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Qaidi No. 210 has no problems

PRISONER NO. 210, Barrack No. 230, Jodhpur Central Jail ? actor Salman Khan's new address. From 70 mm silverscreen to a 10x10 ft cell. From dancing in an unbuttoned shirt to chatting about films and jails with a murder convict. The scene is an anti-climax, even for those who had followed Khan's case.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 14:18 IST

PRISONER NO. 210, Barrack No. 230, Jodhpur Central Jail — actor Salman Khan's new address. From 70 mm silverscreen to a 10x10 ft cell. From dancing in an unbuttoned shirt to chatting about films and jails with a murder convict. The scene is an anti-climax, even for those who had followed Khan's case.

In the bare cell, with just a bedding and a blanket, Khan — who is sentenced to five years' imprisonment for killing a chinkara — spent his first night as a convict, staving off mosquitoes. Jail authorities, who had denied him any special treatment, passed him a tube of mosquito repellant along with a kit of toothpaste and brush given by a friend, Shishupal Singh Rajpurohit.

On Tuesday, Khan was woken up at 6 a.m. A frugal breakfast of roasted gram mixed with jaggery and tea followed. Lunch was no different: rice and dal, the usual jail grub. But no mineral water, the one luxury that he was allowed on his first day in one of the country's high-security prisons.

His diversion? Chatting with Mahesh Sharma, a lifer in the barrack, on everything from life in movies to life behind the bars. And reading newspapers, possibly with headlines screaming his name. How is he taking it? "I am well, no problem," Khan told jail superintendent

M.L. Chouhan. Chouhan said the routine medical checkup was done on the actor. "He is well," said Chouhan. While over 100 fans gathered outside the jail, protesting against the judgment, Khan's brother Sohail and sister Olivera Agnihotri visited him on Tuesday afternoon. Khan is waiting for the next scene: his counsel filing an appeal in the Jodhpur sessions court. It is ironical, but this real-life role is more gritting than any Khan had done onscreen.