Monday, December 28, 2015

Is Shah Rukh Khan the reason behind Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Salman Khan’s cold war?

Now that the cat is out of the bag everybody is aware that Salman Khan was the original choice of Sanjay Leela Bhansali for BAJIRAO MASTANI, so what went wrong and Bhansali had to opt for Ranveer Singh? Read On….

In an interview Sanjay Leela Bhansali has broken his silence about the cold war that has been prevailing between the two famous celebrities since long. 

Responding to a direct question by an eminent journalist as to what went wrong between him and Salman Khan, Bhansali candidly replied, “Actually Salman Khan and I share a cordial relationship. We have done three films together viz. KHAMOSHI THE MUSICAL, HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM and SAAWARIYA.”


“Hence during the making of these films we came so close that Salman began expecting a lot from me, forgetting that when I make a movie I have my own vision and particular actors in mind. As a filmmaker I expect to do movies that touch my soul. That give me personnel solace to quench my thirst for my creative thirst,” he reasoned. 

He added, “Hence when I announced DEVDAS, Salman Khan was excepting me to cast him in the lead. But when I announced Shah Rukh Khan’s name instead of him, Salman Khan was probably hurt.” 

Sanjay Leena Bhansali clarifies, “There was no personnel grudge against Salman Khan that I opted for Shah Rukh Khan. The main reason why I selected Shah Rukh to play DEVDAS was that he is a competent actor and has a better conviction in doing emotional roles.”

“But unfortunately Salman Khan misunderstood or was perhaps poisoned by his colleagues against me. Whatever may be the reason, for when I started BAJIRAO MASTANI, I was convinced Salman Khan was the right actor to do justice to the Peshwa Sardar but tragically Salman Khan declined the role and I was compelled to select Ranveer Singh,” he concludes.

Why was 2015 different for Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and Prince of Tollywood Mahesh Babu?

Any guesses what could be the link between Bollywood Superstar Salman Khan and Prince of Tollywood Mahesh Babu in the year 2015 and what made the duo different???

Well, both the superstars despite being the heartthrob of the masses for their action oriented films, in 2015 experimented with their images and dared to opt for emotional and social subjects.


While Salman Khan spread the message of secular harmony between India and Pakistan with BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, on the other hand, Mahesh Babu sent the noble message of adopting village in his film SRIMANTHUDU

Interestingly both the films were welcomed with open hands by their fans and went on write new box-office history in the annals of Indian cinema. While Salman Khan’s BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN raked in a whopping Rs 626 crores worldwide; Mahesh Babu’s SRIMANTHUDU collected an enormous Rs 150 crore at the box office making it one of the actor’s biggest hits in his career.


What is surprising is that both Kabir Khan and Koratala Siva, the directors’ of BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN and SRIMANTHUDU had to face stiff opposition from the distributors as the films were against the action image of Salman Khan and Mahesh Babu but both the directors had confidence in the superlative script hence they successfully convinced the distributors. 

In fact the real ‘Hero’ of 2015 has been fabulous scripts. Films with weak script, despite big budget failed to click like BOMBAY VELVET, SHAMITABH, ROY, DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY! Etc. Similarly down South India, films with poor script like BRUCE LEE: THE FIGHTER, UTHAMA VILLAIN, LAILA O LAILA could not be hit despite top stars.