Salman sings 'Happy Birthday' for Katrina in New York

New York, July 14  (IANS) Bollywood superstar Salman  Khan sprang a surprise for Katrina Kaif when he sang the "Happy  Birthday" song for the actress, who will turn a year older on Sunday.

Katrina  and Salman were sharing the stage at the kick-off press conference of  the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards here on  Thursday evening.

Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Anupam Kher, Kriti  Sanon, Sushant Singh Rajput and Varun Dhawan too were on the stage and  were talking about their IIFA experience one by one.

When it was  Salman's chance, he consulted Anupam about when the "date" of the IIFA  Awards was. Given his quick wit, Salman then added: "I am very bad with  dates... The only date I remember is Katrina's birthday."

He  paused and added that it is Katrina's birthday on July 16. He then  started singing "Happy Birthday to you... Happy Birthday dear Katrina",  before moving forward to give her a side hug and a peck on the cheek.

Katrina, who will celebrate her birthday in the Big Apple, smiled away.

Later, at a limited media gathering, when Katrina was asked a memorable thing she did when she was 18, she said: "I met Salman."

When Salman was asked what he is planning to do for Katrina's birthday, he Katrina said: "It's not a national event...."

Salman  then promptly quipped: "India mein toh chhutti hai... Ab US mein bhi ho  jaayega (It's a holiday in India, and it might happen in US too)."