Salman Khan has not only played a Dabangg on-screen but also has somewhat 'Dabangg' persona off it.
Bollywood star Salman Khan, center, along with his brothers Arbaaz Khan, left, and Sohail Khan poses for photographs during the launch of Being Human's first flagship store in Mumbai, on January 17, 2013. Being Human is a charitable trust that helps spread education and healthcare for underprivileged children. (AP Photo)
Salman Khan's NGO Being Human is in vogue now, and the actor mostly makes news for his charity events. However, just a few years back, Salman Khan was a typical brat. He would often pick
fights with co-stars and even get into physical brawls.
Salman Khan has been on an image-cleansing spree for the past few years, taking comments with a pinch of salt, reconciling with people he had fights with and focusing on charity and donations, especially for kids. For all his efforts and conciliatory measures, there still are a few people in the industry Salman may simply never work with.
Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan are arch rivals. The face-off between the two Khans was in the open for everyone to see in 2008 when they locked horns at Salman's then girlfriend Katrina Kaif's birthday bash. The two superstars have worked together in three films till date - Karan Arjun, Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Despite the successful track record the two will most likely never share screen space again. We'd be happy if a reconciliation is forged though.
Another face that will most likely never be paired with Salman Khan is one of the most poetic ones in the industry - Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Besides the volatile emotional situation in the past, Salman reportedly even cost Aiswarya a film. Reports suggest, Salman Khan created such chaos on the sets of Chalte Chalte that co-producer Shah Rukh Khan couldn't take it any more and replaced Ash with Rani Mukerji. Now that Ash is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Salman Khan is the last person who would want to work with her.
Vivek Oberoi picked up a fight with the brat Khan over Oberoi's then rumoured girlfriend and Salman Khan's ex Aishwarya. Vivek went all out in the effort too. He addressed a press conference and called a spade a spade. In the bargain for his daring didn't Vivek Oberoi lose too much? Aishwarya got married and he is no longer in the good books of one of the most prominent Khans in B-town. Salman Khan will certainly not work with this one man, we guess!
Another name that comes to mind is, Zoya Akhtar. The bankable star has not had any fights or differences with Zoya. However, there is a huge difference between a Salman Khan movie and a Zoya Akhtar movie. The family feud notwithstanding, can you picture Salman Khan in a Zoya Akhtar film? While Zoya Akhtar's movies target a niche audience, Salman Khan is a mass entertainer who will simply never suit a character in a Zoya Akhtar canvas.
Salman Khan got angry with Shahid Kapoor when the latter was trying to teach some dance steps to the superstar while the two were on a world-wide tour for Rockstar concert. According to reports, Shahid has tried to apologise for his behaviour and win a place in his inner circle.
During the same tour rumours floated that Salman Khan had a tussle with John Abraham also and the two had a nasty exchange of words. It was only in 2010 that John Abraham and Salman appeared to have kissed and made up when John made an appearance in the popular TV reality show Bigg Boss.
Ranbir Kapoor must really have angered the Tiger Khan when he took away his girlfriend Katrina Kaif. Reports suggest that Salman and Ranbir have patched up but we are still waiting to see both of them share screen space well beyond cameos. Sawariya and Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani is where you saw them together.
Salman Khan has also had differences with Himesh Reshammiya. Reshammiya's career got a breakthrough with Salman Khan. However, the two parted ways and their relation stayed strained for a long time. Later, Himesh and Salman were reported to have forgotten the bad blood with Himmesh admitting to belonging to the 'Salman Khan club'.
Salman Khan is one of the few honest people in the industry who don't care to be politically correct. He may have been ill-mannered, a brat and one unable to cloak negatives like most of us manage to do. But a mass entertainer like Salman Khan doesn't need 'friends' for success at the box office. He knows his audience only too well.