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Bollywood partnerships that have gone sour over time

With Saif Ali Khan and Dinesh Vijan rumoured to be going their separate ways, we train our spotlight on the fickle nature of the film industry, where long-term partnerships have gone kaput due to myriad reasons

Bollywood has seen many enduring friendships that have resulted in some truly iconic moments on the silver screen. But some partnerships have fallen through over time, the latest example being that of business partners Dinesh Vijan and Saif Ali Khan.

In 2009, film producer Dinesh Vijan (left) joined hands with actor Saif Ali Khan to set up a production house. Latest reports say that the two have had a fallout due to some differences, and that Vijan is  now producing films under another banner. Pic/Yogen Shah
In 2009, film producer Dinesh Vijan (left) joined hands with actor Saif Ali Khan to set up a production house. Latest reports say that the two have had a fallout due to some differences, and that Vijan is  now producing films under another banner. Pic/Yogen Shah

After forming Illuminati Films in 2009, they have reportedly parted ways now. Sources say that Saif will now produce movies under Illuminati Films while Dinesh will helm projects under the Maddock Films banner. “The split could be due to creative differences, but financial issues cannot be ruled out either,” says a source, adding that they apparently decided to split after the release of their film, Go Goa Gone.

Saif was unavailable for comment while Dinesh’s rep said Illuminati will continue to be a joint ownership. The statement read, “Saif and Dinesh will jointly produce films under this banner. But they will also produce films independently under their respective banners.”

Referring to the fickle nature of the glamour industry, senior film journalist, Bharathi Pradhan, says, “Most friendships and partnerships in Bollywood are temporary.”

Another insider says that fights and patch-ups are commonplace in showbiz. “Despite having a major fight, Ajay Devgn and David Dhawan collaborated on a film called Hum Kisise Kum Nahin,” says the source. We looks at Bollywood partnerships that have gone kaput over time…

Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla
Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla

Splitsville story: A much sought after pair in the ’90s, they last worked together in Indra Kumar’s Ishq in 1997. Aamir apparently had played a prank on Juhi during an outdoor shoot, which the actress didn’t appreciate. Sources say that the two are yet to patch up.

Salman Khan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Salman Khan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Splitsville story: Salman Khan worked with Sanjay Leela Bhansali in his first film Khamoshi, and in Hum Dil Chuke Sanam that did very well at the BO. Bhansali also wanted to make Bajirao Mastani with him. But Salman apparently got upset when he heard that the filmmaker had cast Hrithik Roshan instead of him in a Hollywood film’s Hindi remake.

Sanjay Gupta and Sanjay Dutt
Sanjay Gupta and Sanjay Dutt

Splitsville story: Close friends since 1990, Dutt gave Gupta a chance with Aatish, which then gave way to more collaborations. Under their banner, White Feather Productions, they produced films like Kaante and Shootout at Lokhandwala. They apparently fell out in 2007 during the making of the latter due to financial issues. Though they patched up at Big B’s 70th birthday party, they seem to have limited it to the personal sphere.

Karan Johar and Kajol
Karan Johar and Kajol

Splitsville story: No one really knows the reason behind Karan Johar and Kajol’s alleged fallout. They worked together for 14 years and the filmmaker has reportedly said his love and affection for the actress will always remain the same. They last worked together in My Name is Khan in 2010.

Sajid Khan and Sajid Nadiadwala
Sajid Khan and Sajid Nadiadwala

Splitsville story: Sajid Khan has directed three films for Sajid Nadiadwala, including Heyy Babyy, Housefull and Housefull 2. But when Sajid was asked to direct the first part of Housefull 3, he apparently demanded more money and said that his film, Housefull, had resuscitated Akshay Kumar’s career, a comment that didn’t go down well with Nadiadwala and Akki.

David Dhawan and Govinda
David Dhawan and Govinda

Splitsville story: David and Govinda have worked together in many films including Hero No1, Haseena Maan Jayegi, Coolie No 1 and Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan. The two stopped working together after their film, Do Knot Disturb (2009) flopped. David moved on to working with other actors like Salman Khan before shooting Partner (2007) that starred both Govinda and Sallu. The director is now making films with his actor son, Varun Dhawan. Says a source, “Govinda is hurt by the cold shoulder treatment meted out to him.”

Sunny Deol and Rajkumar Santoshi
Sunny Deol and Rajkumar Santoshi

Splitsville story: The actor and filmmaker were best friends and they have delivered several blockbuster films like Ghayal, Ghatak and Damini. The two had a fallout in 2000 when they both decided to make a film on Bhagat Singh and the final nail in the coffin was when they decided the same date for the release of their films. There have been reports about them working together but nothing has materialised so far.

Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar
Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar

Splitsville story: The two met on the sets of the film, Sarhadi Lootera, and worked together on films such as Adhikar and Andaaz. They wrote around 21 films together, including Zanjeer, Deewar and Sholay. They split in 1987 apparently due to ego issues but completed their pending assignments like Mr India and Zamana. Later on, both wrote film scripts separately. Salim almost stopped writing but Javed went on to become a popular lyricist.

Bunty Walia and Sohail Khan
Bunty Walia and Sohail Khan

Splitsville story: Bunty Walia and Sohail Khan have produced films and stage shows for many years. The two apparently fell out after making films like Hello Brother, Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya and Maine Dil Tujko Diya, due to financial reasons. The two have been working separately for over 12 years now and it is said they are not on talking terms with each other.

Jatin and Lalit Pandit
Jatin and Lalit Pandit

Splitsville story: Musician brothers Jatin-Lalit have composed for many films, including Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Khamoshi, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Mohabbatein. They split in 2006 citing personal problems; buzz was that money was also a bone of contention. While Lalit has composed music for Life Mein Kabhie Kabhie, Dulha Mil Gaya, and the famous song, Munni Badnaam Hui, from Dabanng, Jatin has worked on films like I M 24, 9 Eleven and Chakradhar.

Nadeem Saifi and Shravan Rathod
Nadeem Saifi and Shravan Rathod

Splitsville story: Nadeem-Shravan were among the most successful music directors of the 1990s and they worked together to make music for Aashiqui, Saajan, Deewana and Raja Hindustani. After being named a suspect in the Gulshan Kumar murder case, Nadeem chose to stay in the UK, though he continued to compose music with Shravan. They split in 2005. Ironically, their last film together was Dosti

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