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My films are critic-proof, says Salman

Written by Shruti Misra

With Tubelight ready for Eid release, Salman Khan sounds unfazed about how critics will judge the film.

The Dabangg Khan, in an interview with Huffpost, says: “I genuinely, honestly don’t care. I believe that they’ve no right to take anybody’s hard work down. The fans will decide that, in any case. The box-office will prove it one way or the other. What have you done to earn the right to rip a film apart? On Day 1 of the release, you write some rubbish crap. It destroys films and a lot of hard work that went behind making it. With me, of course, it doesn’t make any difference. And I think they know it all too well. My films are critic-proof. I am telling them now: go give my film minus 100 stars, why just zero. My fans will anyway watch my film and that’s my reward.”

Regarding his insanely crazy fan following, Salman says: “I don’t know. Maybe they think I’m one of them. Maybe they think I am just a regular dude who’s chill and approachable and has no airs of being a superstar. And I have remained like that right from the start. I lived in Indore in a boarding school until the age of 16. That really grounded me. I hung around on the streets, went to the farms. There’s nothing fancy about my life. I like cycling around the city, I hop into an auto-rickshaw now and then. I don’t drive a big car — I hate big cars. Maybe that, along with the kind of films I do, make them think I’m, I don’t know, accessible in a way?”

Talking about stardom, Salman says: “It is. I just think I am a guy who lucked out. Mostly because of the family I was born in. I am immensely fortunate to have the kind of family and friends and the fans I have. Some people come to me and tell me that their children are yet to talk but if they see a Salman Khan song, they jump, react, laugh. They can recall me by my name. Earlier it used to be Prem and Chulbul but now it’s Salman.”

There’s nothing fancy about my life. I like cycling around the city, I hop into an auto-rickshaw now and then.

Regarding his insanely crazy fan following, Salman says: “I don’t know. Maybe they think I’m one of them. Maybe they think I am just a regular dude who’s chill and approachable and has no airs of being a superstar. And I have remained like that right from the start. I lived in Indore in a boarding school until the age of 16. That really grounded me. I hung around on the streets, went to the farms. There’s nothing fancy about my life. I like cycling around the city, I hop into an auto-rickshaw now and then. I don’t drive a big car — I hate big cars. Maybe that, along with the kind of films I do, make them think I’m, I don’t know, accessible in a way?”

Talking about stardom, Salman says: “It is. I just think I am a guy who lucked out. Mostly because of the family I was born in. I am immensely fortunate to have the kind of family and friends and the fans I have. Some people come to me and tell me that their children are yet to talk but if they see a Salman Khan song, they jump, react, laugh. They can recall me by my name. Earlier it used to be Prem and Chulbul but now it’s Salman.”

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