Viveik Oberoi's visit to Lilavati Hospital to enquire about Salman Khan's health, and subsequent visit to his residence to pay respects to Salim Khan has made as much news as the rejection of Salman's first bail application on Monday. Does this take the blossoming friendship between the estranged actors another step closer? Industry sources certainly think so.
The love triangle and the unpleasantness surrounding it reached a peak two years ago. The 41 threatening calls made from Khan's mobile to Oberoi's became a matter of national obsession, as both fought evidently for the attentions of Aishwariya Rai (Oberoi played hero in a press conference and made public the charges). Khan may have remained silent, but things hardly ended there. Later, when Suresh Oberoi met Khan, their conversation was brief. “He told Salman to let bygones be bygones and sort out his differences with Viveik” says our source, “But Salman told him, ‘I respect you as a senior and have no problem with you. But please don't ask the impossible'”.
Now that the woman in question is clearly out of the lives of both, a weekend imprisonment has brought what was termed ‘impossible' to public light. Sources say that after Rai's romance with Oberoi ended, the bitterness between her two exes began diminishing. There are now rumours that Khan and Oberoi are in touch via SMS.
Another source, who has worked with both actors, said, “Two years is some time to get over the initial hatred. Viveik went to meet Salman's parents as a goodwill gesture. Salman has come to know about it, too.” But will the two forgo their enmity completely? “The anger has cooled down with time and circumstance. It's difficult to say if they will be friends. But they will be cordial if are ever face-toface. Of course, nothing is impossible.” Besides, like in our movies, we're all suckers for a happy ending.
Jilted once, friends today
1. Dilip-Madhubala-Prem Nath: Kumar found out Madhubala was two timing him with Nath when they worked together. The two became friends and ditched the diva
2. Jeetendra-Hema-Sanjeev: Jeetendra and Sanjeev Kumar both proposed marriage to Hema Malini. But she rejected them both to marry Dharmendra 3 Anju Mahendroo-Rajesh Khanna-Dimple Kapadia: Khanna ditched longtime girlfriend Anju Mahendroo to wed Kapadia. Anju moved on without hating Dimple.
4. Raveena Tandon-Akshay Kumar-Shilpa Shetty: Akshay was allegedly engaged to Raveena, when his affair with Shilpa surfaced. But he wed Twinkle and his exes made up.
5. Dino Morea-Bipasha Basu-John Abraham: Bips may have left Dino for John. But the two along with another ex Milind got together and gushed about their friendship on a telly chat show.