Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Salman Khan and Govinda have grown close to each other after having worked together in films like Salaam-e-Ishq and Partner. The two friends have been frequenting the Barista coffee shop at Bandra Bandstand much to the delight of fans.
"Whenever Salman is in town he comes here for coffee," the coffee shop manager Sudhir Pandey told a news magazine. Salman's presence there often leads to chaos in and outside the coffee shop as fans gather to catch a glimpse of the controversial but popular star. The bodyguards of the stars are easily overwhelmed by the crowd.
"It's a little difficult as the mob wants to grab Salman Khan. We have dropped drinks and other food items while trying to serve amidst the crowds," explains Pandey.
The coffee shop staff is fond of the unassuming Salman and takes the commotion resulting from his visit in their stride.
"He doesn't have starry airs, nor does he demand any particular table. He sits at any table that's available," says Pandey.
Salman Khan is credited with having revived Govinda's career by recommending him to Nikhil Advani for a role in Salaam-e-Ishq.
Later, Salman convinced David Dhawan to sign up Govinda as his co-star for the romantic comedy Partner due to hit theatres on 20 Jul 2007. The female leads in the film are played by Katrina Kaif and Lara Dutta. The promos for Partner have created a buzz and the film is expected to elevate Govinda to the A-list once again.
It is reported that Govinda, touched by Salman's help in getting him a role in Partner, refused to accept payment for the film produced by Salman's brother Sohail Khan. Salman reciprocated by gifting Govinda a Mercedes worth Rs 25 lakh.