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Eatery owners celebrate bail for their icon

Love him or hate him, you cannot ignore Salman Khan. Question the statement elsewhere but think twice before doing so at Bhaijaanz, a Salman themed restaurant where “Bhai,” as the actor is affectionately called, is watching you from every angle.

On a day when bail brought relief to Salman, owners of Bhaijaanz decided to pass some of it to their customers’ pockets. They offered a 50 per cent discount on select items, especially the ones said to be the actor’s favourites.

Started in February this year, the owners of this eatery dedicated to Salman Khan, said their admiration for the actor was what inspired them to come up with the offer.

Glued to the television waiting for updates from Bombay High Court is Govind, one of the owners. Surrounding him are walls adorned with Salman pictures capturing him in his different moods and avatars.

Govind tells us business is the last thing on their minds at a time when their icon is facing legal troubles.

“We are not doing it for the footfall. The fact that Salman is not going to jail is a matter to rejoice. The day Sessions Court pronounced him guilty, we kept Bhaijaanz closed. We have an emotional connect with Bhai and that’s that,” he said.

Has Salman or his family members ever visited the restaurant, a ten-minute-drive away from his Bandstand home? “No,” says Govind, who hasn’t given up hope. “We hope that the legal troubles are soon out of the way and he comes here to have a meal in peace,” he says.


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