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Arjun Rampal ditches thick friends Shah Rukh and Karan Johar

Updated: Dec 13, 2010, 13:47 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: Arjun Rampal, who is a close friend of industry heavyweights Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar has joined hands with their foe Pritish Nandy. The model turned actor has signed his next flick, to be directed by Nandy’s elder son Kushan and produced under the Pritish Nandy Communications (PNC) banner.

And this decision of Arjun has not gone well with King Khan and KJo. The two have been at loggerheads with Nandy since the past six years and Arjun’s professional move has disappointed the actor-filmmaker camp.

It is believed that Arjun has been signed on for the movie at a staggering price, which is why the actor decided to team up with his thick friends’ foe. But a source close to the actor, while talking to a daily revealed, "Arjun is not even aware of any problems between Karan, SRK and PNC. Arjun is sure that no one will hold grudges against him, especially because the so-called issue is over six years old. Arjun and SRK are still the best of friends, contrary to rumours about their fallout. Arjun loved the script of this film and is working in it. There are no two ways about it."

Producer Rongita Nandy confirmed the news and said, "Yes, we are doing a film with Arjun and it starts this month. However, we are not giving out any details at the moment and we will make an official announcement soon."

Buzz has it that Rongita (daughter of Pritish Nandy), producer of the film ‘Shabd’ had asked KJo and Gauri Khan to leave the private screening for reasons unknown. And since then, Shah Rukh’s gang vowed never to attend any function organized by the Nandys.
A daily reveals, “When the entire SRK clan banned the awards ceremony a lot of A-listers also abandoned the awards. As a result the ceremony eventually got cancelled.

This had colossal ramifications because gradually, most actors began refusing films under the PNC banner. Arjun is the first one to break this so-called rule."

Now what will magnanimous Shah Rukh do? A lion-hearted man that he is, King Khan will certainly pardon his buddy Arjun- is what we guess.

Are we right Shah Rukh?