They work very hard in Hollywood, I won’t go there: Salman Khan

  • IANS, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 17, 2015 08:59 IST
Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor and director Sooraj Barjatya talk to reporters on Monday as they thank the audience for the love and support they have shown for their film Prem Ratan Dhan Payo in Mumbai. (PTI)

Riding high on the success of his latest release, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Salman Khan has said he is not keen on trying for Hollywood due to the language factor and the fact that it will take time to establish a reputation there.

“I like to work in India a lot and I like to deliver dialogues in Hindi. Suddenly, after Hindi dialogues since so many years, if I say dialogues in English, it would look a bit weird on me. I’m very happy here,” Salman said when asked if he would be interested in Hollywood.

“They (Hollywood) work extremely hard but we don’t need to work that hard here. I’ll have to establish respect again and when I’m already receiving so much respect here then why? We work for respect, it’s taken so many years to earn respect here, so I don’t see any point,” the star said at a press meet for success of his film Prem Ratan Dhan Payo .

The question was prompted by the filmmakers’ claims that the movie’s opening collections in the US were better than Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie starrer By the Sea. While the Rs 100 crore, Rs 200-crore and Rs 300 crore clubs are coveted in Bollywood, top Hollywood grossers easily earn more than $1 billion.

Sonam Kapoor and Salman Khan attend a promotional event for Prem Ratan Dhan Payo in Mumbai on November 16, 2015. (AFP)

Salman Khan feels the Indian film industry needs to grow to the Hollywood level. “The Hindi film industry should grow so much that there should not be any comparison between them and us. Our film has broken the records of films there and that is a moment of joy for everyone. And that’s what we want, that everyone should be happy,” he added.

But Salman didn’t avoid Hollywood completely. “If it’s a film related to us (Indians), I might do it but I don’t have any interest or craze for it.”

The Sooraj Bharjatya directed film has earned Rs 250 crore worldwide. Salman who played a double role is happy with the success of the film. “I think this (double role of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo ) was better than Judwaa. To break our own record is better and I believe in it as it means one is growing. I hope the record of each film (irrespective of actor) breaks as it is good for the industry,” the Bajrangi Bhaijaan actor adds.

While for the leading lady Sonam Kapoor the biggest compliment is of Sooraj Bharjatya. “I don’t understand numbers. People have praised me in the film it is overwhelming. He (Sooraj Bharjatya) said I have done quite well and it’s a big compliment for me as the director has liked my work,” she adds.

Though the film has commercially done well but the critics have given mixed response. “It happens as everyone has different opinions and we respect it. Today people are reserved about emotions...It takes time for them to accept anything. It’s all complicated today. People think do such families exits today...We have mellowed down violence..we just kept all simple,” the 49-year-old actor added.

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, also starring Sonam Kapoor and directed by Sooraj Barjatya, has earned almost Rs.130 crore in the opening weekend.

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