Seems like the Shah Rukh Khan-Salman Khan tussle just got worse. This time, the bone of contention is a film title. Director duo Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru, of Salman-starrer Lucky — No Time For Love (2005) fame, wanted the title Happy New Year for their next film to be produced by Bhushan Kumar. Apparently, Shah Rukh asked Bhushan to change the title after he learnt that Vinay and Radhika, friends of the Dabangg (2010) star, wanted to direct it.
However, Vinay isn’t amused. “We asked the producer to get us the title, but it belongs to Shah Rukh. I don’t understand why he can’t give it to us. I know he’s not even making the film anymore,” says Vinay, according to whom Happy New Year is perfect for their film, which is now called I Love New Year.
“Farah (Khan) was supposed to direct Happy New Year, but as far as I know, she isn’t working with Red Chillies any more. If SRK isn’t making it, he should give us the title.”
Besides helming Lucky, Vinay and Radhika have worked with Salman in a few songs for Dabangg too.
“He is our original hero, and will always be a special person and mentor,” says Vinay, whose film I Love New Year, starring Sunny Deol and Kangna Ranaut, will coincide with the release of SRK’s Don 2. “We didn’t plan it on purpose.” Ask him if he feels all this title trouble taking place is due to apparent problems between the two Khans and he smiles, “Maybe. I don’t know if personal issues can really affect professional decisions.”