Norway doesn’t have much of a fan-following for Bollywood stars. But Salman Khan is an exception. He apparently had the Indian population laying siege around the hotel where Salman Khan had gone along with his Dabangg co-star Sonakshi Sinha and his brother Sohail Khan for the ‘Bollywood Fest’ where Dabangg was the inaugural film.
Says Sohail, “You’re right. Norway doesn’t have that large an Indian population. But Salman had done a live concert there two years ago. And we had also gone there with our film Heroes. I guess the locals liked what they saw.”
Fairly large groups of Indian fans gathered around the Thon hotel in Oslo where Salman was stationed. They apparently kept vigil all night for a glimpse of the star and got progressively restless until Salman finally came out on the balcony to wave to them.
That wasn’t the end of the story. After the fans saw him once they clamoured in the stillness of the night for him to give them a dekko once again, then again, and again…
It came to a point where the hotel’s manager had to intervene and gently remind Salman that the other guests in the hotel were getting disturbed by the nocturnal fan frenzy. Finally, Salman had to go with folded hands and request the fans to disperse.
Sohail confirms this incident. “Like I said Salman’s fans in Norway are a staunch hardcore group.”
Incidentally, Sohail will now be taking time off to finish his flying lessons.
Says Sohail, “I was halfway through my training to become a licensed pilot when Dabangg took off. I discontinued my flying to support Salman and Arbaaz. Now I’m going back in October to finish my interrupted course. I will then have an alternative career to fall back on.”