Through the years, Salman Khan has become something of a godfather for industry newcomers but the superstar, who is introducing Mohnish Bahl’s daughter Pranutan and Zaheer Iqbal at Notebook, says that he gives chance only to candidates.
The actor has launched Sunil Shetty’s daughter Athiya, Aditya’ Pancholi’s son Suraj, his brother-in-law Ayush Sharma and Warina Hussain in recent years. “I launch deserving candidates, not anybody,” Salman said at the trailer launching of Notebook, which he has produced.
“She (Pranutan) did a screen test and she is on. She is amazing in the movie. She is great with her lines. He (Zaheer) has been not able to get the right dance step. He rehearsed for five hours and the following day that he got it right. He is hard working.” Zaheer said he is nervous about his introduction but is convinced that he has done a good job.
“It hit me today morning th
at the world will see my work, they will get to see how good or bad I am. It is nerve-wracking. I personally feel I did a good job,” he added. The movie, directed by National Award-winning director Nitin Kakkar, releases.
Salman said he and Mohnish used to frequent the same gym in his initial days and it was the latter who was able to cover the bill. “One day while I was working outside, Mohnish came and informed me how he’s tired of working out. He had stated that it was too tiring for him that he wishes that God gives him a break. Next week his film Teri Baahon Mein released and God did listen to himand gave him the longest break of his life,” Salman said.
The superstar revealed he had suggested Mohnish’s name for enjoying with the role. “The first person to sign me was Raj Babu (Raj Kumar Barjatya), he passed away yesterday, god bless his soul. So I met with Raj Babu and went, they signed me for the movie. The film had a negative lead, so I suggested that he should try Mohnish Bahl.