His newest release, Ready is off to a flying start at the box-office, netting Rs 13.15 crore on day one and heading towards at least Rs 42 crore in the first three days.
But despite this, combined with the success of Dabangg(2010) and its recent National Award win, Salman Khan claims he’s not a contender for the numero uno spot in tinsel town, unlike Shah Rukh Khan, who reportedly doesn’t miss any opportunity to claim the title.
Recently, when Shah Rukh unveiled the first theatrical promo of his superhero fantasy flick, RA.One, he was asked why his character was called G.One and not Jeevan. Although he later went on to explain that the character, named thus to sound like Jeevan, was a life-giver, as against the evil RA.One (Raavan), the media was only interested in his initial retort, "G is for my wife Gauri and One is my position in the industry."
Evidently, both actors dislike being asked about the other.
Shah Rukh even took a dig at his rival when he thanked RA.One director Anubhav Sinha for his work in the film, reportedly saying, "It’s important to thank the directors first, before they run away," hinting at Anees Bazmee’s early return from the Bangkok outdoor of Ready and Abhinav Kashyap’s opting out of the Dabangg sequel.
On an episode of Koffee With Karan, Shah Rukh had said that the fall out may have been his fault. After that, Salman said that he shouldn’t have apologised on TV. The former had no reply and simply placed his finger on his lips at a news conference when asked.
At a recent event to promote Ready in New Delhi, Salman made his displeasure clear when asked about SRK. He snapped, "Please ask him as many questions about me as you are asking me about him."
The following day, when SRK was in Delhi for a RA.One event, the organisers categorically told the media not to ask any questions related to Salman. But when a reporter addressed him as Salman by mistake, he quipped, “Bhai, pehle naam to theek kar le (Brother, first correct the name),” before replying to the query.
So who rules B-town?
Opening figures of Aamir’s, Shah Rukh’s and Salman’s last two Bollywood releases:
3 Idiots (2009)
Rs 80.32 crore
Rs 66.20 crore
Rs 83.20 crore
Rs 29.70 crore
Shah Rukh Khan
My Name Is Khan (2010)
Rs 62.08 crore
Rs 22.18 crore
(India Opening Week Figures, Courtesy: ibosnetwork.com)
Who in your opinion is the King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan or Salman Khan?