Sallu- Ranbir Bhai Bhai

To Ranbir, a Raj
By: Upala KBR
Date: 2008-08-04

Mid-day
Ranbir Kapoor and his girlfriend Deepika Padukone shot for Salman Khan’s 10 Ka Dum at RK Studios, Chembur, on Friday. Salman gifted the younger actor a painting of his grandfather (the legendary Raj Kapoor) which he had specially made.

Role model

Says a source, “Ranbir and Deepika appear on the show as a promotion for their film Bachna Ae Haseeno. Salman was happy to hear the news that the two were coming.

Salman is extremely fond of the Saawariya actor and has decided take him under his wing.

Ranbir and Salman get along extraordinarily well. Ranbir looks up to Salman as one of his role models. Sallu is also very fond of Ranbir’s dad Rishi Kapoor. But Ranbir surely didn’t expect a gift from Salman!”

The gift turned out to be a black-and-white painting of Raj Kapoor, which Salman spent nights painting (he shoots for 10 Ka Dum or Yuvraaj during the day).

Exact impression

Says the source, “After the show wrapped up, Salman went up to Ranbir, hugged him and presented him with a portrait of Raj Kapoor. People who saw it were very impressed.

It was an exact impression of Raj Kapoor in profile. Salman must have seen photographs and painted him. Ranbir was so touched that he had tears in his eyes and hugged Salman.”

Emotional moments

The source adds, “After the show ended, Ranbir showed it to his grandmother Krishna, for whom it was an extremely emotional moment. She has hung up the portrait on a wall of the RK Studios office.”

Siddharth Basu, the producer of 10 Ka Dum, does not deny the gift Salman gave Ranbir but adds, “The best way to find out what happened is to watch the show on August 15.”

Sallu paints Aamir too

Salman has recently started painting portraits as well. Says a source, “Aamir Khan has been telling people how well Salman has painted him. Apparently, Salman has made two drawings of the TZP director.

While one is a portrait, the other is a sketch. Though Salman hasn’t presented the painting to Aamir yet, he has shown it to him. The buzz is that he will sell it.”

The proceeds of the sales of Sallu’s paintings go to his NGO, Being Human, which provides medical aid to the poor.