It looks like the war between Salman-Arbaaz Khan and Abhinav Kashyap over Dabangg is finally over. The two parties were locked in a silent war when Abhinav refused to direct the sequel to Dabangg, opting to move on to what were apparently greener pastures.
The Khan brothers saw red. Much acrimony was swapped on the issue.
Both parties seem to have matured in the past few months. On Monday night at a party thrown by producer Sunil Bohra at the Kino Cottage on Yari Road in Mumbai, Arbaaz and Abhinav not only hugged and greeted each other like long-lost friends but they also spent close to three hours chatting non-stop.
The party - attended by Neil Nitin Mukesh, Randeep Hooda, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Aanand Rai, Sudhir Mishra, Tutu Sharma - and many other open-mouthed onlookers, came to a standstill when Arbaaz and Abhinav headed towards one another.
"Abhinav arrived early in the evening. Arbaaz walked in post-midnight. We expected fireworks and in fact told our host to find a way to keep them apart. Instead of exchanging barbs and blows, Arbaaz and Abhinav were glued to one another like Siamese twins," says a guest, who still hasn't gotten over the shock of watching another infamous Bollywood battle come to an end.
The main topic of conversation between the estranged Dabangg producer and director? Believe it or not, the friends-turned-foes' bete-noire Dabangg 2!
An invitee said: "Abhinav quizzed Arbaaz about Dabangg 2, how it has turned out, what is the plot, how Arbaaz has carried the story forward... Arbaaz was equally enthusiastic in telling Abhinav all the details. Arbaaz didn't hide anything about the sequel. He opened up completely about Dabangg 2, telling Abhinav how he has treated the second part as compared with the first. Arbaaz also wanted to know a lot about Abhinav's next project Besharam."
Sonu Sood -- who starred in "Dabangg" but opted out of "Dabangg 2" -- also joined Arbaaz and Abhinav during the evening.
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