Salman Khan: Some people from the industry will never be welcomed in my home
After being in the industry for almost 30 years, there’s a lot you learn and you have a number of experiences and stories to share. Salman Khan, who is one of the biggest stars of the industry has always been in the news for various reasons, sometimes for some controversies, sometimes for his movies and sometimes for helping people in need. The actor has been a mentor for a number of new comers and has shut his door forever for some people in the industry.
In an interview with DNA, Salman talks about various things including about his friends and enemies in the industry. So does he have friends and enemies?
“I don’t have enemies. It’s just that I don’t like a few people. It’s very obvious because I make no bones about it. Just because someone is born a few years before me, it’s no reason for me to respect him. If that person keeps on disrespecting me or any member of my family, I refuse to give him due regard. There are one or two families from whom I have not got that respect and love. That’s where it ends. Some people from the industry will never be welcomed in my home,” he said.
He further added, “I definitely believe that whether someone is a senior or a junior, you shouldn’t be disrespectful to them. Especially, if you are working with them. However, if that person is taking you for an idiot and is being disrespectful, then that’s not done.”
Salman believes in raising himself up rather than putting someone’s level down. He says, “The only person you should ever race against is yourself. When you do that, you take your own level up. That is the most satisfying yet the most painful thing. Until the audience sees your pain, the hard work that you have put in to look your best, to fight and still appear effortless on screen, they do not appreciate you. I’ve always believed that instead of putting someone’s level down, one should continuously attempt to raise that of your own. One is in a race to raise one’s level higher. Everyone is building their own quality quotient. You are encouraged by watching your seniors to rise to their standard, while the juniors motivate you to raise the bar, so the table doesn’t drop.” (Also Read: After producing and distributing films, Salman Khan now set to own a chain of theatres)
Salman is not worried about competing with Aamir Khan or Shah Rukh Khan. He shares, “Salman Khan is worried about Salman Khan every single day. I’m not the most politically correct person you will meet. And, I think it is important for one to be right. It’s the best thing. You are called the grassroots man. Why do you think you got this tag? That is the upbringing given to me by my parents. I spent my childhood with my family and friends. I have lived on farmlands, with kisaans till the age of 16 in Indore from where my father hails. All through my growing up years, for a few months each year, I’ve seen the metros as well as rural areas. I know the language of the city and the heartland. That is my plus point. I’m fortunate my father was from there. It’s important to sit with people who are a lot more intelligent and experienced than you are, instead of those who just praise you. Sometimes in life, it is important to listen rather than trying to win every argument. You may not get it at that point of time, but a few years later, you understand the value of sitting with more informed and intelligent people who have compassion. That has been my journey.”
Salman’s upcoming release is ‘Race 3’ which will release on June 15, 2018. Apart from that, he will also be seen in ‘Bharat’ which also stars Priyanka Chopra, ‘Dabangg 3’ and ‘Dancing Dad’.