The Shahrukh-Salman war is bound to impact the film industry. The lines have been clearly drawn and whether the filmwallahs like it or not, they will have to pick a side. You cannot be friends with both SRK and Sallu. The Khan men expect their friends to prove their loyalty be it producers, directors or co-actors. A day after the SRK-Sallu showdown at Katrina's birthday bash, Gauri Khan and the women in Salman's family decided that the men can have their differences but they won't let it spoil their friendship.
Gauri Khan is friends with Seema Khan (Sohail's wife and Salman's sister-in-law), Bhavna (Chunky) Pandey, Malaika (Arbaaz) Khan and Maheep (Sanjay) Kapoor. Though the SRK-Salman fight shocked them, the wives' brigade has taken a conscious decision not to take sides.
Says a close friend, "They are almost like sisters. They party together, shop together and even take vacations together. Even their children are friends. They are too thick to let this jhagda between Shahrukh and Salman affect their sisterhood."
Seema is also related to Bhavana (she is Chunky's niece) and, is also close friends with Gauri. Gauri trusts her gal pals enough to leave her children with them when she travels out of the city. Gauri has even gone out of her way to promote her friends' businesses.
She modelled for Seema's fashion line and for Maheep's jewellery line. Her friends attended all the Kolkata Knight Riders matches in Kolkata and Mumbai. It seems unlikely they will want to break this beautiful bond.
No taking sides
The ladies have declared their decision to the warring men. They are determined not to take sides and continue with their close friendship. When asked if the fight will break up their friendship and make them choose sides Maheep Kapoor says firmly, "Not at all!
Whatever has happened has got nothing to do with us and neither are we interested in taking sides. Things will remain the same. We won't let anything affect or friendship."
Seema Khan was unavailable for comment while sister-in-law Malaika Arora says, "Please don't involve me in this." However a source close to her adds, "Malaika doesn't want to comment as she is a Khan bahu.
Seema and Malaika have different takes as their equations are different because of the family and keeping that in mind it's unfair for them to comment. Malaika believes friendship is friendship and doesn't want to mix issues. She feels all of this will die a natural death in the long run."