Published On: Thu, Jun 13th, 2019

I get scared when critics praise my work: Salman Khan

Mumbai: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, whose “Bharat” has minted over Rs 150 crore at the Indian box office, says he gets scared when film critics praise his work as most of the time he gets validation of his work only from his fans who contribute to his movies’ collections.

My father is the greatest critic of my work

In an interaction with the media here, Salman said: “I get scared when critics praise my work because usually their thinking does not match with mine or that of my audience. So I wonder why are they giving stars to my film and writing good things about my work?”

“Having said that, in recent times, the kind of films that I have done, I did those because I loved those stories. Also when I do a film, I have a few parameters… I want people to come to the theatre, forget their worries and when they leave the theatre, become happy, with a sense of heroism, or become a better human being… at least (have) the thought of (being) a better human being.”

“Even if I want to give a message through a film, it should come between the lines, and not like a preachy long lecture…then that is going to be so boring. There’s no fun and entertainment there,” added the actor, who had earlier received praise from critics for his performance in films like “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” and “Sultan”.

Who is his biggest critic?

“My father is the greatest critic of my work. So he said, ‘Ab bhul jao, so jao… picture bahut badi hit hai (Now forget about it, go to sleep… the film is a hit)’ but that is it, he will not come and praise my performance in front of me. I never get a chance to hear any compliment from him. Very rarely, he says, ‘Achha kaam kia (you’ve done well)’. Nothing more than that,” shared the son of iconic screenplay writer Salim Khan, who co-wrote several successful films including “Sholay” and “Deewar” with Javed Akhtar.

After experiencing highs and lows in a career spanning over 25 years, Salman says scoring success continues to be of importance to him.

“The success of every film is very important for me, really. ‘Bharat’ is one film that we have given our life for…it happens with all my other films too. I believed in the film… I am really happy right now that fans are liking the film and I really appreciate that. Actually, they liked everyone’s performance in the film…it’s great.”

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