The star kid reveals the story behind his decision to take up acting...
We all know that Salman Khan has mentored and introduced two new talents into the industry, Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty. But, did you know that Sooraj had actually never thought that he would act. During an EXCLUSIVE interaction with BollywoodLife, Sooraj revealed that he took the decision to act when he was assisting Kabir Khan in Salman Khan's Ek Tha Tiger.
Sooraj said, "I never thought of becoming an actor, but I wanted to know the process of film-making. So initially I contacted Sanjay Leela Bhansali sir and he let me work with him on Guzaarish. So when I was assisting him, I saw Hrithik sir perform so flawlessly. I saw how the sets are made, which lenses are used, the acting process, the direction and I thought it was really cool. After that I got in touch with Kabir Khan to ask if I could assist him on Ek Tha Tiger as it was an action film and I wanted to learn something more, that’s where I met Salman sir and that’s where I figured I wanted to do acting. I decided to get into the field and Salman sir always knew I wanted to become an actor. He had asked me if I would act and I had said ha sir karunga, kyun nahi karunga? (Yes I will do, why won’t I do?).
But getting the right film was a challenge and Sooraj had to wait for his turn. As he adds, "When Ek Tha Tiger was ending, we had almost completed the last schedule in Turkey, Salman sir called me in his room on my birthday. He wished me and gifted me a film in his production house, that’s how I got the film. But, he didn’t have a script back then so we came back and I waited for Salman sir's call for a year or a year and a half. He called me a year and a half later and said he has got me a script called Hero, that’s when I watched the film again. It’s actually great to work on this film and the best titled film an actor can have because people start calling you Hero from the film itself."
Well we have to say that it was Salman Khan's true kindness to fuel Sooraj's dream and gifting him Hero. An interesting story in itself actually. So after a long wait Sooraj Pancholi will make his dream debut opposite Athiya Shetty in Hero.
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