Before working with Rajkumar Santoshi on the cult comedy film ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ (1995), superstar Salman Khan had been signed up for two films with the talented filmmaker. But call it their bad luck or wrong timing that each time they came together for a film, their luck did not favor them as their films were shelved for one reason or the other. As we just mentioned above that how Rajkumar Santoshi and Salman Khan were first supposed to work together on ‘Dil Hai Tumhara’ which also had Sunny Deol and Meenakshi Sheshadri in the star cast, but the film was shelved as the former picked up another project ‘Barsaat’ (1995). Since the producers could not find the suitable replacement of Rajkumar Santoshi, they decided to dismiss the project.
While ‘Dil Hai Tumhara’ had at least mounted floors before being shelved after wrapping up the first schedule, ‘Gherao’ could not even make it to its first schedule of shooting and was shelved soon after the mahurat. It seems that destiny did not want Salman Khan and Rajkumar Santoshi to come together before ‘Andaz Apna Apna’.
7. AYE MERE DOST
Do you know that the Khan brothers, Salman Khan and Arbaaz Khan, could have been seen together way before their first outing ‘Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya’ (1998), had a film titled ‘Aye Mere Dost’ not been shelved at the last moment. Yes, you heard that right! Salman Khan and his younger brother Arbaaz Khan, who made his acting debut with ‘Darar’ in 1996, were all set to work together in a film called ‘Aye Mere Dost’, but unfortunately the movie was never made and the duo had to wait for a couple of years before finally sharing the screen space for the first time in ‘Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya’, which was directed by their younger brother Sohail Khan.
Apart from Salman Khan and Arbaaz Khan, ‘Aye Mere Dost’ also starred two gorgeous actresses Divya Bharti and Karishma Kapoor in prime roles. The film started with a song recording but nothing really happened afterwards. ‘Aye Mere Dost’ was ultimately shelved and the audience missed an opportunity to see Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Divya Bharti and Karishma Kapoor in one film.
Before any other director could have thought of roping them together once again, one of the female leads Divya Bharti was found death on 5th April 1993 after falling off the balcony of her apartment in Mumbai. The song, which was recorded for ‘Aye Mere Dost’, was later used for another Salman Khan film, ‘Majhdhar’, which hit the silver screen in the year of 1996.