Sohail Khan
Subhash K Jha (DNA; June 29, 2017)

Sohail Khan, Salman Khan’s quieter sibling, got a rare opportunity to play his bade bhaiyya’s older brother in Tubelight. Lamentably, there wasn’t enough screen time for the brothers to share, and fans felt let down.

Sohail reveals that there were many scenes featuring the brothers that were edited out. “There was a lot more, for sure. What we shot together, Salman bhai and I, or even what was narrated in the script. Later, Kabir decided to cut it down. Which is fine because the film was not made to celebrate Salman bhai’s brotherhood with me. So no complaints. I am very happy with the film and with the time Bhai and I shared in it.”

Having led a sheltered life, Sohail says he has not known the loss of a loved one. “So far, I’ve never experienced bereavement. I’ve been lucky. I have lost no one I love, not family, not friends. I know everyone loses their loved ones eventually. I’ve no idea what it feels like to go through that. This film made me realise what it is like to lose a loved one and that was frightening.”

Tubelight gave Sohail a chance to experience what bereavement is like. He says, “It was shattering. Once Salman Bhai and I were in our character’s clothes speaking our lines, we felt the same tragic energy as the two brothers on screen. It was eerie.”