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Ahead of his birthday tomorrow, Bollywood star Salman Khan talks about being the actor with the ‘blockbuster touch’
Aakanksha Naval-Shetye (DNA; December 26, 2012)
Everything you touch seems to turn to gold at the box-office, including your latest Dabangg 2. Do you feel like the ‘man with the Midas touch’? Arre baap re! Midas didn’t have a happy ending, did he? (feigns a worried expression). I wish what you are saying was true, then I wouldn’t have to worry about film scripts, direction, acting (laughs). But I think the genre has worked for me. Besides the director, cameraman, spotboys are as much a hero in the making of a film. I am just fortunate that my fans have always been there for me.
What do you think makes you such a hit with them? The audience likes to see me in action or in love, so they like to see Salman Khan be the Tiger or Chulbul Pandey. They all have a little bit of these characters in them too. All I do is put it out on screen and they like it. That is why they like a Prem or Radhey too.
But do you have more of Prem in you or Chulbul? It is easier to be Chulbul in real life than be a Prem. It is very difficult to keep everyone happy. Doing the right thing is one thing, but no matter what you do, you can never please everyone. It’s not easy being the nice guy always, no matter what gets thrown your way. As for me, I think I too have a little bit of all in me, but I am not them. I am Salman Khan.
Do you think it ever hampers your relationships... keeping More >
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; December 21, 2012)
From Wanted (September 2009) till now, the dynamics of a Salman Khan Friday can only be compared to the dynamics of another Salman Friday. Such has been the meteoric rise of this rebellious star, in the last three years, that he has left his contemporaries way behind in the box office race.
Naturally, even as Dabangg 2 carpet bombs theatres globally today, the industry is busy hedging bets on whether Chulbul Pandey (of Dabangg 2) will break the records of Tiger (Ek Tha Tiger), the highest grosser of the year till now.
Producer-distributor NR Pachisia says, “ETT is so far the biggest earner this year. So, Dabangg 2 is only competing with Tiger.’’ Filmmaker Arbaaz Khan says, “Only Salman can break the record of another Salman film. He has an image and a following that is so huge, it’s hard for another hero to take him on in the current scenario.”
Arbaaz also believes that like Munna Bhai, people haven’t had enough of Chulbul. “Have you ever heard of a flop film having a sequel?” he asks, reiterating the need for making Dabangg 2.
And while Arbaaz is adamant that only his brother can play Chulbul, Salman is more gracious. “Chulbul is a larger-than-life character, a hero. Any of the other Khans could have been in my shoes,” he says.
The superstar adds, “When Aamir Khan did Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), Shah Rukh Khan did Deewana (1992) and I did Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), we were nobody. Yet, we pulled off those films. And 20 years More >
Play the character on the mobile and DTH platforms. Also get the latest on Dabangg 2 before the film’s release
BOMBAY TIMES (December 18, 2012)
Get the most of Salman Khan and Dabangg 2 ahead of the release of the film. Games, music, wallpapers, videos and ringtones are on offer through digital downloads on mobile, PC and tablets, through Hungama.com.
Gamers across the country can play Chulbul Pandey and fight crime through two games on the mobile platform and on the DTH (direct-to-home) network. ‘Shoot Out’ is a game available on mobile and for DTH subscribers. The second game (on mobiles only) is called ‘Fight Master’. The mobile games are available across all telecom operators.
Says Dabangg 2 director Arbaaz Khan, “ Chulbul Pandey is a character my audience has started relating to. The creatives of the games are as real as Chulbul in the film. The games will help the audience play Pandeyjee and fight crime their way or follow the Dabangg way of Salman. This a good way to keep the hysteria high among our fans.”
Neeraj Roy, the MD & CEO of Hungama.com, says, “Our mobile and DTH games will engage the audience with the popular Chulbul Pandey as they can now virtually fight crime like Pandeyjee.”
The superstar talks about his super successful innings and the Friday excitement
Aakanksha Naval-Shetye (DNA; December 12, 2012)
With every film he touches turning into a superhit, actor Salman Khan is easily the man of the moment. And as we wait to catch up with the star for our quick chat, shouts of Salman’s name reverberating across the road announce his arrival minutes before he actually cycles his way in. Settling down for a tete-a-tete with the superstar, as if sensing our question, he says, “Star? Superstar? For Salman Khan, Salman Khan is always Salman Khan and he still does the same things… still loves to cycle, hang out with friends, family, wants to work…”
So much talk about you, good and bad, does it affect you? No. I know exactly who I am, so I don’t need people to give me character certificates. Every Friday it changes yaar, but Fridays don’t change who I am…
Has the excitement and anxiety of facing a Friday dimmed or increased over the years? Well, no matter how hard you work, you still don’t know what to expect on a Friday. There’s no formula for a hit. Everyone still does their best and then waits for their Fridays to come.
