Khan, who was in London on a brief visit to promote his
latest film, told Reuters in an interview that while "Fan" had a
theme song, it did not actually feature in the movie and had
been used purely for trailers.
"The younger filmmakers and everyone, they know that, you know,
we donít need to just shove in a song anymore," he said.
"I donít think itís going to take away. Itíll take a lot of time
to take the songs out of us, but every film will have a
different requirement,Ē he said.
Bollywood films traditionally have had complex musical scores
and film makers have rarely resisted the temptation to insert a
song and dance sequence into a film. Some films' success rates
have been dependent more on the music than the plot.
Khanís latest film, which is being released globally on Friday,
sees the actor playing a double role in which a lookalike fan is
obsessed with a film star.
On Wednesday, Khan revealed a waxwork model dressed as the
lookalike fan, Gaurav, at Madame Tussauds museum in central
When asked if he had ever met his lookalike in person, he said
many fans often dressed like him.
"I'm a very common looking guy. I have a person who dresses up
like me and they all wear dark glasses so they're kind of
similar and they speak like me, in Kolkata. I have a boy called
Prashant in Mumbai. I meet lots of lookalikes. Even on Twitter
if you go, there's people who dress up. Before my eye surgery, I
would confuse lots of them for my own pictures."
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The 50-year-old actor said he enjoyed using social media platforms
to engage with his admirers. Khan has 19 million followers on
Twitter and said he reads 90 percent of the content directed at him.
However, the actor said he had shied away from using other platforms
after his daughter criticized his pictures on Instagram, saying he
was using too many color filters on his images.
Khan, who has been acting for more than two decades, is regarded as
a pioneer in the Indian film industry for experimenting with using
graphics and special effects in his films. The makeup for his
character Gaurav was done by the same artist who created Brad Pittís
look in the 2008 film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button".
But when asked about making animation movies, Khan said Bollywood
was at least another five to 10 years away from embracing the genre.
"It requires special writing. I think we haven't perfected that art
in India. So we need writers and screenplay writers for an
animation, I think from the West," he said.
"Animation in India so far has not done very well. I think we still
need to crack the code.Ē
(Editing by Hugh Lawson)
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