Salman Khan’s surgical strike at the first look launch of Rajinikanth’s 2.0 created the desired effect on the present audience — that of shock and awe. No one anticipated his arrival. Well, no one but the cast and crew. Apparently, Salman’s last minute was a scripted one that only the key members of the film crew knew about, including host Karan Johar.
Says a source, “In Bollywood, gatecrashing is reserved for wannabes. Superstars need to be invited. Period. Salman Khan’s arrival at the strategic time just before the Q and A session was a planned one. The call time for media was 4 pm. The launch was supposed to start at five and all lead actors including Akshay and Rajinikanth were already in before 5 pm. No Akshay event starts late and everyone wondered what the hold up was for. It was because Salman was coming to YRF studios all the way from Bandra along with his retinue. The event finally kickstarted at 5.45 pm.”
So who invited Salman? “Contrary to popular speculation, it was Akshay and not Amy who invited Salman. Akshay and Salman go back a long way and both have deep admiration for each other. Salman even posted a video to promote Akshay’s Rustom. That speaks volumes about their friendship. When Akshay asked Salman if he could be present for the launch, the latter immediately agreed because he has deep respect for both Akshay and Rajinikanth. Salman agreed but on the condition that he would walk in later so that he doesn’t grab the spotlight,” reveals the source.
Salman agreed but on the condition that he would walk in later so that he doesn’t grab the spotlight,” reveals the source. Uninvited or invited, Salman’s Dabangg entry just made 2.0 the biggest event of the year for he came, he saw and he conquered.