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July 27, 2009

>Friday, July 17, 2009

Filed under: Salman's Blog — snadeemshaikh @ 6:15 pm

>I was extremely happy to have Irfan Pathan as my guest on the show along with my old pal Shilpa Shetty. What struck me most is that time has not made a dent on the evergreen Shilpa. She is remarkably well maintained and as effervescent as always. Irfan Pathan is casual and unassuming and it was a pleasure to interact with him. He did not wear any protective guards while answering personal questions such as his love interest and intention of marrying her soon. I believe that there is some resistance in his orthodox family because of religion. My father acted in a film called ‘Shershah Suri’. He told me that when Rani Karmavati of Chittorgarh was surrounded by enemies she asked her rakhi-brother, the Mughal emperor Humayun to defend her and he did so at the loss of his own kingdom. We have such a great heritage of love and brother-hood; I do not know how our times have been so polluted with inter-religion hatred.

Irfan displayed honesty and is so typical of our modern youth that they are casual yet straight-forward. Shilpa Shetty does not belong to this generation, yet she’s a very honest and down to earth girl too. I have known Shilpa and family for long. Her struggle has been long and now she has attained stardom due to her show being such a hit in London. Her good friend has gifted her a share in the Rajasthan Royals IPL team for which Irfan’s brother Yusuf plays. The Pathan brothers are amazing players.

>Thursday, July 16, 2009

Filed under: Salman's Blog — snadeemshaikh @ 6:14 pm

>My father Salim Khan and brother Arbaaz love cricket and are really passionate about it. They are friendly with a lot of international cricketers. As a matter of fact, my father played a lot of cricket in his college days and at one time even dreamed of making a career in cricket.
Dad played in Indore and the Holkar cricket team played gloriously for decades. India’s first captain Col. C.K. Naidu belonged to the Holkar team and Captain Mushtaq Ali played in the one-day game fashion long before this format was invented. My father is fortunate that he had the opportunity to watch Col. Naidu and Captain Mushtaq Ali in action. Once he caught a massive hit by Col. Naidu. But while watching Mushtaq Ali play, he realized that he could never play like that so he opted for another career. Arbaaz is familiar also with several county cricket players. He had flown to London to watch the T20 finals recently held in England.

>Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Filed under: Salman's Blog — snadeemshaikh @ 6:13 pm

>Rains have been alluding Mumbai for a long time, 7th June onwards has been the period for monsoon to break in but this year’s extended, summer has been very tough, during this dry monsoon, it rained only through eyes of farmers. My brother Sohail Khan has made a film on problems of farmers. His “KISAN” is a dramatic entertainer with strong social message. The forces of bazaar want farmers to sell their land for industrialization. The entire conspiracy is so carefully hatched that brothers are divided so that they sell the land. Its new face of slavery. However rains lend mystique beauty to Mumbai. Sea rises to salute rain soaked Mumbai. Monsoon is added tourist attraction to the city.It would be an experience to drive on newly inaugurated sea link during rains. Marine Drive – the queen’s necklace becomes divinely beautiful during this season. The other side of monsoon is rather troublesome for the poor people whose homes are flooded. Daily wages earners go without food. Shoe shine boys go out of job.Memories of 26/7 are deeply itched in the psyche of Mumbai. This year they have predicted wave rising to dangerous height on 24th July 09. I am sure that the spirit of Mumbai rises above all calamities man made or created by nature.The long term solution to most of our problems is planting of trees in huge numbers.

July 5, 2009

>Thursday, July 2, 2009

Filed under: Salman's Blog — snadeemshaikh @ 10:25 am

>I was talking to you guys the other day about how much I love dogs. All of a sudden my beloved dog, My jaan has taken ill. She is very unwell and is hospitalized for intensive treatment. Her hemoglobin has fallen to dangerous levels because of infections in the stomach. Lot of blood is lost. Everyday after the strenuous shooting of 10 ka Dum I go to the hospital and spend the night with my ailing jann. I go to my house only for a few hours in the morning to get ready for the shoot. It is breaking my heart to see her in pain. I am terribly upset with her illness. The only saving grace is that the biopsy report does not show any cancer. With this kind of emotional turmoil, I have to perform the jovial, singing and dancing anchor of the show. As I put on my makeup, I prepare myself for the performance. It’s tough but I have to take it in my stride as a professional test… of hiding what I feel at the moment. Television schedules are very tight I realize and one cannot take liberties. Had it been a film shoot I would have certainly cancelled it or delayed it till Myjaan is out of hospital.I wonder if religious fanatics think about or bother about the blood donors cast, creed, color and religion when they need life saving blood transfusion…When human beings are unwell, they believe in universal brotherhood but when they are fighting fit they suffer from all kinds of biases, prejudice and hatred. In this respect animals are better than human beings as they have no prejudices and religious bias. They are truly humane.I dislike it when we refer to animals to describe the stress of human life. We often say he’s leading a dog’s life. Most of our silly abuses include references to dog, donkey and other animals. Its human ignorance and hollow pride that we do not love and respect animals. Isn’t it?

