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The many shades of friendship in Bollywood

With Friendship Day around the corner, it’s perhaps as good a time as any to examine the ever-interesting subject of friendships in Bollywood. In an industry that has seen its share of ego clashes, some unlikely friendships have bloomed.

All the same, this is also the industry where friends have stood by each other through thick and thin. Some have also gone out of their way to do things for the other person. hitlist takes a look at some celeb friendships in B-town...

Friends forever
Some friendships have stood the test of time. We bring you some of these celeb stories...

Goldie Behl and Abhishek Bachchan
Goldie Behl and Abhishek Bachchan

Abhishek Bachchan and Goldie Behl are childhood friends. Abhishek has starred in two of Behl’s films: Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai and Drona.

Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar
Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar

They own a production company together and have been friends since a decade. Ritesh had once said, “We don’t have egos and we are open to each other’s inputs. Every decision that the company takes is a joint one and once a decision is made, there’s no blame game if it backfires. This is what has made us remain thick as ever. We have seen each other grow, make mistakes and learn from it.”

Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan
Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan

Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan have supported each other during their difficult times. Their rapport was evident when they appeared as co-hosts on Bigg Boss. Salman Khan is said to have gone and met Sanju a few times before the latter went to prison.

 Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Arora
Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Arora

Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Arora are known to be best friends. They have been seen partying and attending functions together. Kareena was the bridesmaid at Amrita’s wedding. The two often hang out with each other and they have been friends for a long time now.

For friendship’s sake
Bollywood has also seen stars go out on a limb for their friends. Here’s looking at some of them who have gladly helped out in the name of friendship...

Salman Khan and Riteish Deshmukh
Salman Khan and Riteish Deshmukh

Salman recently did a cameo in Riteish’s Marathi film, Lai Bhaari and not surprisingly, he has now decided to do a small role in another film by Riteish.

Aamir Khan and Jackie Shroff
Aamir Khan and Jackie Shroff

Aamir and Jackie’s friendship goes back a long way. Recently, Aamir came out in support of Jackie’s son, Tiger Shroff, when he made his debut in Heropanti. The actor also advised the youngster to hire the same PR company.

Imran Khan and Akshay Oberoi
Imran Khan and Akshay Oberoi

Not many people know that Imran Khan and Akshay Oberoi, who has starred in films like American Chai (2002) and Isi Life Main (2010), are close friends. The two first met in 2002 while attending an acting class and have been pals since then. This is why Imran Khan recently promoted Akshay’s film.

Salman Khan and Aamir Khan
Salman promoted Aamir’s film, Dhoom 3 by wearing the signature hat from the film on Bigg Boss for a week. This apart, Salman recently promoted his film, Kick, at a charity match organised by Aamir’s daughter, Ira.

Arjun Rampal and Hrithik Roshan
Arjun Rampal and Hrithik Roshan

Friendships gone sour
Some friendships that bit the dust?
>> Salman Khan-SRK
>> Farah Khan-Akshay Kumar
>> Sanjay Dutt-Sanjay Gupta
>> Hrithik Roshan-Arjun Rampal
>> Kajol-Karan Johar

Unlikely friendships
You’d think that they wouldn’t be friends, but they are just that. A look at some unlikely camaraderie in Bollywood...

Ayan Mukherji and Ranbir Kapoor
Ayan Mukherji and Ranbir Kapoor

Ayan calls their friendship an “old marriage”, while Ranbir Kapoor calls it “ghar ka khaana”. Ranbir and Ayan became best friends after they worked together on their first film, Wake Up Sid. Since then they have been by each other’s side all through.

Hansal Mehta and Rajkummar Rao
Hansal Mehta and Rajkummar Rao

Hansal Mehta and Rajkummar Rao have worked together on two films. This apart, Rajkummar and his girlfriend Patralekha usually spend their free time in Mehta’s company.

SRK and Farah Khan
Farah Khan met SRK on the sets of Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa. The two became good friends after that and started working together. Everybody knows about the great camaraderie between them. Their friendship took a hit when SRK slapped Farah’s husband, but they have let bygones be bygones.

Anurag Kashyap and Karan Johar
Anurag Kashyap and Karan Johar

Foe-turned-friends Anurag Kashyap and Karan Johar forged a new partnership when they worked together on the anthology film, Bombay Talkies. Post that, they co-produced the film, Hasee Toh Phasee. Anurag has also appeared on Karan’s chat show, Koffee With Karan, where the two had a heart-to-heart chat about the hostile vibes they used to share. In spite of coming from different schools of filmmaking, they are said to hang out together quite often.

Raveena Tandon and Asin
It is known that Raveena and Asin walked in together at Karan Johar’s birthday bash. The two, who share their birthday, are said to go together on shopping trips. They hang out together whenever they have free time.

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