Salman Khan and Harshaali Malhotra in Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Courtesy Eros International
Salman Khan and Harshaali Malhotra in Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Courtesy Eros International

Salman Khan: playing a ‘simple’ man in Bajrangi Bhaijaan was challenging



Salman Khan says he found it hard to "break" his macho image in his new drama Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

"It was a difficult thing for me right now to play after Dabangg, Wanted and other films. It was challenging to come back to play a simple character," said Khan, who is best known for his one-dimensional action films such as 2014's Kick, and the Dabangg films.

The 49-year-old actor said that while Bajrangi Bhaijaan does have action to some extent, it is all heart.

"There is action and everything in Bajrangi Bhaijaan, but it is simple and all heart. We've shown a typical Hindustani [Indian] character where people get a feeling, 'What a nice guy', 'bechara' [innocent]."

“All the action films we do, they need to be backed with emotions. Otherwise, action is pointless,” he added.

Released on July 17 in the UAE, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which is co-produced by Salman Khan Films (SKF) with Rockline Venkatesh, is about the bond shared by a young Pakistani girl who is mute, portrayed by Harshaali Malhotra, and an Indian man.

Director Kabir Khan is happy and content that the audience has been able emotionally connect with the film.

"It is a good thing that the audience is getting emotional as that means our story is working. If there wasn't any emotional connection, then we would have failed as movie makers," said Kabir Khan, whose last film with the actor was the 2012 action drama Ek Tha Tiger. "I think it was a story like that in which we needed a simple and loving Salman and it is a very beautiful story ... The way we have made it, that itself is a treatment which works for the film.

The film, which also stars Kareena Kapoor and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, made 1 billion rupees during its opening weekend.

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Full name: Aisha Abdulqader Saeed

Age: 34

Emirate: Dubai

Favourite quote: "No one has ever become poor by giving"

Price, base / as tested From Dh173,775 (base model)
Engine 2.0-litre 4cyl turbo, AWD
Power 249hp at 5,500rpm
Torque 365Nm at 1,300-4,500rpm
Gearbox Nine-speed auto
Fuel economy, combined 7.9L/100km

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6.30pm: Handicap (rated 95-108) US$125,000 2000m (Dirt).
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Winner: El Chapo, Luke Morris, Fawzi Nass.

Company profile

Name: Steppi

Founders: Joe Franklin and Milos Savic

Launched: February 2020

Size: 10,000 users by the end of July and a goal of 200,000 users by the end of the year

Employees: Five

Based: Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai

Financing stage: Two seed rounds – the first sourced from angel investors and the founders' personal savings

Second round raised Dh720,000 from silent investors in June this year

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Dos

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The flights

Return flights from Dubai to Windhoek, with a combination of Emirates and Air Namibia, cost from US$790 (Dh2,902) via Johannesburg.
The trip
A 10-day self-drive in Namibia staying at a combination of the safari camps mentioned – Okonjima AfriCat, Little Kulala, Desert Rhino/Damaraland, Ongava – costs from $7,000 (Dh25,711) per person, including car hire (Toyota 4x4 or similar), but excluding international flights, with The Luxury Safari Company.
When to go
The cooler winter months, from June to September, are best, especially for game viewing. 

UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024

Equestrian
Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).
Judo
Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

Cycling
Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

Swimming
Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).

Athletics
Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

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Engine: Two-litre four-cylinder turbo
Power: 235hp
Torque: 350Nm
Transmission: Nine-speed automatic
Price: From Dh167,500 ($45,000)
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The specs

Engine: 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8
Power: 620hp from 5,750-7,500rpm
Torque: 760Nm from 3,000-5,750rpm
Transmission: Eight-speed dual-clutch auto
On sale: Now
Price: From Dh1.05 million ($286,000)

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