‘Bhai’ to menfolk who have made him into a folk hero, Chulbul Pandey to new fans, the handsomest young actor to take his shirt off for millennials and a likeable, headstrong, but fallible, screen romantic to the rest of us greying hairs, Salman Khan has been a silent, strong-jawed presence loath to speak on matters other than films. Until now, when coronavirus stalks the globe. Posting a photo where he’s with nephew Nirvaan, Salman admits to being ‘terrified’, and expresses concern for his father, who is staying alone. He should do this more—it
humanises the strongman.