*Update* SRK-Shirish, Farah hug and patch up
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan allegedly beat up filmmaker Shirish Kunder at a party hosted by actor Sanjay Dutt on Sunday.
In a telephonic conversation with Headlines Today, the editor-turned-filmmaker's choreographer-cum-director wife Farah Khan confirmed the incident and said three of SRK's bodyguards joined the superstar in thrashing her husband.
"Shirish, my husband, was beaten up by Shah Rukh and his three bodyguards in Sanjay Dutt's party. Shah Rukh asked Shirish why he had tweeted against him... There was no provocation from our side. He had screamed at Shirish telling him that he would destroy me as well," Farah told Headlines Today.
After attending the Filmfare awards, Shah Rukh Khan made his way to Sanjay Dutt's home on Sunday, well past midnight, to attend the Agneepath success party.
Unfortunately, SRK ran into his friends-turned-foes Farah Khan and husband Shirish Kunder at the party.
According to sources, SRK confronted Kunder about his Ra.One jibes on Twitter.
For those wondering, when Ra.One was struggling at the box office after its release, Kunder had tweeted: 'I just heard a 150 Cr firework fizzle.'
A war of words followed, which suddenly turned to blows.
Sanjay Dutt intervened and stopped SRK from beating Kunder even further.
Later, Dutt and Sameer Arya (brother-in-law of filmmaker Goldie Behl) escorted SRK out.
However Shah Rukh has confirmed to NDTV that while there was a disagreement, there was certainly no "assault" .
Meanwhile Farah Khan's statement on the incident is as follows: "Shah Rukh has always told me that physical abuse is the worst way to sort out a problem and that it means the person who's hitting has either a personal or professional crisis going on and it saddens me to see him doing the same."
Mid-day has a better version of the story
A well-placed industry source tells us that it was past 3:30 am and Shirish was talking to someone about films, particularly RA.One when SRK sauntered in and overheard him.
"Not pleased to hear anything negative about his movies, Shah Rukh confronted Shirish and started hitting him. At the same time, he also said something about Salman being his (Kunder's) friend and that he'd teach him (Salman) a lesson too," recalls our source.
Apparently, Baba Diwan, who's Sanjay and Salman's good friend didn't take this comment kindly and tried to reason with SRK. "Seeing Baba Dewan intervene, Sanju too rushed towards them to break up the fight," says our source, adding that soon afterwards, at about 4 am, Shirish walked out, covering his face which had begun to swell as he had been badly hit. Incidentally, neither Shirish's wife Farah nor SRK's wife Gauri attended this party.
"A brief while after Shirish left, the party ended with Sanjay, SRK, Baba Dewan and their friends too leaving the venue," sums up our informer.
On her part, Farah maintained, "Shah Rukh has always told me that physical abuse is the worst way to sort out a problem, and that it means the person who's hitting has either a personal or professional crisis going on. So it saddens me to see him doing the same."
When contacted, Shirish said that he didn't even know when SRK walked in. Recollecting being dragged by the hair and pushed on the couch, he said, "Shah Rukh punched and jumped on me. And he had three bodyguards with him. I don't know what got him. I was numb with shock so I couldn't react. He kept screaming at me, 'What do you think of yourself? I'll see to it that you're out of this industry."
Asserting that he didn't know what instigated SRK into attacking him, Shirish stated, "I was totally unprepared for this kind of an attack. If I was standing in some area where I would expect some goondaism, I would have been better prepared. But this is a classy party. Who would expect someone to jump on your from behind?" The director adds that Dutt and Baba intervened to stop SRK's attack. "I walked out of the party after that. He is taking out his personal frustrations on anyone he comes across."
Angry and upset at the turn of events Shirish isn't taking this lightly. He thunders, "Next time, I challenge him (SRK) to come in front of me to fight. I will give it right back to him. Someone please ask him to stop behaving like an old, spineless faggot. He kept telling me go back to your friend (Salman) and tell him main uski ***** marunga. If he has some problem with that friend of mine, why doesn't he have the guts to confront him?"
We tried contacting SRK for his side of the story, but he didn't respond to our text message. However, a friend of the actor-producer said, "Shirish was talking ill about RA.One and kept talking about Salman, which infuriated Shah Rukh. SRK and Sanju asked him to shut up, but he kept talking. So SRK punched him."
Another senior producer pointed that both SRK and Shirish were to be blamed for it. "Shirish had taken digs at RA.One on Twitter, which haven't gone down well with the actor-producer. As for SRK, he has taken potshots at other industry people. So when someone aims jibes at him, he should be just as sporting as he expects others to be," he said not before concluding that this will further spoil things not only between SRK and Farah, but also between SRK and Salman. Now it remains to be seen how Salman reacts to this fight and SRK's message to him through Shirish.
