By Hindustan Times
Mumbai, July 4 -- Doting father Salim Khan is giving away one of his precious trophies to the directors of Chillar Party, which is son Salman Khan's maiden production venture. The legendary scriptwriter, who along with partner Javed Akhtar, had won the Filmfare award for Zanjeer (1973), handed over the trophy to Vikas Bahl and Nitesh Tiwari after watching the film.
"It's the third time that I have given away my trophy. This is my way of appreciating good work that I come across," says Khan, who has earlier given his awards to the team of A Wednesday (2008) and his partner's son, Farhan Akhtar, for his acting debut in Rock On! (2008).
Ask Khan Sr. about his superstar son's first foray into production and he says: "Salman has associated himself with a good product. If films like Chillar Party work, good films will be encouraged. We should appreciate such movies."
At the same time, the writer refuses to label films. "People feel 'item numbers work' or 'it's an NRI' or 'a single screen' or 'a multiplex film.' But there are no categories. It's either good or bad cinema. And trust me, Chillar Party is a good film," he says.
The director duo is, of course, elated. "It's a great feeling. As far as awards go, Salim sir's appreciation has sorted that part. Seriously, we couldn't have asked for a bigger compliment. Now, we wait for the audience's response," says Bahl. Khan Sr. adds that Chillar Party is genuine, honest and compassionate. "It's also difficult to make because the cast includes untrained kids and a dog. I hope such films are made more often."