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I am naughty, but harmless-Salman Khan


Neha Maheshwri Bhagat (BOMBAY TIMES; September 14, 2013)


The seventh edition of reality show Bigg Boss brings together the angelic and demonic elements in all of us, depicted by ‘Jannat’ and ‘Jahannum’. Hosted by Salman Khan for the fourth year in a row, it will feature 14 celebrity contestants locked up in a house for 104 days.

Says Salman, “The concept is different, so this season should be fun. Good always wins over the bad. The inmates’ conduct and behaviour in the house will decide where they end up (in heaven or hell).” So, which side does he frequent? He says, “I keep swinging between the two. When I get bored of heaven, I go to hell and when it becomes difficult for me in hell, I shift back to heaven. I have the qualities of both an angel and the devil. I am naughty, but harmless and there are good qualities in me.”

In the past, the actor has intervened whenever a contestant has overstepped the line. “At times, you are told that some contestants shouldn’t have behaved or spoken the way they did. Being the host, I am also told that I should have dealt with it in a certain manner. During the fifth season, I lost my temper when some inmates were disrespectful to my co-host, Sanjay Dutt. But now, I detach myself when I watch the show. It takes a lot of nerve to stay in the house and let people enter your personal space,” he says.

Would he ever agree to get locked up in the house? The actor says, “I will be too entertaining inside and TRPs will hit the roof. I More >

Salman Khan eats fruits, roots and shoots


Keen to hold back his spreading mid-riff, the actor has taken to a low-carb diet rich in fruits

Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 10, 2013)


Salman Khan, who recently turned 47, is evidently at the top of his game. With an enviable run of luck at the box office and a sphere of influence that extends well beyond Bollywood, he should have little to worry about, right? Wrong. Seems, the actor, who has been battling several health issues, is now working hard at getting back into his famous shape. The original ‘fitness-freak’ of the industry, who inspired scores of younger actors to focus on washboard abs, is following a new diet and exercise regimen, as Mirror has learnt. “His major concern was his spreading mid-riff,’ says a source. “The paunch was visible, and despite the biceps and the broad shoulders, the belly was not to be tamed.” So Sallu, who was a sucker for the biryani cooked in his kitchens of Galaxy, has drastically cut down on carbs. Right now, he is completely off rotis and rice, but drinks plenty of water and has loads of fruits. And to stop himself from reaching out for that cigarette, he just fiddles with an unlit one for as long as he can. In fact, now that he is not smoking, he does not need to take those smoke-breaks every now and then, pushing up his productivity considerably.

“When you cut down on carbs you need to increase your protein intake. Though he has cut down on his meat intake, he is making it up with protein shakes,” says a source who is More >

Action is a dicey genre-Salman Khan


Chaya Unnikrishnan (DNA; January 6, 2013)

Actor Salman Khan on the sets of Bigg Boss DNA

The show Bigg Boss hasn’t exactly been parivarik, though that’s what you have been saying since it began… We wanted it to be that way and to a certain extent it has been like that. But yes, sometimes contestants have gone overboard. However, in real life also people abuse each other but no one takes notice. If someone wants to make a big deal out of it like Imam (Siddiqui), he will do it. Also, you have to understand that if there are no fights, it will not be Bigg Boss. You cannot put a limit on anything. Some people consider this entertainment. Yes, women audiences pull back but the younger generation loves it. It’s a difficult format for the host and contestants. The channel wants it be more expressive and they may be right about it for the ratings but I have a slightly different view. There has to be a fun element but the amount they expect is something I am not comfortable with.

Will you be hosting the next season? Let’s see. They haven’t asked me yet.

Your latest outing Dabangg 2 has also made over Rs 100 crores… Is a third one in the offing? In another 10 days, Dabangg 2 will cross Rs 150 crores. And yes, there will be a third instalment but after sometime. Right now, I have Kick, Sher Khan and the sequel to No Entry to complete.

Since Wanted you have been doing action and masala entertainers. In fact, many others too are cashing in on the genre… There are lots of More >

I feel more responsible today-Salman Khan


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 >

I have given a lot of flops too-Salman Khan


The actor gets candid about his track record at the box office and challenges his critics to speak out loud in the open

Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; December 21, 2012)


Salman Khan is busy promoting his upcoming film, which also marks the debut of his brother Arbaaz Khan as a director. Khan who is known to hate giving interviews to the media is thankfully at his candid best today. Chilling between a series of tete-a-tetes at Bandra’s Mehboob Studios, Salman Khan talks to us…

Is Dabangg 2 going to be your birthday treat? If people enjoy the film then it is a Christmas and birthday treat. Agar picture nahi chali to kaunsa treat? Jis hisaab se humko reactions mille hai, they are similar to what the first Dabangg was, so I think we are in the safe zone. I think emotionally, ethically and principally this film is correct. It is larger than the earlier one but neither very similar to the first one, nor very different.

