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September 1, 2011

Salman Khan’s Surgery in US Successful

Surgery on Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the US for a painful nerve condition has been “successful” and he is advised a complete rest for the next fifteen days, sources close to the actor said today.

Salman who is suffering from Trigeminal Neuralgia, a nerve disorder that causes intense pain in the face, had left for the US on August 29.

“The surgery was done last night and lasted for five hours. It will take at least fifteen days for the actor to resume work and he is advised complete rest till then. Fresh tests will be conducted further to check the progress of recovery. The actor will then go to South Africa to shoot for Ek Tha Tiger,” sources close to the actor told.

The Dabangg actor has been suffering from the pain in his jaw since 2007 while shooting for ‘Partner’. It got worse last year following which he decided to undergo a surgery.


September 1, 2011

Salman’s Bodyguard First Day Collections 20 Cr

Actor Salman Khan has scored a hat-trick at the box-office with his latest release, Bodyguard, which net Rs 20 crore on the first day of its release. His two other recent films, Dabanng and Ready, raked in the moolah

While Dabanng collected Rs 14 crore on the first day, Ready garnered Rs 12.5 crore. Till then, these Khan capers hit the silver screen, actor Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots had been the highest first-day grosser with Rs 13 crore.

The massive opening for Bodyguard, which also stars Khan along with Kareena Kapoor, could not have come at a better juncture for Salman Khan, who is battling ill-health. He is in the United States for two surgeries to tackle his neurological problems-trigeminal neuralgia and a form of brain aneurysm. The neuralgia results in painful spasms across the actor’s jaw.
He is scheduled to undergo the procedures within a couple of days. Regarding Bodyguard’s opening, Fun Cinemas’ head of operations Vishal Anand, said, “This has to be the highest-ever opening in Bollywood, beating Dabbang by nearly 15% or so.

” He feels Bodyguard should be able to net Rs 70 crore because of the present five-day weekend due to the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. “It is on the verge of making a record in Bollywood,” he said. Bodyguard could have gained from the fact that there was “30-day lull at the box office”. However, the impending release of Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Mausam may change things.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh said, “Salman has become a phenomenon if one goes by the first day collection alone.” He credits the first-day rush to the “Salman phenomenon”. He said, “I feel after Salman has started doing charity he has found a special connect with the audience and they make his films work.”

However, many other industry watchers have panned the film. “In terms of content, ‘Bodyguard’ is an average film as compared to Dabanng and Ready.

One will have to wait and watch to see how it fares beyond the first day,” said a film analyst. Adarsh feels otherwise: “Salman and Eid are a lethal combination. I think this film will break the first weekend record as well.”


August 30, 2011

Bodyguard – Movie Review Wanted and Dabangg, Salman Khan is back with yet another release this Eid festive season. His latest movie Bodyguard is his usual masala entertainer film, but director Siddique seems to have grown beyond Salman’s limits. The film is sure to rock the family audience with its simple and captivating story.

Bodyguard is remake of Malayalam movie with the same name, which is a romantic-action film. Salman Khan’s rocking performance is the main attraction of the movie. Rajat Rawail’s comedy timings, Himesh Reshammiya and Pritam’s music, Sejal Shah’s cinematography, Vijayan’s action sequences and beautiful costumes and act direction are the other highlights of the film.

he movie Bodyguard has simple and engaging story that is relatable. Nothing much happens in the first half of the film and it runs with a routine Bollywood masala. But the movie turns serious with a twist at the end of the first half. Siddique has shown the best part of the film in the second half. The film has an unexpected twist in the pre-climax, which is completely shocking.

Lovely Singh [Salman Khan] is very punctual and perfect guy in his duties. He is becomes a bodyguard for Divya [Kareena Kapoor], who is the daughter of a business tycoon named Sartaj Rana [Raj Babbar]. He follows her to her college campus, but soon he becomes a menace for her with his over-protective nature. In bid to avoid him, Divya makes up a fake lover, who falls in love with ‘private number’. Who is that girl? Is she really in love with him? Will he gets his true love in her? All these questions are answered in the climax.

With Bodyguard, Salman Khan has returned to a genre he started out with love story. He emotes well in sentimental sequences and he surely rocks the viewers in action, music and comedy sequences. Kareena Kapoor has a tailor-made role and she has really used it to show her acting skills. Rajat Rawail provides perfect comedy timings. Aditya Pancholi, Raj Babbar, Mahesh Manjrekar, Hazel Keech, Asrani and Vidya Sinha have delivered their best to suit their respective roles.

Himesh Reshammiya and Pritam’s soundtracks are major highlights in the technical front and they fit well with the genre. The title track and ‘Teri Meri…’ are sure to rock the audience. Sandeep Shirodkar’s background score is also good. Sejal Shah’s camera work is the other attraction in the technical stuff. Vijayan’s stunts are stylish and Sanjay Sankla’s editing is also commendable.

