Salman Khan neither forgets nor forgives something Rakhi Sawant discovered to her dismay while performing at the Sunsilk Apsara: The Producers' Guild Award 2008. Salman hasn't forgiven Rakhi for walking out of the Nach Baliye 3 finale last year, where he was the chief guest. When Rakhi lost, she stormed off the stage with beau Abhishek in tow. Even though Salman followed her in a bid to pacify her, she snubbed him and drove off in her car.
So when Salman had his chance to snub Rakhi at the Apsara awards last Sunday he couldn't turn it down! The source adds, "He had performed at the event (which was pre-recorded for TV). Later, he told the organisers (Wizcraft) that he wasn't happy and wanted to re-record his bit. By the time he finished that, it was time for Rakhi to perform to her song Tuk tuk dekhe from Krazzy 4. But it was close to 10 pm which is the deadline for live shows in a public places.
The cops came in and stopped the event but as Rakhi's number was yet to be performed, it was decided to just record it for the televised event. Rakhi got a nasty shock when she found she had to perform without music."
Rakhi admits that she had to perform almost without any music. "I was very upset and walked off after my performance without giving any TV bytes. It was very difficult to perform as we were only given a tape recorder and the music got muffled with the steps of so many dancers. At one point, I thought I should pack up and leave but it was a very big opportunity for me.
How can I perform without music? But then, I am Rakhi Sawant! I sang the lyrics myself, having rehearsed for the song during the shooting and somehow managed. Gaana mera dil aur dimaag mein basaa hua hai."
Her recording was to be done at 8 pm but instead, happened at midnight. Apparently, it was because of Salman Khan. He wanted a re-recording so she'd have problems performing to her number.The forthright Rakhi says diplomatically, "I don"t want to comment anything though I heard he wanted to re-record his song again. You will have to ask him why he did that and even if Salman did snub me that's his choice. Salman is my senior and I love him!"
Says Sabbas Joseph, Director, Wizcraft, "Rakhi Sawant and a couple of other artists were expected to perform after the event and were being filmed strictly for television. There was never a plan to use the public address system because it would be disturbing the law and order and the court regulations with regards to sound pollution. Post the show, like every other artist chooses to have a look at the filming of their respective acts Salman Khan too desired to have a look at the filming.
Salman Khan's act was performed and filmed during the course of the event before 10 pm, and was not performed after that. There is no question of Salman delaying Rakhi's act. As planned, Rakhi was provided stage-monitored sound which was within the sound pollution limits and did not disturb the peace. This was as per plans."