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When father Salim Khan did not think of son Salman as hero material

The Race 3 (2018) actor was speaking at the first ever 'Bollywood Night' in Saudi Arabia.

Salman Khan at the World Culture Centre, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

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Actor Salman Khan went down memory lane, reminiscing about his early days in cinema, saying he never wanted to be in the industry.

He was speaking at the first ever 'Bollywood Night' event in Saudi Arabia. Khan visited the World Culture Centre in Damman city where thousands of fans thronged to watch him.

“I didn’t want to be anything in life at all," Salman Khan confessed. "My life's ambition was that I should make Rs10 lakh. Somebody told me that if you make 10 lakh rupees, you will get an interest of Rs2,000 a month. I was pretty satisfied with that. I am still of the same mindset, but Allah has given a lot and so I respect that.”

Interestingly, Salman's father Salim Khan, the legendary screenwriter, felt that his son was not hero material.

“At that point of time, I thought I could be a writer. I asked him once, why do you not recommend me. He said, 'You weigh only 52 kilos'," Salman Khan recalled. "My father asked me, can you see yourself as a police inspector who can take on 10 people? Do you see yourself as a lawyer or an underworld criminal who can kill 10-12 people? I said I can’t do that, maybe the only thing I can do are the romantic roles.”

Salman Khan made his acting debut in a supporting role in JK Bihari’s Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988). There is an interesting story behind how he landed the role. “I was so desperate that I went to producer-director JK Bihari and asked him, 'What made you sign me'?”

Bihari’s reply wasn’t flaterring. "[Bihari] told me that every star he had approached had refused the film. He was ready to pick any idiot newcomer. I was that idiot who walked into his office and got the role,” remembered Salman.

Answering a question about what global adulation means to him, the actor said, "I really appreciate that. Thank you very much. I really appreciate the fans who go to the cinemas and watch the movies. The ones watching on Torrent and pirated DVDs are not my fans, they are Shah Rukh Khan’s fans.”

Salman Khan will be seen next in Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bharat (2019), which is set to be released on Eid this year. Salman Khan has since returned to India and began shooting for Dabangg 3 in Indore today (1 April).