MUMBAI—New Bombay Gym Group, a group of Indore-based fitness freaks very much like their idol, started watching Salman Khan movies first day-first show ever since 2003 when their favorite star featured in “Tere Naam.”
Yuvraj Mandloi, one of the founder members of the group, stated that the group, under the banner of Being Human, Salman Khan’s initiative for charity, help out people on their idol’s birthday. This year, the group distributed stationery and eatables among the kids of four government schools in Indore. For years, the group used to donate woolens and eatables to footpath dwellers. “We are planning to engage in social work on dates other than Dec. 27,” Mandloi added.
On being asked whether he managed to have an audience with the star, Mandloi said that he had met Khan once during the promotion of his movie, but could not speak a word in front of him as he was too awestruck at the moment!
The group, having members from Dhar, Ratlam, and Dewas apart from Indore, has swelled to 408 when they collectively watched “Tiger Zinda Hai” last Friday. “The Carnival theatre, where we watch movies, has a capacity of 465, so we might have to look for alternatives after our group crosses the mark,” says Mandloi with a grin.
Nilesh Tandon, another founding member of the group and the owner of the gym where the idea of the group was mooted, said that they would definitely like Khan to learn about their fan group. The group laments that the star has not visited his hometown in the last few years.
For Abdul Rasheed, Salim Salman Khan was born in Indore Dec. 27, 1965, and spent his early childhood in the Palasia area of the city before he was admitted to Scindia School, Gwalior and later shifted base to Mumbai. Some of his family members still live in Khan House, the family residence.