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Salman Khan thinks it is harder than ever for newcomers to enter Bollywood.

Salman Khan
Salman Khan

The 49 year-old actor and producer is well known for aiding young hopefuls in launching their Bollywood careers, having already helped Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha and Zarine Khan to success in the industry. Now the ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ star has turned his attention to promoting Suniel Shetty’s daughter, Athiya, and Aditya Pancholi’s son, Sooraj, both of whom are making their Bollywood debuts in his upcoming film, ‘Hero.’

But the actor, who is known as ‘The Box-Office King’,  has revealed that he thinks is much harder to break into the industry now than when he made his debut in 1989 in ‘Biwi Ho To Aisi’, as so many newcomers have been thoroughly trained for success.

Speaking to PTI, Salman said: “Today’s time is very difficult as everyone is coming prepared, they are well trained. They are working on their looks, action (body) and dance and everything. In our times, anyone would get launched.”

Salman also added that due to increased budgets, films are a lot bigger and there is more competition between actors after a starring role, and a great deal more pressure to get it right first time.

The ‘Kick’ star explained: “Earlier people used to take risks, see and start making a film for three or four days, and if things did not work out, they would shelve it. Now before starting a film, Rs 4-6 crore is spent, so no one does that. Today there is more competition.”

‘Hero’, which was produced by Salman, is a romantic action film which tells the story of a gangster who kidnaps the daughter of the chief of police, only for the unlikely pair to fall in love. The film, which is directed by Nikhil Advani, is set to be released on Friday (11.09.2015).

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