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Never winning awards to Katrina Kaif’s birthday: Salman Khan gets candid at IIFA 2017 press meet

The Dabangg actor has never been a favourite at award shows but the superstar has no complains.
Edited by: India TV Entertainment Desk New Delhi July 14, 2017 16:57 IST
India TV Entertainment Desk

The pre-celebrations for the International Indian Film Academy or IIFA Awards will hit the floors today. Tubelight star Salman Khan, who is all set to perform at the 18th edition of IIFA 2017 in New York, interacted with the media and, surprised everyone with his witty replies. The Dabangg actor has never been a favourite at award shows but the superstar has no complains as he said he prefers performing at such ceremonies over receiving an honour. 

"I have never won an award. I have got some supporting actor award. I like rewards more than awards," Salman told reporters here at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards press conference last evening.  The actor recalled a time when a magazine editor had called him to attend an award show as he was nominated for "Maine Pyar Kiya". 

"I was nominated alongside Jackie Shroff and others. The moment my name was announced, I stood up to receive the award but it went to Jackie. I don't go and receive awards, I just go and perform." 

The actor joked that even though he was not the best dancer, organisers are always ready to pay him a fat cheque. "Even after such bad performances, they (organisers) are paying me for it. I am more than happy doing it. It's like I am getting money for standing there," he said. 

Salman also took the opportunity to wish his former girlfriend, actress Katrina Kaif, who was also present during the event. The actress will celebrate her 34th birthday on July 16. 

"I don't remember the dates (of the IIFA award show) the only date I remember is July 16 and that is Katrina Kaif's birthday. Let us sing for her right now... 'Happy birthday to Katrina'. The best thing is to wish someone like this," Salman said as he hugged Katrina. 

The 18th IIFA Awards 2017 will be held on July 14 and 15 and, viewers can switch on to Colors on Sunday at 7 pm to view the Awards night. The pre-celebrations have already started as B-town celebs are making way for a grand event. 

(With PTI Inputs)

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