Bollywood ­screenwriter Salim Khan has laughed off reports that claim that he was planning to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on a BJP ticket from a Gujarat constituency.
“It was hilarious to read reports ‘confirming’ that I am joining politics. Yes, BJP did offer me a ticket for a seat of my choice but I have no ­interest in joining politics. I read newspapers everyday to keep myself abreast of what’s happening around but I have my own opinion and views about things, and I don’t feel the need to join politics to voice my opinions,” says the 78-year-old, who has penned some of the biggest hits of Bollywood including Zanjeer (1973), Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973) and Deewar (1975). With writer Javed Akhtar, the Salim-Javed duo scripted blockbusters like Sholay (1975), Don (1978), Shakti (1982) and Mr India (1987).
Salim, who in a recent interview to a TV channel, had spoken in support of BJP’s prime ministerial ­candidate Narendra Modi, also trashes any possibility of campaigning for Modi.
“I won’t campaign for anybody. Arrey, main apne ghar pe nahin khada ho pa raha hoon main kisi aur ke liye kya khada hounga? (I am not able to stand up at my own house, how am I to stand up for someone else?)” laughs the septuagenarian, who was recently diagnosed with malaria.
Prod him on his son, actor Salman Khan’s marriage plans, and he cheekily replies, “Woh toh allah miyan bhi nahin bataa sakte ki uski shaadi kab hogi! We can’t control life events. I’ve made his kundli, consulted other astrologers, too… he has an unusual life pattern with lot of ups and downs, and well, no signs of marriage yet.”