Vivek Oberoi put his foot in the mouth once again a few days ago, when he commented, “Sher is bigger than Tiger”. Obviously, he was referring to his film Sher in comparison with Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger.
Followed rumours that Salman, who has a long-standing hate-hate relationship with Vivek (courtesy their war regarding Aishwarya Rai a few years ago), had got the latter ousted from Sher; which also stars his good friend and Bigg Boss mate Sanjay Dutt.
But nothing of that sort happened and Vivek stayed put in Sher and even tweeted that he began shooting for it this week.
To battle it out, a seemingly subdued Salman Khan is now said to be reviving his project Sher Khan with brother Sohail Khan at the helm of directorial affairs, to give a karara jawab (fitting reply) to bete-noire Vivek. It is learnt that for the first time, Salman Khan will be playing a superhero whose special powers rest in his shoulder-length tresses. Uh-oh!
When we quizzed Bollywood PR guru Dale Bhagwagar about the Salman-Vivek war-of-words, he said, “There is no comparison between Salman and Vivek. Both have their own places.”
“Since time immemorial, spice and sensationalism have ruled Bollywood. But such gossipy friction only goes to up the equity of actors and keeps them in hot news and in public eye. One has to take it with a pinch of salt,” he added.
Coincidently, Dale is the same publicist, who, in a year-long stint with Vivek, beautifully engineered a perception turnaround for Brand Vivek Oberoi when the actor was said to be down-and-out some two years ago.
But strangely, after that Vivek changed his publicist and ultimately went back to drawing battle lines with Salman once again. Now let’s see if Salman’s dreadlocks can outsmart the bouncy Vivek Oberoi this time round.