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Friday, Dec 06, 2019

Akki is a bigger threat to SRK than to me: Sallu

Salman Khan on brawl with Shah Rukh Khan, upcoming film God Tussi Great Ho, equation with Priyanka Chopra and pairing up with girlfriend Katrina Kaif, interviewed by Rachana Dubey.

entertainment Updated: Aug 11, 2008 12:29 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

Neither Khan is holding out the Olive branch. After their altercation nearly a month ago, Shah Rukh Khan has maintained a silence on the subject...while he still seems to be smarting. Anyway, if he is meeting the scribes right now, it's essentially because God Tussi Great Ho is on the cusp of its release. Over to Salman Khan interviewed by Rachana Dubey.

At 8 p m, I’m at Mehboob Studio. He’s shooting for Veer. At 8.20 pm, he appears bare-chested. Without much ado, then, he asks me to start with my questions. Hmm, I do:

What’s the status of your love-hate-love-hate relationship with Shah Rukh Khan after the brawl at Katrina Kaif’s birthday bash on July 16?
I don’t know.. actually neither does he.. to be honest, we don’t see eye to eye. <b1>

To come to God Tussi Great Ho, at one point, it seemed to be stuck and certain scenes also had to be reshot.
No, it didn’t get stuck at all. It was Mehbooba by the same producer, Afzal Khan, which was stuck.

Apparently, following tiffs with Amitabh Bachchan, you don’t want to work with him again.
A source close to me told you this? Listen, there were no tiffs with Bachchan sir. For god’s sake, why wouldn’t I want to work with him again? Now you will want to know about the status between Priyanka and me.

Uh huh.
We were never buddies, painting the town red. With most heroines, I’m just a work associate. If we ever get a nice script together, Priyanka and I will work together again.

But she was fed up of your tantrums.
Did she say this? No. The press did. As long as a heroine doesn’t throw tantrums, I don’t throw tantrums. In any case, every actor has some tantrums.. some requirements which you cannot deny him or her.

God Tussi.. seems to be a lift of Bruce Almighty.
Yes.. the basic plot is the same but this is a different movie altogether. I’m a doomed TV show host. Nothing works for me and when I pray to god, things become worse.

Are you apprehensive about its results since it releases on the same day as Bachna ae Haseeno?
Not at all. The promos of Bachna ae Haseeno are looking fantastic. Ranbir (Kapoor) is looking quite handsome. I think both the films will get their openings at least. <b2>

May the better film survive. By saying this, I’m not trying to bring down Ranbir’s film. I think there’s room for everyone today .

It’s no secret that Katrina Kaif doesn’t want to work with you again after Yuvraj.
See, this girlfriend-boyfriend jodi doesn’t shape up well on the screen all the time. She was in Partner but we weren’t paired opposite each other. If we get a script which gives us better scope to work with each other, we will.

Is that why she isn’t in Tom and Jerry ..the Partner sequel?
We haven’t even started casting for them.

Is it because Atul Agnihotri is your brother-in-law.. that Katrina and you are appearing in Hello?
I loved the script and my role as a sutradhar. So, I agreed to do the film. Period.

Struck any multimillion deals with the film producing corporations yet?
They haven’t approached me yet. I don’t know why .

Talk is that you gave quite a tough time to Subhash Ghai during the shoot of Yuvraj.
(Startled) Not at all. Only two-three days are left.. the film should release on its due date.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is trying to rope in Hrithik Roshan for his next.

Is he? So what! Sanjay is very clear about casting. If I don’t suit a role, he will not approach me for it. He cast me in

Bajirao Mastani

because he thought I’d suit the role. I’d even do a guest appear.

What happened to the

Bajirao Mastani

project anyway?

I have no clue.

There has been some criticism about your show 10 ka Dum.. that you can’t pull it off as host.
Oh really? That’s why the show has fantastic TRPs, the channel is No 3 today and they’re already planning the show’s next season.

You’ve had problems with Akshay Kumar. So how come he appeared on your show?
Look, Akshay couldn’t appear on 10 ka Dum earlier because he was under contract with another channel. This episode will be aired only after that show concludes. <b3>

On the show, Akshay Kumar asked you about getting married to Katrina Kaif.
That everyone does. Akki is still okay . There was a question relating to marriage after which he pulled my leg.

It’s believed that the appearance of Harman Baweja and Priyanka Chopra on your show was cancelled because of Aamir and Imran Khan.
Not true. The channel and the production house coordinate the stars on the show. I don’t interfere. I was only responsible for getting Govinda and David Dhawan.

Why is there this competition between Akshay Kumar and you about who’s getting paid more money?
Maybe because we have done two films together. Frankly, he’s a bigger threat to Shah Rukh Khan than to me.

Your colleagues often rib you for dancing at high profile weddings.
Yes, I know they do. I do dance at weddings.. for friends only. And I do it for free. I did dance at the wedding of a friend’s daughter.

So what? When will you get married?
I’m 42. When my friends and family ask me to get married, that’s because they’re worried about me. You ask me this to spice up your interview.

Some astrologers have predicted a tough year ahead for you.
(Trembles) Really? I am so scared now. Why should I spoil my today for a bad tomorrow? If astrologers can predict the future for others, why can’t they ever do something for themselves? (Sarcastically) But now that you warned me, I will be very careful. Thank you. <b4>

Will you ever become a film producer.. and will your father Salim Khan ever return to movie writing?
I have written Veer. Let’s hope I turn a producer some day. Abba keeps himself busy by writing articles which make a lot of sense to me and to him. I relate to his writing because they have morals and principles which I also have. I’ve had to pay for having such principles because others don’t have them.

Your father has often been quoted saying that heroines use you to forward their careers.
Mehmaan apne hisse ka daana mere ghar se le jaata hai (a guest takes his share of grain from my house). I know several people.. why just heroines? who take me for granted.

But I am like this.. I’m still with them.. I let them pass in and out of my life. Is there anything else I can do? If you have the answer, let me know.