Mumbai: He may be fondly called ‘Sallu’, ‘Salman bhai’ and ‘bhai’ by his fans but superstar Salman Khan feels that only his brothers have the right to address him like that.
In a candid interview to a daily, Salman stated that how he dislikes being addressed as bhai by unknown people.
“All sorts of idiots call me that. Even rank strangers. Not everyone has the right to call me bhai. (Gets animated, mimics a kid) Kids call me, `aye Salman how you doing...Mr Khan... oye Salman Khan’, I love it. But when some people call me bhai I think they are faking it. I hate it when some people call me Sallu. But when they call me that out of love, it shows. It`s the tone that matters. Only Arbaaz and Sohail should call me bhai. Besides, my parents have given me a name, it`s a superb name -Salman Khan and I prefer people calling me Salman. I think this `Sallu` was started by Jackie (Shroff). Now he calls me Salley!”
Salman who is gearing up for his mega release, ‘Dabangg 2’ admits that the pressure is huge to match to the success of the film but is confident of what Arbaaz has done for the film. Arbaaz took over as the director after Abhinav Kashyap opted out of the sequel.
Giving credit to his brother Arbaaz for bringing the commercial flavor to ‘Dabangg’, Salman said, “When Abhinav came to us, it was a very dry art kind of film. The kind of films they (the brothers) make. In fact now, his brother (Anurag) has changed his style. He has now got that masala touch. There were no songs earlier in Dabangg, and we had to change that. We kept improvising. The film achieved a certain form because of Arbaaz. But Abhinav contributed as well.
Abhinav realised that if you want to make a saleable film, you need a commercial touch, you need songs. That`s when Arbaaz came into the picture. But then Abhinav decided to opt out of the sequel.”
While the brothers are gearing up for the release of ‘Dabangg 2’, Salman admitted that they have already discussed about ‘Dabangg 3’. “Of course, we have already thought about it. We will go back to his past, the making of Chulbul Pandey,” said Khan.
So, fans who loved the first film have much to look forward to in the near future!
First Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012, 11:00