Just as there are no permanent friends in Bollywood, there are no permanent enemies either. We take a stock of recent cases where celebrities have kissed and made up, after warring initially:
Karan Johar and kareena Kapoor
Bebo’s relationship with KJo soured when she allegedly demanded a high price for Kal Ho Naa Ho. Karan set out to prove that nobody is dispensable, and the role landed in Preity Zinta’s lap.
This size zero babe later realised her mistake and on Karan’s famous chat show, Koffee With Karan, both filmmaker and star got back to being friends. Afterwards, they got together for Karan’s production, Kurbaan, starring Bebo and Saif Ali Khan. Karan also cashed in on Kareena’s sensational appeal in Dharma Productions’ We Are Family. She has also signed another Dharma film, Short Term Shaadi (working title), alongside Imran Khan.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magmum opus, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, and his Devdas won Aishwarya many awards. Yet, the two stopped being friends after a while. However, Bhansali extended the olive branch by casting Aishwarya in his forthcoming film, alongside Hrithik Roshan. Both Bhansali and Aishwarya need a hit at this stage of their careers, and deemed it best to get back together.
Vivek Oberoi and Ram Gopal Varma
Ram Gopal Varma plucked Vivek Oberoi out of obscurity and gave him first big break in Company. Afterwards, industry insiders say that Vivek became too big for his boots and this led to differences between the protégée and the godfather. The two subsequently had a falling out. But, after seven years of staying apart, both decided to resolve their differences. RGV is now all praise for Vivek, who is starring in his bi-lingual project, Rakta Charitra.
Anil Kapoor and Yashraj
As a newcomer, Anil Kapoor’s career got a major fillip when biggie Yash Chopra signed him on for Mashaal (1984).Their collaboration continued through Vijay (1988) and Lamhe (1991). But in 1992, Anil Kapoor is said to have backed out of Yash Chopra’s Parampara at the last minute, upsetting the veteran filmmaker.
But, the tension between the two ended with Yash Chopra’s son Aditya Chopra casting Anil in the Yash Raj production, Tashan. Yashraj has also expressed a desire to work with the father-daughter duo, Anil and Sonam Kapoor.
Kareena Kapoor and John Abraham
On Karan Johar’s chat show, Kareena called John ‘expressionless’. Moreover, when Karan asked for one person that Kareena would never work with, Kareena’s then boyfriend, Shahid promptly answered, John Abraham.But, Kareena and John later patched up. The two were even in talks for a film with Ashtavinayak.
Urmila Matondkar and Ram Gopal Verma
Rangeela girl Urmila Matondkar and Ram Gopal Varma worked well together in a string of memorable films — from Rangeela (1995) through Satya and Jungle, right up to Bhoot (2003). Thereafter, Ramu moved on to casting other heroines in his films, causing friction between the two. But, they are back to being friends again. RGV even got Urmila to do an item number in his film, Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag.
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