It is learnt that earlier at a party thrown by Ritesh Deshmukh, Shah Rukh instigated Shirish into an argument. But luckily it didn't end up in physical fight.
Update: SRK, Shirish, Farah hug and patch up
In a patch up bid, choreographer turned director Farah Khan and her husband Shirish Kunder visited Shah Rukh Khan's residence today over the fracas at Sanjay Dutt's party and claimed to have sorted out the matter.
Kunder, who had said he was slapped by SRK at the party on Sunday night, went to the actor's house Mannat in suburban Bandra with his wife, director brother-in-law Sajid Khan and producer Sajid Nadiadwala to clear the misunderstanding.
"We met today at his (Shah Rukh's) place. Sajid Khan, Sajid Nandiadwala, Farah Khan, Gauri and Shahrukh - we all were there together. We sorted out things. We all felt bad about what happened," Kunder later said.
"There is no animosity any more. There was misunderstanding. We are all friends again. We have cleared everything. Sometimes these things make the bond much stronger," he added.
According to the Jaan-E-Mann director, even the friendship between SRK and Farah, which had soured a few years earlier, is back on track after the patch-up meet.
"With the help of close friends we spent sometime together. Our relation is much stronger than before. Even Farah and Shah Rukh are friends again," Kunder said.
Terming the incident as "ugly" and "blown out of proportion", Farah said the negative stories about the incident was too much to handle.
"What was happening since yesterday was really ugly. The different kinds of stories and rumours, the negativity was too much to handle. I am happy that Sajid Nadiadwala and Sajid Khan took the initiative and we all met up. I think even Shah Rukh was unhappy about it. Fights happen in every family, you have to sort it out."
Farah said that they spent three and a half hours together at SRK's place.
"It was not a pleasant episode. Shah Rukh is a witness on my marriage certificate, so this can't be happening between us. What we spoke is very personal. We were together for three and a half hours, we cried, laughed and joked," she said.
The fracas took place Sunday night at the Agneepath success party at a nightclub where Shah Rukh is said to have roughed up Kunder, who has been taking potshots at the actor and his mega budget film Ra.One on Twitter.
After the incident, Kunder had said, "Everyone knows what really happened at the party; it isn't a hidden fact at all. Of course it was ugly and I was quite shaken up with what happened. When someone attacks you from behind and comes prepared with a set of bodyguards to protect his own self, you don't really have a choice, do you?
"All I feel is that if at all there was so much pent up anger in him, he could have gone verbal. Getting physical hasn't reflected well on either of us," he said.
Khan, who has been relatively silent on Sunday's incident at a nightclub, today wrote a cryptic message to his Twitter followers, indicating his name has been needlessly dragged in the drama.
"Reading stuff and watching tv...Feel like I am the source & author of a Shakespearean farce...without the poetry or the prose of course!!!," SRK tweeted today without giving any details of his version on what happened.
Both Farah and Kunder had made it clear on Monday that they will not pursue the matter with the police.
It was getting very ugly: Farah Khan
Farah Khan speaks out on the Shah Rukh Khan-Shirish Kunder fiasco that took place last night at the success bash of Agneepath, and the successful peace making event that took place at Mannat this evening. This is what she had to say...
"What's been happening since yesterday was really ugly, and it was also getting blown out of proportion. It was a pretty monumental thing that happened. There were different kinds of stories and rumours. There was just too much negativity to handle so I'm very happy that Sajid Nadiadwala and Sajid Khan took the initiative and we all met up.
"Shah Rukh was unhappy about the whole thing, so was Gauri, so was Shirish, so was I. Anyone who wishes us well was not happy with what had happened. Fights happen in every family, you have to sort it out.
"Whenever Shah Rukh and I meet, everything is back to normal. It's like nothing ever happened. There's no problem, there's no misunderstanding. We just need to hug and cry and everything's fine. What we spoke is a very personal thing, but everything is sorted now and for the people who were getting entertained by all this, sorry, you won't be getting entertained anymore.
"Shirish was not happy about what transpired last evening. It was not a pleasant episode to happen. Things were really going out of hand. Everyone wants to take sides and they want to ciculate stories. Shah Rukh, Shirish, me and Gauri - we are the four people who are affected directly by what has happened and we have to know that we are fine with each other.
"There is great love between all of us. Shah Rukh and Gauri have done my kanyadaan for God's sake. He's a witness on my marriage certificate. So, this can't be happening. I'm very grateful to my brother, and to Sajid Nadiadwala who intervened and got us all together. It was important that we met. We were there for about two-and-a-half to three hours - we cried, we laughed, we joked..."