Jan 022018

Post Tiger Zinda Hai turning out to be the massive blockbuster, Salman Khan the saviour says age hasn’t withered his somersault

Salman Khan
Salman Khan

Few can negate the fact that before it became commonplace, Salman Khan popularised the notion of fitness in Bollywood. That age hasn’t been able to dampen his physical prowess is evident with the action sequences he pulled off in his recent release, Tiger Zinda Hai. In an interview to mid-day, the actor likens his body to a diesel engine that doesn’t tire when kicked into gear. “I can’t do handstands, or put my body upside down. But, apart from that, I can easily pull off quick movements, like forward and back somersault, or floor rolls. My body is like a diesel engine, ek baar garam ho gaya toh chalta rahega,” Khan says.

A string of romantic outings in the recent years, he says, was less demanding on his body, and the actor ached to pack in a punch for reel. “There was a spree of romantic films in my career, and I realised I was getting lethargic. I wanted to be part of films that would take my fitness to the next level. So, whether I need to work out excessively to look hefty, gain weight, or even lose it, I am game. Even though I am aware that this [fluctuation of weight] is harmful for the body, such roles are satisfying.” Khan’s return as an action hero, it appears, has also been celebrated by fans, with Tiger Zinda Hai moving from strength-to-strength at the box office. At Rs 33.75 crore, the film’s opening day earnings were the highest for a non-holiday release. It also became the biggest single-day earner with Rs 45.53 crore, on day three (December 24) of hitting screens. The film has already amassed Rs 272.79 crore in 12 days.

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However, the numbers don’t seem to appease the actor as much as the audience’s love does. “For us, it is the viewers’ reactions that matter. We feel overwhelmed with the love that the film has received. The response has been endearing. This is my second film with Ali Abbas Zafar, and I am looking forward to working with him again.” While his collaboration with former flame Katrina Kaif after five years was being touted as the biggest recipe for success, Khan says the unit was more concerned about the plot. “Even if we spent money on enhancing the production, the film wouldn’t appeal if the plot was weak. We managed to keep the love story alive. That worked.”

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