Sanjay Dutt insists there is no truth to stories of a reported fight between him and Salman Khan. He says, “These reports are rubbish. Salman is my younger brother. After the supposed fight, I shot the Big Boss promo with him. Do you work with someone so coolly after a fight?”
The supposed spat broke out at Maanyata’s surprise birthday bash, held at Sanjay’s sister Namrata’s house at Pali Hill on July 21. Salman had allegedly refused to address Maanyata as ‘bhabhi’ (sister-in-law), which didn’t go down too well with Sanjay. The Dabangg star was miffed that his pal Sanjay had refused to play the role of his father in the upcoming Bodyguard, but agreed to do a cameo in Shah Rukh Khan’s superhero project RA.One.
Interestingly, Sanjay hadn’t invited SRK for the birthday party, choosing instead to host a private dinner for him and wife Gauri a few days later. Sanjay explains his decision, saying, “Shah Rukh is like family. Why can’t I invite him over for dinner?”
Sanjay says, “Even if we do quarrel, it will be like a fight between brothers. We always come back together. I have known Salman since he was young. Salim saab (Salman’s father) was writing dialogues for Naam (1986), so I used to go to their house. At that time, Salman was grooming himself to be an actor. There is a special bond between us, it could have something to do with our past lives.”
The duo have worked together earlier in Saajan (1991) and Chal Mere Bhai (2000) among others, and plan to co-produce and act in a film together along with Ajay Devgn soon.
Ask about his TV debut and Dutt says, “I will start shooting for Bigg Boss with Salman in September. I am nervous about my innings on television. I think I am going to enjoy it, but I haven’t prepared so I’ll go there and figure it out.”
On the ‘spat’
July 21: Sanjay throws surprise birthday party for wife Maanyata. Salman walks in at 2 am. Fights with Bunty Walia. Walia leaves. Sanjay and Salman fight over the latter not calling Maanyata ‘bhabhi’; Salman suggests Sanjay change his manager-long time friend Dharam Oberoi and employ his staff to get better work in films. Salman insists Sanjay play his father’s role in Bodyguard.
July 22: Salman apologises to Sanjay for his behaviour
July 23: Sanjay and Salman shoot for Bigg Boss 5 promo amicably
July 24: Sanjay invites Shah Rukh Khan, Gauri and Karan Johar for a private dinner.
July 25: Bunty Walia is seen pumping iron in Sanjay’s home-gym