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Salmans spending spree

By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
It's a well-known fact that Salman Khan is a large-hearted guy. He's known to give generous gifts to people - whether it's gifting a Mercedes Benz to Govinda or two Rolex watches to Zayed Khan.

But Sallu bhai's gifting spree has, of late, become a cause of concern for the Khan family, as the annual budget for his magnanimous gestures have begun to run into a couple of crores!

Gift control

From here on, the Khan-daan has decided to control Sallu's gifting habit. And they've instructed the actor's staff - his driver, spot boy, bodyguard - to keep a check on Sallu's spending habits.

Khan's employees, spend more time with him than his family does, so they've been instructed to prevent Khan from gifting away a watch. (The actor is also known to slip off the watch off his palm and give it away. Much like the maharajas of the yore.) And if Salman's staff fails to curb the actor's 'enthusiasm', then they stand to lose their job!

'Watch'ing Sallu

Getting into details of the family meeting, the source reveals, "The family called for an intervention. All the people who work closely with Salman have been strictly instructed to prevent him from giving away a watch. If any employee can't prevent it, that person will lose his job.

They can stop Salman, argue, run away, or snatch the watch. The person who doesn't do anything uski vaat lagegi!"

Our source further adds, "The family decided to take this course of action after Salman gifted two expensive Rolex watches to Zayed recently. Each watch that he gifts, costs anything between Rs 8 to 15 lakh. They are mostly state-of-the-art Rolex watches and over the years, he has gifted watches worth over three crore!"

Lucky charms

According to sources, Salman has gifted away at least 15 watches to people around him over the years. And his gifts have brought luck to most of them, including Shah Rukh, Abhishek, and Farah Khan. SRK got a watch during the making of Karan Arjun, Abhishek got his gift before Dhoom 2 and Farah before Main Hoon Naa.

Some of the other people whom he has given watches to, include the technicians of Tumko Na Bhool Payenge, the director of Marigold, Willard Carroll and Will Smith, apart from Zayed recently."

Sallu's standards

Zayed Khan confirms that Salman gifted him two Rolex watches during the Rockstars tour in May-June this year. "Salman has given me two Rolex watches." They must be very expensive? "But then Salman has very high standards apart from being a wonderful human being," Zayed smiles.

No big deal

When quizzed, Salman's brother, Sohail Khan laughs uncomfortably. "Why are people blowing these things out of proportion and making it such a big deal? It is not just watches, but bhai gives other things, too. These are Salman's little gestures of expressing his fondness for the people he comes close to. And if he feels that the friendship is worth it, he gives the person a gift. Why should the family impose any restrictions on him?"

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