Overall, Bodyguard is a good masala entertainer and it can be a perfect time-passer for this Eid and Ganesh festive seasons. Salman’s fans should not miss to watch this movie.

Producer: Atul Agnihotri, Alvira Agnihotri, Reliance Entertainment


Cast: Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Raj Babbar, Hazel Keech, Mahesh Manjrekar, Asrani and Vidya Sinha

Music: Himesh Reshammiya, Pritam and Sandeep Shirodkar


August 20, 2011

Sallu says he is Katrina’s bodyguard!

Mumbai: Recently Salman and ex- girlfriend Katrina Kaif came together for an item number for Bodyguard’s title track. Apparently Kat did not charge any fee for it either.

With this item number the two will be seen together for the first time after their break–up. The last time they worked together was in ‘Yuvraaj’ back in the year 2008.

Their coming together after break-up has obviously built up a lot of hype around Sallu’s forthcoming film but Salman thinks there is nothing to react, he told a daily.

“What’s there to react? Katrina and I are also doing Ek Tha Tiger together. Likhne waale likhenge jo unka man karega (those who have to write will write whatever they want); they have time to write such things. Why should I waste my energy on it? We would rather work harder on our films.”

A few days back, a tabloid had quoted Katrina as saying thus: ‘I can’t deny my equation with him (Salman) has changed.’

To that Salman retorted, “What equation? I really don’t know what she said. As far as I am concerned, our equation is absolutely the same as earlier.”

The two are also working together for Kabir Khan’s ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ and they seem to be getting along absolutely fine and enjoying it.

Kat recently stated to a daily that she’s comfortable working with him.

“Yes, she is very comfortable with me and my entire family. In fact, she is a part of the family. We have known her for the longest time now,” said Salman.

He also added, “Like in the movie, I play Kareena’s character’s bodyguard, like that I am Katrina’s bodyguard.”

Well, we are amazed at their friendship and we can’t wait to see them in ‘Bodyguard’ now!


August 19, 2011

I don’t have to impress a woman

As a person, have you changed since the day you started out in Bollywood?

I have not changed a bit. I have seen more life. So there might be things that I agreed with earlier and do not agree to now. If you are saying fame or power could change somebody, I don’t believe that. I think that money, fame and power make you the person you are.  Before that the person is a jhuka hua aadmi. He is a humble man.

Did you never feel like attempting serious cinema?

If you look at my characters Radhe in Tere Naam and Inspector Arjun Ranavat in Garv: Pride and Honour, you’ll realise that I have done serious cinema. But why would I want to do a French film when I am doing Hindi films? People go to a theatre to watch a film because they want to have fun. Why would I want to give them a rona-dhona film? For me movies are real life enlarged and enhanced. I can do stuff in movies which I can’t do in real life. It’s like taking real life to a different level.

Considering you’ve had several romantic relationships, what according to you is the one thing that women want from a man?

A woman would want her man to be charming, lovable, and sweet. She would want flowers, chocolates and candlelit dinners.

But a lot of women today prefer to be practical and may not want their man to present them with all those things…

Oh do you know any woman like that? No…it’s not true. It’s all in theory. In reality they love to have all of the above.

If you have to impress a woman, how would you go about it?

I don’t have to impress a woman. If you try to impress a woman you are being the man you are not. It is bound to turn around and whack you in the face. Be yourself. Don’t do things that you will not be able to do in your relationship after a point of time.

Moving on… Salman’s body has always been drooled over. How do you maintain it? Do you avoid any kind of food?

I exercise a little more than I eat. And I eat a lot. I don’t avoid oil or fried food. I eat everything except pork and beef.

Are friendships in the film industry fickle?

It depends on the kind of bond you have formed with a person. If it’s not work related, it generally lasts long. If it’s work related, it can go either way. Mohnish Behl, Sanjay Dutt, Aamir Khan, Sajid Nadidwala…all are good friends. Shah Rukh Khan used to be friend.

Was that friendship (SRK) work related?

I have no idea buddy…you ask him that question.

Are relationships fickle too?

No, relationships are not fickle. If that thing is meant to be, that person will be there. If its not meant to be, it won’t.

How do you rate yourself as a lover, actor and friend?

(Looks puzzled) How can I rate myself?  You ask this question to my lovers, audience and friends.

Your new movie Bodyguard is going to release soon. Your bodyguard Shera has been with you for more than 15 years. How much of the film is inspired by Shera. What kind of an equation do you share with him?

(Salman chooses not to answer the question. Instead he shouts out for Shera, cursing him). Sheraa…Sheraaa.. joota phenk ke maarunga tujhe. (Then he turns slowly with a telling look about him. He is waiting to see if we have understood the ‘equation’. Yes, we have. Very well, in fact). The most important thing about a bodyguard is trust. I have spent more time with him than with my family. He knows how I am. I trust him. Shera calls me ‘maalik’. So I have taken that from him for the film. I call my boss ‘maalik’ in the film.

