Director Ali Abbas Zafar is bringing out his third film with Salman KhanBharat. The filmmaker is confident about Salman’s star power and also swears of his acting prowess. In his latest interview with a daily, Ali revealed a lot about Salman – the actor than what you already know. The director said that he has learnt a lot from Salman and also from the kind of ‘mature’ human being that he is.

Talking to Mumbai Mirror, Ali said that Salman Khan makes sure his real self is not absent from his character even when he is deeply involved with his character on-screen. The director has had a successful collaboration with the superstar in Sultan (2016) and Tiger Zinda Hai (2018) earlier. He mentioned whether the actor is being Sultan or Tiger, he ‘doesn’t disappear 100 per cent and his magical presence is there in the characters.’

Calling SK a ‘deep, mature and beautiful actor and human being,’ Ali said that the actor has his own way of identifying with his character’s emotion. The director revealed an incident from the sets of Sultan that proves that Salman is an instinctive actor. He talked about the scene in the film in which Salman had to remove his shirt and look at his shapeless body in the mirror. Ali added that the actor had been avoiding to shoot for the particular scene but suddenly one day, he came on the sets and did the scene in one take. The director said, ” He avoided doing it till the last day, then suddenly stripped and faced the camera. It was a one-take shot and I couldn’t have asked for anything better.” He went ahead to say that Salman is a spontaneous actor and he knows that ‘a star needs to be an actor, otherwise, he’ll fizzle out.’

Bharat is Ali’s fifth film after his debut directorial Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011), Gunday (2014), Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai. The film also features Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Sunil Grover, Jackie Shroff, Sonali Kulkarni and Tabu in important roles. It’s slated to hit the screens on June 5 as the big Eid release this year.