||Salman Khan is leaving
no stone unturned to promote his upcoming period drama "Veer" that releases
Friday, even if it means participating in a race with top jockeys. Clad
in a black t-shirt, blue jeans and donning a yellow helmet, the 44-year-old
raced with six jockeys at the Mahalakshmi race course Sunday, winning the
event and being awarded a trophy.
"I was a bit nervous (before
the race). If I'd have lost, people would have thought Salman lost the
race and if I'd have won then they would have said that he had to win because
he is a star," Salman told reporters here after the race.
"But I'd like to clarify
that it was not a set-up and was a genuine race. I gave my best along with
the jockeys and so did they," he added.
The epic has been produced
by Vijay Galani and Sunil A. Lulla. It has been written by Salman.
It also marks the big
screen debut of Zarine Khan in the female lead. Mithun Chakraborty, Sohail
Khan and Jackie Shroff also play pivotal roles in the movie.
|Everyone present at the
event - from chaiwalas to stall owners, from people placing bets to those
who just came to engage themselves - everyone enquired about the presence
of Salman Khan. "Salmaan aaya kya? (As he come yet?)" they asked each other,
every five minutes. And then Salman appeared... Looking like a jockey to
the T! The excitement was one to watch out for, the race course came alive
with 'Veer' songs on the loudspeakers, and every television screen showcased
the trailers of Salman-starrer 'Veer'.
Wearing a 'Veer' jersey,
Salman, who probably was the sexiest jockey around, got atop his filly
Wild Rose and emerged on the tracks alternatively waving to the cheering
crowd and patting his horse! The actor did look a little apprehensive but
wore a more relaxed demeanour once he managed to cross the finish line
Heaving a sigh of relief,
he let us in on some secrets: My lagaam (rein) broke just before the race,
and I was scared. I wasn't so sure if Wild Rose would be controllable,
and wondered what if she went wild and took me riding for 15 rounds! Luckily,
none of that happened. Also, I didn't win. I'm not fast at rising. My fellow
jockeys helped me win. They purposely rode slowly so that I could be ahead
Also present at the event
were 'Veer' producer Vijay Gilani and 'Veer' actress Zarine Khan, whom
many mistook for Katrina Kaif! Brother Arbaaz Khan and sisters Arpita and
Alvira also cheered on Salman bhai, who was in his full element and basking
in all the attention!