Tiger Zinda Hai, the film everyone was waiting for, released last Friday and created a storm. Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif united on the big screen after 5 long years and will now become a successful jodi. Apart from that, the film is a sequel to 2012's biggest hit Ek Tha Tiger. That spiked enthusiasm even further. I caught up with Salman Khan, a few days before release of the film, to find out what are his feelings about this year's biggest film and also about his plans for 2018. Here's what the actor told me...
Sequels can be tricky right, what made you say yes to a follow up to Ek Tha Tiger?
When we were shooting for Sultan, there was some talk that there is a plot of Tiger. I wasn't too keen on doing a sequel because to go above Tiger you need good production, but beyond that the plot has to be really good. I said let’s listen to the title first. The title was Tiger Zinda Hai. I said yes it is superb but I am not going to get impressed by just the title. Then he gave me the plot. Suddenly you hear the scenes, romance, action, sequences and it sounds exciting. You hire the best action director in the world Tom Struthers who has done all Christopher Nolan's films and Batman and everything. When he narrated the plot to me and the main negative character, I said done! So, I knew that this is going to be on a different level altogether. So the most important thing is that making a sequel just for the sake of making a sequel doesn't work if you do not have a script. I wanted to do a sequel to Wanted. Title and all everything was registered but there is no good script. After Dabangg 2 it has taken us so much time to work on Dabangg 3. Like Race, this Race is I think much better than all the films in the franchise because this has gone down to a U film. Tiger has a special place in the hearts of the viewers, it gets good TRP every time it comes on the small screen. That character is there. So the best casting is done because Zoya and Tiger both are accepted, the film is loved and both are loved as characters. How does Tiger and Zoya take their level up? For that you need a strong villain and opposition. Once that opposition is strong it is against all odds. Since you know that Tiger is such a charismatic character that he is going to come out of any situation, he is like James Bond. So we needed that. All machine guns would come in and planes would, but that emotional chord and that journey of excitement of thrill that he is going to make it or not, that has got to be there. Till the time you do not have emotional and romantic connect, your film cannot work.
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In 2017, a Golmaal has worked, a Hindi medium has worked, a Judwaa 2 has also made lot of money. What has been your understanding of box office this year?
Well, I realised that you can't say that even if Salman Khan comes and stands on the screen the film will work, you cannot even say that anymore! My take home lesson in 2017 is that for me is, when I want to see a hero as a hero I just need to keep playing hero as a hero. For example, Tubelight is an amazing film to watch on television but on the big screen especially on a festive date like Eid, Diwali or Christmas you need to come up with a celebration. You need to have that excitement of people going in because these are all happy people, they want to be in a festive mood. So when they come out of the theatre they have to be twice as charged. For Tubelight, I was not in favour of Eid because it is a beautiful emotional film, when you watch it on television and not on a festive date it is phenomenal. When you go with a mindset that three hours we want to enjoy and suddenly you are finding moments that make you cry it does come as a surprise. But I get a lot of calls every time it plays on TV. I knew that was a problem with the release date. Tubelight is a sweet emotional beautiful film but they wanted to go and see Salman Khan as Radhe.
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