Shilpa Shetty shares a great bond with Salman Khan. Not just her but her entire family is close to the superstar. On the eve of his 50th birthday, Shilpa Shetty in an exclusive conversation with IndianExpress.com, recollected her long standing friendship with Salman and how the actor supported her when she went through a low phase in her professional life.
“When I went through a low phase in my life, Salman was one guy who stood by me. I remember Dhadkan had just been released and it wasn’t declared a hit. Only a week later did the movie take off and did well because of its songs. But for that one week after its release there was a lull in my life. I didn’t know what was going to happen. I had no films in my kitty. Salman Khan then called up and said, ‘A producer is going to come and he wants to sign you for a movie. I don’t know if Dhadkan has done well or not but please do this film.’ So he is all heart and he is someone who believes in people and goes all the way for them,” said Shilpa Shetty. (READ: Salman Khan rings in 50th birthday with Lulia Vantur by his side)
Remembering her old association with Salman, Shilpa said, “I have known Salman very closely. We kind of pick up from wherever we had last left whenever we meet. He is one of those guys who is all heart. He either loves you completely or he doesn’t want to know you at all. There is no third way with him. He is someone very soft at heart and he loves kids. He is also a very funny guy.” (PHOTOS: Salman Khan rings in birthday with Iulia, Arpita, Genelia, Tabu; see pics)
Narrating an episode of how he once bonded with her father over drinks, Shilpa Shetty said, “Salman shares a special relationship with my father. He calls him Anna and I remember he used to randomly come over to our house. Once I had a very early morning shoot and didn’t take his calls. So, he called up my father and said, ‘I was passing by and I thought of coming over for a drink.’ I had slept and my father invited him and both of them sat and drank outside. That is the kind of person he is. He has always been wonderful to my parents.” (See Pics: Happy Birthday Salman Khan : The actor turns 50)
When asked if Salman has been unlucky in love and should settle down now that he is 50, Shilpa said, “I don’t think Salman has been unlucky in love. He knows exactly what he wants in life. He is a very mature man. I think all his decisions are based on what he thinks is right for himself. He likes to live life on his own terms. So he will take that decision whether he wants to get married or not.” (PICS: Aishwarya, Katrina, Sangeeta: Women Salman Khan has dated)