As IFFI 2017 draws to a close tonight, the who’s who from Bollywood will be seen thronging Goa. Just a few minutes back, we saw Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, with wife Twinkle Khanna in toe, flying out of Mumbai to the beach destination to give the film festival a glamorous closure. While Salman is also slated to be joined by his Tiger Zinda Hai co-star Katrina Kaif, Akshay is going to be there for his upcoming film, PadMan’s promotions. But apart from their red carpet entries, which we are sure will make us swoon, we are excited to see the two superstars pose for pictures together.
Why this is such a big deal you wonder? Just to refresh your memory, the two stars, who have shared a great onscreen and off-screen camaraderie got caught in a cold war after their ambitious project on the historic Battle of Saragarhi didn’t go as planned. Initially, Karan Johar and Salman joined hands to produce the epic project, with Akshay as the lead. We saw some happy pictures of the three, seemingly excited about their collaboration.
However, Ajay Devgn, who is also good friends with Salman, also had a film on the same subject on mind and the latter had to pull out of the project so as to appease both fronts. But in an industry where egos are sky high, some bridges were burnt. KJo and Akshay are still on board the film and they have also announced the title as Kesari and the release date as Holi 2019. We hear that all this pulling out of the project at the last minute has given way for some bad blood between Akshay and Salman and they haven’t been really cordial-cordial towards each other since then.
For now, the two have been able to avoid each other at the Mumbai airport. They reached there almost at the same time, for their flight for Goa. Now, it remains to be seen if the two do bury the hatchet and pose for pictures at the venue or share the same stage at an event that celebrates the best of cinema from across the globe.