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Why Salman supported Shahrukh

By: By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee
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If there has been one positive side to the recent tussle between Shahrukh Khan and the Shiv Sena it has to Salman Khan coming out in full support of King Khan. Salman who is Shahrukh's friend turned foe had defended Shahrukh in his support for the Pakistani players in the IPL and stated that Shahrukh owed no apology to Shiv Sena. This after the right-wing political party had asked Shahrukh to apologise after he raised his voice in support of the Pakistani players.

This support would have surely come as a surprise to Shahrukh as many in the film industry did not support him for the fear of the Sena who resort to violence at the smallest of provocations. Salman appealed to the politicians to keep entertainment and sports away from politics. This after the Shiv Sena tore down posters of Shahrukh's My Name Is Khan and had threatened the theatre owners against screening of the movie.

The reason Salman supported Shahrukh may be more than having rediscovered the lost love for his once close friend. The two Khans who have not been in talking terms since Katrina Kaif's birthday bash in 2008 seems to be moving closer towards a mutual and dignified truce. The two stars where spotted at the premiere of the movie 3 Idiots. It seemed that ages had past since the last time Shahrukh and Salman were under the same roof.

Salman also seems to be concious in ever remark he makes relating to Shahrukh. Last year when Shahrukh was detained at the Newark International Airport, Salman Khan had spoken his mind supporting what the US security agencies had done. Although many celebrities had made similar remarks after there was a huge hue and cry over Shahrukh's detention, Salman's comments had raised many eyebrows due to the strained relationship between the two stars.

Salman who is finding it tough to maintain his status in the industry with no blockbuster for more than three years finds it difficult to be at war with Shahrukh. With his latest movie Veer having seen average response at the Box Office Salman feels he doesn't need Shahrukh's enmity if not his support to make his relationship better in the industry.

There is a famous quote which says “In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends" Hopefully the recent Sena versus Shahrukh tussle will yield some positive results and the two warring Khans will become friends again. Salman has extended his hand of friendship when Shahrukh needs it the most. It remains to be seen how Shahrukh replies to this gesture.

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