Though Shahrukh many times spoke about his spat, which took place at Katrina’s birthday bash, Salman has hardly spoken in media. Like King Khan, Salman was also hurt for loosing a close and old friend like him. While speaking to media about the fight, he was in tears. When asked what he thinks about his family participating Shahrukh’s party, he remarked, "If they want to participate in SRK’s family events they are more than welcome to do that. But don’t you think that it’s a kind of a joke that from one side it’s straight from the heart one family and from one family it’s straight from the brain? Oh yeh Salman ke behalf pe aa rahe hai so he (Salman) looks like a fool. Yeh sabko bulaya gaya, yeh sab aayenge, they are all here, so Salman must be wrong. Because my family is socializing at SRK’s family events!"
Salman then went onto state that it was Shahrukh who told the media about their little disagreement. "As soon as Shahrukh left the party, he started calling up the media! I didn’t speak till one week after the fight because he was trying to put me in the middle of something, which is not cool from any angle! That is the time I stood up and started speaking. There is no reason for disrespect. Everybody messes up. I have messed up also not once but so many times, without any malice, any manipulation or agenda. If things go wrong between two buddies we say 'okay buddy let’s hang out together and sort it out' but if you are going to mess up and disrespect me then forget it,” said a tearful Salman.
You are working first time with Subhah Gahi what’s your experience like?
Good. I love the way he speaks English! Subhashji is very talented. His last three films have not done well. Whatever the reason but you can't negate his body of work. I see the way people are with Subhashji nowadays, it's not how they were earlier, and it just because his three films were not hits. Arre three films didn't do well but 33 films of his did well na. You cannot keep giving hit after hit. With Yuvvraaj he has gone back to his kind of cinema. He's come back to making the films he used to but slightly more subdued, a lot classier. No one can touch him where music and drama is concerned.
Your female lead in Veer is Zarine Khan Katrina's look alike. Why didn't you take Katrina?
No, she doesn't look like Katrina at all. By that definition, every fair and pretty girl looks like Katrina. We took Zarine because we needed a newcomer. Katrina is already working in Subhashji's film with me. To work again in Veer would be pakao yaar. Chalo aage bado na and Katrina's got lots of big films so it doesn't matter.
Can we talk about SRK?
Whatever I had to speak on SRK, I said it then straight out. It's SRK's choice to say whatever sweet things he's saying now four months later.
Are you a head or heart person?
The right side of my head is my heart. I will always do what is right. I am human man! I am trying to be human. I have lots of flaws but I am taking care of that. But there are some things I don't have a jealousy, incompetence, insecurity and maliciousness. I don't have a temper either, though I may get angry. And if I am wrong, I have the courage to call up and apologise. Say sorry and I am fine. What I say is what I do. I don't say something and do something else and think of something totally different.
You seem to have become media friendly..
(Cuts in) NO, I’m not! My producers tell me, “Bolo film ke baare mein, bolo film ke baare mein”.. to main bol raha hoon. Simple. See, I have four friends in this world, and one of them died a few days ago. So I’m doing all this only because I have to.
Would you say that there are no permanent friends or enemies in the industry?
Depends yaar depends upon who messes with you how many times. Once, twice, three times you say haan, jaane de, he’s my friend, it’s fine. Then it continues, and I feel foolish to have believed that people can change. Nobody changes, boss you are born that way.
Your friends swear by you and vice versa. Do you think you can really hold a grudge against Shah Rukh Khan?
Did I say I hold a grudge? Life is too short actually it’s too long to hold grudges. I just don’t want anything to do with people who mess with me and mess with my family. If someone doesn’t mess with me, I won’t mess back (goes silent).