Director Ali Abbas Zafar is known for his collaborations with the Bollywood superstar, Salman Khan. The duo has worked together in the past in Bollywood’s blockbuster movies like Sultan (2016 ) and Tiger Zinda Hai ( 2017 ). Both the movies made more than 300 crores at the box office, in India. Tiger Zinda Hai is Salman Khan’s highest grossing movie till date, with net box office amounting to 339.16 crores. Ali Abbas Zafar and Salman Khan were recently seen working together in Bharat ( 2019 ). The movie created a lot of buzz on social media after Bharat crossed 300 crores, at the box office.
When asked Ali Abbas Zafar about working with Salman Khan, he mentioned one bad thing about working with ‘Bhaijaan’. He said, "The bad with him is at times you will have to wait for him because his timings can throw you off (laughs). But, I don't care about that. That comes with the stardom. And that's the only thing. So my whatever little chik-chik happens with him it's because of the time. During the shoot, I'll go to him in the evening and he'll confidently say, 'Sir, I'll be there before you’ ”, in an interview.
However, Ali Abbas Zafar also said good things about working with star Salman Khan. He said, "The good thing about working with him is that whatever you have visualised for a scene when he comes in everything multiplies. For example that scene in Sultan where he takes his shirt off. In my mind, I was like, 'How are we gonna pull it through?' What actually happened on the set was multiplied many times. So, that's a great thing."
Ali and Salman share a great equation. In an interview Ali Abbas mentioned that Salman Khan has been a learning source for him. Ali said, "His communication with his audience is very direct. And even when he lives a character, Salman Khan doesn't disappear 100 per cent. Whether its Tiger, Sultan or Bharat, his magical presence in there in the characters."
He added, "He was very evolved in the first film itself. I was the one who learnt from him. SK is a deep, mature and beautiful actor/human being, and when he identifies with an emotion, it just flows."
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