June 28, 2009

>Friday, June 26, 2009

Filed under: Salman's Blog — snadeemshaikh @ 8:06 am

>By Salman Khan… in his blog.
It was pure unadulterated fun shooting with Mallika Sherawat and Vijendra – the boxing champion. They come from different fields but their fighting spirit serves as a common link. Mallika’s punches are almost as powerful as Vijendra’s ha ha ha. She’s gutsy, she is. Mallika came to Mumbai with no friends in the film industry and no godfather to push her career. She is a self made woman of substance. Although coming from a small town and a middle class background, she did not show any inhibitions and evolved a free style of performance. She used her body to emote well and win fans. Her modern approach to life and acting is really creditworthy. She has a tremendous courage of her convictions. I like her attitude. Her walk, her manner and body language proclaims just one thing ‘I care a damn for anybody’ she is a rebel in search of full freedom – freedom from formula, freedom from dogmas and orthodox lifestyles. Sexual freedom is a minor issue in craving for total freedom of speech and thought.
Vijendra and Mallika both are from Haryana. The Haryanavi dialect is so melodious and lovely. When you speak a simple sentence in Haryanavi, it sounds funny – happy funny and a little naughty. It has been a great joy shooting this episode with two very lively and gutsy people. Enjoy the show.

>Monday, June 22, 2009

Filed under: Salman's Blog — snadeemshaikh @ 8:03 am

>By Salman Khan… in his blog.
We were in Greece to shoot a song sequence for Bony Kapoor’s film “Wanted” directed by Prabhu Deva. I used to go for long walks every morning. Once on such a walk, I was pleasantly surprised to find a dog following me and as I walked some more dogs from neighboring localities joined.I have often observed in India that dogs from different streets are hostile to each other and do not approve of trespassing but this did not happen in Greece. And when I was coming back the dogs bid goodbye to each other and went their separate ways.I am a dog lover and sometimes I even treat them like human beings. I love dogs. They are very loyal and love you unconditionally. Have you ever noticed that when a dog lover visits a friend who also has dogs, the dogs smell you from a distance and do not hesitate to show their love. The dogs in Greece really baffled me. There was no rivalry among the dogs of different localities and streets. I wonder if cultural trends affect dogs of different nations…We Indians fight against each other. We have long history of wars fought by brothers. Family feuds have damaged clans. I know nothing about Greek history. It could be that certain breeds are friendly and some are ferocious. I only know that they love and express it in their own ways. Each dog is different and can never be replaced but the love and acceptance each new puppy teaches us is amazing….

June 21, 2009

>Friday, June 19, 2009

Filed under: Salman's Blog — snadeemshaikh @ 5:46 am

>I was quite impressed with Kabir, Kabir Khan the filmmaker. He met me much before he made ‘Kabul Express’. Now his second film ‘New York’ is ready for release and both Katrina and Neil Nitin Mukesh are so impressed with Kabir that they say he’s the real start of this unusual film.Katrina and Neil are my guests for an episode of 10 ka Dum and it proved to be great fun. During the entire shooting liquid energy flowed and all three of us were charged and motivated to entertain. The entire episodeyou will see is enigmatic and like a great composition sung by three of us. Neil even rendered a song of his grandfather Mukeshji from Jaagte Raho and confessed that he has been an ardent fan of Kishore Kumar. He comes from a great family of talented singers and yet had the courage to admit being a Kishore Kumar fan. I admire and respect such straight honesty. I like folks that speak their mind.Katrina had earlier appeared on the show for the first season and during this year she has gained such immense self confidence. She is essentially a very simple and sincere person and remains unaffected by the wicked, crooked ways of our world. She has inborn sensuality but does not flaunt it at all and carries herself very naturally…with dignity. I have been a close witness to her growth as a person and as an actor during last five years. Neil revealed that his father did not speak to him for six months when he opted to make his debut in a negative role but his performance in ‘Johnny Gadar’ pleased his father Nitinji a great deal.This entertaining episode reveals the emotional rapport shared by us. It’s fun all the way with no speed breakers. I performed for nearly five hours on the sets non stop and yet I was not drained of energy at the end of the show. When you do something you like, you do not feel tired. Energy sustains or drops depending on whether you like or dislike the work that you do….

