I try not to disappoint Salman Khan: Pulkit Samrat

PTI| Updated: Mar 09, 2014, 14:58 PM IST

Mumbai: Newcomer Pulkit Samrat says he tries his best not to disappoint superstar Salman Khan, who is his mentor in the industry.

"...He is a rock star, the best human being I have ever met. I truly love and respect him as a person. His contribution is great (towards my film career), his belief in me as an actor is something I could have never thought of," Pulkit, 30, said in an interview.

"His support means a lot to me. I do feel nervous at times about disappointing him. I try not to let his expectations down," he added.

Pulkit, who played a cop in Salman-starrer `Jai Ho`, did manage to get noticed alongside the `Dabangg` star in the action film, which released in January.

"It was a great learning experience. I started my journey in this industry through TV. I never assisted anyone. So I never had the opportunity to understand and read how a star works. I am glad that with `Jai Ho` I got the opportunity to witness this," he said.

The `Fukrey` star said he is currently going through many interesting scripts.

"It is an exciting period I am reading several scripts," he said.
The actor, who made his debut in Bollywood with `Bittoo Boss`, appeared next in `Fukrey` and `Jai Ho`. His upcoming film `O Teri` is produced by Salman`s brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri.

When asked if he landed `O Teri` because of his relation with Salman, Pulkit said, "I am thankful to bhai (as Salman is fondly called) and Atul to support this film. To do a film that is supported by them is a dream come true. It was bhai who first took the narration and then Atul and Alvira".

"He was concerned what kind of work was coming my way after `Bittoo Boss` and `Fukrey`. When I told him about this film (`O Teri`) he wanted to hear the script, he liked it and eventually things fell in place," he added.

Salman, who did a cameo in `O Teri`, was well aware about
the plot of the film and was very much involved with the project.
In `O Teri`, Pulkit will be playing the role of a journalist. He went to Delhi to understand the functioning of media offices as a part of the research for his role.

Directed by Umesh Bist, the film has been produced by Salman`s sister Alvira and her husband Atul Agnihotri.

The film which also stars newcomer Bilal Amrohi, besides Anupam Kher and Sarah Jane Dias, is slated to release on March 28.