Recently, Shah Rukh Khan and Sunny Deol’s surprising act of friendliness garnered media attention. The two stars, who had previously kept their distance, were seen embracing and posing for photos with the paparazzi. Many have continued to claim that Bollywood’s ‘permanent rivalries’ are not really everlasting.
The unusual incident happened during Sunny Deol’s “Gadar 2” triumph celebration. Shah Rukh Khan attended the event, garnering a lot of media interest as he prepares for the premiere of his forthcoming movie “Jawan.”
An earlier dispute between the two performers had caused the separation. Sunny Deol has voiced his displeasure with the portrayal of his character in the Darr movie’s conclusion. Shah Rukh Khan received greater attention in the movie despite having a bad part. Sunny Deol mentioned in a previous episode of “Aap Ki Adalat” that they haven’t spoken in a while, mostly because he isn’t much of a socialite.
Shah Rukh Khan and Sunny Deol’s unexpected reunion serves as a reminder of the ongoing rivalry in the entertainment industry. Let’s examine a few of them that have enduring rivalry.
Rajkumar vs. Dilip Kumar
The famous actors Dilip Kumar and Rajkumar have been at odds ever since they worked together in Ramanand Sagar’s 1959 comedy-drama “Paigham.” It happened when Rajkumar was shooting a sequence in which he had to smack Dilip Kumar in the face. According to reports, Dilip Kumar was really angry with the slap since it was administered with such vigor. Their everlasting rivalry began with this occurrence.
After this argument, the two performers established a tacit agreement never to collaborate again. They refused to share the screen for many years, sticking to their guns. Their hostility became well acknowledged in the film business, and many people advised against pairing them together in any production.
Filmmaker Subhash Ghai didn’t have the courage to pair together two illustrious adversaries until 1991’s “Saudagar.” Ghai was fully aware of the long-standing animosity between the two performers even before he hired them. Given the history of their conflict, casting Dilip Kumar and Rajkumar together in “Saudagar” was seen as a brave choice.
In the end, “Saudagar” was a key turning point since it brought these two legendary actors back together on film after a long period of animosity and quiet. The film’s creation and release attracted attention from both the industry and viewers, making it a significant event in Indian cinema history. One of the longest-running rivalries in Bollywood is this one.
Rajesh Khanna vs Amitabh Bachchan
There are rumors regarding Rajesh Khanna feeling uncomfortable when Jaya Bhaduri and Amitabh Bachchan visited the set of “Bawarchi” in 1972. Khanna received a rebuke from Jaya as a result, and Jaya predicted that Bachchan would someday overtake him in fame. Many may have wondered at the time why Khanna, a well-known celebrity in 1972, was concerned by the presence of an unsuccessful Amitabh.
With outstanding performances in films like “Zanjeer,” “Namak Haram,” and “Deewar,” as well as ones like “Abhimaan,” “Majboor,” and “Milli,” Amitabh Bachchan started to seriously challenge Khanna’s unequaled celebrity, and Khanna may have started to sense a real danger. It looked that he had a strong rival.
Amitabh had firmly established himself as the indisputable top star by the end of 1977, which surely shocked Khanna. Nobody likes to lose their preferred position. Directors like Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Manmohan Desai, Yash Chopra, and even Shakti Samanta who had previously queued up to work with Khanna were suddenly opting to cast Amitabh instead.
Shatrughan Sinha vs. Amitabh Bachchan
In the annals of Bollywood history, Shatrughan Sinha and Amitabh Bachchan, two eminent performers, were engaged in a narrative of cooperation and rivalry. During the 1979 production of “Kaala Patthar,” their friendship turned into a rivalry. Shatrughan then emphasized that they were excellent friends who were engaging in friendly rivalry rather than being competitors.
Around the same period, Amitabh Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha started their careers in Bollywood, overcoming the difficult early years of the film business. Before making the switch to being a main actor, Shatrughan previously portrayed villains and supporting characters. However, his solo lead career suffered until the blockbuster film “Kalicharan” came out in 1976, catapulting him into the top heroes.
Amitabh Bachchan, on the other hand, had already made a name for himself as a celebrity with the phenomenal success of “Zanjeer” in 1973. His 1975 movie “Sholay” became a landmark in Indian cinema and attained cult status. It’s interesting to note that Shatrughan Sinha had turned down the part in the film that Amitabh would eventually portray.
During the production of “Kaala Patthar,” rumors about their rivalry started to circulate. This was freely stated by Shatrughan Sinha in his book, “Anything But Khamosh.” Amitabh Bachchan was said to be distant on site. Sinha voiced his disappointment in 2007 at not being invited to Amitabh Bachchan’s son Abhishek’s wedding to actress Aishwarya Rai. Bollywood is known not just for its films but also for these enduring rivalries.