On Thursday (August 14) night, just after the trailer launch of Shah Rukh Khan’s next, Salman Khan tweeted, “Jst saw happy new year ka promo, its Kick ass. (sic)” Never mind the clever reference to his last release; it’s apparent that the duo’s strained relationship is improving now.
Jst saw happy new year ka promo , its Kick ass .— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) August 14, 2014
Just last month, the two hugged at an Iftar party — they embraced at the same occasion last year too. It’s a huge departure from their brawl at Katrina Kaif ’s birthday party in 2008. Eyebrows were also raised when, that year, a third Khan — Aamir — wrote about having a dog named “Shahrukh”, on his blog.
Now, Aamir has also extended an olive branch to Shah Rukh. He has postponed the launch of the second poster of his next, which was slated to take place the next day. Apparently, he felt that since SRK had picked the date before, it would only be fair for him to make the compromise.
City psychologist Shweta Parekh decodes this newfound bonhomie: “In psychological terms, we call it self-actualisation. At their age, one feels it’s important to forgive and forget. They have achieved whatever they wanted to, so at this stage, they’re looking beyond themselves to find a deeper self.”
The film industry, too, seems excited with the thawing of their equation. “It’s a good thing. Everyone has become professional. Since the stakes are very high for their films, all their attention is on their work. The competition has become tough. Besides, they always had respect for one another,” says film-maker David Dhawan.