MUMBAI — Superstar Salman Khan says Shah Rukh Khan’s film “Raees” may be clashing with his “Sultan” next Eid, but SRK has nothing to worry about, as he has always had a 100 percent record against the “Dabangg” star.
“I have released two films with Shah Rukh — ‘Jaan-E-Mann’ with ‘Don’ and ‘Saawariya’ with ‘Om Shaanti Om.’ And both times, Shah Rukh’s track record was 100 percent. So he has nothing to worry about. If anyone should worry, then it is me,” Salman said in an interview.
Directed by Rahul Dholakia, “Raees” is an action-thriller, which will see Shah Rukh opposite Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, along with Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Salman will be featured in “Sultan,” whose leading lady is yet to be finalized. The movie will be produced by Aditya Chopra.
Recently, SRK had said that since he and Salman have become friends now, he no longer considers their films releasing on the same day as a clash.
This Eid, Salman is looking forward to the release of “Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” which also stars Kareena Kapoor. The shooting of “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” was a tough time for Salman, as the judgment on his 2002 hit-and-run case was pending.
When asked if he ever feels scared that there is so much money riding on him due to his pending projects, Salman said, “No, it doesn’t... why should it scare me? Does it ever scare you, because that much money is not riding on you?”
The 49-year-old star said “Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” which releases July 17, will bring back the innocence he had onscreen in the 1989 film “Maine Pyar Kiya.”
“‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ will bring back the innocence that I had in ‘Maine Pyar Kiya.’ I am playing a realistic character. It is larger than life — the film is made on a grand scale. It is by far the biggest character that I have played. I have put a lot of hard work in it,” he said.
“Bajrangi Bhaijaan” will reunite Salman with his “Kick” co-star Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
“He (Nawazuddin) is a positive and hardworking man. The good part is that he hasn’t allowed success to get to his head. He likes his work and is not bothered about the result,” the “Bodyguard” protagonist said.
The film also has child actor Harshali Malhotra, whom Salman had a great experience working with.
“She is an amazing actor with impeccable timing. When and if she becomes big as a lead actress, she will give all the other actresses a run for their money. The first thing she told me when I met her was ‘Aap mujhe aap ki tarah ek superstar bana do na please (Make me a superstar like
you please),’” Salman said.
“I thought her mother taught her to say it, but that wasn’t the case. She has set her goals at such a young age. I hope she doesn’t lose her innocence with all the attention she is getting,” he said.