Bollywood Star Salman Khan: "I Have No Interest in Doing Hollywood Films"
A big hit in India, his latest release 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' also landed in the U.S. top 10.
One of India's most bankable stars, Salman Khan, has set box-office records with his latest release Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, released last week by Fox International Pictures and Fox Star Studios India.
The film recorded the highest ever opening of all time for a Bollywood film in India, collecting $27 million over its opening weekend. In the U.S., Prem Ratan received the biggest ever release for a Hindi film, opening on 284 screens. Its $2.4 million haul landed the film at the ninth spot of the box office and is considered to be among the four top Bollywood openers in the U.S. ever.
While the romantic musical that co-stars actress Sonam Kapoor opened stronger than the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie starrer By The Sea, Khan says he has no interest in pursuing a career in Hollywood.
Addressing a recent press conference to mark Prem Ratan's box-office success, he was asked if the film's success could lead him to consider work in Hollywood. Khan, 49, was quoted by the Indian Express as responding: “I am happy being here. I have earned respect here and it has taken time for me to achieve it. I would have to work again to earn that respect and love [in Hollywood]."
“I like to work in India a lot and I like to deliver dialogs in Hindi. Suddenly, after [delivering] Hindi dialogs over so many years, if I do dialogs in English, it would look a bit weird," he was quoted saying by the Hindustan Times.
Khan's only notable connection with Hollywood came about with his 2007 release Marigold that co-starred Ali Larter (Heroes). The India-set Bollywood romance was directed by Willard Carroll but was received poorly by critics and audiences alike. In 2013, Khan co-produced Canadian drama Dr Cabbie directed by Jean-Francois Poulliot (La Grande Seduction), which also starred Kunal Nayyar (Big Bang Theory).
While going Hollywood may not be Khan's priority, in recent years, Indian talent has made inroads. Among the cross-over successes are Irrfan Khan (Jurassic World, Slumdog Millionaire) and Priyanka Chopra, who is toplining ABC primetime drama Quantico.
But Khan, who also hosts the Indian version of Big Brother, didn't entirely rule out the possibility. “If it’s a film related to [Indians], I might do it but I don’t have any interest or craze for it,” Khan was quoted as saying by the Express. "But I have no interest in doing Hollywood films. Our Hindi film industry should increase [grow] so much that there should be no comparison."
Despite a recent conviction in a hit-and-run accident case, Khan has delivered back-to-back hits following his previous record-breaking blockbuster Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which opened in July and is estimated to have collected more than $75 million worldwide.
The actor is now in production on his upcoming wrestling drama Sultan, produced by veteran Bollywood banner Yash Raj Films and set for release in July.