Is the Sooraj Barjatya-Salman Khan dosti facing rocky shores again? The inseparable friends who did Salman’s three back-to-back blockbusters Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Koun and Hum Saath Saath Hain parted bitterly after the black-buck incident in which Salman Khan along with some other members of the cast, were accused of shooting a rare animal.
After a 14-year cold war Sooraj and Salman reunited for Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (PRDP). Outwardly the two seem to have rediscovered their mutual love and respect in a big way, praising one another at public events with lavish words.
But insiders say there are rumblings of growing dissent between the two. And it has to do with their differing opinion on the final shape of PRDP.
Says a source in the know, “It started with the title itself. Salman didn’t much care for the title Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. Salman Khan went along with it because he was keen to dissolve all differences with his best friend. But as the shooting progressed, other differences propped up.”
Nowadays everyone producing and/or directing films with Salman, knows the superstar contributes extensively from behind the scenes. It was no different with PRDP. But this time Sooraj wasn’t going to comply with Salman’s suggestions as willingly a Nikhil Advani who happily incorporated all of Salman’s suggestions into Hero.
Apparently differences between Sooraj and Salman have cropped up regarding the film’s length.
Says the source, “Salman Khan feels PRDP is getting too long. He wants some of the songs to be shortened or edited out. But Sooraj is adamant. He reminds Salman that even during Hum Aapke Hain Koun and Hum Saath Saath Hain, Salman felt there were too many songs. But audiences loved it.”
Sooraj in fact wants to shoot one more song with Salman. But Salman isn’t complying.
At the moment the issue has reached a stalemate.
For the sake of their friendship we hope Sooraj Barjatya and Salman Khan sort out these creative differences, and not allow them to mar their beautiful and enduring dosti.