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Updated: October 26, 2009 20:37 IST

Salman sells dreams in Delhi

Madhur Tankha
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Salman Khan. Photo: R. V. Moorthy
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Salman Khan. Photo: R. V. Moorthy

Bollywood star Salman Khan on Monday promoted his upcoming musical film London Dreams in his own special way by personally selling tickets from a counter at Delite theatre on Asaf Ali Road here.

Getting out of his swanky white car, the star, dressed in an immaculate white shirt and a tattered blue jeans, was in jovial spirits as he took charge of the ticket counter. Besides selling tickets, the actor freely shook hands, smiled and even obliged autograph hunters.

With a large unruly crowd waiting outside the cinema hall for close to three hours, the police had a tough time preventing some of the over-enthusiastic fans from entering the theatre.

Impressed with the large turnout, Salman agreed to an impromptu press conference for the media contingent. “These days I am promoting all my films. Next time you will see me escorting cinema lovers to their seats inside the theatres. We try our best to generate interest in the movie but ultimately it is left to the individuals to decide which one they want to watch. It is difficult for most people to watch three movies in one month,” he said.

Salman recalled that in his last film with Ajay Devgn he had only a few scenes with him. “While Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was a love triangle, my upcoming film is about friendship where we sacrifice our own ambitions. Both Ajay and I have been shown as buddies. We got along very well during the film’s shooting. There was also a rumour that I had gifted him a three-bedroom house.”

Assessing the performances of his co-stars, Salman said Ajay has come out with a brilliant performance. “Then there is Asin who is sharing the screen with me for the first time. Even Ranvijay Singh has done well for himself.”

Salman, who was accompanied by film-maker Vipul Shah, said his character is unusual and humorous. “London Dreams had to face a lot of hurdles to get completed. The film’s shooting was delayed and then we all had to travel to London to shoot the movie. As the budget kept mounting, we had to take a bank loan. The film’s total expenditure has gone beyond what was envisaged. The film deserves to be a super hit so that we’re able to pay back the loan with interest,” he added.

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