New Delhi: Soon Salman Khan's fans will see him essay the role of Prem for the 16th time in the Sooraj Barajatya directed ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo'. Salman Khan's most loved character Prem weaved his magic for the first time in ‘Maine Pyar Kiya'.
The movie which starred newbie Bhagyashree opposite Salman Khan became a super duper hit. Bhagyashree, who was reluctant to join movies, agreed because she trusted Sooraj Barjatya. Talking to a leading daily, she said, “When I realised that my dad was never going to send me abroad, I agreed to do the film, mostly because I'd run out of excuses. Besides, I liked the story and I knew Soorajji would handle it well.”
Bhagyashree had just broken up with her childhood sweetheart Himalaya, and romancing Salman was not easy for her. Talking about her first shot she revealed, “It went off well but there was a shot at the end of the "Kabootar ja ja ja" song where I run into Salman's arms which upset me. I'd never hugged a man in my life and worried about what people would say, I sobbed for three hours before the scene. Soorajji and Salman sat on the floor beside me, ready to delete the shot.”
She also added that the iconic pigeon got attached to her and it just did not fly off to Salman Khan. “Take after take; it would wing back to me. And the kabootar has stuck with me in public memory even today.”
Bhagyashree also remembers how Salman was a good co-actor to her. “I wondered why he was suddenly being so flirtatious and worried about how I would finish the film with him. After 48 hours, he confessed that he was into my secret and knew all about Himalaya and me.”
“He would keep asking me if all was well and warned that Himalaya would be answerable to him if he upset me in any way,” she added. Bhagyashree also added that Salman brought Prem alive on the silver screen.