|Salman Khan takes you by surprise when you ask him whether he plans to tie the knot soon.
“Marriage? I don’t know. Did you know when you would get married?” is his spontaneous reaction.
After a pause he adds, “Are you married? No? Then get married, what are you doing?”
Finally, he gets down to answering the question: “There are various reasons and ways one would get married. It could be for love, it could be arranged, or then it could be for children. I know the reason why I would get married, or why I wouldn’t get married. You choose one appropriate reason and get married.”
Ask him about the changes he has got into his style of acting, particularly in the different genres of films, and Salman retorts, “What change in acting style? I’ve been the same since I was born. Acting is no rocket science; you don’t need to be an Einstein to act. It has to come from the heart.”
There are umpteen numbers of stories that keep circulating in the film industry about Salman’s loyalty towards his family and friends. Yet today he wouldn’t like to add any new name to this list.
“It takes a lot of time to build a relationship. I have not made any new friend in a long time now. I only have acquaintances and I don’t need anyone either as I have my brothers, Sohail and Arbaaz, my sisters, Alvira and Arpita, my parents, Helen aunty, David Dhawan, Sajid Nadiadwala. We are okay,” he smiles.
Diplomacy is something that Salman has never handled well. He recently showed his disapproval for John “politically correct” Abraham. “He keeps calling me his senior as if I were some kind of dinosaur. We don’t talk to each other, beyond a ‘hello’ when we meet,” says Salman.
Despite being one of the top-notch stars for several years, Salman has not done many endorsements as compared to his contemporaries. Why?
“ Arre, milte nahin hain endorsements, karna kaun nahin chahta? (I don’t get endorsements...who would not want to do them)? The companies don’t want to touch me, maybe because there are cases against me. I guess they are right in doing so. But I endorse what I like to endorse, I don’t do it just for money,” he says.
At any point of his career has any actress or filmmaker refused to work with him?
“First of all, I won’t give anyone a chance to do so. I have several other options in life. I know how to cook, I know farming, I can paint, I’m a sharp person, I can also write. There is so much I can do, so don’t worry about me.”
There is only Salman Khan who has constantly battled Shah Rukh Khan at the box-office. And even though they share a cordial relationship, Salman made a dig at SRK for over publicising his film Don to the extent where people didn’t even know that a film called Jaaneman was also releasing along with it.
“After all, Shah Rukh Khan had a release with me and it can’t happen that a Salman Khan film does well and Shah Rukh’s film flops. Iss baar hum thoda fail ho Gaye, but I love SRK,” he smiles.