Actor Salman Khan, whose next release is Tubelight, recently spoke to DNA about box-office numbers and piracy in South India.
“South audiences know us; yet, our films do not do that volume of business because their fans have an extraordinary sense of loyalty to their actors. Fan following is very strong — if there is a Kamal Haasan fan, then he will be a Kamal fan forever; Rajinikanth fan will be a Rajinikanth fan for life. We have piracy here; one should try indulging in piracy there, fan clubs wouldn’t allow it. Whether a politician or the underworld does it, they don’t give a damn, they will fight it,” he said.
“Yes. Hats off to the Hindi audiences. They love movies, and go and watch English, Chinese, and south films. A Salman Khan fan will also watch an Aamir Khan film and a Shah Rukh Khan film. And, if the film is good, they will appreciate it.”
Having recently completed 25 years of being an actor, Salman said it was now more about competing with himself.
Tubelight, helmed by Kabir Khan, has been produced by the actor himself. The movie also stars his brother Sohail Khan, Zhu Zhu, late actor Om Puri in pivotal roles.