BOLLYWOOD: Actor Salman Khan has insisted that he leads a very boring life but the media makes it an interesting one.
Speaking at the HT Leadership Summit, the ‘Dabangg’ star said, “I’ve led the most boring life, your fraternity (media) has made it interesting. If I would’ve done half the things you write about, it would’ve been interesting.”
Salman Khan answered some questions while dodging a few. Turning up with a sore throat, he said reel life dialogues often haunt actors in real life. “In Wanted, I had a dialogue, Ek baar jo commitment kardi, phir mai apne aap ki bhi nahin sunta. Therefore, I had to turn up in this condition.”
Salman went on to talk about the struggles of being a “fan-favorite” star. “Nothing actually worries me, whenever a star says anything, good or bad, it creates employment for many people,” he said.
However, the actor added that when his statements are taken out of context, his parents get worried and even sometimes believe the reports. “Whenever there is something wrong happening outside the house, their first guess is upon me.”
Salman, who is going to turn 52 on December 27, talked about his age and enthusiasm on sets. “Mentally, I’m still growing. Chronologically, I’m 52. Undoubtedly I feel a lot better at this age and stage,” he said.
Talking about public opinion and his image as an actor, the ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ star said, “I’ve seen all times from phones to cameras to the magazine that used to come once a week. Now, things get viral in six minutes.”
He elaborated, “Things gets weird when I have a verdict coming. A day before, if I have a film promotion, I’m dancing and smiling on stage. Now, that performance is seen by prosecutors and they think that I’m putting up an act when I am in court too. But when I am in court, I am genuinely scared. But it’s hard for people to get the job that we actors do.”
Salman said his job as an actor is to make people smile, entertain them despite having to face court the next day. “It’s my living,” he said.
Commenting upon the prevalence of sexual abuse in Hindi film fraternity and the focus on such cases after the Harvey Weinstein episode, Salman said, ” It is disgusting practice to use somebody, to take advantage of any person in return of getting them work. I’ve never heard anybody say it out loud but if I do then I will take them to the cleaners. “
When asked about his popularity as the host of the reality show ‘Big Boss’, he said it is like you are being a social peeping Tom and people really enjoy it. Salman said the best part of ‘Big Boss’ is that none of it is scripted.
“The show shows you where the people of this nation are actually heading. You get contestants from all walks of life and more or less they all start behaving in the same pattern. Those fools don’t realise that with the cheap gimmick they might sustain another week, but their career outside goes for a toss. On the other hand, if you sustain the house gracefully, there is an immense opportunity for you outside.” he added.
According to Salman, he gets to learn a lot from the people inside the house and the show definitely balances his blood pressure.
Previously, Salman has shown his support to Sanjay Leela Bhansali during the ongoing Padmavati row. Repeating his stance at the summit, he said, ” The Supreme Court and CBFC should take the decision and once SC says something, everyone should respect it. I’ve been respecting it for the past 25 years.”