''When asked if he would also extend the same courtesy to Shah Rukh Khan if he were shooting in the same location, Abhishek looked puzzled.
"Why wouldn't I do that?" he asked. "After all Shah Rukh is like an elder brother. I respect him immensely. We have worked together in Karan Johar's Kabhie Alvida Na Kehna. My mother and he have worked in Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gum and in Kal Ho Na Ho. So I fail to understand why the media keeps saying that there is a problem between us.''
Shah Rukh Khan was not invited to the Abhishek-Aishwarya wedding; though Karan Johar was. And, one wondered if Jaya was so close to SRK, why Bollywood's Badshah hadn't been invited to the wedding. Also it's a fact that from the time Shah Rukh Khan took on the role of Kaun Banega Crorepati-II, there have been cold vibes between him and Amitabh Bachchan, the host of the first season. There are instances of Bachchan Senior being slightly irked in television and media interviews when asked to talk about Shah Rukh. The camaraderie was surely missing.
However, insiders say that whatever the time or situation in life, Shah Rukh who calls Jaya Bachchan his mother because she played that role in K3G, maintains that even in real life. "Shah Rukh has been in touch with Jayaji all through," says an insider.
The source also maintains that even after the Drona music function fiasco, when Jaya Bachchan was targeted by the MNS (Maharashtra Navniram Sena) for her, "I will speak in Hindi" remark, a host of industry people called Jaya to pledge their support. Says the source, "Shah Rukh also called Jayaji because he maintains she is like his mother."
In fact, Amitabh Bachchan was in Paris when the MNS targeted his wife, and Aishwarya is away shooting for Robot and even Abhishek was shooting till late at night for Karan Johar's Dostana at Film City, that's when Shah Rukh, Karan Johar and his mother Hiroo Johar were constantly in touch with Jaya Bachchan.
No wonder Abhishek, doesn't even entertain talks of there being cold vibes between the Bachchans and Shah Rukh. When asked about the cold vibes between the Bachchans and Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek turned around and said, "Shah Rukh and Karan are two people who I share a warm rapport with. My mother is also very close to Shah Rukh and calls him her elder son. Shah Rukh will always be there for our family.'' However, Shah Rukh remains tight-lipped about his equation with the Bachchans.