I do not cater to intellectuals: Salman Khan

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, whose popularity cuts across all walks of life, is synonymous with honouring his “commitment” of releasing at least one film on the festival of Eid every year.

This time, as the country grapples with the deadly second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, he is sticking to his promise and bringing Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai right into the comfort of the audience’s homes.

“The people who have watched Maine Pyar Kiya, they loved me, and they kept on loving me, and they kept on loving their husbands and their children, and their children kept on loving me.

“I’m lucky and grateful that fans have been very loyal. So, from grandparents to parents to grandchildren, I have that (following),” Salman Khan said in response to a question during a Zoom roundtable interview on Monday night from Mumbai.

Slated to start streaming on multiple platforms, including OTT and DTH services, on May 13, Radhe features the actor as an encounter specialist tackling drug menace in Mumbai.

The upcoming film, which reunites Salman Khan with his Wanted director Prabhudheva, is in the same vein as the 2009 actioner which was a major hit.

The star, however, believes in retaining the “simplicity” in his films and cater to the family audience rather than trying too hard to impress the “intellectuals”.

“We never know what will work, what won’t. We keep it to the simple stuff. Good versus bad, fun, humour. Maybe the intellectuals would not appreciate that but I’m no intellectual and I don’t cater to intellectuals. If they can’t understand simplicity, they are not intellectuals to me,” he said. —PTI

Arpita and Alvira are fine now

Salman Khan revealed that his sisters Arpita Khan and Alvira Khan had tested positive for coronavirus earlier this year and they have recovered now. However, Salman’s statement was misread and reports of Arpita and Alvira tested positive for Covid-19, started doing rounds. Arpita cleared the air about the reports making the rounds of her covid status and wrote, “I tested positive for Covid-19 in the beginning of the month April 2021 however I was asymptomatic. I followed all the guidelines and protocols and thankfully with the grace of God I have fully recovered and have been well since.”

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