The Tale Of Three Friends: Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan & Aamir Khan
Much has already been said about the on and off friendship between the three ruling KHANS of Bollywood. Be it their love-hate relationships, or their box-office standings, or their popularity as No 1 stars of the country, media has always loved pitching them against each other. However, despite all the competition and the ‘said rivalry’, the trio – Salman Khan, Shah Rukh and Aamir Khan has always stood by each other, especially in times of crisis, reflecting the asli yaari that they share.
Anyone who is keeping up with Bollywood news is aware of the strained relationship between ‘Bhaijaan’ and ‘Happy New Year’ stars – Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan. But irrespective of the equation they shared both have always maintained that they would still stand by each other in dire straits. Last year, when SRK was injured while shooting for ‘Happy New Year’ and rushed to the hospital, Salman had quoted, “I was worried when I heard about it, but later I heard that he is fine. I am happy that he is alright." Likewise, Shah Rukh too, has never said anything ill about Salman, in fact, he has always maintained that they may not be friends anymore, but the love between them shall always remain. And he proved it, when he went for Salman’s younger sister – Arpita khan’s wedding function and later also visited the Kick actor’s residence the night before the verdict on Salman’s hit and run case to wish him good luck for the judgment day.
Thankfully, the duo has now put behind their long-standing differences and has warmed up to each other once again. The camaraderie between the two has now become so strong that even their movies clashing at the box-office will not change their equation.
“We have now become friends, so everything we will do together,” the Badshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, announced recently while talking about the clash between his film Raees and Salman Khan’s Sultan next year on EID.
While the on and off friendship between Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan has always been in focus, one has often forgotten the other leading Khan of the industry – Aamir Khan, who too shares a warm bond with the two actors.
Irrespective of what is said about Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan’s rivalry, the PK star has always shared an easy camaraderie with King Khan of Bollywood. Aamir spoke about it on Karan Johar’s ‘Koffee With Karan’ show. Aamir said, "I think there is a genuine regard and respect for each other's work and for each other's space. There is also a certain amount of guardedness. There is certainly a warmth between Shah Rukh and me, but there have also been moments where there has been stress in the relationship." In fact, Aamir, repeatedly had tried to bring Salman and Shah Rukh together, “I did try to patch things up' between the two, but at the end of the day it has to be them who feel that,” said Aamir on the same show.
Hence, when Shah Rukh and Salman patched up during Arpita’s sangeet ceremony, he was the first one to know of it. Bhaijaan was prompt enough to call and share this good news with his other Khan buddy and the trio chatted till the wee hours of the morning over a face-time call. “They didn't let me sleep the entire night. Around 1:30 am, they first called me and informed about their patch up. Then around 2:30 am, we did a face-time call. So this went on till early morning and they kept me awake," revealed Aamir Khan. Soon after the trio even came together on one podium to celebrate, the 21 remarkable years of Television show ‘Aap Ki Adalat’ with Rajat Sharma.
While Aamir and Salman may appear as best buds, these two Khans too had their differences and Aamir had been vocal about that too, "I had a bad experience working with Salman in ‘Andaaz Apna Apna’. I did not like him as I found him very rude and inconsiderate and a lot of things. Over the years whenever I met him, I was polite but after the experience of working with him in 'Andaaz Apna Apna', I just wanted to stay away from this guy."
However, with time things changed and their friendship took a turn for the better. "Our equation changed sometime around when I split up with Reena (Aamir Khan's first wife). He walked into my life at a juncture when I was at my lowest phase... I was going through a very bad phase after my separation and divorce. For about a year and a half, I was just locked up in my house and I was on a downslide. That's when I bumped into him again and he said he wanted to come over. And he came over and we started drinking. I was drinking a lot at that time, I don't know how, but something connected there. It kind of grew, we began spending more time together,” said Aamir.
There are differences in all relationships, but overlooking them and forming a strong bond is a sign of a true friendship, which this Khan trinity depicts.
Recently, Salman Khan declared on Twitter that his so-called rivals Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan are his friends and that the number game should ‘go to hell.’ In a series of 24 tweets, Salman confessed about his friendship with the other two Khans.
Salman Khan said that SRK and Aamir are actually his friends and they do not like it either when a fandom tries to put down the other. And the best part was when the tweet read, “Bhaad mein gaya no 1, 2, 3!”
No doubt, there is competition among these top stars of Bollywood, but it definitely surpasses their friendship and affection for each other. And that’s what we call — asli yaari.