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Interview: Salman Khan talks about ‘Race 3’

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is celebrating Eid worldwide with fans through his newest blockbuster, Race 3, in cinemas from today.
Although the film is part of the Race franchise, it has been completely overhauled, courtesy Khan. 
 
Like the last two films, the film is high on action, stunts and twists & turns along with a huge cast. Anil Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez are back too, but playing new characters. The newest addition to the franchise include Saqib Salim, Freddy Daruwala, Daisy Shah and Bobby Deol.
 
Another notable change, besides Saif Ali Khan not being in the film, is that directorial duo Abbas-Mustan have been replaced by Remo D’Souza, who has directed the hit ABCD franchise. 

 

Speaking to Sunny Malik, the 52-year-old actor opened up about why the script needed to change, why a soundtrack of the film is so important and much more…

The Race franchise was associated with Saif Ali Khan and Abbas-Mustan. Since you’ve come on board, it has all changed. How did all come about?
I don’t think Abbas-Mustan were a part of the film by the time I came on board to play the lead character. Remo D’Souza was already supposed to direct the third film in the franchise when I was approached. I really liked the script and the genre but I wasn’t sure of it. I was just not convinced whether I can fit into the character. I’ve been a part of films like Hum Aapke Hain Kaun and Race is a completely different genre for me. We had several discussions and we changed it into a family film. Once, we made the necessary changes, we got our cast together. 

4. Ingenious Choice of Actors
 
Why make the changes at all when the franchise was quite successful?
It’s a completely new film with new characters. I basically want children to come and watch the film. Anil Kapoor and Jacqueline were a part of the previous films but they are not playing the same characters anymore. The original movies were meant for an older audience. I wanted the film to appeal to all audiences including families.  

How was your experience filming for Race 3? 
I had a great time and really enjoyed being a part of it. I also got a chance to work with my friends Anil Kapoor and Bobby Deol. We filmed in Abu Dhabi and the local government was extremely supportive and helpful throughout our schedule. The most important part for me was that I liked the script. It’s basically become a Hum Aapke Hain Kaun where the family don’t get along for reasons that are correct in their head. The film has really funny moments but keeps you engrossed as well. It has action, drama, comedy, a lot of style and a big budget which is visible. We needed to make Race 3 bigger because Race and Race 2 were made on a large scale and we just had to make a product that is loved up by the audience. Jacqueline and Daisy worked really hard on the movie too and performed some incredible stunts.

1. Salman Khan's Eidi

Each song released is composed by a different music director. That is very similar as to how soundtracks are made in Hollywood.
I’ve used multiple music directors in the past too. Sometimes one music director manages to provide you with a complete soundtrack like Himesh Reshammiya did for Tere Naam. There have been instances with my films where Sajid-Wajid directed the music but we got Himesh to do one song, which went on to become a super hit. There are so many great music directors who’ve made some great songs. I like to keep them aside and use them in films where they best fit into. This way I have a couple of options. I believe that there should be about six songs in a film and all of them should be blockbuster tracks. It doesn’t make sense to me for example, if you have three mediocre songs in a film, that would mean 15 minutes where the audience is getting bored. The film starts dipping too. It’s bad for the final product which is why we have to be really careful with songs these days. Another example is Agneepath, starring Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra and the hit song Chikni Chameli in the film. The song featuring Katrina Kaif comes in towards the end of the film but it created more excitement for the audience at the cinema, building up to the climax. Even our promotional strategy is based on our soundtrack. We want people to like the songs and audiences tend to come and watch movies with good songs in it. 
 

Race 3 is also the first in the franchise to be co-produced by the lead actor. Why is that important for you?
If you truly believe in a film, then why not produce it and work towards creating the best out of it? We are producing Loveratri with Ayyush Sharma and Warina Hussain, which was extensively filmed in London. We’ve also just announced a film with Zaheer Iqbal, the son of my childhood friend with a really nice script that we’ve finalised. 

 Salman and Jacqueline Heeriye
 
 
Race 3, a Yash Raj Films release, is out in UK cinemas from today.

Sooraj-Athiya are the new Bollywood ‘IT’ couple

BTown’s freshest couple Sooraj Pancholi – Athiya Shetty is now contending for the IT couple of Bollywood. Believe it or not but the duo are making heads turn wherever they go. Ever since the trailer released and both started with their promotions, onlookers have always had something to say about their chemistry. Pressure builds up as the Star-Kids set out for their debut with huge industry expectations.

Some movies often bring Jodis who undeniably have the gift to sizzle the screen. Such Jodis also become the audience favorite, and they want to see them together more frequently. They become the IT couple of Bollywood. Aamir Khan – Juhi Chawla and Shahrukh Khan – Kajol are an example of evergreen iconic Jodis. Such Jodis define the genre of Love and Romance. Among the fresh faces; Varun Dhawan – Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapoor – Shraddha Kapoor have nailed it perfectly. The audience is always eager to see them in one frame.

HERO - UK Release - Eros International (2)Sooraj– Athiya too are now being compared in the same league. Viewers are talking about the freshness they bring on screen. The dynamic couple has an amazing youth appeal and fan base.  The kind of support their fans have shown on social media is remarkable.

It comes as no surprise that the industry stalwarts have supported the two since the beginning. But when the youth supports you, you know you have appealed to them. As the Jodi gears up for their debut with such praise, the duo is excited and nervous at the same time. While as Star Kids it is easy to throw starry tantrums and get carried away, this duo set another example. They did everything that they were told to. Such intense characters are a result of such dedication and hard work.

Amar Butala, COO of Salman Khan Films says, “The team at Salman Khan Films is delighted at the response the debutants are getting from the trade and audiences. Sooraj and Athiya are two very talented actors and have incredible chemistry, which has been evident in the trailer and the songs. Hero is an intense love story and is the perfect debut vehicle, and we are confident that both Sooraj and Athiya will live up to the expectations.”

Director Nikhil Advani says, “Sooraj and Athiya came to me as one. They were always looking out for each other and Encouraging each other. They were each other’s biggest critics. So today when everyone else sees the chemistry or the compatibility they share its not surprising at all for me. For me they will always be just one unit Sooraj-Athiya.”

Hero is Produced by Salman Khan and Subhash Ghai and Directed by Nikhil Advani. The film is released in UK cinemas by Eros International on 11th September 2015.