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‘Salman Khan knew Tere Naam would be a success but was wary it had the wrong message for youth’: Satish Kaushik

Filmmaker and actor Satish Kaushik has revealed that Salman Khan was not proud of the stalking proven in his hit movie Tere Naam. Satish, who celebrated his birthday not too long ago, remembered the time when he shot the movie and revealed that Salman knew viewers would love the movie, but in addition feared that its messaging was flawed.

Tere Naam – a movie that marked the debut of Bhumika Chawla – instructed the story of an obsessive lover Radhe (Salman) who’s a good-for-nothing faculty drop-out who continues to linger concerning the faculty premises, initially for hooliganism and later for the lady he takes a flowery to. Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh had the same arc – it was the story of a medical pupil who’s obsessive about a junior in medical college. However, Kabir Singh was extensively criticised for romanticising violence in relationships and selling misogyny.

Satish told Bollywoodlife in an interview, “There are quite a few similarities between Tere Naam and Kabir Singh, especially the way, the hero pursues the girl and some other aspects. In fact, you wouldn’t believe that while shooting the movie, Salman had told me that it would work with the audience, but we’re sending a wrong message to the youth. This isn’t the kind of character we should show to the youth as they could get wrongly influenced by it. Salman has always been very conscious that way in what he shows to his fans on screen.”

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Satish, nonetheless, added that he believes all types of characters have to be proven in movies. “We must ensure that such negative characters or those with shades of grey are not shown winning in the end,” the director mentioned, an recommendation he additionally adopted in Tere Naam. Salman’s character results in an asylum within the movie. “As a viewer and filmmaker though, I believe that all kinds of characters, positive, negative and those with grey shades should be shown in cinema, but it’s necessary to not show negative or grey characters winning in the end, like in Tere Naam,” Satish additional instructed the tabloid.

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