Salman Khan: “No one can take stardom for granted”


After the failure of ‘Tubelight’ (2017), Salman Khan acknowledged that his mere presence in a movie does not guarantee success.

In an interview Khan said, “It has been proven that no one can take stardom for granted. The casting of a star doesn’t mean the film will run. [The failure of] my last release proved that. So, there is a pressure [to perform] at all times.”

Several months after ‘Tubelight’ was released, Khan appears to have deciphered the reason behind its lack of success. Having established himself as an action hero, his fans, Khan says, hate to see him teary-eyed, reports Mid Day.

“Whenever my fans watch my movie, they want to have a great time. With Tubelight, they were shocked. They were crying, hurt and disturbed, as they couldn’t digest the fact that someone was beating their Bhai, and that I was crying. So, even though they watched it in theatres, they didn’t go back again. The film lacked the repeat value that Sultan (2016) or Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) had.” That the Eid release also hit screens during the festive period was another dampner. “It’s a beautiful project, but it should not have released on a festival. I had warned people to not expect dhamaal and masti.”

His attention now shifts to his upcoming release, ‘Tiger Zinda Hai.’ He promises that the film has enough “soul” to appeal to masses. “We already established the characters in our last film, so, taking them to the next level was not a problem. But, finding the right plot was. The film needs to have a soul, and that’s what this one has.”

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