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In a new avatar

Salman Khan criticises heroines for exposure, but doesn't mind doing it himself, as he is `not a woman'

HIS SENSE of humour is intact, so is his encouraging attitude, he hasn't lost any of his rudeness either.

He would motivate a fumbling anchor to repeat her performance, "Arre, arre koi baat nahin, it happens to me all the time, carry on... ", and he would compare his two films Tere Naam and Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa as "In Tere Naam, I run after Bhumika and in the other film, she runs after me!"

He bluntly refuses to talk to an anchor when she asks him questions based on an article generated from "irresponsible journalism" and money swindling. "Agar aap mujh se aise sawal karoge to main aapse baat nahin karoonga," and he turns his back, literally!

Shifting gears

After Chori Chori Chupke Chupke and now Tere Naam, Phir Milenge and Dil Ne... , the flavour of his recent films has changed. These are sensitive and issue-based, with him in almost a new avatar. Is he shifting gears?

"Not consciously," he insists. Understanding of a good script in me was always there because of my genes. But recently the audience has become more script-conscious than the actors. Now they are rejecting run-of-the-mill kind of scripts and thus making us shift gears too! I accepted Phir Milenge because I wanted to spread awareness about HIV and the emotional conflicts of the infected person. And Chori Chori had a sensitive subject but Dil Ne... has a much nicer feel because it has a closer unit and there is nothing gorgeous about the film," he says.

He plays a married man, Rishabh, in an emotional conflict with the two women, Bhumika and Preity Zinta, in his life. "Girls would like to have such a sensitive husband."

"Today, boys try to become a Bruce Lee or Amitabh Bachchan after watching their action films. So some sensitive, issue-based films must be made from time to time." This time, he actually shifts gears. He speaks about piracy, common man's money, vulgarity in remix albums and heroines exposing for instant stardom!

Money matters

"You will not go to multiplexes to watch a film like Phir Milenge which gives out a message. If it comes on TV, you will see it. But what do you do to watch a vast canvas film at multiplexes where ticket costs you Rs.150. Children will also insist on having a pack of popcorn, which will cost you a further Rs. 75. Itna paisa kahan se kamaoge? Thodi koshish aur karo, aur mehnat karo." What he aims to say is that everything comes to him who works hard. "I also lose my sleep and precious time I can spend with the family," he asserts.

He insists that he does not watch "those vulgar remix albums" with his family. "Why do women expose themselves? Glamour does not mean sex or exposing. Look at Madhubala, Hema Malini: they looked glamorous without exposure. It is just a lame excuse for instant stardom. They will come and fade away," he adds.

So why does he go about bare-chested? "Because I look fit! And I am not a woman!"


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