Salman Khan-Sanjay Dutt cold war: Manyata plays peacemaker


Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt have been the best of friend friends for over two-and-a-half decade, but things changed when the ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S’ actor came out of prison in February. The exact reason for the rift between the two actors is not clear, but Sanjay’s wife Manyata is trying to patch things up and bring the old friends together again.

“Manyata is eager to play peacemaker between the two stars, who are not on talking terms and are going to great lengths to ensure they don't cross each other's paths. She wants to bring an end to the cold war and revive the longstanding bond," Mid-Day quoted an industry source as saying.

It was speculated that the cold-war between the ‘Chal Mere Bhai’ actors began after Ranbir Kapoor was signed on to play Sanjay Dutt’s character in the biopic of the actor to be directed by Rajkumar Hirani. It is a known fact that Salman and Ranbir had never shared good equation, and the reason is said to be Katrina Kaif who had dated both the actors.

Other reports claimed that the rift happened after Sanjay sacked Salman’s manager Reshma Shetty. Reports stated that the ‘Sultan’ actor had advised his friend to hire his manager when the latter was out on parole in December 2014, so that he can get good projects once he is out of jail. But even after hiring the manager, Sanjay didn't get a single project.

He later learnt that Reshma had increased his fee to a huge extent and hence producers, who were initially eager to cast Sanjay, had started approaching other actors. Sanjay then fired Reshma which didn’t down well with Salman as he felt that his friend had ignored his suggestion. The 56-year-old actor had tried to explain his point to Salman, but the later reportedly was not convinced.

Now, Manyata, is trying to play the peacemaker between the two and bring the estranged buddies together.

“Manyata does not want the negativity to fester. She wants them to swallow their pride and get back to being best of buddies. She has already convinced Dutt to let bygones be bygones. Now, she is trying to reach out to Salman by sending messages of peace to put the misunderstanding behind them," the source told Mid-Day.

It was said that Sanjay and Salman avoided each other at the IIFA Awards and Sanjay skipped Baba Siddiqui's Iftar party to avoid Salman.

However, Sanjay's spokesperson rubbished reports and said, "There is absolutely no problem between the two and therefore, the question of reconciliation doesn't arrive. In fact, at the recent awards event, Sanjay and Salman had a long chat over coffee post which Sanjay even attended a party hosted by Salman."