Bhagyashree Birthday: When Salman Khan refused to kiss her for ‘hot’ photos

Bhagyashree made her Bollywood debut in 1989 with Salman Khan's Maine Pyaar Kiya
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Bhagyashree Patwardhan, a yesteryear diva, is celebrating her 52nd birthday on Tuesday, February 23. The actress made her Bollywood debut with massively appreciated Salman Khan‘s Maine Pyaar Kiya. In the movie, she played the role of Suman. With her innocent gaze, Bhagayshree won many hearts as she debuted in Bollywood.

Maine Pyaar Kiya turned out to be key milestone in Bhagyashree‘s career and the actress went on to feature in many movies. After receiving success with Maine Pyaar Kiya in 1989, the actress rose to prominence. She married businessman Himalaya Dassani.

While she has appeared in various Bollywood movies, it’s her chemistry with Salman Khan that made her top talk of the town. The duo gained popularity in the early 90s. However, the actress has revealed in an interview that Salman refused to kiss her for a photoshoot.

When Salman Khan refused to kiss Bhagyashree

In an interview with Deccan Chronicle, actor Bhagyashree shared that Salman refused to pose for ‘hot’ photographs with her. Bhagyashree, without naming the photographer, said, he wanted to take” not-so-complimentary photographs” of Salman and her and asked the Dabangg star to “catch her and smooch her.”

“There was a very popular photographer back then, who is no more. He wanted to take some not-so-complimentary photographs of Salman and me, some sort of ‘hot’ photographs. So, he took Salman aside and told him, ‘Main jab camera set up karunga (When I set up the camera), you just catch her and smooch her,” she told Deccan Chronicle. “All of us were newcomers and this photographer thought he had the liberty to do something like that. Back then, smooching scenes were not prevalent,” she added.

Why did Salman refuse to kiss her first heroine?

In the same interview, Bhagyashree further revealed that she was standing close to the actor and photographer. However, she was relieved by Salman’s reaction to the situation. “I don’t think he or Salman knew that I was standing very close by and could hear every word. For a second, I remained shocked, but just then, I heard Salman say, ‘I am not going to do anything of that sort. If you want any pose like that, you need to ask Bhagyashree.’ I really respected Salman’s response, and that’s when I realised I was among safe people,” the actor recalled.

Bhagyashree to make a comeback in Bollywood

After making quite a splash with Maine Pyaar Kiya, Bhagyashree appeared in more Bollywood, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada and Bhojpuri films. However, the actress went on a rather long gap from the world of showbizz. Now, she is all set to make her comeback in Bollywood with two big projects.

The actor will be seen in Prabhas‘ Radhe Shyam and Kangana Ranaut‘s Thalaivi. Speaking with Times of India about her birthday plans, the actor said that since she is fasting on her birthday, the celebrations will not be special. To top it off, her birthday comes just a day after her son Abhimanyu Dasani’s birthday. “By the time we reach my birthday, we are all exhausted,” she confessed.

The actor also revealed how her birthday celebrations were as a child. “During my childhood days, my birthday parties were really huge. I was really lucky and privileged. I used to stay in South Mumbai, so, my birthday would be celebrated at a gymkhana and we would have the open ground set up with games. When Abhimanyu and Avantika were born, I tried to do the same for them. Abhimanyu’s birthday celebrations became much bigger than mine,” she said.

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