When Bhaijan was acquitted in the 2002 hit-and-run case on Thursday, Bhaijaanz celebrated in style. A Mumbai restaurant dedicated to actor Salman Khan and named Bhaijaanz offered all its patrons a special deal for the day – pay whatever you want for whatever you eat.
The Bombay high court on Thursday acquitted the Bollywood star Salman of all charges in the highly-publicised case, quashing a trial court verdict that held him guilty of driving his Toyota Land Cruiser over people sleeping on a Bandra footpath on the night of September 28, 2002.
The eatery in a suburb of Bandra West – where the Bollywood hit-maker has lived all his life – is run by a group of people who went to the same school as Salman, popularly called Bhaijan by his millions of fans.
“We just wanted to be part of his happiness. Our relationship with Salman goes back 20 years…Also, the business that we do is all because of his fans. So, losing business for a day is nothing,” said Rahul Kanal, one of the owners of Bhaijaanz.
According to the owners, 55 bills were generated “under this scheme” till the afternoon.
The décor of the eatery has Salman written all over it with even a miniature balcony of his house from where he greets his fans who gather on the street below. The actor had once made a surprise visit to the restaurant – opened in April this year -- with his equally famous scriptwriter-father Salim Khan when the film Bajrangi Bhaijaan was released.
“He was actually embarrassed when he saw the décor…he was amazed that we have even recreated his famous balcony in the restaurant,” Kanal added.
For Salman fans, the place is nothing less than a museum – with some of most famous dialogues adorning the walls. Even art pieces like chandeliers are made out of cycle-chains, another tribute to Salman’s passion for cycling.
And the food in the restaurant too has been classified under the names of some of his hits film. Like, Indian bread is under the category Most Wanted while vegetarian curries under Jai Ho.