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Salman Khan is currently off women; he brings in his 45th birthday at a party at his farm in Panvel, for which no women are invited

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 28, 2009)

Salman Khan is well-known in Bollywood circles for his wild parties. If the party happens to be his birthday bash and that too at his farmhouse at Panvel, it promises to be double the fun. However, yesterday night, Salman had a low-key celebration for his 45th birthday. He had a stag party.

A source says, “Bhai is known to have fun during his parties at Panvel. His parties are much awaited and talked about by his guests. Salman’s large-heartedness ensures that all of them have a blast. However, this year, Salman is not in one of his merry moods. After his break-up with Katrina Kaif, he is not in the mood to go all out and celebrate. So, on his special day, he did not send invitations to any female. He did not feel the need to have a girlfriend by his side or even bask in the glory of any other female company. Incidentally, Katrina is in London to celebrate Christmas and New Year with her family. Salman has invited only his close male friends. Also, unlike every year, the celebration this time is not on a lavish scale. Yesterday’s party was held only for his close friends music composers Sajid Wajid, hairstylist Aalim Hakim, his bodyguard Shera, his close associate Nadeem, his filmmaker friends Vijay Galani and  Sajid Nadiadwala among others. Salman has already celebrated his birthday with his family on Saturday night.”

Let’s hope that by next year, the tide turns and the large-hearted Khan gets back to hosting lavish parties.





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Had it not been for Salman Khan’s quick thinking, actor Bunny Anand would have lost his life while shooting for Veer

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 21, 2009)

If Salman Khan hadn’t been alert and physically strong, actor Bunny Anand, who co-stars with him in Vijay Galani’s forthcoming film Veer, wouldn’t have been alive. Salman saved Bunny’s life on the sets of the film a few days ago.

While shooting for a train robbery sequence for the film in Rajasthan, Bunny and actor Vicky Mehra were riding their respective horses and Salman was supposed to balance himself keeping one leg each on the two horses. There were many other actors on their horses around Salman, Bunty and Vicky with a train fast approaching to their left.

Director Anil Sharma called ‘action’ and everything was proceeding smoothly until Bunny accidentally lost his balance and was about to fall off the horse he was riding. A source said, “Salman immediately realised that Bunny would seriously hurt himself. He grabbed Bunny by his collar and pulled him up. If Salman had acted even a fraction of a second late, Bunny would have not only fallen off his horse but also would have been crushed to death by the horses that were running at breakneck speed behind them.”

Bunny was so shaken up after the incident, that he was unable to give a retake.

Bunny confirmed the news and said, “Salman bhai saved my life. I don’t know how to repay him.”

“When I first heard about the incident, a shiver ran up my spine. Thanks to Salman, we did not have any untoward accident on the sets that day. I will never forget how he saved Bunny,” said producer Galani.

A still from Veer, Bunny Anand (circled)
Salman will wrestle with a (real) lion in Veer. Some men will go to any lengths to rescue the damsel in distress
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 18, 2009)

Salman Khan in Veer

Salman Khan is taking his image of an alpha-male to an art form. He is ready to roll up his sleeves, thump his clean-shaven chest and get down to the business of wrestling with a lion. After all, it’s for a good cause – he plans to rescue the damsel in distress in Veer. It’s too bad that grappling with wild beasts doesn’t involve Salman in a loin cloth, we will see the lion-hearted actor in full warrior regalia.

Salman, of course, is following a popular trend by doing a Dharmendra, who single-handedly took on a tiger in Maa (1976) and Kartavya (1979). However, Salman is not in the least bit daunted by the thought of living up to such formidable expectations and is ready to get down and dirty with the beast.

Is Salman not scared? “Not at all.  Salman is Veer in true sense. Besides, the lion which will be utilised for the shoot will be trained,” a top official from the unit of Veer said.

Liza Lararus

Producer Vijay Galani confirmed the story and explained, “The scene is a rescue act. Liza Lazarus (Miss UK Universe 2008) is on a hunting spree in the jungle. Suddenly, a lion attacks her. Salman spots her in trouble and fights the lion to save her.”

The scene in question will be shot abroad next month. Why not shoot the Salman-lion fight in India, we asked? Galani replied, “We have not decided on the foreign location, but it will surely not be shot in India. We don’t have very good facilities to shoot such scenes here.”

Galani points out that since Salman has been involved in many creative aspects of the film, he was more than enthusiastic to execute the scene. “The scene was always there in the original script but we had reserved the shooting for the end. We will need three days to film the scene with the lion. Salman is very excited about this. Ditto for Liza.”

Veer which is presented by Eros International and directed by Anil Sharma also stars Mithun Chakraborty, Sohail Khan, Jackie Shroff, Neena Gupta, Aryan Vaid and Bharat Dabholkar.

Salman Khan is furious with director Anil Sharma for his lack of professionalism on the sets of Veer
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 06, 2009)
Salman Khan is fuming at director Anil Sharma’s casual and sloppy approach towards their film, Veer. Apparently, Sharma frivolously wasted time in London, which could’ve been avoided if he had been better prepared for the shoot. The cavalier attitude inflated the budget considerably.

Salman had assured producer Vijay Galani that he would put his career back on track. Our source said, “Salman was so irritated by Sharma’s ways that he didn’t shy away from giving the director a earful on the sets.”

Revealing what transpired on the sets, a unit member said, “Anil Sharma doesn’t value time. Although we stayed in London for 30 days, the productivity was that of five days. Sharma asks for far too many retakes, so a lot of raw stock has been consumed. Plus, he hadn’t finalised the location. It is inexplicable that a director takes a unit abroad and doesn’t know where he is going to shoot next.”

However, Anil Sharma rebutted the story. He said, “There have been a lot of rumours about my London schedule. I would like to clarify that I had a very smooth shoot throughout. I had a wonderful working relationship with Salman. Veer is a period film and I shot scenes around Buckingham Palace, for which I had taken permission.”

Our source from the sets in London, disagreed. The source said, “For a 9am shift, Sharma would leave the hotel at 9.30am to hunt for the location. Often, he wouldn’t get the permission to shoot. If at all the shoot began, it wouldn’t be before 2.30pm. After which, it would not go on for more than four hours. We had to wind up by 6.30-7pm as most of the scenes were to be shot during the day. Everyday, the actors (including Salman) were left to cool their heels in the hotel while Sharma went to hunt for the locations.”

Anil Sharma

Not only Salman, but every actor was exasperated. The source concluded, “All of this magnified the cost of the film.”

Vijay Galani said, “We might have had a bit of a problem in getting permission to shoot at a certain place for a stipulated amount of time, but we didn’t have any major problems as such. I know Salman ever since he did my first film Suryavanshi and he has always been very supportive.”