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When Arbaaz Khan Got Honest About Comparisons With Salman Khan Before Debut In 1996

In 1996, when Arbaaz Khan made his debut with 'Daraar', he candidly shared his thoughts about being compared with brother Salman Khan.

Bollywood isn’t an easy field to make a career in. Be it an outsider or a star kid, every person faces different kinds of problems and challenges. Star kids often get judged, trolled and compared with their already famous family members. Actor Arbaaz Khan once opened up about being compared with brother Salman Khan, who is one of the biggest superstars In India.

Arbaaz made his debut eight years after Salman’s debut. Salman’s first film was Biwi Ho To Aisi in 1988 but his first film as a lead actor was Maine Pyar Kiya, which was released in 1989. It became one of the highest-grossing Indian films at the time and Salman became an overnight star. However, when Arbaaz decided to make his career in films, all eyes were glued on him and people began to draw comparisons between both brothers.

During that time, Arbaaz candidly talked about the comparison with Salman. During an exclusive chat with Lehren, he said, “Comparisons are bound to happen and that is not something one should fear. If I get scared thinking that Salman’s first film was ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ that became the biggest hit in history and I’ll have to match his success, these are the things you cannot voluntarily do. So, you have to be focused. You should be doing what you wanted to do and do it to the best of your capability and hope for the best. So, I have done the hard work on my part and I have chosen a project which I think is best for me to start my career. The rest is in the hands of the audience and God. But I feel pretty confident and I don’t think that things will go drastically wrong.”

“But in any case, I am not going to be deterred by any kind of comparisons that are going to be made between Salman or me, and then later, me and my first film, then my success and my failure, he further added.

In his debut film Daraar, Arbaaz played a villainous role of a psychotic wife-beater. The film was directed by Abbas-Mustan and it also featured Rishi Kapoor and Juhi Chawla. Arbaaz received the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role for his performance.

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