We used to be close: Salman on Sanjay Leela Bhansali

  • Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 15, 2014 16:16 IST

A few days back, Salman Khan was in the news for taking an apparent jibe at film-maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s temperamental nature, to which, the latter even reacted with an explanation. To elucidate the relationship further, in this interview, Salman talks about Bhansali, how he tried to convince Govinda for a film, and his take on Shah Rukh Khan’s newfound brawny look.

Bhansali has said that you will always remain his close friend, but he doesn’t know if the “feeling is reciprocated”.
Now, what should I say about that?

But are you close to him, considering you have worked with him multiple times?
We used to be close. I haven’t worked with him (for some time). Ours was a working relationship and we worked fine. And then, we didn’t work (together) anymore. That’s it.

You recently tweeted about your meeting with Govinda regarding the remake of Marathi film, Shikshanachya Aaicha Gho. Has he said yes?
Govinda has refused, again (laughs). We are still looking at that (casting for the part). I am still keen on Govinda, but I don’t know what he is up to. I am also there in the film, but he was offered the main role, which he isn’t doing. He is doing every other role (in other films), but not this hero’s role (smiles). He doesn’t want a Rs 100 crore film. He doesn’t want a release in 3,000 screens.

Will Shah Rukh appear on your TV show to promote his film? Also, there were reports that you are apparently very impressed with his new physique…
As for his appearance on the show, you should ask Shah Rukh. But if he comes, I will welcome him. As for his body, he has worked really hard on it. And I know it’s not easy to acquire a look like this.

Of late, you have been on a film signing spree…
But they aren’t (being shot) together. All of them will happen one after the other. At one point, I used to manage 15 films at one go. But now, I prefer to do one film at a time.

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You must be happy about the appreciation you got for Kick…
I got an equal amount of love for Jai Ho (2014). Its ticket prices were Rs 250 and even lesser on weekdays. When a film whose tickets are priced at Rs 250 does a business of over Rs 120 crore; it’s big business. Just because Jai Ho didn’t make Rs 200 crore, you feel it didn’t do well.

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Apparently, you weren’t very keen on hosting the newest season of Bigg Boss.
Initially, I was considering not doing the show because, as I have always said, it takes a lot out of me. It means three long months of handling people (inside the house), watching the show twice a day, and all the episodes before I go on the stage. It requires a lot of involvement. But, I like the show.

Is it true that Elli Avram is going to make her debut with you? Do the expectations of the contestants go up after doing the show?
Yes, sometimes, they might feel that now they can become a hero or a heroine, but that’s not always possible. At the same time, there are some like Elli (Avram). When my next lot of films come, she will be in one of them. She is a talented girl.

Armaan Kohli is also doing a film with you. And you have also helped launch many people…
No, they have done it on their own. Sooraj (Barjatya) called up Armaan. I did recommend his name because I have seen his work, and he is damn good. But then, Sooraj saw his work and he then cast him.

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