I forgive Vivek Oberoi but not Shah Rukh, says Salman

Last Updated: Jan 15, 2011, 09:22 AM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: The only thing predictable about Salman Khan is that he can be completely unpredictable at times. Just when the entire industry was expecting Salman to forgive SRK, post the latter’s national televised apology on Karan Johar ‘s ‘Koffee with Karan’, our favorite Sallu mian thought of excusing his other ‘celebrated’ foe of his past – Vivek Oberoi!

Salman maintains that he would rather go ahead mending issues with Vivek Oberoi than think of ending his standoff with Shah Rukh. Salman feels that SRK’s apology was fake and that all he did in KJo’s show was intended to garner TRP for the programme.

SRK had said on the show, “Salman Khan is angry with me, it is 100% my fault.” To which, Salman replied, “He passes my house around four times a day to get anywhere, and to return from wherever he goes. If he wanted a patch-up, why would he say it on a TV show?”

Further adding the actor said that he has forgiven actor Vivek Oberoi, with whom he had a bitter standoff following Oberoi’s press conference against him in 2003.

Speaking to a daily, Salman said, “I forgave Vivek because you know whether someone is serious or not in wanting to apologise, and whether he seriously felt bad for his actions. I felt this (Shah Rukh’s) apology came only to increase TRPs of Karan’s show.”

When asked if he would forgive Shah Rukh if he came to him and said sorry, Salman said, “I would rather stay away from such people.”

Industry insiders say it’s time the two buried the hatchet. “It is a matter of ego for both — who will make the first move? But, it suits both of them because their rivalry is more newsworthy than their friendship,” says adman Prahlad Kakkar. Urging the actors to move on, trade analyst Taran Adarsh says, “Things can certainly be worked out if both actors want to make peace, but no third party should get involved.”