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48 and still going Dabangg

Born as Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan on 27 December 1965, he is the flag-bearer of something called super-stardom. Probably the most powerful Hindi film ‘star’ of current times, Salman is raw, tender and intimidating, all at the same time.

We all have seen journalists taking his bites and photographs from a distance, thus it was really interesting to see Karan Johar trying to bring forth Salman’s hidden sides on his chat show Koffee With Karan.

Johar has worked with him in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and thus it was understandable that he knows the actor’s actual nature. So, when Salman declared that he is still a virgin in his usual carefree style, it was like a googly for Johar who simply didn’t know how to react.

Salman’s virginity is something only he could answer about and ideally it should be left to him, but what hit me was his conviction and easygoing attitude while saying it. This reminded me that despite countless controversies and arguments, he is more or less the same man he once used to be, in a way, still a virgin. Koffee With Karan was like a revelation as he came across as an actor who puts himself way behind his contemporaries in terms of acting talent, but is completely aware of his presence and fan frenzy. Aamir Khan rightly said on the same show, ‘Salman reminds me of a lion.’ His fans like his every move on Bigg Boss, a show where he is more like a tough-to-please viewer than a host. Can you remember the episode where Kushal Tandon fought with Ajaz Khan after getting evicted from the show? Salman Khan was laughing inconsolably right in front of him making Kushal realise that he is nothing more than a newcomer.
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