IPL 5 will not affect films, says Salman KhanAs the fifth season of Indian Premier League (IPL) begins Wednesday Bollywood actor Salman Khan
said Monday that filmmakers should not shy away from releasing their
films during the cricket tournament as one of his hit films was released
during the World Cup.
"I don't think there will be any
difference if you release your film during IPL. My film 'Biwi No. 1' was
released during (1999) World Cup," Salman told reporters here Monday
while announcing his association with yatra.com. He has invested in
yatra.com and is also the face of the travel portal.
The fifth edition
will be held during April 4-May 27. With nine teams and 76 games across
12 locations, it promises to be a treat for cricket fans.
Asked which team he thought will win the IPL, Salman replied diplomatically, "The best team should win. I have lots of friends
who own the teams. Who plays the best should win."
Both Salman and Shah Rukh Khan
, who are at loggerheads, organised two different events in the city.
In fact, Salman's event which was supposed to start at 11.30 in the morning, was postponed to 1.30 and clashed with SRK's.
When asked about it, Salman said: "I was shooting for 'Dabangg 2' till
3.30 a.m. We packed up too late and I was sleeping. I can't just get up
and come for an event. I went for my workout, had breakfast, took some
rest and then I came here."
friendly' appearance for Preity
Three years ago, Zinta did a cameo in Khan's production; now he has agreed to work in the first film for her banner Salman Khan
and Preity Zinta
are buddies who will always be there for each other. While Preity danced to the Happening song in Khan's home production Main Aurr Mrs Khanna
(2009) for free, Salman has agreed to be part of Preity's first home
production, Ishkq In Paris. The film is being directed by Prem Raj
(who had earlier directed MAMK). Khan has agreed to do a song and a scene in the film.
Says a source, "Though Salman has an extremely busy schedule shooting
for Dabangg 2, brand endorsements and show commitments, he always makes
time for friends. After Preity returned from shooting her film in Paris
last week, she went to meet Salman. She was keen that he be a part of
her first film and was pleasantly surprised when the actor agreed."
The source adds that the economics behind the deal was never an issue.
"He is doing it as an emotional gesture. Prem is also grateful to
Salman, firstly because he gave him a break as a director, and is now
doing a cameo in his second film. Prem and Preity plan to ensure that
the song becomes THE song of the year. Khan's scene and song will be
shot in April at a grand set in one of the local studios."
Preity confirms, "Salman has agreed to be a part of Ishkq In Paris, but
to know what he will be doing, you have to watch the film. His role has
been woven into the script
very nicely. We are very excited to have Salman on board. He's always supported me and I love him with all my heart