Salman Khan, the macho man of Bollywood will set TV screens ablaze with Dus Ka Dum starting June 6th, Friday-Saturday at 9.00 pm on Sony Entertaniment Television.
How important is money to him considering the contestants move from 10,000 to 10 crores in just five questions? “Money is very, very important. Money can buy you food, it can buy you home and it certainly can buy you love. It does, definitely. What do parents look for in a boy? Looks, a nice family background, a secure job and a decent bank balance, right? So yes, money is important”, claims the actor.
He says that when contestants lose money or slide down from a crore to 10,000, they don't feel disappointed. “Some of them say, 'Arre kya leke aaye the is duniya mein?' Just the experience of being part of the show makes them feel happy. They hug me, they dance with me and they laugh with me…all that's enough for them. It's these moments, which makes it all worthwhile”, states Sallu Bhai. When asked about the incident where a contestant came up to him with a marriage proposal, Salman grins and says, “Yes, but she was already married. Toh woh bhi haath se gayi”.
He shrugs off any questions related to his marriage… “The media knows better than me. Am I expected to give an official statement whether I'm married or not?” Ask him about his not-very-beautiful relationship with the media while he comes across as very loving and affectionate towards his fans and he says, “It's not that I hate the media. Also there is no reason why I should not say what I feel… Who should I be scared of? If I tell someone I don't like you so stay away, am I being rude? No, I'm just being frank. There is a thin line between being rude and being frank”, argues Salman.
Tell him that his show will be compared to Shah Rukh Khan's Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain and he says with a smile, “No need at all. Our shows are very different. Mine is better”. What about SRK giving him tips to host? He laughs loudly and says, “Shah Rukh is a great friend. He won't give me tips and I won't take them”.
Well, talking about his films lastly, Salman’s forthcoming films include God Tussi Great Ho, Yuvraj, Hello, London Dreams. Will he do more television? “Nahin ji, itna kaafi hai. I want to go back to my acting”. Finally what did he discover about himself having shot for the show? “That I am a great guy”…
Reporter and Author: Suhaani Rai