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    I never wanted to be an actor: Salman

    Friday, June 25, 2004
    Surprise, surprise! Macho man Salman Khan says he always wanted to be a director and took up acting only because no one took him seriously as a filmmaker.

    There''''s more. The Bollywood actor said in an interview that he likes romantic films and comedies, never mind his action hero image.

    Asked who his favorite co-star was, he said: "I like working with whosoever I work with." Excerpts:

    What inspired you to become an actor?

    Actually, I really don't know because I never wanted to be an actor. I wanted to be a director. When I used to go to people with my scripts, people used to say that why do you want to be a director, you should be an actor. I was not getting any work as a director as I was a small guy, not very serious about his work, and directors at that time were 50-60 years old and looked very mature. And no one would trust me with that much of money.

    Since I had to work, I started modelling. I joined acting classes, riding classes and everything. Eventually, I signed a film.

    What kind of movies do you like?

    I like comedies and romantic movies.

    What about action movies?

    In action I like Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Amitabh Bachchan's movies.

    How is it working with Shilpa Shetty?

    I have done about six to seven movies with Shilpa and we are the best of friends. There are no ego problems. No hassles, so it's like friends working together. It's amazing working with her. As an actress, she is damn good, dances very well, on screen she is phenomenal and has a huge fan following.

    Who is your favorite co-star?

    I like working with whosoever I work with. If I don't like somebody may not want to work with that person. But if I have to work with a person, I will make sure that I like that person.

    Who is your favorite actor?

    I like working with Sanjay Dutt. I have done one film with Sunny and its amazing working with him. They say that Anil Kapoor is the most difficult to work with. But I think he is the coolest guy. Then Jackie Shroff. I have done two films with him and he is very hilarious. Now I am doing a film with Mithun Chakravarty. I worked with my hero Dharmendra in "Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya". Working with Amitabh Bachchan in "Baghban" was good fun.

    What excites you about a role, is it the script or something else?

    Since my father is a scriptwriter, script is more important for me. Even if my role is not so exciting, if I like the script, I will do it.

    Are you a fitness freak? I believe you cycle to your shoot. Is that true?

    Yes, I cycle to my shoot. I cycle just about everywhere. I am not a fitness freak as such. It's just that when you are 70-80 years old you should be able to walk, cycle and run a little bit. You shouldn't be lying down on the bed and people, children and friends taking care of you. The day I stop walking, that's the day I stop living.

    Is "Garv" the first film where you are playing a cop?

    No, I played a cop in "Pathar Ke Phool", which my father wrote for me. But that was slightly early for me. This is the right time when the uniform looks damn good on me. Once your walk is right, your costume is right; more than half the battle is won. You look your character and the battle is won.

    Can you tell us a little bit about your character Arjun Ranawat in the movie "Garv"?

    He is a guy who is angry, gentle, soft, cool, hard, merciful, ruthless, correct, honest and very lovable. That's Arjun Ranawat.

    Is this an action film?

    Yes. It's an action film. There are films in which there is action just for the sake of it. But in this film we have meaningful action.


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