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I don’t read scripts: Salman Khan

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Salman Khan’s Bajrangi  Bhaijaan released during Eid and was a major hit. Now it’s Diwali time and he’s all set with Soorah Barjatya’s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo . It’s after a long gap that Salman will be starring in a Sooraj Barjatya film.

Catch the actor as he talks about the film and how he feels on turning ‘27’ in December. Excerpts:

You live with a close-knit family and director Sooraj Barjatya creates similar families on screen. Was it easy for you to relate with such a family?

Salman Khan : Sooraj and I in the house are amazing. When we deal with the family and the small problems at home, that ghar ka romance,aankhon ki sharam, the respect towards mom and dad – we are very good at that.

You are playing a double role after a long time in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. How different is this film from JUDWAA, your earlier film that saw you in a double role?

Salman Khan :Totally different. JUDWAA was the first lot of characters that came to me after the many Prem characters that I did. So it was very difficult film for me. But now, after doing so many of those, this was a difficult character to come back to. If I really read the script, then this would have been very difficult for me. I don’t read scripts; I listen to the narration from the director or the writer. When I listen, my mind sees the visuals. I ask the director if he’s thinking on the same lines too. I need to be on the same plane as the director when I am listening to the script; I need to visualize it. I need to know the direction in which the director is going. If I read a script, I don’t know where the director wants to go and my mind goes all over the place.

When Sooraj narrated the subject, I knew this was something we wouldn’t have any problems doing because I could see him directing it and myself performing the scenes.

The idea of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo was conceived sometime in 1993 -94. Why did it take so long to start shooting the film?

Salman Khan :Sooraj was not able to crack it. It was too large a film to make it then. The timing was not right. Actually, he had three films. VIVAAH and EK VIVAAH AISA BHI got completed faster.

We have a huge responsibility, after MAINE PYAR KIYA, HUM AAPKE HAIN KOUN..! and HUM SAATH-SAATH HAIN, because if what we do doesn’t work, it would become difficult for the next one. The industry is not supportive – they would say we lost the plot, lost the magic, it’s not working anymore… So we have to be very careful with what we do together.

Did you make any suggestions?

Salman Khan :The script was ready and suggestions happen everywhere. Everything is written but to add a little bit to that is no big deal. Sometimes, we make suggestions on the sets itself.

This is a very funny film. It’s an amazing subject. It’s a beautiful love story where Sonam Kapoor is a princess and has to be very careful. She is okay about being with him but he respects her and cannot cross those boundaries. Then, there are brothers and sisters with whom they have problems. And when you solve a serious problem, you cannot solve it with seriousness. You have to make them laugh; you have to get the whole family together. So Prem has to manage the whole journey.

Is it a challenge not to let your larger-than-life personality overpower your characters like Prem or Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi?

Salman Khan :No, it is still very large (laughs). My BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN character is one of the largest characters I have done.

You are one of the greatest phenomena Indian cinema has seen; you get so much love from colleagues and fans around the globe. Does it ever scare you?

Salman Khan :It scares the hell out of me now (laughs). Especially these last three to four months till December 27, it will be as scary as hell.

Why?

Salman Khan :Because my film is releasing in November and my birthday is on December 27.

Salman Khan :Yes, you’re turning 50. (Interrupts) 27. Very soon, you will be two years older than me.

So how does it feel turning 27?

Salman Khan :27 is the right age. I have always liked that age. I’m not scared of 27. I’ll always be 27 so what’s there to be scared?

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