But these days audiences come to see only Salman Khan in a film? No yaar. It’s a whole package. Salman Khan ne bahut badi badi bhi di hai (flops). Now if I do a pakao film, which has lot of bhashanbaazi, no one will come to watch. Dabangg is a film which people can watch with their friends, family and girlfriend and have fun.

People talk about your successful streak now but you had given nine straight hits when you started your career? Yes, there were nine films before Love flopped. That’s why I say let the audience decide. Tab mera dimmag agar kharab hona hota to More >

I pray for izzat-Salman Khan


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 >

I can’t fight, Chulbul Pandey can-Salman Khan


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 >

People keep asking me to recommend them for Bigg Boss-Salman Khan


Salman Khan on why he doesn’t handpick participants for ‘Bigg Boss 6′ and making the content more family-friendly

Sonali Joshi Pitale (MID-DAY; September 27, 2012)


With the sixth season of Bigg Boss almost around the corner, Salman Khan is all geared up to take up the reigns as the show’s host once again. Interestingly this time, the actor has decided to make certain changes to the show’s format to make the content more audience-friendly. However, Sallu points out that he has absolutely no hand in deciding who gets into the Bigg Boss house.

A change in format… why? I thought that on last year’s show, there was too much screaming and shouting in the house. That is why it was pushed to the 11 pm time slot indicating that the show is damaging to our culture. I wanted it to be a family entertainer so that people from the age group of six to 60 can watch it.

Do you have a say on who gets selected for the show? No I don’t get into that. Too many people keep asking me to recommend their names. Then it becomes difficult for me to either choose or drop them. During the last season too, I got to know people once I had shot with them.

But don’t you think certain people on the show become the victims of circumstances? The actual personality of a person tends to come through in such situations. Some of them act, some don’t. Some former housemates have confessed to me that after two or three days in the house, they did not feel the cameras around them anymore. We are trying to More >

If they don’t like me, I’ll be shown the door-Salman Khan


Neha Maheshwri Bhagat (BOMBAY TIMES; September 21, 2012)


As he is all set to host Bigg Boss 6, a reality show that has almost become synonymous with him, Salman Khan is undaunted by the grand openings of reality shows hosted by other B-town biggies. “I don’t care, I am not worried about TRPs,” he says. And why not? The ‘Mercurial’ superstar of Bollywood is riding high on a slew of box office hits.

Talking about the show, Salman says, “Last year, I could only shoot for five episodes because of date issues. But this time, I made sure that I kept my dates open. The show has got good response in the last two years. Now, we will await the response to this season and the next. If they like me, I will stay. But if they don’t like me, I’ll be shown the door. I will also be gone like the earlier hosts.”

But this without-a-care-in-the-world attitude shouldn’t be mistaken for indifference towards what transpires inside the house. Because, the actor is known to reprimand housemates who misbehave. He says, “I couldn’t watch the last season with my family and friends. The participants used to blow small issues out of proportion for publicity. They thought the usage of foul language, and being rude and obnoxious would help them win the show. The worst part was, it was not their real personality. I feel awkward about being part of some cheekhna-chillaana. I was left with no choice, but to intervene. I hope I don’t have to intervene in anyone’s fight this year, because, I don’t like More >

I can play all the three Khans together-Salman Khan


Sonali Joshi Pitale (MID-DAY; Septmeber 18, 2012)


It’s ‘my way or the highway’ for Salman Khan when it comes to discussing his rivals in the industry. All set to play host of ‘Bigg Boss’ season 6 on Colors, Salman plays Smart Alec with journos.

On Karan Johar’s recent statement that making a film with the three Khans (Salman, Aamir and SRK) will land him in hospital: I am very happy that you met Karan before meeting me. First you have to tell me, which three Khans are you speaking about? Bolne mein kya jaata hai! Anyway, I can play all the three Khans together.


About his rumoured double role in the sequel of Dabangg: It may happen, it may not happen. You are confusing me!

Then again warming up to the theme of working with the other two Khans: I will don Shah Rukh’s RA.One look, my Dabangg look and Aamir’s Ghajini look.

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