They make a cool trio — Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan and Zayed Khan — and after spending weeks in each other’s company while making Yuvvraaj, releasing today, they are comfortable enough to give each other some straight advice.
For Anil and Salman, this is the fourth film together, and familiarity meant more enjoyment. Anil has one grudge, though. “The best thing about Salman,” he says, “is his commitment. But his generosity irks me. He signs films for his friends, and ends up disappointing [fans].” Throwing a look at Salman, Anil adds, “If you want to help, sign a cheque, but don’t do anything just for the sake of it.”
Salman, older and wiser, nods. “I have decided not to,” he says. “One decides to do a film for a friend. You are there only for a scene or two, but the janta buys tickets thinking it’s your film.” Saying no will still be difficult, but now he intends to look at the script even for guest roles.
Talking about bonding on the sets, Anil says, “We know our working pattern, and passion. So it was fun.” Salman deadpans, “We were fighting all the time. Wasn’t that the news some days back?” Zayed cuts in, “Nothing like that happens. Such news makes for a louder headline, so it sells.”
Zayed has never acted with Salman before but has done “some 40-50 shows with Salman bhai” and finds the older Khan “so cool to work with”. Salman says of his younger co-star, “His problem is, he doesn’t know how good he looks on screen. He is yet to understand and explore his potential.”
Anil predicts, “Once he puts himself to use totally, he will win over Bollywood.” He makes another prediction: “I know critics will kill Yuvvraaj. But it’s the viewers who matter.”