By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Viveik Oberoi has been busy playing the field after splitting with Aishwarya Rai last year. Like every other single, hot-blooded male, he's been zooming in on any woman who looks even the slightest bit interesting. And it was on one such libidinous hunt that he 'hit upon' Sanjay Dutt's current girlfriend, Manayata.
This happened a few days before Dutt made his relationship with Manayata public at an award function. So in all fairness, Viveik wasn't aware that Manayata wasn't single when he began pursuing her. But she complained to Dutt and the situation got so bad that Sanju stopped talking to Viveik on the sets of their film Shootout At Lokhandwala.
'Dutt' teri ki!
Says a source close to Dutt, "Viveik had heard about Manayata from a friend and began calling and messaging her. He was so besotted that he even sent her flowers.
Manayata played him along but after a point she must have become irritated with his wooing. She then told Sanjay that Viveik had called her in the middle of the night. An angry Sanjay wanted to confront Viveik right away, but his friends managed to calm him down before talking to him."
Viveik: I'm innocent
The next morning, when Viveik heard that Sanjay was upset with him, he immediately rushed to his residence and apologised profusely. Viveik admitted that he had been wooing Mana but was unaware of her connection with Dutt.
But a close friend of Dutt says that he isn't convinced that it was innocent. He says, "Sanjay was convinced that Viveik knew Manayata was his girlfriend and that he was deliberately flirting with her. Sanjay felt Viveik got Mana's number from Sanju himself when Viveik had dropped in to meet him at his Bandra flat."
Things took a turn for the worse when Viveik and Sanjay bumped into each other during the shooting of Shootout At Lokhandwala. The source says, "Vibes between the two of them were ice-cold as Sanjay refused to talk to Viveik. He then cried on Sanju's shoulders and begged for his forgiveness and the matter was sorted out."
Sanjay Dutt was unavailable for comment. When we asked director Apoorva Lakhia if there had been any problems between Sanju and Viveik on the sets of Shootout At Lokhandwala, he said, "Not on my film."
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