METRO PLUS

Bhansali raps Vivek

FILMMAKER Sanjay Leela Bhansali who's all set to launch his next film with Salman Khan describes the beleaguered star as "the best human being I've met in my life." Upset and angry for Salman, Sanjay says, "I think Vivek Oberoi has committed the biggest blunder ever by any actor in Mumbai. I'll never be able to work with him now. I may shout at him on the sets and he may call a press conference against me the next day. The film industry functions on fraternal feelings. If there's a problem we solve it in-house. Vivek has no business talking about Salman's mental state. He shouldn't have talked about his Coco Cola campaign, or Rani Mukherjee, Diya Mirza and Aishwarya Rai at a time when he was supposed to be so distraught. Vivek must learn the virtues of discretion from stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir, Hrithik Roshan and Ajay Devgan. There's dignity in being a celebrity. Let's not lose that dignity. Didn't Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand have differences of opinion? They never maligned each other. Salman's problem is, he thinks with his heart. He gives his life to people he lovesAnd he's perfectly sane and there's no need to send him to a shrink. As for Salman getting professionally insecure, I am sure he is going to be around for a long time. I'm making my next film with him. If you believe you're the new kid on the block and yet four of your films flop in a row then it's time to get delirious publicity. It's not Salman who's insecure at 37. Anyway, who's Vivek to give unsolicited advice to Salman and his family? What a colossal waste of television time!"

SUBHASH K. JHA