Following several instances of security breach by zealous fans, the actor has been forced to add more muscle to his defence, doubling the number of guards to a dozen…
Vickey Lalwani | September 15, 2012
Popularity comes with a hefty price. And Salman Khan’s has come at the cost of six more bodyguards, taking the tally up to twelve. Perhaps the highest for any star in the industry.
The actor, who had only a handful of men guarding him at media events, has been forced to double his defence following the mass hysteria that his films have unleashed in the recent past (with back-to-back blockbusters since Wanted in 2009).
Salman’s head of security Shera confirmed that the security deployed for the actor has indeed been beefed up by 100 per cent. “Earlier, Bhai had six bouncers around him. Now, he has twelve,” he said.
Reportedly, the actor had to cancel the shoot of his brother Arbaaz’s directorial Dabangg 2 in Lucknow due to security reasons. In fact, Arbaaz had told the media, “It’s been chaotic here. We didn’t bring Salman. He will now join us directly at Satara for the shooting of the climax. But the people here gathered in hordes for the shooting in the outdoors probably in the hope that Salman would turn up. And when he didn’t, they got restless.”
However, that was not the only provocation for Salman to beef up his team of guards. Apparently, it was right after Ek Tha Tiger released, when the actor felt the need to call in more security. It was during Eid, when fans waiting outside Galaxy Apartments, his Bandra residence, went out of control one fine day.
“We had a tough time outside Bhai’s residence on Eid. The fans went out of control and the cops had to resort to lathi charge,” Shera, the man who has been closest to Salman for the last 15 years told Mirror.
Will the new security men also keep the paparazzi at bay, especially those who hover around his house at night? Well, we can only guess.
Salman seals his 5 am friendship with Priyanka Chopra with a social endorsement. The actor who never got along with PeeCee earlier, after being spotted with her outside his apartment complex by Mumbai Mirror, seems to have grown rather fond of the actress.
Yesterday he tweeted, “Omg ! Just heard Priyanka Chopra’s English track 3 times bak to bak, called in my city. It’s fab, outstanding! SALAAM Miss Chopra.”