At present, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan are thick friends. In fact, their entire episode of not talking to each other from 2008 to 2013 is now almost forgotten. Author Sanjukta Nandy in her book 'Khantastic – The Untold Story Of Bollywood's Trio' speaks about the time when all was well between them and some interesting trivia of the 1995 blockbuster flick, Karan Arjun, in which both the stars appeared together and created a frenzy.
While Salman Khan started his career in 1989, SRK’s career started in 1990 but took off in a great way with twin successes of Baazigar and Darr in 1993. However, there was no bitter rivalry between the two at this point. When they had just started out, they had met each other at a gym in Bandra. Sanjukta writes that SRK admired Salman’s sculpted body and his dedication towards working out.
Their friendship got a boost when they signed Karan Arjun. Rakesh Roshan, in a Bollywood Hungama exclusive interview, revealed that Shah Rukh Khan and Ajay Devgn were the original choices but they were not convinced with the story and moreover, wanted to switch characters. Rakesh Roshan didn’t allow this and both left the film. But SRK came back when he learnt that Aamir Khan and Salman Khan had shown interest. Aamir was busy and couldn’t do the film and hence, Shah Rukh and Salman were signed.
Karan Arjun was majorly shot in Rajasthan. During a schedule in Chomu, near Jaipur, they were given accommodation in the luxurious Samode Palace, Jaipur. However, they decided to stay in a smaller space with only fifteen rooms. The rooms at this place were small and the beds were smaller but the guest house had a warm, homely feel that appealed to both the stars. Salman Khan’s brother Sohail often visited and both of them, and Shah Rukh, would sleep in the same room. Sanjukta has written in the book that Shah Rukh would often snore loudly and the brothers would push him off the bed to wake him up!
Karan Arjun released on January 13, 1995 and it was a blockbuster from Day 1. The film was loved for its concept, dialogues, songs, emotional connect and most importantly, the superb pairing of Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan.
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