By Hindustan Times
Salman Khan has not only played a Dabangg on-screen but also has somewhat 'Dabangg' persona offscreen.
Salman Khan's NGO Being Human is in vogue now, and the actor mostly makes news for his charity functions. However, just a few years ago, Salman Khan was a typical brat. He would often pick fights with co-stars and even get into physical brawls with those around him.
Salman Khan has been on an image-cleansing spree for the past few years, taking comments with a pinch of salt, reconciling with people he had fights with and focusing on charity and donations, specially for kids. For all his efforts and conciliatory measures, there still are a few people in the industry Salman might may simply never work with.
Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan have been arch rivals. The face-off between the two Khans was in the open for everyone to see in 2008 when they had a locked horns at Salman Khan's then girlfriend Katrina Kaif's birthday bash. The two superstars have worked together in three films till date - Karan Arjun, Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Despite the success of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Karan Arjun, the two will most likely never share screen space.
Another face that will most likely never be paired with Salman Khan is one of the most beautiful ones in the industry - Aishwarya Rai. Aishwarya, Salman Khan's ex-girlfriend reportedly lost a film due to Salman Khan. According to the reports, Salman Khan created such chaos at the sets of Chalte Chalte that co-producer Shah Rukh Khan couldn't take it anymore and replaced Ash with Rani Mukerji. Now that Ash is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Salman Khan is the last person who would want to work with her.
Vivek Oberoi picked up a fight with the brat Khan over Oberoi's then-girlfriend and Salman Khan's ex Aishwarya. Vivek went all the way to call a press conference and told the media that Salman called her 41 times at night, causing trouble and disturbance to her. On afterthought, Vivek Oberoi is the one who has lost it all - Aish has gone off to marry Abhishek Bachchan, and he is no longer in the good books of one of the most prominent Khans in B-town. Salman Khan will certainly not work with this one man, we guess!
Another name that comes to mind is, Zoya Akhtar. The bankable star has not had any fights or differences with Zoya. However, there is a huge difference between a Salman Khan movie and a Zoya Akhtar movie. The long-gone family feud not withstanding, can you picture Salman Khan in a Zoya Akhtar film? While Zoya Akhtar's movies are too feminist and target a niche audience, Salman Khan is a mass entertainer who will simply never suit a character in a Zoya Akhtar film.
It is not that Salman Khan does not reconciliate after his fights.
Salman Khan got angry with Shahid Kapoor when the latter was trying to teach some dance steps to the superstar while the two were on a world-wide tour for Rockstar concert. According to reports, Shahid has tried to apologise for his behaviour and get back to the Khan.
During the same tour, Salman Khan also had a tussle with John Abraham and the two had a nasty exchange of words. It was only in 2010 that John Abraham and Salman appeared to have kissed and made up when John made an appearance in the popular TV reality show Bigg Boss.
Ranbir Kapoor must really have angered the Tiger Khan when he took away his girlfriend Katrina Kaif. Reports say that Salman and Ranbir have patched up but we are still waiting to see both of them share the screen space, this time for longer than his cameo appearance in Sawariya and Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani.
Salman Khan has also had differences with Himesh Reshammiya. Himesh Reshammiya's career got a breakthrough with Salman Khan. However, the two parted ways and their relation remained skewed for a long time. Later, the Himesh and Salman were reported to have forgotten all the fights and eventually got back together, with Himmesh even admitting to belonging to the 'Salman Khan club'.
Salman Khan is one of the few honest people in the industry who don't care for being politically correct. He may have been ill-mannered, brat and everything but he is not political enough to hide all his negative quaities like most of us manage to do. And, for a mass entertainer like Salman Khan, he doesn't need friends for success at the box office, he knows his work and his audience only too well