Has he (Shera) ever got you in a spot?

Lots of times. Once at an event, there was a huge crowd. Shera was trying to get me through. A cop, who was wearing civil clothes and was there along with his family, got pushed. And then it became an ego issue. The cop created a big ruckus. Nobody got seriously hurt and I didn’t blame Shera for it because he was just doing his job.


August 10, 2011

Salman Khan Week: The Dabangg star the masses love

New Delhi: The baseball cap is gone, so is the pout. Bollywood’s petulant Prem has grown into a role few actors would feel comfortable attempting. As he leaves the many controversies behind him, actor Salman Khan is finally fitting into an image carefully cultivated by his publicists who

have launched a charm offensive to market the middle-aged star to the masses.

We at IBNLive are dedicating this week to Salman Khan. Here’s why.

While most actors his age are heading towards the city multiplexes to tap an urban audience, post the success of Dabangg, Salman has redefined his image as a star with pan-Indian appeal. Khan delivered last year’s biggest hit, Dabangg, and his action comedy Ready was a global blockbuster as well.

Khan, whose film Maine Pyar Kiya achieved cult status and established him as a romantic hero, is secure in the knowledge that his bad cop romp Dabangg has helped him master a genre no other actor would feel comfortable attempting.

Bollywood’s favourite “bad boy” has found a larger-than-life, goofy pop corn hero that is a hit with the masses.

Khan, who repeatedly appeared as the dreamy-eyed ‘Prem’ in many of his films in younger days, answers to Chulbul Pandey now, a tough cop who would rather bully a girl into submission than pine for her affection. He has taken the exaggerated comic style that actor Govinda complimented in his hit film Partner a notch higher to market it among the rural masses.

And the overall effect is not just acceptance from a large section of India’s mega-movie-loving audiences but also spontaneous affection for an actor who knows how to endear himself to those yearning for good old comic action flicks.

No other actor has the kind of following that Khan has on social networking sites. While Aamir Khan is generally seen as an intense actor with penchant for socially relevant cinema, Shah Rukh a master of the romantic drama, Salman Khan is the one star who has nailed the big-budget comedy – hugely popular with the masses.

To the masses he is ‘Sallu Bhai’ who gyrates to his item numbers and cracks fart jokes. His Being Human charity T-shirts are spotted everywhere; stars wear them and they are promoted at film previews. Khan is keen to be seen as a regular guy who regularly gives to the needy.

The occasional fights with co-actors and the moody spats at celebrity birthday parties not withstanding, Khan has emerged as Bollywood’s most bankable star and the only one who can pull a hit off a bad script.

His pocket move during dance steps in the film Ready is a reflection of the image he wants to create. The Dabangg moves have been copied and spoofed by his contemporaries and sometimes rivals at awards shows. People have lapped up his quirky dialogue in both Ready, a film panned by critics, and Dabangg, that recently won the National Award for wholesome entertainment.

Neither SRK, whose super hero flick Ra.One is in production, nor Aamir Khan who is preparing for the villain’s role in Dhoom 3 can pull off a ridiculously goofy, psychedelic sunglasses the way Salman Khan can.

Ready, directed by Anees Bazmee, is indicative of the kind of film that Khan has come to be associated with – everything is black and white, the hero is a paragon of virtue, the heroine is coy, their love is pure, there are raunchy dialogues, catchy songs and the bad guys are dead in the end. The critics may be dismissive, but the masses love it.

Khan recently said in an interview to Reuters: “I missed seeing heroes on stage. Suddenly, we’ve (Bollywood) got into rom-coms and love stories and niche films. We started missing heroes.”

The formula seems to be working — both Dabangg and Ready are blockbusters, as was Khan’s 2009 release Wanted. Even though he delivered three turkeys in between, no one seems to notice.

Before Wanted, Khan’s fortunes weren’t shining brightly — most of his films, including Subhash Ghai’s Yuvvraaj and God Tussi Great Ho tanked at the box-office.

Critics of the actor said he wasn’t making the right choices, doing films for the wrong reasons. Khan admits they were right but says he couldn’t do much about that phase of his life.

Like any rock star, Khan’s public appearances are thronged by screaming fans and the actor is not worried that he is losing out on meaningful cinema, because ultimately it is the masses that he has to cater to.


August 8, 2011

Salman Khan set to create history Khan is set to change the perception of history being dull and boring.

He sports an attitude that is symbolic of what the all-new HISTORY channel represents. He is complemented by an exciting, new wardrobe, styled by his sister Alvira Agnihotri and Ashley Rebello.

