‘I don’t compete with anyone’, Salman Khan

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Bollywood star dismisses industry rivalry

BOLLYWOOD star Salman Khan has dismissed suggestions of an industry rivalry with some of his fellow stars.

Khan, one of Bollywood biggest actors, told the BBC Asian Networks ‘Love Bollywood’ show he has never competed against fellow stars Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan.

The 42-year-old actor, in London last week to unveil his new waxwork statue at Madame Tussauds, told the shows presenters: “I don’t compete with anybody. I don’t compete with Shah Rukh, I don’t compete with Aamir, Saif or anybody.

“I don’t compete with myself. So, they don’t have a problem with me and they know that my house is an open house.”

He added: “I like the people that I work with, if I don’t like them, I won’t work with them.”

Khan also spoke about his charity ‘The Salman Khan Foundation’ which he launched last year which offers some of India’s poorer communities’ health-related financial aid.

While Khan widely refuses to publicise his charity work, he hit out at the stars that do.

“I think it’s a big fraud to publicise the stuff that you do because I’ve seen people going and doing stuff and the whole press is there,” he said.

“That’s what I used to think actually, earlier. But today I feel that since I’ve opened this charitable trust, [The Salman Khan Foundation],  I have realised that you have to go out and you have to publicise that and I’m still not coming to terms with that because I feel like a fraud.  I’ve seen a lot people who are doing a lot of good things with all the wrong intentions and I don’t think that works.”

“I’m putting a lot of my own money into the foundation which people do not do.

“I’ve started painting and from my art the money goes into my organization.”

Khan is regarded as one of Bollywood most bankable stars alongside his Khan namesakes Shah Rukh and Aamir.

But recent troubles with the law have seen him slip down the Bollywood pecking order while both Shah Rukh and Aamir have continued to gain fan and industry recognition.

 

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