The one thing that can safely be said about the mercurial Salman Khan is that he is a yaaron ka yaar. Having done a number of very successful films with David Dhawan including the career-defining Judwaa and Biwi No. 1, Salman has over the years, become so close to Dhawan that it's generally a toss-up as to who's a closer to David: Govinda or Salman.
Govinda was in Goa for David's son Rohit's wedding yesterday (Friday). Salman, alas, couldn't make it. Shooting in far-off Cuba for Kabir Khan's Ek Tha Tiger, Salman actually planned to travel back to Goa for a day and attend the wedding before flying back.
Says a source close to David, "David was very keen to have Salman over. He spoke to Salman and Salman spoke to Kabir to be allowed to fly back. But the travel plan from Havana to Goa sounded too gruelling. At the moment with Salman's neurological condition, he's been advised to cut down on his travel. Also, Kabir's unit is working on a very tight schedule. And since Salman and Katrina are doing intricate action sequences, stopping the shooting for four days would have meant huge losses for Yash Raj."
Apparently, David told Salman to let it go. Salman agreed. But on condition that his brother Sohail reach the Goan venue for the wedding well in advance to represent bade bhaiyya Salman.
Speaking from Goa, David says affectionately, "Yes, Salman really wanted to join us here in Goa. He's part of my family. But it was impossible for him to travel. Salman's entire family Arbaaz, Sohail, Baby (sister Alvira) are here. Sohail arrived a day in advance to lend a helping hand."
Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh and Ranbir Kapoor arrived on Friday morning. The Kapoor family had just returned from Delhi after attending a wedding in Rishi's daughter's sasuraal.
Says David, "I feel blessed. I haven't made so much money in my career. But I've earned this goodwill that's reflected in the guest list for the first wedding in my family. All the people, whom I've been associated with professionally and personally, are here for my son's wedding. Sanjay Dutt and Govinda who have been with me from the start of my career, Rishi and Ranbir, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Lolo (Karisma Kapoor), Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, producer Vashu Bhagnani
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