Both were intense people, street fighters, yet as different as chalk and cheese.
Mallya was suave and articulate. Chhabria was direct and didn't believe in mincing words.
In meetings, Chhabria would often refer to his products as tharra, or country liquor.
Mallya, on the other hand, was an ambassador for his brands, and never trifled with them.
There was no love lost between the two.
But Mallya turned up at the Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai to see Chhabria during his last days.
Chhabria was in intensive care, and the two rivals couldn't meet.
Once Chhabria died in April 2002, it was business as usual once again.
When Chhabria's daughters, Bhavika Godhwani and Komal Chhabria Wazir , began to bicker over the ownership of the business, Mallya was accused of quietly encouraging Godhwani - a charge he denied.