>Friday, June 12, 2009

Filed under: Salman's Blog — snadeemshaikh @ 5:45 am

>Very often we have our films based on children with scripts revolving around childhood experiences. So, I was thrilled to have Darsheel Safary, Tanay Chheda and Azharuddin Mohammed as my contestants for one of the next episodes of 10 ka Dum. There was full on masti, laughter and dancing with three very special kids. They lit up the show with their inborn talent to entertain; they instinctively answered the questions; they sang, they danced with immense energy. While shooting with them, I realized that even though they had come from such different backgrounds; Darsheel from a well off, south Mumbai family and Azharuddin from a modest, simple family in the suburbs….But on 10 ka Dum their naturalness defied all differences of their status and backgrounds.Talent is a great equalizer and it drops its seeds without any discrimination. As a matter of fact most great comic talent has emerged from rather poor families. From the all time great Charlie Chaplin, Johnny Walker, Mehmood Uncle, Johnny Lever to Rajpal Yadav.Fame and money has not destroyed Darsheel’s naturalness. Tanay, is sincere and hardworking and Azharuddin is ultra-confident. I was heartened by this. It is also a fact that most successful artists indeed retain their childlike innocence in all stages of life. Fame and wealth are difficult to handle at any age and greedy parents rob innocence to make a fast buck. This disturbs me a great deal. They tend to overburden the children and it’s like the fabled hen that laid golden eggs… I wish and pray sincerely that it does not happen to these three child prodigies. Most parents nurture the Mozart dream. My heart bleeds for children who have been forced to work in hotels and other places to earn the daily bread for their family.Coming back to my champion guests for the episode, I am sure you all will really enjoy this episode with your families…with as much laughter in your homes as there was in the studios while shooting.

>Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Filed under: Salman's Blog — snadeemshaikh @ 5:26 am

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Now I observe that my nephews and nieces play with electronic toys and know a lot about computers and other gadgets. In our childhood, we played with traditional toys and most of our time was spent on playgrounds. Sohail’s son Nirvan and Arabaz’s son Arhaan and Alvira’s son Ayan play with gadgets like experts. Alvira’s daughter Alige is so confident that she almost matches grownups in number of things. The other day we were all chatting and having a great time. Nirvan and Ayan were taking photographs with their mobile phones. After an hour or so the kids edited the photos I such a way that it looked like a film! My father is rattled with these gadgets and he uses them only when his landline is not working. His grandchildren fix up his mobile, read messages for him.

Today kids are so techno savvy and have developed amazing skills. They have great exposure. They have travelled abroad. When I compare my childhood with theirs, I feel I was so simple and knew so little. When these kids grow up, the world will be a tougher and complicated place. All these skills they are developing in the childhood will be useful to them. I think machines and technology will dominate. Entertainment will be redefined.If anyone asks me if I would be happy to be a child in today’s time, my answer would be NO. I am happy with my childhood and have no desire to use time machine either to go in future or to travel backwards. I like time at its normal speed.

June 7, 2009

>Friday, June 5, 2009

Filed under: Salman's Blog — snadeemshaikh @ 12:07 pm

>Diler Mehendi and his younger Brother Mika had worked wonders as a team until 1999 when they went separate ways. For the last 10 years various efforts were made to bring them together but we are privileged to bring about union of two brothers on our show 10 ka Dum. I think ours is a blessed one. In our last season two families patched up after prolonged bitterness caused by inter religious wedding.

Diler Mehendi is such a mature person that when Mika decided to go independent, he booked studio for him although he suffered a lot due to separation. The two brothers performed so well and were in complete sync inspite of long separation. Blood is thicker than water but traditions and talent are far more than either blood or water.

Diler used to drive taxi in USA but his passion for music provided happiness to millions of listeners all over the world and lifted his large family of near a dozen brothers and cousins from lower middle class.

I am extremely grateful to them for coming on 10 ka Dum. Folks be ready to receive Punjab in your own drawing rooms

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