Shah Rukh and Aamir: Khan they?

April 8, 2009

“We have to reach early,” I told a friend. “Or else we will never find a place to sit.”

Sure enough, even though we reached a good 45 minutes before the actual event, the seats in the first row were occupied.

We contented ourselves by sitting in the second row and discussing what was most likely a “historic moment” — at least for us film journalists — actors Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan on the same podium, speaking in one voice, as “friends”.

Keep in mind that these stars were once taking pot shots at each other almost daily in the media, so this sudden camaraderie was somewhat of a bolt from the blue. No wonder then that pretty much the entire press corps was in attendance, and even before the two Khans entered, their agenda was being dissected.

“They are already in the building… they are discussing what should be said… Aamir was the one who initiated the talks,” were some of the whispers one heard.

Given the anticipation was so great, when the two stars did appear on stage, almost every eye in the room was on them, trying to read between the lines. 

Although the topic at hand was the ongoing tussle between producers and exhibitors, it was obvious the real story was the two Khans together on one podium, and each and every action was up for scrutiny.

Why was Shah Rukh looking into space when Aamir was talking? Did Aamir forget to mention any SRK films when he talked about the blockbusters of the decade? Was this a put-on act for the sake of the cameras?

Yes, I know, journalists have an overactive imagination — it’s a professional hazard. 

Every time, the two Khans even leaned towards each other, a hundred cameras worked overtime, prompting the evening’s moderator, filmmaker Karan Johar to remark — “We promise you they will both hug at the end of the conference.”

A Mumbai tabloid went one step ahead and asked a well known psychologist to “decode” the body language of the two stars — and the good doctor concluded that it was “an act.”

But Shah Rukh Khan said he had “no problems” sitting on the same dais, same car, same house and working in the same film as Aamir, and said all talk of their rivalry was a “non-issue”. 

Aamir, for his part, said (jokingly, we hope) — “I think we should get out the boxing gloves now.”

I think I am going to take that with a pinch of salt. What about you? Do you think these two megastars have actually kissed and made up?


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For now they have… But come December when both the Khans have film releases scheduled they will be at each other’s throats again and the media will be working over time covering it! Aamir will post a snide comment on his blog and the press will be all over SRK to get a reaction out of him.

Posted by Sakshi | Report as abusive

Aamir has his make up on? Who will kiss and tell?

Posted by Madhu Soman | Report as abusive

LOL! I absolutely agree with what Sakshi said.. seriously, you journalist guys are amusing. But I guess it’s your bread and butter to make up stories where there’s none and to magnify stories when there’s not much scope to look at, so it’s okay.

Keep up the good work! (yeah, I’m being subtly sarcastic)

Posted by Ami | Report as abusive

The film industry seems very childish. On one side they say all are family, on the other they fight with each other, like siblings sometimes do. And the media people can run a front-page story.
I like both actors very much, because to me they are the most important in Hindi cinema, but this is very funny.
In Dec I hope the media will not overreact once more.

Posted by Maya | Report as abusive

Sharukh and Aamir – iam a great fan of you both and nice to see you together.

Sharukh but now iam very disappointed with you that you didnot select sourav as captain for KKR in IPL. Indians itself dont respect or believe the Indian players. You have lost most of your fans because of this move.

Posted by From Germany | Report as abusive

I want to make a movie “Jodi no 1″, a story of two best ever friends casting Megastars of bollywood Aamir Khan and Shahrukh Khan.
What about the idea

Posted by Khan | Report as abusive