Salman’s next home venture, Tubelight, has got everyone taking notice. And when bhai talks, you most definitely pay attention. “I am a big tubelight. As we grow older, we think about our memories and understand how simple life was when we were kids. Today I am in my 50s, and I have seen life, yet I cannot replicate that innocence of my childhood. I am happy this character allowed me to bring back my childhood persona,” says Salman in his trademark style.
Salman says he hasn’t seen the movie Little Boy but adds that director Kabir Khan has. “Tubelight is not set against the war backdrop. It is, in fact, about the emotional upheavals that the army families go through. It is about all those jawans who go missing in the line of duty. It is about a father-son relationship. Keeping that central, Kabir has done his own thing,” he adds with a smile. Ask him if being a writer’s son has benefitted him as an actor, he answers in the affirmative. “Yes, being my father’s son, I do have an inkling about how a likeable story should unfold.”
Talk about Zhu–Zhu in Tubelight, and he lights up. “She is a cool girl, a thorough professional. No tantrums and we shared a good chemistry on screen.”
Ask him if he thinks Bollywood actresses throw tantrums, and he replies, “I have never had that experience with any of my co-stars. But yes, I have heard stories.” Question him on his easy camaraderie with his ex-girlfriends, and he quips, “Perhaps the distance made them realise I am not so bad after all.”
Salman’s take on social media is somewhat stringent. “I have stopped reading Twitter. I wanted to discontinue it, but my PR team advised against it. If they were my fans, they would have an identity. Are they so ashamed of who they are that they hide behind a nameless face? We did track a few of them down, but did not reveal their identity as we didn’t want to ruin their future.”
Talk about SRK doing a cameo in Tubelight, Salman gushes, “I am happy he is a part of it. His character brings about a turning point in the movie,” he adds....