Arjun Kapoor is a cool dude. He gets along well with everyone in Bollywood, his co-stars love him and so does the media – despite his no-nonsense and non-controversial image. But his big, fun birthday bash was in the news for all other reasons. Guess who stole the limelight? None other than his Gunday brother Ranveer Singh!
The pictures of Ranveer and Ranbir in a tight clinch almost made us do a double take. And before you think the two actors can’t exactly be friends because of the ex-factor (Deepika Padukone), we tell you more.
• Let’s admit it, Ranveer and Ranbir are more often than not, pitted against one another. They both cater to a similar audience (urban youth) and have filmmakers vying for to sign them. In an industry where actors are constantly judged by their hits Ranveer and Ranbir have had contrasting fortunes at the box office. Ranveer’s recent Dil Dhadakne Do was a big hit was Ranbir’s Bombay Velvet has been a huge disappointment.
• The Dil Dhadakne Do and Bombay Velvet saga has another angle too. Incidentally, DDD was initially offered to Ranbir by Zoya who was keen to feature him and cousin Kareena in the role that eventually was played by Priyanka. And Bombay Velvet was also offered to Ranveer (among other stars). But Ranbir was keen on BV and refused DDD for it while Ranveer agreed to step in for the latter. One actor’s reject has become another’s super hit. Enough reasons to create a bit of resentment, isn’t it? But thankfully that’s not how things panned out.
• Ranbir has moved on from Deepika and is in a stable relationship with Katrina but he is still doing a film with his ex (Tamasha). Ranveer who is currently dating Deepika is also doing a film with her – Bajirao Mastani. Which film will hit the bull’s eye? The box office will be watching it closely given that they are releasing within a short span of each other.
• Ranbir and Ranveer are both extremely friendly guys with a lot of common friends but they haven’t exactly been socialising with one another so far.
So given this history, this warm greeting was quite a pleasant surprise. It just goes on to show how mature relationships have become in Bollywood. All those looking for gossip and rumours of trouble between the duo would have been sorely disappointed! In fact, it was quite a sight to see T’town’s young guns – Arjun, Katrina, Aditya Roy Kapoor, cousin Sonam, Ayan Mukerji and of course, everyone’s mentor Karan Johar bond and mingle with each other and let their hair down. Strangely, the only person missing from all the cosy pictures was Deepika Padukone! Considering she has been quite active on the party circuit (having thrown a couple of her own success bashes earlier this month), she was conspicuous by her absence. Was it work that held her up or something else? We’d love to know!
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