctors want to see how I respond to this one before they decide on the next. I’ll have to come back after four months before I leave for Cuba for the shoot of Ek Tha Tiger.”
During a recent visit to the HT office, the actor had admitted that an MRI scan is one thing that gives him the jitters. He must have been doubly nervous this time? “No, I was on sedatives. I went into the operation theatre smiling and came out smiling,” says the actor, who began working out on Friday. “I’m doing light-weight training. It’s painful, but it’s okay now that I know it’s nothing serious. When I saw the media turnout at the airport on the day I was leaving, I wondered ‘
Main vapas toh aaonga na
(I am coming back right?)’. I asked Baby (sister Alvira Agnihotra) if there was something I didn’t know,” he jokes.
Before leaving for the US, Salman spent two days with his parents, Salim and Salma. “It’s the first time I’m not home for Eid and Ganpati, but I had no choice. Arpita (younger sister) stayed back so that the festivals could be celebrated at home. She’ll be joining us soon. My brothers, Arbaaz and Sohail, and Baby are here so there’s family around. I hate being away from home for longer than 15 days. I’d have liked to come to Mumbai directly, but I have to go to Dublin for the shoot of Ek Tha Tiger. I’m going to be away for a long time,” he sighs.
The good news is that Bodyguard has completed a hat-trick of Eid hits for Salman and he is delighted, “People come to the theatre thinking, ‘Salman
hai, achchi hogi
(It’s Salman’s film, must be good)’. I’m glad we could justify their trust. The idea is to get better with every film. Bodyguard’s opening gross of Rs 21.50 crore is bigger than Ready (Rs 12.5 crore), 3 Idiots (Rs 14 crore) and even Dabangg (Rs 14.50 crore).”
What is Trigeminal neuralgia
Trigeminal neuralgia is a nerve disorder that causes a stabbing or electric-shock-like pain in parts of the face. The pain of trigeminal neuralgia comes from the trigeminal nerve. This nerve carries pain, feeling, and other sensations from the brain to the skin of the face. It can affect part or all of the face, and the surface of the eye. The condition usually affects older adults, but it may affect anyone at any age. Trigeminal neuralgia may be part of the normal aging process. (Source: