Salman Khan’s ‘Dosti’ With Exes
How many of us can be in touch with our exes, maintain a cordial relationship and rush to their aid in times of a dire emergency? Not many, given the bitterness that accompanies with every break-up. However, Bollywood’s very own controversial child - Salman Khan has not only buried old hatchets with most of his old flames, but has also maintained a genuine friendship with most of them.
Barring one or two, this ‘Dabangg’ star is in touch with all his ex-girlfriends, always standing by their side as a strong pillar of strength, and lending a helping hand whenever they need it.
“I’m very cordial. In fact, I’m friends with most of them and I’ve heard they have high regards for me. At least that is what I’ve heard. I’m in touch with most of them except one. I have been for their weddings except one. So, it’s all good,” admits Salman.
Salman’s father Salim Khan too has mentioned in an interview, “He is in touch with all his ex-girlfriends. If any of his ex-girlfriends have a problem, they will consult him. Salman can get a new girlfriend, but the old ones remain in touch. They all like him and respect him. Normally when you part, you become bitter, but it has not happened with him.”
Beyond doubt, his fondness for his ex-lovers is rare, but those who are familiar with Salman, know that nothing that surrounds him define the usual. His easy camaraderie with his once-upon-a-time lovers is unusual and noteworthy; here’s a look at some of his special friendships…
Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif
Though they never publicly admitted to their relationship, Salman Khan – Kartina Kaif liaison was no secret. However, like all his romantic episodes this one too ended dramatically. Nevertheless, despite the split, Salman Khan continues to stand by his ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ co-star in her good and bad times. While Kat has moved on and is apparently dating Ranbir Kapoor, she still relies on Salman in times of any difficulty. Katrina recently called her ex beau Salman Khan for help when her 'Phantom' set was mobbed by Cine Costume & Make-up Artists' Association, who demanded for her registration number. Soon enough, Salman called the association and everything was sorted quickly. Katrina has even divulged to the press that Salman is very dear to her and they share a great friendship. Adding, “If I am in any trouble, he would help me.”
Salman Khan & Shaheen Jaffrey
Shaheen was Salman’s first love. They dated each other when they were in their twenties but soon parted ways, but despite the break-up, they always stayed in touch. Recently, when Shaheen’s niece Kiara Advani expressed her desire to become an actress, Shaheen immediately approached her dear friend Salman for help. Not only did Salman help her bag ‘Fugli’, which was made by his friend Akshay Kumar’s production house – Grazing Goat Pictures, but also took the young girl under his wings, keeping an eye on her future film projects as well. Now that’s Salman for you, a forever friend.
Salman Khan & Sangeeta Bijlani
Another ex-flame that Salman is very fond of is Sangeeta Bijlani. They dated each other in early 80s, and were even supposed to tie the knot. However, Salman’s flirtatious nature spelled doomed for their romance and the affair ended. But despite the bitter break-up, Sangeeta shares a warm relationship with Salman and his family. She is a regular at all Khan parties and his film screenings too. When her marriage with cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin hit the rock, Salman rushed to her aid and not only helped her with her divorce proceedings but also stood as a strong emotional support. Supposedly, the man with the golden heart is also helping her resurrect her career.
Salman Khan & Somy Ali
Apparently, it was model-turned actress Somy Ali, who was the reason behind Salman – Sangeeta break-up. But Somy – Salman affair too was short-lived. After the infamous incident, where Salman poured cola over Somy’s head in public, his then ladylove decided to part ways with him stating that she could not handle his excessive drinking habit and over possessiveness. The affair ended, but that was soon replaced by another equation. Salman and Somy reconnected and have been good friends ever since. She had even accompanied Salman on the shooting schedule of ‘Ready’. Salman even supports Somy’s NGO called No More Tears in USA. In an interview lately Somy stated, “Salman is honest and has always put others before himself.”
And definitely so, Salman is always there for his friends, irrespective of his past equations with them. It is apparent that Salman truly believes in the dialogue from his 1989 blockbuster ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’ – “Dosti ki hai nibhani toh padegi hi.”
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