The latest is that King Khan apologised to Sunil Gavaskar close to two weeks ago, at a sports awards function. After lashing out at Gavaskar in 2009 for his comments on the Kolkata Knight Riders’ coach John Buchanan, Shah Rukh made an extra effort to mend his differences with him.
Says an eyewitness, “When Gavaskar came up on stage, SRK politely told him that whatever had been reported had been misconstrued by the media, that he respects him very much and loves him for the several honours he has brought to the country.” And Gavaskar apparently smiled and told SRK that things often get blown out of proportion.
We agree. But Mumbai Mirror gives you a tell-it-as-it-is account of King Khan’s attempts at patching up with friends he almost lost.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra:
The SRKVidhu war started after Vidhu justified Eklavya being nominated for the Oscars by saying, ‘If the SRK starrer Paheli could be India’s official entry to the Oscars earlier, why not Eklavya?’ Chopra and Khan stopped talking post this. SRK opted out of Vidhu’s 3 Idiots and asked the Munnabhai director Raju Hirani (a Chopra loyalist) to direct a film for his banner, and things got ugly then. The latest buzz is that Vidhu is contemplating making a film with SRK.
Bhardwaj and SRK had creative differences over a script some time ago. Now, SRK has signed Bhardwaj to direct a film for his company Red Chillies Entertainment.
: SRK cast Rani Mukherjee instead of Aishwarya Rai in Chalte Chalte after noticing Salman Khan’s unruly behaviour on the sets. SRK and Ash stopped talking. Things changed after Karan Johar’s birthday bash, last year, wherein SRK apologised to her. The latest is that SRK wants to cast Aishwarya in his next production and sources say that she too has agreed to play his ladylove.
It’s known that while SRK’s camp has never wished ill for any of Akshay’s films, Akshay’s coterie used to send out SMSs on SRK films hitting the theatres and not doing too well, even when the collections were respectable. Today, Shah Rukh is in frequent touch with Akshay. He even visited the sets of Akshay’s show Master Chef.
SRK may not have gotten over Rampal’s demands for a decent fee for RA.One, but after a brief fight with him, SRK invited Rampal home for dinner and now, they’re talking again.
Lastly, SRK has added a new friend to his list, someone who is best friends with his rival Ajay Devgn. That’s Rohit Shetty. The director received a call from Shah Rukh Khan to congratulate him on his film, Golmaal 3. That’s not all. SRK has also signed Shetty to direct TV commercials for his company.
So it’s amply clear that it’s lonely at the top and the King wants his kingdom back. Why leave Salman Khan and Farah Khan out of it, Shah Rukh?