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Aamir Khan quells rumours of rift with Salman Khan


The actor backs Sultan; says similar action scenes in the two films won't affect Dangal.

Mayur Lookhar

All is well between Salman Khan and Aamir Khan. For weeks, some publications have been writing about a rift between the superstars, with Salman Khan allegedly stealing a march over Aamir Khan with the marketing of Sultan. After all, Sultan releases on July 6 while Aamir's Dangal is slated for a December release.

A prominent daily had reported that Aamir Khan was upset with reports  of Sultan director Ali Abbas Zafar claiming that his film was first titled Dangal. There was also talk that Aamir Khan was contemplating delaying his Christmas release so that Dangal does not suffer a Sultan hangover. 

Aamir Khan is in Punjab shooting for Dangal. In an interview to The Times Of India, the actor quelled all such rumours. 

"Sultan is coming in July and I am really excited to watch it because every film of Salman is an entertaining watch. We enjoy his films a lot. Despite wrestling being a common aspect in our films, the story of our films is different. I loved the teaser and promo of the film and also the song, which has been coincidentally shot in Punjab," Khan told the daily newspaper.

Since both films have wrestling as their central theme, there were reports that they also featured the same important move of dhobi pachaad (an overhead throw of your opponent). Owing to that, there were reports suggesting that Aamir Khan was planning to alter some scenes. However, the actor scoffed at this theory.

"There is no rule that if one wrestler does a dhobi pachaad, other wrestlers across the country can't do it," he quipped. "You plan your moves according to different situations you come across during a fight. It can be possible that you dhobi pachaad thrice during one fight." 

Aamir Khan, however, also put an end to the speculation about a reunion with Salman Khan for a sequel to their 1994 rib-tickler Andaz Apna Apna. He said no one had come up with a proposal to cast them together in the sequel. While he said he wasn’t averse to a reunion, the script had to be strong.