Mumbai: Newcomer Sooraj Pancholi says he is grateful to his mentor Bollywood superstar Salman Khan for considering him as a star and he wants to learn time management from him.
Salman is launching Sooraj with "Hero", the remake of Subhash Ghai's directed 1983 film of the same name.
"Hero", filmed by Nikhil Advani, which also makes the debut of Athiya Shetty, daughter of actor Suniel Shetty and will hit the screens tomorrow.
"It feels good but superstar is a big word. I am trying to be an actor first... To be a star it will take time. We can't be a star overnight. If he (Salman) sees that (superstar) in us then it is his greatness," Sooraj told PTI.
"He is being very nice to us. Athiya Shetty (co-star) and I have worked really very hard for this film. People usually say we are star kids so we don't work that hard but that is not true," he said.
Salman launched Sooraj because he saw something in him as an actor. "It was not obvious (for Salman to launch me) at all because he never told me that he would launch me ever. I got to know him only on the sets of 'Ek Tha Tiger'. People think it is a family thing so he launched me," Sooraj added.
"I was an assistant director on the sets of 'Ek Tha Tiger' that's where he found it that I want to be an actor. And he offered me the film and that's how I got 'Hero'."
Sooraj reveals when he was signed by Salman for "Hero" remake under his banner, he did not even tell his parents about signing the film.
"I did not even tell my parents about it for one and half year that I am going to do the film. I felt shy to tell them about it as we never discussed films," he says. In that one and half year period, Sooraj was training in Mumbai. The remake version of the film will also see his father Aditya Pancholi.
He was nervous shooting with him. "One day before I had to shoot a scene with him I was nervous. But when I went on sets I sensed that my father was little more nervous than me because it was very emotional for him," Sooraj said.
"May be he thought that he would over shadow or over power me because he is a good actor, much better looking than me. I think he was underplaying it that day. But he made me feel comfortable," he said.