SRK-Salman: After the hug, what next?

By HT

New Delhi, July 23 -- The famous hug has happened, but is there more action to come? If experts' views are to go by, the making up of the two biggest Khans in Bollywood, Salman and Shah Rukh, is only the beginning of a big Bollywood turnaround, though nothing is likely to change immediately.

The two, who didn't see eye-to-eye after their notorious fight at actor Katrina Kaif's birthday party five years ago, seemed to have patched up at MLA Baba Siddique's Iftaar party on Sunday evening. Many say it was a 'planned patchup' by host Siddique; others say it was only a reluctant but inevitable need of the moment to avoid an awkward situation, as brotherly hugging before breaking bread is an age-old Ramzan ritual.

Whatever the case, this may just pave the way for more peace between the two, but Bollywood experts say that will take time.

"It's a great sight for any Bollywood fan but it won't have any immediate effect. There is no Karan Arjun 2 happening anytime soon," says director Sanjay Gupta.

Coming together for a film?

Industry experts don't see it happening in near future. "No one thinks of making a film together or working in each other's movies after just a hug. But then in Bollywood, nothing is impossible. You never know, tomorrow, you might see them together on screen. But it isn't necessary," says trade analyst Amod Mehra. Ad guru Prahlad Kakkar feels they need to grow up a bit more before they can act together: "They will have to grow up and mature."

Breaking the camp culture

The past few years show that while Salman has largely worked with his brothers (Sohail and Arbaaz) besides a few close friends like Subhash Ghai and Prabhudheva, SRK largely stuck to films from his close pals, Farhan Akhtar, Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra. But the industry is abuzz that the hug may just make things easier for those who have been "caught in the crossfire." Gupta says: "It's always good to have less or no animosity in our industry. And it will surely be good news for people who are close to both - SRK and Salman."

The most immediate beneficiaries could be Yash Raj Films (considered to be SRK's favourite hunting ground, but they did EK Tha Tiger with Salman) and Excel Entertainment (apparently very close to SRK but Farhan Akhtar acknowledges that they have been trying to work with Salman for a long time now).

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