Come Eid this year, and Salman Khan may just complete his hat trick at the box office with the Malayalam hit Bodyguard’s Hindi remake My Love Story. The actor is paired with Kareena Kapoor in the film, which will be directed by Siddique. His 2009 release, Wanted, directed by actor-director Prabhu Deva set the cash registers ringing. It was followed by Abhinav Kashyap’s directorial debut Dabangg in 2010, which became the biggest commercial hit of the year. Both the films released around Eid.
Given that My Love Story is also expected to release around the same time this year, does Khan feel the pressure to deliver a hit third time in a row? “No, I don’t feel the pressure. In fact, I don’t want anyone including the actors, producer or director to feel any pressure. If a film has everything that the public wants in an entertaining movie, it will work, regardless of the weekend it opens in,” he says.
Dabangg released during a relatively no-competition week. Is he planning the same for My Love Story? “That’s something that I didn’t decide. We set a date and stuck to it. Even this year, I’m not going to decide which other film or films will release with mine,” says Khan. “In any case, the number of films we produce in a year, and release in a week doesn’t vary with a common man’s income. It will increase at its own pace. So he will watch only those films that promise him paisa vasool entertainment. If my film promises that to him, it will work, whether it comes from one, none or many films at the box office that week.”
During both years when Khan rocked the box office, he was also on the small screen with 10 Ka Dum 2 in 2009 and Bigg Boss 4 in 2010. In fact, the latter was announced in the week that Dabangg released. “Again, something that I didn’t plan and would not be planning this year too,” asserts Khan. “If any show works out, whether it’s 10 Ka Dum 3, Bigg Boss 5 or any other show, since I am a very flexible host, and the on-air dates are such that I’m on TV and on the big screen at the same time, it will be a pure coincidence.”