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'My fans can't see me crying on screen'

By Sonil Dedhia
July 19, 2015 11:41 IST
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Salman Khan'Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a positive film. I want the heads of both countries to watch the film. India and Pakistan are dealing with the problem shown in the film and after watching the film, their hearts might melt. Till the time I don’t get a response from them, I will keep tweeting about it.'

Salman Khan discusses his superhit film.

Salman Khan is very, very happy.

His first production Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a superhit, clocking the highest opening day collection this year as well as with critical and audience appreciation.

And as Khan says, audience appreciation means more to him than a film's commercial success.

"This Eid, I need appreciation," Khan says. "Now, that the film has released, we hope people like the film and appreciate the work of every actor and every person involved with the film."

"It is not okay if the film does well commercially and doesn't get appreciation. I would prefer if the appreciation is more even if the film doesn't do well," he adds.

The 49-year-old actor said that he has been receiving amazing feedback for the film. But the best response has come from his fans.

"My fans were crying when I cried in the film. But that happens in real life as well -- if you see a genuine person crying, you also cry," he says.

Many Salman loyalists feel that Bajrangi Bhaijaan is not the typical Salman Khan action flick.

At the same time, there were others who were missed watching Salman in an emotional role. "My fans said we can't see Salman crying on screen but it depends from film to film. In the past, I did a film called Baghbaan. At the same time, I did an action film (Tere Naam). So it is about the characters that audience like," he explains.

The actor wants to try out different characters to entertain audiences. "I don’t want to repeat myself. I did Dabangg, which was an action film where one could see villains flying all over the place. Today, people hate that genre. The bigger the hits, the faster you get bored to see that kind of cinema. I always thought Hum Saath Saath Hain was a much better film than Hum Aapke Hai Koun...! but the latter ran (in theatres) for three years so people felt it was better."

Salman had earlier thanked Pakistan’s Censor Board for allowing Bajrangi Bhaijaan to release in Pakistan.

He had urged Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif to watch the film.

Talking about it, Salman says, "It's a positive film. I want the heads of both countries to watch the film. India and Pakistan are dealing with the problem shown in the film and after watching the film, their hearts might melt. Till the time I don’t get a response from them, I will keep tweeting about it."

Salman also wants the Indian government to make the film tax free. "We want the government to earn money from this film but they should put that money for the betterment of the society, so that there is progress. If that doesn't happen, the film has to be made tax free," Salman explains.

This is the second time Salman has teamed up with director Kabir Khan after Ek Tha Tiger. "Kabir brings out the best in me," Salman compliments the director.

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Sonil Dedhia / Rediff.com in Mumbai
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