Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan's friendship was the envy of many. While Salman called Sanjay one of his best friends, the Munnabhai actor loved Sallu like a "younger brother." However, their relationship reportedly soured over time, and when Sanjay used the word "arrogant" to describe Salman at an event in the capital, gossip mills went into an overdrive.
Now, Sanjay has cleared the air about his rumoured rift with Salman. "There's no problem between me and Salman. And there's nothing wrong in being arrogant. Arrogant is not a bad word. It's just an expression. I can be arrogant. But I can be a lovable arrogant," he told PTI, defending his choice of word. With Sanjay insisting that all is well, let us take a look at how it all started.
Back in 2011, the two actors reportedly had a fallout at Sanjay's wife Maanayata's birthday party. Reports said that Salman and Sanjay's best friend Bunty Walia got into a war of words, and Sallu had an argument with Sanju after Bunty left the party.
Sanjay was also not amused when he was offered the role of Salman's father in Bodyguard. Reportedly, Sallu wanted someone tough to play the role and believed Sanjay to be perfect for the role. Sanjay was offended and even told the media that he is not old enough to play Salman's father. Salman was hurt to get such a negative response from his friend, and decided to do away with the role altogether.
Rumours of the fallout intensified when Salman did not go to meet Sanjay after he was released from the Yerwada jail. Reportedly, the two fell out over Salman's manager Reshma Shetty. Salman apparently recommended that Sanjay hire her after his release, which he did. However, months passed by, but Sanjay did not land any films. After asking around, he found out that Reshma had hiked his fee to such an extent that filmmakers who were keen on casting him were forced to explore other options. Sanjay then confronted Reshma and it reportedly rubbed Salman the wrong way as he felt that Sanjay didn't value his suggestion.
It was also being said that Ranbir Kapoor playing Sanjay in his biopic did not go down too well with the Sultan actor. It is widely known that there is no love lost between Salman and Ranbir, and Sallu apparently wanted Sanju to pull some strings with Rajkumar Hirani and get another actor to play him. That did not happen, and Salman was left miffed.
Salman reportedly went to extend an olive branch to the actor in Spain during the IIFA Awards, but that did not go according to plan. Reportedly, Salman visited Sanjay and his wife in their suite, but their conversation took a turn for the worse when Sallu started giving the senior actor advice on how to resurrect his career. Sanjay had had enough of his 'arrogance,' and asked him to leave.
Throughout the rumoured tiff, both actors have maintained that they still have the same love and respect for each other and the media is unnecessarily making a mountain out of a molehill. Was all well between the two? Or have they only patched up now. This is something that only Sanjay and Salman can answer.