While it is a generally perceived that friendships in Bollywood are either too superficial or don’t last for long, the fact is everyone needs friends. Sometimes to share your joy and sadness with, or simply to talk for a bit and our B-town denizens aren't an exception with this regard.
Over the years, along with depicting some beautiful bonds of comradeship on screen, Bollywoodians have also given us a glimpse of some wonderful off-screen asli yaaris that have stood the test of time and have become an epitome of friendship.
Here are some inspiring bonds of long and strong friendships between famous people of B-town. You
Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan
The friendship between these Khan boys has seen the most ups and downs. From starting off as BFFs while shooting for Karan Arjun, to frenemies to bitter enemies and back to being BFFs, their asli yaari has survived despite a bout of bad weather and exemplifies the fact that — ‘True friendship withstands the tests of time.’
Talking about his amity with Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan confessed in an interview, “Yes, we’ve gotten into rifts and have had issues. We might still have another one someday, we may not. But it’s always been strangely nice between the two of us, even during fights. We both like each other a lot.” He further added, “I can’t even remember when we became friends. I don’t have an idea. I think that’s what friendship is about. You don’t know where, when and how it starts. And if you don’t know when it starts, it means it will never end.”
#No1yaari, isn’t it?
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Ranbir Kapoor and Ayan Mukerji
Talking about solidarities in Bollywood it is impossible to leave these director-actor bum-chums out of the list. Ranbir Kapoor and Ayan Mukerji are a brilliant example of true friendship. From Ayan’s directorial debut Wake Up Sid to his next Dargon, Ranbir and Ayan share a great journey as actor-director as well as besties, who are almost inseparable.
“My friendship with Ranbir is extremely strong. We don’t chat every day. I can ask him for anything as easily I’d ask my parents. Over the years, you see friendships souring in our industry. I hope that’s not the case with Ranbir and me. I hope we’ve established a friendship for life. He’s my only best friend, he’s the only person who knows exactly what’s happening with me and I know what’s happening with him. There’s a great assurance in that feeling. It’s a great connection. I’m proud of him. His success is my success. I’m anxious every time he has a release. I feel extremely jealous when he works with other directors. I feel he should only work with me,” Ayan revealed in an interview a few years ago.
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Kareena Kapoor Khan and Amrita Arora
In an industry, where it is often said that two actresses can never be friends, these two beauties have broken the stereotypical norms and have been friends for long. In fact, their camaraderie has always been the talk of the town.
They are the typical girl best friends, who go out together for exotic holidays, shopping, spa treatments etc. From being each other’s bridesmaid, to having each other’s back during tough times, Kareena and Amrita’s friendship is indeed a special one. In fact, Kareena has even gone on record to say that Amrita is the only actress she is genuinely friends with.
Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt
A lot has been spoken about their on-screen chemistry, but off-screen the Badrinath Ki Dulhania actors, who were once rumoured to be seeing each other, are thick buddies.
Kick starting their career together with Student Of The Year, Varun and Alia’s bond of friendship has only grown over time. From indulging in silly fights with each other to having each other’s back and even giving each other career advice, Varun and Alia are indeed thick BFFs.
“We have spent so much time with each other that we are comfortable with each other. Ours is a love and hate relationship. We keep fighting a lot on various small things. But we are friends,” Varun disclosed in an interview.
Karan Johar and Gauri Khan
While many believe that Karan Johar is best friends with Shah Rukh Khan, in reality, it is SRK’s wife who is his true amigo. Karan looks up to the Baadshah of Bollywood as an elder brother, whereas Gauri Khan is his 3 am friend with whom he shares everything.
“Shah Rukh, Gauri and I are a unit that has evolved beyond the realms of the film fraternity. Nothing or no one can ever come between us. And though, I met Shah Rukh first, Gauri was always my friend. With him, it was never a friendship, but reverence. Gauri is my pal, my friend, my lifeline and nothing can ever change that,” said the director-producer in an interview.
He added, “She is someone who I can pick up the phone and call up even at 4 am and she will listen to me patiently. She is always there for me.”
The comment speaks a lot about his asli yaari with Gauri.
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