Salman Khan who had assumed the role of Mr. Cool lately seems to have lost it again. Big time. In the last week or so, Salman has been losing his temper so frequently that those close to him have named him 'Snappy Salman.'
It has happened once too often at all the Ek Tha Tiger promotions during the past few days to be a coincidence. A few days ago in Lucknow, Salman walked out of an event when the fans got a bit too excited on seeing him.
In fact he was supposed to fly from Lucknow to Patna for his first ever visit to the Bihar capital. Bihar is known to be a breeding-ground for fanatical Salman supporters. When they heard the superstar had put off his visit arguing that fans in the smaller cities got dangerously excited on seeing him, the Patna population was disappointed and livid.
Said a film exhibitor Suman Sinha, "We were looking forward to Mr. Khan's visit. What does he mean by cancelling for a flimsy reason about small-towners misbehaving? We know how to treat VVIP guests, even one like Mr. Khan."
But Salman cancelled. No one questioned. No one asks Salman the reason for what he does.
On Monday at a promotional event, he snapped at media persons for their questions. He has also expressed his boredom openly at the recent media events. Curiously he has also been making sarcastic rude remarks about Katrina in public with her sitting next to him. She's taken the behaviour sportingly enough.
Says his friend, "Salman has not been himself lately. It could be his old health issue. He doesn't discuss his neurological condition with anyone, not even his parents. He says talking about it makes it worse. All his family and friends have been instructed not to bring up the health condition. So we don't know if that's what's bothering him. It could just be the nervousness of the responsibility of delivering a major Eid blockbuster."
Whatever the reason, Snappy Salman took open swipes at Katrina at press events. She laughed them off. Then at one event he "forgot" his director Kabir Khan's name.
All this edgy behaviour has been secretly worrying Salman's well-wishers. A friend on condition of anonymity said, "Each time Bhai has a release, he excitedly discusses scenes and shots. This time he's not talking to us about the film at all."
The star, known to be ultra-moody and also famous for getting his way, has broken yet another Yash Raj rule by getting a special screening of Ek Tha Tiger organized for his family and friends.
Yash Raj is known to guard their films from the public eye till the day when the film is released. Preview shows and pre-release press shows of Yash Raj films are not allowed.
Wading through the production house's rules, Salman had a screening of Ek Tha Tiger on Tuesday evening for his family and friends.
Laughs his buddy, "Salman does what he wants. He makes his own rules. And if he gives Yash Raj a blockbuster in Ek Tha Tiger, they'll happily want him for another film, all rules on broken battered and bruised."