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'Bhai Salman has rested enough in jail'

The heartthrob's brother Sohail talks about Salman's new obsession, post the three-day Jodhpur jail stint.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 10:10 IST
Subhash K Jha (IANS)
Subhash K Jha (IANS)

Contrary to speculation in the press about Salman Khan's post-incarceration activities, the star hasn't taken a holiday after his Jodhpur jail stint.

"I think bhai has rested enough in Jodhpur," joked Salman's younger brother Sohail Khan.

"He is eager to get back to work. He is concerned about the delay in the Rock Stars concerts and is making every effort to get his schedule back on track," Sohail said.

Rather than rest, Salman has been busy rehearsing rigorously for Rock Stars - as much as six hours every day - since his release on bail and return from Jodhpur where he had been kept in judicial custody for three days after being convicted for poaching a chinkara deer.

"It's almost like a 'junoon' (obsession) for bhai. This feeling of commitment going awry is troubling him," said Sohail.

In fact, Salman will be doing his level best to make up for lost time. Next month when he goes into the Rock Stars concerts he will also be shooting for David Dhawan's Partner with Govinda, Katrina Kaif and Lara Dutta, which is a home production.

"The schedules for the concerts have now been worked out. The first five shows that were supposed to happen in April have now been moved to the end of the tour, that's all. During weekends he'll be performing at the concerts. Weekdays he'll be shooting for Partner."

The Partner crew will shoot with Salman in Canada wherever it is convenient for him to fly down. "We'll first shoot with him in Vancouver and then later in Toronto when the concerts would be closer to that part of Canada."

This must be the first instance of a whole crew following an actor to shoot wherever convenient for him! The work permit that Salman has been granted after the bail is most likely to be extended beyond June.

"In fact, between July and December bhai shoots for just one month in India. The rest of the schedules are all abroad."

"We are just happy to have Salman bhai back. Mom is now back at home, completely recovered."

About the news report that Salman wants the toilets in the Jodhpur jail to be renovated, Sohail said: "Yes, it's true. Bhai is keen to do what he can for the inmates. He has seen the conditions they live in.

"He even wants to install ceiling fans in the prison. But the authorities feel that would be excessive. So, yes, the toilet renovations are definitely happening."

First Published: Apr 18, 2006 10:10 IST