MUMBAI: Bollywood star Salman Khan, had a while ago, in an episode of Big Boss Season 4 said that he did not want pretty young ladies calling him ‘bhai’ (brother).
“I am okay with Dolly Bindra referring to me as ‘bhai’, but I don’t want Shweta (Tiwari) to call me Salman bhai!”, exclaimed Salman when Shweta had referred to him using the term.
Apparently, when Salman was on a vacation in Dubai, he exclaimed that he has two sisters who call him ‘bhai’ and that is more than enough for him.
A friend of the actor, said, “Salman has told all of us guys that only Arbaaz and Sohail and his sisters will be allowed to address him as ‘Bhai.’ He is fed up of being the universal brother. He keeps saying he can never find a soul-mate if he continues to be ‘Bhai’ to everyone.”
Suniel Shetty who has known Salman for years, says, “It is true Salman doesn’t like to be addressed as ‘Bhai’ any longer. He is convinced it keeps the girls away.”
While another co-star and friend, on condition of anonymity revealed, “Salman has changed. He has become progressively protective and guardian-like towards his younger heroines Kareena, Katrina and Sonakshi. But the flip side is, he now feels that if he continues to be the universal ‘Bhai’ no girl would ever want to marry him.”
Following the new clause, Sonakshi Sinha his co-star from the superhit franchise ‘Dabangg’ who looks at Salman as her mentor and guide more than a co-star, said, “All his co-stars call him Salman, so why should I call him anything else. Why is it an issue when I don’t attach ‘bhai’ to Salman?”
Salman expressed a hint of anger in his recent interview sharing, “All sorts of idiots call me that. Even rank strangers. Not everyone has the right to call me ‘bhai’. Kids call me, aye Salman how you doing…Mr Khan… oye Salman Khan, I love it. But when some people call me ‘bhai’ I think they are faking it. I hate it when some people call me Sallu. But when they call me that out of love, it shows. It’s the tone that matters. Only Arbaaz and Sohail should call me bhai.”
Message taken, Mr. Khan.