||How was the experience
with your first car?
After the shooting of
Zamana was over, I got the car to drive. It was in such a bad condition…there
was no flooring board, every time you lift the clutch, the joint board
used to break, there was no handle on the doors. So I used to put these
chitkanis, the ones you have on your doors at home…not the knob ones but
the old, bolt-and-action ones, on the doors of my car. The breaks also
kept failing all the times. So I used to carry stones in my car to stop
it. For that reason we could never drive the car very fast. Also the bonnet
of the car used to open up from time-to-time. I remember, once we were
going to a moat indigo party, it (bonnet) opened up and smashed the head
of a friend who got about nine-stitches at that time. The party got cancelled
and we never went for a moat indigo party since then.
|You also had a motorcycle?
Yes, I also had a motorcycle.
I Am sure you heard of
The stunt guy? He had
an engine lying somewhere. The other fat friend of mine Salim, who has
acted in many films with me, also used to have a lot of motorcycles. I
got some tyres and engine from Dilawar Khan, and all other parts from Salim.
Then I spent about eight months getting that motorcycle ready. I was going
to (St) Xavier’s, I met Salim on my way…I waved to him and said: “It’s
the same motorcycle dude.” I came back the next morning…the motorcycle
was missing. He used it for a stunt in the Filmcity lake and it was gone.
That was the end of that story.
||You also used your personal
car in Maine Pyar Kiya. What was the story behind it?
After the Herald and
the motorcycle, I got another car that used to be parked next to a friend’s
building. I bought that for Rs 15,000. I swear on God, I have pushed that
car more than I drove it. Every time the car used to fail. We got
it repaired and used the same car in Maine Pyar Kiya (1989, Salman’s debut
as hero). It was a French Fiat and it had a similar shape of a Mercedes.
So I put the Mercedes emblem in front of that car.
So, the car worked after
In that car also, the
day we were supposed to shoot, we were driving down Altar Mount Road, one
tyre burst and went straight into the railing. And the whole car got destroyed.
We sent the car back and got it repaired again and then used it for Maine
Pyar Kiya. As soon as the film was over, I went for the shooting of Baaghi:
A Rebel for Love (1990), and sold the car. So she also left.
According to Salman’s aides,
the actor has given up driving long back and hardly ever sits at the back
of the wheel anymore.
|Now from there to doing
a movie like Bodyguard , which has been appreciated so much, and now the
Audi coming in with us and we get a car which is chakachak…a nice, brilliant
baby. So I am sure we won’t have any problems with this car…like the brakes
are not working, joint boards breaking, flooring board problems, or doors
won’t have locks. We have everything here now…it’s a fully loaded Q star.
It takes a Salman Khan
to admit that he doesn’t like cars and spending on cars. Almost every star
is known to indulge lavishly on aquiring the hottest set of wheels in B-Town,
but Salman says that cars are never on top of his agenda.
“I never spend on cars.
The car never matters. Sometimes people gift me cars and I am happy with
that,” he says.
The star was recently
gifted with a top-line luxury SUV and he says that he always wanted to
own that car, but somehow never came about to indulging himself.
Talking about his newest
acquisition, Salman revealed that they have used this car in the film too.
“Wish in every film we
get a car so we don’t have to spend money on cars,” Salman said in his
typical tongue-in-cheek style. The star admits that after the accident
that he had, he has lost interest in cars. “Mere gaadi ke experience...
woh waale bahut rahe hain (I had a lot of those type of experiences with
cars),” Salman adds.