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Anil Sharma: Media writes about Salman because he makes good copy

January 29, 2010 4:03:36 PM IST
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Quashing all rumours of him and Salman Khan not being on talking terms during the making of VEER, director Anil Sharma has declared that there was never any trouble between the two. As per him, though there were creative discussions on and off the sets which resulted in constant improvements being made as required, Salman eventually followed the director's vision.

"I have been in the industry for over 25 years and you tell me if you have ever heard any controversies surrounding me", questions Anil Sharma who is the man behind one of the biggest block busters of all times, GADAR - EK PREM KATHA, "Till date I have never been involved with any ill will with any actor or film maker."

However, the fact remains that all through last couple of years when the film was being made, there have been rumours galore about all not being well between Anil Sharma and Salman. Apart from difference of opinions and creative ideas, Salman was said to be not too pleased about the film maker's working style.

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"Wherever Salman is involved, news automatically flows in. People want something to be written in their newspapers and Salman makes for a good copy for them. Chalo, good for them", adds Sharma in a sarcastic tone.

Time and again it has been said that when Salman wants to be good, he is very good in a project, case in point being WANTED. On the other hand if he looses interest then either he sleepwalks (MAIN AURR MRS KHANNA) or is simply unbearable (YUVVRAAJ).

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Comments Sharma who has worked with some of the biggest stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Dharmendra and Sunny Deol in the past, "VEER is Salman's own story and he wanted to play this role to perfection. This is why he was so involved throughout." Elaborating on the actor's involvement, Sharma says, "Whether it was his look, make up or dialogue delivery, he painstakingly worked on it. He didn't stop till he found it all to be just the best. He was very sincere with his performance. Bas, jaise hamaara sur mil gaya that (our tuning matched)."

He further agrees that since the story of VEER is written by Salman, there were quite a few 'creative discussions'. "What's there to deny about that, after all this was Salman's baby", says Sharma, "Salman thought of a lot of things before we began filming VEER. As a director I had to make sure that I listen to the story and translate it as per Salman's vision."

However, this didn't lead to any bad blood and the entire filming went off peacefully. "Salman's best quality is that ultimately he does what the director wants him to", says Sharma fondly, "There were ample discussions about how we wanted to treat the story. Sometimes he convinced me and at times it was the other way round."


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