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TOP TEN: True friends in Bollywood

Do you know who Deepika Padukone's best pal in Bollywood is? So who all are in the good books of Salman bhai? Abhishek Bachchan has a close friend in the industry - who's he? Here're the 'real' best friends of B-Town whose bond have stood the test of time.

entertainment Updated: Jun 13, 2012 00:54 IST
Hindustan Times,Bollywood,Entertainment

Do you know who Deepika Padukone's best pal in Bollywood is? So who all are in the good books of Salman bhai? Abhishek Bachchan has a close friend in the industry - who's he? Here're the 'real' best friends of Bollywood whose bond have stood the test of time.

Deepika Padukone and Shahana Goswami
They are friends since the beginning of their careers. They scuba-dive together, hang out and share their innermost secrets.

“Shahana Goswami is my best friend. I have always maintained that being in this industry we cannot plan when friends will come in our life and when they will move out. And she, happened to be a co-star in one of my beginner films. And before I knew it, we became good friends; she is the first person I call when I am back in Mumbai," Deepika said in an interview about Shahana.

Deepika and Shahana had a great time shooting Break Ke Baad together.

Shahana recently tweeted: "Very proud of one of @deepikapadukone Love every bit i see of her in cocktail !! a dear dear friend and a genuinely LOVELY person! BIG HUG!"

Deepika replied: @ShahanaGoswami mMMUUUAAAHHHH!!!

Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn
Not many know about this friendship. Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn have been friends since a long time. While Ajay Devgn does a cameo for Salman Khan's Ready, Salman returns the favour by doing an item number for Ajay Devgn in Son of Sardar.

"Salman and Ajay Devgn's friendship goes a long way. They even hold special screenings of their films for each other," says film PR Shailesh Giri.

The actors have worked together in films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and London Dreams.

Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt
They might have locked horns at a party right before the premiere of Bigg Boss 5, but their friendship is rock solid. Sanjay Dutt has recently hired Reshma Shetty, the lady responsible for the making of brand Salman Khan. The good friends also hosted the fifth season of Bigg Boss together.

Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt hosted Bigg Boss 5 together

Shahid Kapoor and Ahmed Khan
Shahid Kapoor has been friends with choreographer Ahmed Khan right from the beginning of his career. Shahid did his first music video Aankhon Me Tera Hi Sapna with Ahmed. They have been friends since then. The actor worked in Khan's Paathshala.

Reportedly Shahid was the first to hold Khan's new-born child, even before his family.

Abhishek Bachchan and Sikander Kher
Sikander Kher and Abhishek Bachchan are childhood friends and are almost like brothers. After Aaradhya was born, Sikander said in an interview that he felt like he had become a chacha.

Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar
They own a production company together and have been friends since over a decade.

Ritesh told DNA: “I think we have a perfect chemistry. We don’t have egos and we have a very open mind to each other’s inputs. Every decision that the company takes is always a joint one and once the decision is made, there’s no blame game if it back-fires. We don’t spend much time looking behind. This is what has made us remain thick as ever. We have both seen each other grow, make mistakes and learn from it. When we started out to make Dil Chahta Hai, I was clueless about production and Farhan too was a first-time director. But the experience we got hands on while making Dil Chahta Hai was invaluable.”

Farhan Akhtar and Riteish Sidhwani

Juhi Chawla and Shah Rukh Khan
Their friendship might have run into rough weather but Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla's friendship is still intact. If we believe Juhi, they are true friends.

"I think Shahrukh and I have remained friends because we stopped being business partners. I realise it's impossible to mix business with friendship. Our relationship did go through a rough patch. When I realized our friendship was suffering because of the partnership I chose to keep the friendship and let the business partnership go. Today after a long gap we're again together in the IPL," Juhi told Mumbai Mirror.

She adds: "When I lost my mother in Prague while shooting for Duplicate in 1998, Shahrukh was there right beside me like a pillar of strength. Isn't that what a true friendship is all about?"

Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Arora
They are best friends and Kareena was even one of the bridesmaids in Amrita Arora's wedding.

In a 2006 interview this is what Kareena said about Amrita: "I really like that girl. She's fun, easygoing, hassle free and honest... just like me. Our friendship cannot be measured against other filmy friendships."

Amrita on Bebo: “We talk about everything under the sun and indulge in gossip from time to time. It’s fun. Haha!”

Amrita also said in one of the interviews: “I admire Bebo for her loyalty and unconditional love for her near and dear ones. She hasn’t changed one bit since the time I’ve known her. And that I find super. I love the way she handles herself even after being who she is. She just isn’t affected by all the craziness that surrounds her. Bebo continues to be this normal girl who enjoys life and works very hard. She is ambitious and has a crazy passion for her craft.”

"Mika was taking a stroll late night when Pritam approached the singer and offered him a song. Mika didn't take money from Pritam. Since then they are good friends," shares Rajnigandha Shekhawat, singer and owner of a PR firm.

Goldie Behl and Abhishek Bachchan
Abhishek Bachchan and Goldie Behl are childhood friends. Abhishek has worked in Behl's Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai and Drona.

First Published: Jun 12, 2012 18:44 IST