Salman began to jeer Shahrukh about their respective reality television shows
After their last break-up which was patched-up at Farah Khan’s wedding sangeet ceremony in 2004, Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan lashed out at each other at Katrina Kaif’s birthday bash on July 16th.
The birthday party was laid on by Salman for his girlfriend Katrina at the Olive Bar in Mumbai and was attended by many big industry names including Karan Johar, Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Rajkumar Santoshi, Arbaaz Khan, Manmohan Shetty, Nikhil Advani, Kunal Kohli, Salim Khan, Sohail Khan, Prakash Jha, David Dhawan and Anees Bazmee.
The bust-up happend later on after many guests had left, resulting in an uncomfortable end to the evening.
The war of words was started by Salman, who had been drinking prior to the arrival of Shahrukh and his wife, Gauri Khan. A rejection by Shahrukh not to do a cameo in Main Aur Mrs Khanna, a film produced by Salman and his brother Sohail, is thought to be the underlying cause of what transpired at the party.
Salman began to jeer Shahrukh about their respective reality television shows. Salman claimed that his show Dus Ka Dum was far more successful and had attracted more TRP’s than Shahrukh’s show Kya aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain? Salman continued and said that Shahrukh’s show would not be a hit despite him being a superstar actor.
Shahrukh did not get taken in by Salman’s initial jibes but it all came to ahead when Shahrukh made a comment about Aishwarya Rai, Salman’s ex-girlfriend. Salman did not take this lightly and reacted with a furious retaliation near close to physical exchanges of punches, until Gauri stepped in and pulled Shahrukh away holding him back. She then expressed that they left immediately. Salman did not try to stop his guests leaving.
Aamir Khan who was also at the party, tried his best to resolve the dispute between the two but neither were in any mood for compromise.
The ugly incident has left the industry in a loyalty scramble where Salman has had calls from the likes of Kareena Kapoor and Akshay Khanna, Fardeen Khan, Zayed Khan and sympathetic support from Ranbir Kapoor.
Whereas, Sharukh has had loyal support from Karan Johar, Sajid Khan, Farhan Akhtar and veterans like Yash Chopra and Javed Akhtar. Kunal Kholi also has been in touch.
So it’s apparent that SRK has had more support from the directors versus actors who have shown Salman their concern.
So, now it remains to be seen how long or what will make this new break-up between the Khan’s get a resolution of some kind, if any. And it will be interesting to see how tihs affects their film careers, loyalties and choices for future projects.