Salman Khan and Subhash Ghai have finally patched up. Ghai officially announced that he has signed on Khan to act in his film — a musical which also has many other names. It was war earlier between the two after Salman Khan encountered Ghai at a party six years ago.

By N. Anandhi (Contributor)

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Published: Mon 7 Nov 2005, 12:30 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:22 PM

When we interviewed Salman — at that time — this is what he had to say, “I do get emotional. But then I hurt myself. I have banged my head against the wall, I have hurt myself all over. I cannot hurt anyone else. I have only hit Subhash Ghai. Yet, I apologised to him the next day. There are times when you do get out of control. That person hit me with a spoon, almost broke a plate on my face, pissed on my shoes and grabbed me by the neck. I could not control myself. And see what happened. Next day, I had to go and apologise. I have not beaten up anyone else.”

Ghai had said, “It is a small matter. Salman misbehaved with me. He has apologised to me. I have nothing more to say. His father and I go back a long way.”

That was 1999 after the release of Taal — when Ghai and Salman were in the toilet at a party hosted by Kailash and Aarti Surendranath at Mumbai’s Juhu Centaur Hotel, when Salman felt that Ghai was spending far too much time taking Salman’s girlfriend Ash to premieres of other films. Now Ghai says, “I have known Salman for long. He is like a small child. He is a big star today as well.”

Ghai realising Salman’s stature as a star is proof enough of Khan’s popularity. Also Ghai has worked with Salman’s sworn enemy Vivek Oberoi in an earlier film Kisna which flopped. Ghai like Sameer Karnik has signed on Salman after Vivek. Karnik after his flop Kyun Ho Gaya Na starring Aishwarya Rai and Vivek Oberoi has signed Salman to play the lead.

“I am happy that people realise my need. But even I have committed many mistakes before. I know that mistakes committed earlier can ruin your life, and even take away many friends and close people from you. I am a changed man now,” philosophises Khan. He is also upbeat about doing films with all the biggies now. “It is a good phase. If filmmakers feel I can sell, what’s wrong in that? I am working with new people, but I am also working with old friends like David Dhawan. So it’s great to be in the news for good reasons,” he smiles.

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