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Salman Khan talks stardom and the price of fame

Actor says he can’t afford the luxury of going on vacations or being depressed

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Actor Salman Khan

He may be one of the biggest stars in India, but Salman Khan says it was not an easy journey to stardom for him.

“My profession is such that I have to look good, dress up, do stylised action sequences and romance. Articles come on my affairs, me working with beautiful heroines and then suddenly a court date comes up. People see me on Bigg Boss in which I am laughing and joking,” Khan said. “So, people think I don’t give a damn about things. That is the most difficult part about our journey as actors. No matter what you are going through at your home or in your personal life, you can’t have sub-titles there. You have to be that character, no matter what you are going through.”

The actor said he can’t be like other people due to his fame.

“I see a lot of people going on vacations, but I cannot afford that luxury of taking a vacation. I see a lot of people getting depressed and emotional, but I can’t afford that luxury of being depressed or sad or emotional because no matter what I am going through, it works against me,” he said.

Recalling his initial days in the film industry, Khan said his aim as a new actor was to star in an equally big hit as Aamir Khan’s Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak.

“The journey I began with Maine Pyar Kiya, not knowing if I would make it, and that time it was difficult because there was another actor who had started his career and he had given a big hit. That kid’s name was Aamir Khan. He was from the same locality. I thought that he made it and if I didn’t make it, the whole Bandra will start laughing at me. So, my concern was only Bandra-Pali Hill and the friends’ circle, which just had four-five people,” he added.