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Salman’s action-packed sequence

After pulling off stunts for a recent soft drink commercial in New Zealand, actor talks about ways to conquer fears.

entertainment Updated: Mar 12, 2011 15:59 IST
Hiren Kotwani

Judging from his fearless Dabanggavatar, it’s surprising to hear that Salman Khan too can be afraid. When asked if he fears anything while shooting action sequences, the actor who did a basejump stunt for his new Mountain Dew campaign in New Zealand, says he wouldn’t risk a major injury.

Khan reasons that he’s not afraid of pain or breaking bones. He says, “I’m afraid that the shooting will be stalled for months. If I break a leg and am bed-ridden for months, it would be the most boring thing ever.”

Salman KhanFor the actor, his parents are the most fearless people he knows. Dismissing any notions of pre-release jitters, he says that everyone around him is nervous and afraid. "I’ve no reason to be afraid when my films are releasing," he says.

The 45-year-old actor, who’s on a roll with action films after hits like Wanted (2009) and Dabangg (2010), says he is inspired by Charles Bronson. “He was the best action hero. And Clint Eastwood too,” adds Khan. Ask him who his female counterpart would be to shoot action sequences with, he says, “Shilpa Shetty. She did some great stuff in Dus (1997). Deepika Padukone was good in Chandni Chowk To China (2009). And I think Katrina too can do good action roles.”

Khan feels that fear is akin to lack of confidence. He says, “Once you overcome fear, you have nothing to worry about.” About endorsing products, “The punch line was ‘Kyunki cheetah bhi peeta hai’. So I thought it’s not a bad idea for me to drink it as well.”