Reams of newsprint have been devoted to the speculations surrounding Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif’s alleged romantic relationship and subsequent break-up. However, over the years, the two of them have refrained from commenting on the issue. Yet, even as the two actors are paired with each other in director Kabir Khan’s romantic thriller Ek Tha Tiger (they were last paired together in Yuvraaj in 2008), Salman Khan made a comment refuting all rumours about seeing Katrina: “We can’t be a real life couple,” he said, even as he praised her: “You can fall in love (with her) not only on screen but off screen too. That’s why people love Katrina, and follow her in hordes wherever she goes.”
Salman sounds thoroughly impressed with Katrina’s work in the movie as he says, “She is a very hard-working actor. She has dedicated around five hours a day, seven days, to each of the songs. The credit for the songs goes completely to her.”
Of course, Salman continues to be famously unmarried at 46. When asked to comment on this, Katrina recently said, “I think no one except Salman should decide at what age he wants to get married.” Fellow actor and friend Aamir Khan, however, urged Salman to get married soon, to which Salman said, “Aamir is after me! I don’t understand why everyone is after my marriage. Is there any benefit in me getting married?”
In Ek Tha Tiger, Salman plays an Indian secret agent in Dublin to investigate a case, where he falls in love with a secretary (played by Katrina).
As with characters he’s played in the past, the nickname of ‘Tiger’ already seems to be catching on. Ask him about this, and he says, “My name is Salman Khan. I love it because my parents have given this name to me. Tweaking my name started with Jackie Shroff. He once called me Salle, that got twisted to Sallu. Then people started calling me Radhe (after Tere Naam, 2003), Chulbul Pandey (Dabangg, 2010) and now Tiger… As long I keep doing films, new names will keep coming. I can’t help it.”