Bollywood actor Salman Khan is currently in hot water for comparing himself to a “raped woman” when he described his physical ordeal during the filming of his upcoming blockbuster movie, Sultan.
In an interview with SpotBoye, Salman, 50, made the controversial remark before a group of journalists when he described how he had to wrestle with a co-star for up to six hours, wherein they had to grapple and throw each other around so that the director could capture the best angles using multiple camera angles.
“While shooting, during those six hours, there’d be so much of lifting and thrusting on the ground involved,” said Khan, 50. “When I used to walk out of that ring I felt like a raped woman… I could not take steps.”
Interestingly, Khan’s “raped woman” comment was greeted with laughter by the journalists who were present during the interview. Salman seemed to have realized his gaffe as he immediately retracted his statement, mouthing off the words “I don’t think I should have…”
In the same interview, Khan was heard referring to women as his “vice.”
Unfortunately for Salman Khan, most media outlets focused on the “raped woman” remark. Outraged Twitter users expressed their disgust online, causing the #InsensitiveSalman hashtag to trend on the social media site.
“There cannot be anything more inhuman than using raped woman analogy. Shame,” tweeted Moni.
“It’s our fault, that we have given stardom to such a misogynistic idiot!
#insensitiveSalman,” wrote Neeraj on Twitter.
Meanwhile, there are users who defended Khan against his bashers, pointing out that the actor was misquoted by the media, causing the hashtag #SalmanMisquoted to also trend on Twitter.
“The media get paid for lying and framing innocent people like Salman I hope they rot in hell
#SalmanMisquoted,” wrote Twitter user @ShawtyyKhanyy.
Salman’s father, Salim Khan, took to Twitter to apologize on behalf of his son, explaining that his son’s “intention was not wrong.”
Meanwhile, the National Commission for Women called out Salman for his statement and then warned the Bollywood actor that they’ll issue him with a summons if he doesn’t apologize within seven days.
“This is very sad. Just because he is Salman Khan doesn’t mean he will make such a statement,” said the NCW chief.
Sultan is an upcoming Bollywood movie directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Aditya Chopra under Yash Raj Films. Starring Salman Khan, the movie tells the story of a wrestler who worked his way up to achieve international glory amid personal battles.
In May 2015, Salman was convicted for culpable homicide over a hit-and-run incident that killed one person and injured four. According to the Telegraph, Khan was under the influence of alcohol when he rammed his SUV into a group of homeless men in Mumbai in 2002. The Bombay High Court overruled the judgement in December. Salman’s defense team claimed, however, that it was the actor’s driver who was at fault for the crash.
The actor has been out on bail throughout the trial, and was able to continue with his career with little interference.
“The appeal is allowed and the decision of the trial court is quashed and set aside. Salman Khan is acquitted of all charges,” judge Anil Ramchandra Joshi told the Bombay High Court.
Salman rose to prominence as an actor during the 90s and has starred in numerous major films in the last decade. A multi-millionaire, Khan was ranked seventh in Forbes‘ list of highest-paid actors in the world, with earnings of up to $33.5 million, edging out popular Hollywood stars such as Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
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