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Radhe Your Most Wanted Bhai will lose money at the box office: Salman Khan on releasing film during pandemic

Slated to start streaming on multiple platforms, including OTT and DTH services, on May 13, Radhe Your Most Wanted Bhai features Salman Khan as an encounter specialist. The actor spoke about the film and its hybrid model of release.

Salman KhanA screengrab of Salman Khan from the trailer of Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai. (Photo: YouTube/Zee Studios)

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is all heart when it comes to his massive fan following that has only grown since his debut as a leading man in the 1989’s hit musical romance Maine Pyar Kiya. The actor, whose popularity cuts across all walks of life, is synonymous with honouring his “commitment” of releasing at least one film on the festival of Eid every year.

This time, as the country grapples with the deadly second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, he is sticking to his promise and bringing Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai right into the comfort of the audience’s homes. “The people who have watched Maine Pyar Kiya, they loved me, and they kept on loving me, and they kept on loving their husbands and their children, and their children kept on loving me.

“From that one fan became a family and then another unit. I’m lucky and grateful that fans have been very loyal. So, from grandparents to parents to grandchildren, I have that (following),” Salman Khan said in response to PTI’s question during a Zoom roundtable interview on Monday night from Mumbai.

Slated to start streaming on multiple platforms, including OTT and DTH services, on May 13, Radhe features the actor as an encounter specialist tackling drug menace in Mumbai. “We will lose money at the box office with Radhe. The reason why we are releasing this film is for the fans. I don’t want them to come to a theatre to watch me. I don’t want ki kal ko koi bole ki Salman Khan ke fans ko coronavirus hogaya ya unhone faila diya. I am glad Zee also was ready to take losses along with us. Theatre owners wanted us to release the film to get them back in business. Radhe is made for big screens. I know people have been waiting for its release. We were ready to release it in theatres too, but then the second wave of Covid-19 happened, and theatres started to shut down. My intention (with the film) is to uplift everyone’s mood,” Salman added, talking about releasing the film during pandemic.

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The upcoming film, which reunites Salman Khan with his Wanted director Prabhudheva, is in the same vein as the 2009 actioner which was a major hit.

“Wanted didn’t change anything, the film that changed everything for me was Maine Pyar Kiya. Wanted was a hit film, an action film. Before that also there were enough of such films. What has changed is the population of the country… Even in my movies, I make sure there is everything for everyone,” he added.

While his larger-than-life films, best enjoyed at the slowly disappearing single-screen theatres, are apt to be described as ‘the Salman Khan genre’, the actor has also been feted for his performances in critically-successful films like Khamoshi: The Musical, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Phir Milenge and Bajrangi Bhaijaan.


The star, however, believes in retaining the “simplicity” in his films and cater to the family audience rather than trying too hard to impress the “intellectuals”. “We never know what will work, what won’t. We keep it to the simple stuff. Good versus bad, fun, humour. Maybe the intellectuals would not appreciate that but I’m no intellectual and I don’t cater to intellectuals. If they can’t understand simplicity, they are not intellectuals to me,” he said.

Sharing an anecdote of his niece Ayat Sharma, Salman Khan said the 16-month-old is listening to Seeti Maar, one of the songs from Radhe, on repeat mode.

The actor said he doesn’t know the reason behind the connect people have with him. “Ayat is only listening to Seeti Maar. Her next favourite is Zoom Zoom. She is eating (while listening) to Seeti Maar, she is dancing and trying to get the lyrics of Seeti Maar. I just don’t know what that connect is.”


Some media reports billed Radhe as the sequel to Wanted, but Salman Khan clarified that the film is a new story and the only similarities it has with the blockbuster is the name of the character and his intention to stick to his commitment. “It’s full-on entertainment, good music, superb action, very good plot and there is that one ‘commitment’ thing and that is the commitment to achhai (goodness), where he says that he will finish this drug scene and clean the city and go after the bad guys.”

Like most of his entertainers, Radhe will see the 55-year-old actor performing some high-octane action sequences. Salman Khan said even though he still enjoys doing action, it is “getting more and more difficult”.

“Now, I don’t know if the action is more difficult or it’s difficult for me. But I’m still at it. I believe that till the time you can do action, you can romance. And I like to (do) romance, so I’m doing action. And people like to see action and romance, so that is what I aimed on,” he added.

The upcoming movie is another addition to his ever-growing list of cop dramas after Garv: Pride and Honour, Wanted and Dabangg franchise. Salman Khan quipped that he is “running out of professions” to play on screen. “I’m playing a cop in Dabangg, Radhe, in my next film Antim, I’m playing a RAW agent in Tiger 3. So, I’m repeating the professions in different manners.”

Asked if there was a role he would like to play in future, the star said he simply goes with the flow. “Whatever comes to me, whatever I think is fine at that point of time. I did want to do Andaz Apna Apna 2 but that script has never come about so that me and Aamir (Khan) could do it,” he shared.


Also starring Disha Patani, Randeep Hooda, Jackie Shroff and Gautam Gulati, Radhe will release on the pay-per-view broadcast platform Zee Plex as well. Backed by Salman Khan Films and Reel Life Production Private Limited, the film is produced by Salma Khan and Sohail Khan.

First published on: 11-05-2021 at 02:38:42 pm
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