Saturday, September 18, 2021

I don’t cater to intellectuals: Salman Khan on making family films with ‘simplicity’

Salman Khan

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is all heart when it comes to his massive fan following that has only grown since his debut as a leading man in the 1989’s hit musical romance “Maine Pyar Kiya”.
The actor, whose popularity cuts across all walks of life, is synonymous with honoring his “commitment” of releasing at least one film on the festival of Eid every year.

This time, as the country grapples with the deadly second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, he is sticking to his promise and bringing “Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai” right into the comfort of the audience’s homes.
“The people who have watched ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’, they loved me, and they kept on loving me, and they kept on loving their husbands and their children, and their children kept on loving me.”
“From that one fan became a family and then another unit. I’m lucky and grateful that fans have been very loyal. So, from grandparents to parents to grandchildren, I have that (following),” Salman Khan said in response to PTI’s question during a Zoom roundtable interview on Monday night from Mumbai.
Slated to start streaming on multiple platforms, including OTT and DTH services, on May 13, “Radhe” features the actor as an encounter specialist tackling drug menace in Mumbai.
The upcoming film, which reunites Salman Khan with his “Wanted” director Prabhudheva, is in the same vein as the 2009 actioner which was a major hit.
“‘Wanted’ didn’t change anything, the film that changed everything for me was ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’. ‘Wanted’ was a hit film, an action film. Before that also there were enough of such films. What has changed is the population of the country. Even in my movies, I make sure there is everything for everyone,” he added.
While his larger-than-life films, best enjoyed at the slowly disappearing single-screen theatres, are apt to be described as ‘the Salman Khan genre’, Salman Khan – the actor has some acclaimed performances to his credit in critically successful films like “Khamoshi: The Musical”, “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam”, “Phir Milenge” and “Bajirangi Bhaijaan”.
The star, however, believes in retaining the “simplicity” in his films and cater to the family audience rather than trying too hard to impress the “intellectuals”.
“We never know what will work, what won’t. We keep it to the simple stuff. Good versus bad, fun, humour. Maybe the intellectuals would not appreciate that but I’m no intellectual and I don’t cater to intellectuals. If they can’t understand simplicity, they are not intellectuals to me,” he said. (PTI)