And do you pray? I do pray, but not for hits. I pray for izzat, ki izzat miley, people like my work. You know everybody has got their time. And the bad thing about good time is that it comes to an end too. So as long as you are well, that’s fine. So I pray for health too.
The past few years have been good for you? Very good yes, More >
Salman tells us all we want to know about his alter ego and why he does not approve of Abhinav Kashyap’s ‘tutor’
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 29, 2012)
We caught up with Salman Khan at Mehboob Studios, in between meetings, interviews and sporting a new hairstyle. Salman breezed through the 60 minutes with a cigarette he chose not to light and in great spirits. Excerpts.
How much has marriage and fatherhood changed Chulbul Pandey in Dabangg 2? The character doesn’t change. Chulbul Pandey was going through a very unhappy phase. He had a step brother, his mother was married to somebody else, his father was no more, he was in two minds about trusting his brother. Pandeyji is now a father, the head of the family. He is in a good space. But then comes an emotional jhatka, he goes back to being the old Chulbul Pandey.
Does being married and being in a happy space mean he picks up the grocery on his way home? (Smiles) Check that out for yourself. But yes, you will see a lot of sweet bits of him.
How much of Salman is there in Chulbul Pandey? I don’t know. Just that sometimes I cannot react when I should; but Chulbul can. There are times when I should be tackling things head on, but then decide to step back, take the beating. But Chulbul takes charge.
Chulbul is full of spunky one-liners. Do you come up with them spontaneously or just stick to the script? When you are writing it, you are writing it in the room. But when you go to the set, it’s a different More >
Seema Sinha (BOMBAY TIMES; November 14, 2012)
Music composers Sajid-Wajid are on a roll. After composing for films like Ajab Gazabb Love, Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal and Ishkq In Paris, they are now looking forward to their next big film — Dabangg 2, starring Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha — set to release in December.
Says Sajid, “Obviously, expectations are very high from Dabangg 2 as the music of Dabangg was a huge success. The music in the sequel is a replica of Chulbul Pandey’s personality, which is hilarious.” Adds Wajid, “We have kept it simple. The arrangement for all the five songs is mesmerising. There is raag, ragini and classical melody. We have revived Indian classical music. There are two item numbers, but the treatment is very different.”
So, while Salman, Sonakshi and Malaika Arora Khan will dance to the folk beats of Bajaawein Pandeyji Seeti Maare, Kareena Kapoor will shake her booty to Fevicol. “The cherry on the cake is the title track,” say the composers.
About their musical journey, Sajid says, “Earlier, after every hit, we would sit idle for over a year and wonder, ‘what next’. After giving a big hit like Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), we didn’t see the face of any studio for one-and-a-half years. Those were tough days, but it was all a learning experience.” The Salman-Govinda starrer Partner (2007) brought stability in their career after which there has been no looking back.
Talking about their music in films starring newcomers, Sajid says, “We don’t More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, May 5, 2011 – 16:48 IST
Dabangg may have been the thing of the past but seems like Sonakshi is definitely not willing to forget what the film (and especially Salman Khan) did for her. Even though she has moved into a different zone for Joker, she hasn’t been able to totally disassociate herself from Dabangg. This can be seen from not just her make up and costume but also accessories that are being carried forward from the ‘Chulbul Pandey’ territory.
“There are too many similarities to overlook actually”, says a costume designer, “First came her ‘ghaghra-choli’ look that seemed to be picking on from where ‘Munni’ left in Dabangg. It was surprising since Sonakshi plays a US returned girl in Joker and still gets into the village costume. Chalo, woh bhi theek hai but what about these sunglasses that she is wearing for a scene? If you look closely, they are clearly inspired by Salman Khan’s look in Dabangg.”
Well, it doesn’t even require a closer look actually to see the inspiration, as the design of Sonakshi’s glasses is way too blatant to be ignored. While in Dabangg there were two blinking hearts that reflected on Salman’s sunglasses during the song ‘Tere Mast Mast Do Nain‘, in Joker Sonakshi seems to have taken the pun of ‘mast mast nain’ way too seriously. This time around her glasses by themselves are designed as hearts.
