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Salman Khan-Kabir Khan Friends No More

Salman Khan and director Kabir Khan who  partnered over three  big films Tiger Zinda Hai,Bajrangi Bhaijaan and  Tubelight , are no  longer friends.

According to a close friend of Salman the superstar is not even on talking terms with Kabirany  longer.

“The differences between the two of them have been brewing for some time now. Tubelightwas the end of their friendship. Salman and Kabir had  heated arguments  over  how the film and its characters needed  to be treated. There were stand-offs in full view of the  entire unit where Kabir would just  not give in to Salman’s  suggestions,” says  a source.

Stories of  the  Salman-Kabir differences filtered back to  Mumbai  from Ladakh where they shot for Tubelight. Kabir Khan tried to laugh off  stories of their differences.

But when  Ali Abbas Zafar  was signed  to direct the sequel to Ek Tha Tiger instead of KabirKhan it became  evident that something was seriously amiss between  Kabir and Salman.

Says  the source, “We can comfortably assume that Ali Abbas Zafar now occupies the place in Salman’s professional and personal range that Kabir Khan occupied earlier.Ali  is more open to Salman’s  suggestions than Kabir. Ali Abbas Zafar and Salman  have worked on two blockbusters Sultan and Ek Tha Tiger.And if their third film together Bharat is a smash success, Ali would be one-up on Kabir since Kabir’s last film with Salman(Tubelight)  didn’t work.”

Apparently Kabir Khan  has approached Salman for a fourth film. But Salman has shown no interest.

In  this success-driven   film industry where you are as  good as your last success, Kabir’s failure to deliver another hit with Salman in  Tubelight compounded by their differences , are reason enough to end what looked  like a durable friendship.

So while Salman now  favours Ali Abbas Zafar, Kabir Khan is working on his cricket film with Ranveer Singh.

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Salman Khan-Kabir Khan Friends No More