Shahrukh, Salman and Aamir have always been pitted against each other. In fact, Salman and Shahrukh, who were once very good friends have been rumoured to take a dig at each other every time they got an opportunity. However, Shahrukh's genuine admiration for both Salman and Aamir was obvious when he spoke of them at the event.
Shahrukh said, “We were as friendly as could be. And at times very close, I believe. Aamir, myself and Salman, we shared some really good moments. We used to go for drives and stuff like that. Sometimes you realise that a lot of proximity, closeness brings about... too much familiarity and we step on each other's toes.
To me, any star who does well, is fantastic. Audiences love the way he (Salman) dances. I can't do that. It does not mean I can deride it. I have seen Dabangg and I think it is a fantastic film."
Speaking of Salman and Aamir's achievement, Shahrukh Khan said, “When it comes to someone like an Aamir Khan or a Salman Khan or even the younger boys, I think you have to sit back and say, wow, it is very cool and just appreciate it."
Shahrukh Khan, who is under tremendous pressure as his ambitious project Ra.One is due to release next month, the actor said, “The pressure encourages you to think, that I am gonna try harder and match upto it. You have someone to look upto. I am humble enough and great enough to accept that."
Hinting at the soured relation between him and Salman, Shahrukh said, “People believe that because the relationships have soured over the years between some of us, one would not appreciate the stardom of others."