“I told his makeup dada that I didn’t want to work with him…”
“I told Aamir (Khan), she is really not nice…she screams a lot…”
Can you imagine these are the statements made by Bollywood’s most adored on-screen couple – Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan in early 90s, when they first met each other on the sets of ‘Baazigar.’ Clearly, the sizzling jodi, known for their unmatched chemistry had got off on the wrong foot. However, within days of working together, the equation between the two changed, as they became extremely fond of each other and developed a platonic relationship, which is very rare between an actor and actress in Bollywood.
While their magical chemistry mesmerized everyone on silver screen in films like ‘Karan Arjun’, ‘Dilwale Dhulaniya Le Jayenge’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham’ and ‘My Name Is Khan’, their easy camaraderie and genuine fondness for each other, reflected in real life.
Shah Rukh, who once called her loud, has been very vocal about their special bond, “Well, our friendship has definitely grown a lot over the years. I guess what we have off screen just translates in front of the camera. I guess without each other we wouldn’t be where we are today!”
In an industry, where the leading pair often gets involved romantically, causing disharmony and rifts in their respective marriages, the Shah Rukh – Kajol dosti has never faced any defamation of those sorts. The roving eye of the media, initially did try to scar the relationship by linking them together, but the purity in their friendship stood out strongly.
"I just kiss her and I keep doing it. And I love her. I don't know how many heroes will say that about their heroine... I love her and I love her deeply. And I always will and only wish her in life the nicest things..." Shah Rukh has once mentioned in an interview.
Likewise, Kajol too has often stated, “He is my buddy, we almost started off together, and everything we have done has made us come close. For me he is a very special human being.”
Their affection for each other was evident, but differences are bound to arise in all relationships and the Shah Rukh – Kajol bond too, had its share of rough weather. In 2012, when Kajol’s husband Ajay Devgn’s got involved in a legal battle with Yash Raj Films, over the release of his film ‘Son Of Sardaar’ and YRF film ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’(JTHJ), which starred Shah Rukh, the Shah – Kajol friendship got stained. So much that Kajol was not even invited for the premiere of JTHJ.
However, bade bade deshon mein aisi choti choti baatein hoti rehti hai…right? The true ties of friendship won over the temporary animosity. As the duo was soon seen bonding once again at a style awards function, visibly having forgotten the past.
“Such controversies remain for the day and go away. So I guess we need to take it up in stride,” commented Kajol nonchalantly about the whole episode.
As of today, the differences between the buddies have been resolved, and if the rumor mills are to be believed, we shall soon be seeing this Bollywood’s most loved couple on-screen again. Apparently, ‘Chennai Express’ director Rohit Shetty is bringing the iconic romantic pair together in the remake of ‘Hum’.
So, while the magic of their chemistry shall once again sizzle on-screen, we shall just raise a toast to their wonderful asli yaari, which is sure to last forever.
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