The channel has signed him on, as his popularity cuts across all ages and gender.
The channel, coming soon to India in partnership with TV18, is the original
HISTORY channel from US and the number one factual entertainment channel there.
The content promises to be gripping and racy – a far cry from the boring history narrative programs this far.

Research has shown that viewers have started watching factual entertainment channels the world over even more. They offer a different style of programming, enhanced visual experience that’s set in an outdoor setting.

This trend is likely to catch up in India as people are looking beyond soaps, serials and existing reality TV for entertainment.

Ask Salman about his association with the channel and he says, “I simply love their unexpected take and content. It’s nothing like I expected history to be. You too will be totally taken aback. Just be patient and soon all will be revealed.”

Ajay Chacko, President of Network18-AETN, adds, “History has always been associated with the past, but with our channel, we hope to change that perception. It’s contemporary, it’s also about action and adventure. It is about people making history every day. We’re thrilled to partner with Salman for the venture.”

August 6, 2011

Ajay Devgn, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan: The Billion-Dollar club Khan, Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn are the only Bollywood actors in the exclusive billion-dollar club.

Their films 3 Idiots, Ghajini, Ready, Dabangg and Golmaal 3 are the only ones to have done business of over Rs 100 crore in the domestic market. In fact, Aamir’s 3 Idiots is the highest Bollywood earner of all time. Salman’s Dabangg and Ready are in the number 2 and 3 slot respectively. Ajay is next with Golmaal 3, and his Singham continues to roar, showing signs of setting second and third week records.
Another trade analyst Vajir Singh says, “Going by the extraordinary opening at single screens and a good opening at multiplexes, Singham will cross the 100-crore mark soon.”

Says Devgn, “It feels great to have two films on the list of the biggest earners in Hindi cinema…that too through Golmaal 3 and Singham! It’s unreal – much more than what we had hoped for. The flipside is that with great success comes a lot of pressure about your next film. Also, the success quotient changes every Friday. Today, it is my day; tomorrow it will be somebody else’s. After 20 years of success and failure, it doesn’t change or excite me much. Now I just try and make the audience happy. I am sure Salman and Aamir feel the same way.”

Aamir, who has two superhit films (Ghajini and 3 Idiots), adds, “While I am very happy with the monetary success of both films, I have to confess that merely monetary success does not excite me. I think that films like Taare Zameen Par, Lagaan, Rang De Basanti, Dhobi Ghat, etc., enrich our emotions, and have the ability to create a very positive, inspirational, happy and moving impact on us. What excites me is to be part of this life-changing experience for people and society. I thank my directors and writers for that.”
Dabangg producer Arbaaz Khan says, “Salman enjoyed doing the films and the right music, action, characters and script worked for the films. But the business module is changing today along with a growing number of prints, theatres and multiplexes. What is a benchmark today will change with the economics of the business.”


July 23, 2011

Relief for Salman Khan: Black buck case deferred

Jodhpur: The Rajasthan High Court on Friday deferred till August 8 the black buck case hearing involving Bollywood actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Tabu after defence lawyers sought time.

Counsel RL Jhangid and Mahipal Bishnoyi appeared before the court of Justice RS Chauhan from government’s side. Advocate Hastimal Saraswat represented Salman Khan and other actors.

Superstar Salman Khan alongwith other co-stars had allegedly hunted two black bucks on September 27, 1998 while shooting for the movie titled “Hum Saath Saath Hain”.

On 17 February, 2006, the court of the chief judicial magistrate sentenced Salman Khan to one-year imprisonment. Salman appealed against the verdict in the Sessions Court. The state government had filed an appeal in the High Court stating the sentence was inadequate.


July 23, 2011

No comparisons with Rajnikant please: Salman Khan

Salman Khan

Given Salman Khan’s mass appeal, his co-star of Bodyguard Kareena Kapoor and many others in B-Town believe that Salman is the only phenomenon in Bollywood who matches the charisma of Rajnikant whose mass appeal surpasses all logic.

“He’s a natural born actor. Whatever he does becomes a craze. To me, he’s the Rajnikant of Bollywood,” said Kareena recently. And many others echo these sentiments. But our brawny superstar doesn’t want any comparisons with Rajnikant perhaps because of the fear of getting slotted. “Main jahan hoon wahan theek hoon. Unki apni jagah hai aur meri apni,” (Rajnikant has his own place and I have mine.

I am happy in my space) said Salman at the trailor launch of his upcoming Bodyguard. And he didn’t sound modest this time. Is it because drawing comparisons with the Southern super star may not do much for him since his success rate currently is very high. Then in a recently conducted contest on style quotient, reports are that it was the cool dude Salman Khan who won hands down with an astounding vote of 76percent, whereas Shahrukh Khan who had been voted second managed to get 16 percent of the votes. But, surprisingly, Rajnikant, just about got 10 percent of the votes. Guess Salman has now learnt to be shrewd.