Shirish Kunder, writer-director of Joker, is actually nonchalant about the entire affair and doesn’t More >
The hottest item girl, Malaika Arora Khan presented a sizzling act as she gyrated to songs ‘Tere Mast Mast Do Nain’ followed by ‘Honth Rasile’, climaxing in ‘Munni Badnam Hui’ but confessed that she missed Salman on stage
Smrity Sharma | TNN (MUMBAI MIRROR.COM; April 15, 2011)
The item girl misses Salman Khan on stage…
Expect whistles, applauds and cheers whenever Malaika Arora Khan takes to the stage. It has happened before and it happened once again on the stage of Pantaloons Femina Miss India 2011.Sonu Sood and Malaika Arora Khan gyrating to ‘Munni badnaam hui’ at the Pantaloons Femina Miss India 2011 show (Pic: BCCL)
The hottest item girl of them all, presented a sizzling act as she gyrated to songs ‘Tere Mast Mast Do Nain’ followed by ‘Honth Rasile.’
The sexy babe reserved the best for the very last. Malaika, with her sexy moves and sassy expressions wowed the crowd when she grooved to ‘Munni Badnaam Hui.’
The best part was when Sonu Sood, also the host for the night, joined Munni in his Cheddi Singh element. The audience certainly had a gala time watching Munni and Cheddi together but the fun was incomplete for Malaika.
The actress says, “I miss my Chulbul Pandey each time I have to perform on Munni alone. It’s no fun. Munni is incomplete without him.”
Now, we totally second you Malaika. Munni is indeed incomplete without Chulbul Pandey. More >
Determined to break the cliches of a small-town cop, Tigmanshu Dhulia is giving Arjun Rampal time to essay the real-life character based in Jai Ramji
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 16, 2011)
The man is incredible. He is not only a super capable police officer but also a connoisseur of French wines and Hindustani classical music. He can nab a criminal as swiftly as he can identify a thumri or dadra,” describes neo-realist director Tigmanshu Dhulia about the real-life cop from Allahabad, who is the subject of his film Jai Ramji.Tigmanshu Dhulia
Arjun Rampal, who will essay the character, is heading to Allahabad next month to meet the subject of the film.
Dhulia is adamant that Rampal take time to understand the real-life cop because he wants to break the stereotypical depiction of a small-time boorish cop with his khaki shirt open to his navel and his gun half out of his holster.
As Dhulia explains, “Why must we always presume that small-town cops from North India are like Chulbul Pandey? I know so many civil servants in UP who are suave, worldly, wise, literate and erudite.
Arun’s character of the cop is as much into aesthetics and arts as he is into nabbing hardcore criminals. I want him to spend at least two weeks in preparation. I don’t want him to just wear khaki and behave like a filmi cop.”
By Subhash K. Jha, February 4, 2011 – 16:59 IST
Sonu Sood’s grimacing villainy in Dabangg has got him the kind of recognition no amount of goody goody roles ever did. Just when Sood was all set to unleash an avalanche of evil on screen by signing on plum villain’s roles in 5 of the biggest films of 2010-11 as the chief badman, Salman put a brake on Sood’s diabolic plans.
No more villains’ parts until the sequel of Dabangg. That’s the brief given to Sood by his Dabangg hero.
Confounded by the embargo Sonu Sood has done the next best thing. He has crossed over to Chulbul Pandey’s territory and is playing a cop in the two films that he has signed in 2011.
Intense preparations are on to get the nuances right. Sood recently spent a fortnight with a top cop in Punjab to understand the mind, body language and spoken language of a cop.
Says Sood, “It’s true I have been told not to expend my mean muscles until Dabangg 2. Interestingly, I’ve signed two major cops’ roles. One is a dream-come-true role in Puri Jaganaath’s Boodha where I play Mr. Bachchan’s son. My role is modelled on Amitji in Zanjeer.”
Sonu has watched Zanjeer 17 times in the last six months. To his command over the Bachchanesque style of law enforcement in Zanjeer (including that famous body-flying-across-the-air for a full-impact hurl against the adversary that had the crowds roaring when Mr B did it in 1973 in Zanjeer) Sonu will add the inner knowledge of a cop’s world.
“I’ve spent time with a senior of More >