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.