Bollywood Going Crazy Over “Nothing” Hug Betweeen Feuding Superstars Salman Khan and SRK!

MUMBAI – It’s been five years since the infamous fight between Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan at Katrina Kaif’s birthday party. The incident divided Bollywood into two camps, and things have been tense between the Khans ever since, with each trying to avoiding the other at public appearances. But at MLA Baba Siddique’s Iftaar party on Sunday (July 21), both came face to face and then hugged.

Salman walked in first with brother Sohail, dad Salim, friends Arjun Kapoor and Boney Kapoor, among others. Later, Shah Rukh entered and speculations began on whether Salman would leave the venue. But surprisingly, the actor went around shaking hands with people on the table where SRK was seated. Though at first he ignored Shah Rukh, Salman returned and tapped him. Then, much to delight of the onlookers, the two superstars hugged. “It’s a great sight for any Bollywood fan, but it won’t have any immediate effect,” says filmmaker Sanjay Gupta reacting to the incident.

Friends to foes

Salman and Shah Rukh first worked together in filmmaker Rakesh Roshan’s Karan Arjun (1995) and then in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam (2002). And at an awards function in 1999, SRK even dedicated his Best Actor award to Salman. But things took an ugly turn when Salman stormed onto the sets of SRK’s Chalte Chalte (2003), which starred his then-girlfriend Aishwarya Rai. In 2004, Salman apparently hugged SRK at filmmaker Farah Khan’s pre-wedding bash, after which he went on to do a guest appearance in Om Shanti Om (2007). Later, Salman reportedly asked SRK to do a role in Main Aur Mrs Khanna (2009), which the latter declined. Then, the big fight broke out at Katrina Kaif’s birthday party in 2008. However, filmmaker Rakesh Roshan says, “For me, they were always good friends. I don’t know about any fight.”

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