Whether it was the success of ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ or whether he was just happy to be there for his friend’s big day, Salman Khan seemed to be in a very good mood when he arrived for the music launch of Preity Zinta’s first production venture ‘Ishkq In Paris.’
So much so that he even asked the reporters present if they had a headline in mind, volunteering to provide information tailor-made for the headline.
The jollity continued.
“It is a family film, an out-and-out romantic film and having Salman is great,” Preity claimed.
When asked if the lead actors locked lips in the film, she said, “I believe romance is not about kissing.”
Salman quickly added, “Kissing can happen after the cut."
Discussing her experience of shooting in Europe, Preity started off saying, “There was an Italian waiter, actually half French and half Italian…” when Salman interrupted to ask, “Which half, upper half or lower half?” resulting in guffaws all around.
Salman also explained why the music of the film was not by Pritam as originally planned.
“I have worked with Preity and she has made an outstanding movie and is a good producer. She has handled IPL. When Preity Zinta gets excited it means it’s really good. When she didn’t like the songs, I called Sajid Wajid and told them to make some good music for her. She has great script sense.”
Salman also managed to take a dig at the film’s director Prem Soni. “I did a film with him, ‘Main Aur Mrs Khanna.’ It was a very sweet film.” He went on to add, “Sometimes I wonder whether he was cooking a chicken or was really making a film,” probably alluding to the fate of the film at the box-office.
Sallu also defined ‘Ishq’ in his own words, “Ishq ibadat hai and I love the creator.”
Meanwhile, Preity Zinta may have tried her best to postpone the release of her film so it doesn’t clash with other women-oriented films like ‘Heroine,’ ‘English Vinglish’ and ‘Aiyya,’ but the date that she has chosen to release her film may not be the best one after all.
While it is pretty clear that her film was not really as hyped as ‘Heroine,’ ‘Aiyya’ or ‘English Vinglish’ due to a poor marketing plan, the absence of a big star, barring a special item song by Salman Khan, will certainly hamper the chances of the film at the turnstiles.
Add to that the release date, November 2. It is not really an auspicious day to release the film. Nothing religious, mind you, but the fact that four other films have been slated to release on that day—Vikram Bhatt’s horror flick ‘1920: Evil Returns,’ ‘Sons of Ram - Heroes Will Rise,’ ‘Future To Bright Hai Ji’ and the Anurag Kashyap-UTV film ‘Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana.’