Dubai: Arjun Kapoor, who came under the scanner when heavyweight Salman Khan allegedly refused to promote the actor for his upcoming flick ‘Ishaqzaade’ on Twitter, has slammed reports of a cold war between them.
According to rumour mills, the snub was a consequence of Kapoor’s fall-out with Khan`s sister Arpita on the dating front. However, this development comes as a shock because Kapoor considers Khan his mentor who nudged him to shed 50 kilograms so that he could try his hand at acting.
Till then, Kapoor was satisfied making things happen by assisting directors and producers.
“He doesn’t need to patronise me on Twitter. I don’t think Salman Khan needs to come to me and subscribe to me on a social medium. Today Yash Raj production is the biggest in Bollywood and he [Salman Khan] is doing Yash Raj’s next film with them,” a news channel has quoted Kapoor as saying.
“So he knows how they function. So yes, if I were doing an independent feature, I may have needed him to substantiate me. But my equation stands firm with him. Also, my father has worked with him and I am very close to him and his entire family is close to me. So I don’t give those reports any credibility or importance.”
Kapoor, who plays a gun-toting Parma in the rustic love story, also asserted that Khan was the first person in show business who had faith in him.
“I was the associate producer of Wanted, Salman Bhai’s film. So I hung around the sets and that’s where I formed an equation with him. It led to friendship and he guided me saying that I should pursue acting and not directing as a career option. And he said if I didn’t, I would regret it 10 years down the line.”
“That’s why I laugh at this whole thing of Salman Bhai not wanting to promote me, etc, etc. Primarily it was him who taught me, mentored and literally made me live with him — watched over my food, saw what I ate and cleaned up my diet. I have learnt everything about my fitness from him,” he added.