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NOT EXACTLY LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

They feature among the legendary screen couples of Bollywood, who weaved a love spell on cine buffs with their chemistry in film after film. And it all began with the cult film like ‘Baazigar’.

In a video that celebrates Shah Rukh Khan’s 26 years in Bollywood, he makes a mention of ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ as the film that transformed him into a romantic hero. It’s a film that is incomplete without the mention of his heroine, Kajol. However, unlike their onscreen persona, it was not exactly love at first sight for the lead pair of many blockbusters.

According to an article in a leading newspaper, SRK recalled, “When I was working with her in ‘Baazigar’, Aamir (Khan) asked me about her as he wanted to work with her. I left him a message saying, ‘She is very bad, no focus, you will not be able to work with her’. And then I saw the rushes in the evening. I kept calling Aamir to clarify. I told him, ‘I don’t know what it is, but she is magical on the screen’.”

Kajol, too, didn’t think highly of her co-star.

“I remember Shah Rukh and other actors had a huge hangover when they came on the sets and I was jabbering away in Marathi to his make-up guy. They were like ‘what is that voice. It is going to split open our heads’. He was very grumpy but I kept chatting and finally he said, ‘Will you please shut up… chup ho jao’. I think that’s how we became friends,” she added.

Their friendship has survived many hits, flops and misunderstanding. It’s often been reported that there’s a tension between SRK and Kajol’s husband, Ajay Devgn, which worsened when their films, ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ and ‘Son of Sardaar’ clashed at the box office. They reportedly sorted that when they met on set of Devgn’s ‘Shivaay’ in Bulgaria.

Kajol, in an interview in the past, has said that the two are not friends, but they are not enemies either.

“Shah Rukh is my friend and I have been very clear that my friends are mine and I have never imposed my friendships on Ajay and he has never done it either. We are both very clear about it. You need to give people that space,” she is quoted to have said. TNN


 

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