History seems to be repeating itself.
First it was Salman Khan who helped out Shah Rukh Khan and debutante Karan Johar by making an extended special appearance in a film that every other Bollywood hero had refused to do. The film was Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai and it went on to become a blockbuster hit. At a crucial juncture in the film, when Salman appears on screen for the first time, people clapped and whistled for the entire duration of the 5 minute long dance number. The film remains the second biggest hit of Shah Rukh Khan’s career and 5th biggest for Salman Khan.
Then it was time for SRK to return the favour. He was expected to do a much smaller one in Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega. There were just two scenes – one before the interval and one before the end. However this did not turn into any major benefit for the film which became just an average success at the boxoffice.
Next time it was Salman again, in a much smaller appearance though, in Om Shanti Om along with almost half the industry appearing in the title song of the film. This time again SRK laughed all the way to the bank, more so because he was the Producer of the film.
And then the two stars had a fallout which soured their relationship for quite a while. Ten long years later Shah Rukh had an opportunity to return Salman’s favour. He made this special appearance in Salman Khan Films’ production Tubelight. But on the opening day itself there are mixed reports from the boxoffice and in this day and age of fast ‘Word – Of – Mouth’ and instant verdicts, it won’t be off the mark to say, Salman hasn’t again been able to benefit from his friend’s special appearance as the all important record breaking opening day collection is not going to be there.
And yet Salman is doing a special appearance in Shah Rukh Khan’s biggest bet at the moment – the film with Aanand L Rai where he plays a dwarf along with Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma as his heroines. Salman recently shot a song for the film in a special appearance and it’s being speculated that he has shot with Katrina Kaif who plays herself in the film.
Now will SRK again benefit from Salman’s special appearance? And the bigger question – Will Salman also be able to benefit from one of Shah Rukh’s special appearances in his own film?