By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: Everyone is talking about the so-called patch-up between the two Khan superstars Shahrukh and Salman at the Iftaar party hosted by Congress politician Baba Siddiqui
An senior actor who is a close friend of Salman was at bash. The actor says it all happened very spontaneously. “Shahrukh was sitting at a table with several political bigwigs, including Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chauhan and Narayan Rane. Salman’s father Salim Khan Saab was also at the same table as Shahrukh.”
At this point , Salman entered the party.
Says the actor, “Baba Siddiqui Saab took Salman to the table where Shahrukh sat with the dignitaries. One by one the host introduced Salman to each person on the table. As Siddique Saab and Salman approached Shahrukh we all held our breath. When Salman came to Shahrukh from behind he tapped Shahrukh’s shoulder. Shahrukh was eating something. He looked up, got up from his chair and the two of them hugged. The entire gathering cheered whistled and applauded.”
This actor sees this thawing of the ice between Shahrukh and Salman as a very encouraging sign.
“The ice has been broken. How Salman and Shahrukh choose to take this gesture of reconciliation forward is entirely up to them. They can be such a force to reckon with if they decide to come together.”
However this actor agrees it is too early yet to see the two Khans as friends. “The spontaneous hug was just the beginning. There is too much bad blood between the two. It goes back to long before Katrina’s birthday-bash brawl in 2008. When Salman was dating Aishwarya he barged into Shahrukh’s shooting of Chalte Chalte. Aishwarya had to be replaced by Rani Mukherjee. Shahrukh never forgave Salman. And Aishwarya never forgave Rani. So it’s a lot of baggage. Let’s see if anything happens after this.”