Sri and Salman:: Summer of 42
Excerpts from Stardust, October 1991
Sri- Salman: Summer Of ’42!!
SRIDEVI WAS THE BEST CHAND KA TUKDA IN THE COUNTRY. AND SHE LOOKS SO GOOD AND SIXTEEN ONLY.’
Sridevi and Salman Khan! A great match by any standards. She is the uncrowned queen of Tinsel Town after all; and he the prince of super-stardom awaiting coronation. It had to be a regal union of the two.
Professionally, they are hot stuff in their respectively carved niches. Together they are bound to start a forest fire. And that’s exactly what the things are leading to. Except that we are not talking professionally any more. The fire of passion is that much hotter and inextinguishable you know.
Sridevi and Salman Khan?!! Hard to believe, is it bit? But true nevertheless. And then again, passion is non-discriminating with those it chooses to overwhelm it its throes. Can’t blame the two then if they are mere pawns in the hands of fate. Swept along to a common destiny!
Apparently it began when the two of them were together as part of the troupe for Amitabh Bachchans’ London show. There the spark was struck. And it did not die out like a normal overseas attraction is wont to. It merely dimmed to a glow, waiting the bursting into flames back home.
But what surprised everybody was the fact that Sridevi was signed by Sawan Kumar Tak for his next film Chand Ka Tukda. And this after the Tak had launched and executed a nationwide hunt for a nubile young girl to do the role. Supposedly, it was at Salman’s insistence that the Sri was signed. With his mainstay hero having made such a request, Sawan Kumar was in no position to turn him down.
He did owe it to Salman for giving him the super duper Sanam Bewafa, after all. So he signed Sri on at once. Of course, the wily Tak did issue statements immediately that despite his search, he could not find a Chand ka Tukda good enough to match his hero. That is why he opted for Sridevi who was the ‘best Chand ka Tukda in the country. And she looks so good and sixteen only.’
So desperate is the need to be together that Salman has even adjusted the dates of an entire outdoor schedule, only to be able to be with his new attraction. In October this year, Sridevi will be flying to Nepal as part of the unit of Khuda Gawah to shoot there. In the same month and at the same time Salman Khan too will be flying there to shoot for Bulund (of which he is the de facto script writer and supreme shot-caller). The buzz has it that the dates were changed of Salman’s film only so he could be in the hilly and picturesque country with the woman he now dotes on. And the biggest clue is that the units of both the films will be housed in the very same five star hotel. It simplifies the rocky path of romance so much, doesn’t it?
UPDATE: Gossip columns ran rampant in Bollywood as anything without merit or fact check ran amuck in the early days. Why verify when gossip sells faster than actual news. Not much has changed since then. Even now.