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Salman suffering from the suicide disease

Salman Khan is suffering from trigeminal neuralgia, a facial nerve disorder commonly known as the suicide disease. For the first time, he reveals that he is going through the worst pain on the planet and...

india Updated: Aug 25, 2011 01:45 IST
Minakshi Saini
Minakshi Saini
Hindustan Times

No, Salman Khan is not going to hang himself. He is suffering from trigeminal neuralgia, a facial nerve disorder commonly known as the suicide disease. For the first time, he reveals that he is going through “the worst pain on the planet.”

“I am suffering from trigeminal neuralgia, a facial nerve problem I have had since the last seven years. But now, it’s getting worse. Ab dard hadd se paar ho gaya hai and I am going to kill it,” says the 45-year-old, who had to undergo an angiography (medical imaging technique used to visualise the body from within) last month.

“Yes I did get an angiography done about a month ago. But it was not for the heart — it was meant to detect this disease. There is a flex and hoarseness in my voice, it’s not because I am drunk ... I don’t drink during Ramadan … it’s because of this ailment,” he says, adding that there’s nothing to worry about, as he’s undergoing treatment.

Even though he’s been suffering since long, Khan has never let that hamper his professional commitments. He is busy promoting his forthcoming film, Bodyguard, in full swing. “I’m doing fine. It’s just that now, I had no choice but to pay attention to my health.”

Shift topic to his Eid release co-starring Kareena, and he says he is against social media promotions that actors generally indulge in, around the release of their films. “Principally, I don’t want to use Twitter for film promotion as I feel it is meant for fan connect. One tweet is enough to make them aware,” he says, taking an indirect dig at archrival Shah Rukh Khan, who tweets about his films frequently. And, how about Hollywood? “(No thanks) Mera yahiin bhala ho jaaye toh bahut hai!” He added that the only Bollywood actor who rocks in Hollywood is “Anil Kapoor as he is jhakaas.”

Salman does not agree with his image of being a Casanova or a true charmer as portrayed by his female co-stars or fans. “No one will say that he is a jerk or anything bad on your face, getting to know the real response as to what the other person thinks about you is a little difficult,” he says jokingly.

SRK’s claim of being the first for Ek Tha Tiger
If he said then I’m sure he is not a liar. But as far as I know the truth is Ek Tha Tiger was offered to me and Yash Raj told me if I don’t do this film they will not make it. YRF is not the kind of producers who would say something and do something else. Also Chak De India was offered to me first.

Sanjay Dutt’s bonding with SRK
I am not Sanjay’s girlfriend; he can be friends with anyone. He is like my brother though we don’t meet often but I respect him. And he is allowed to do meet and be with whoever he wants to.

Aamir Khan pushing him to marry
That is really sweet of him. I will definitely fulfill Aamir’s wish that I get married. But you have to wait for a bit now as shaadi kab hogi ye opposite party par bhi depend karta hai.

Lady Gaga, who?
Jab dekhunga to muje pata chalega ki Lady Gaga hai kaun. Mere niece ne muje bataya tab se maine unki tasveeren dekhna shuru kia aur main kaafi impress ho gaya unko dekhkar. Mujhe kaafi achi lagi Lady Gaga aur main gaga ho gaya unpar.

On striking a romantic chemistry with Kareena
I have known Kareena as a kid so it was difficult for me to get the child out of my mind and replace it with the woman I need to romance in the film, but I successful tried to do it.

First Published: Aug 24, 2011 18:37 IST