Actor Salman Khan has landed himself in a controversy after he reportedly compared himself with a raped woman when quizzed about the gruelling “Sultan” shoot. However, noted scriptwriter Salim Khan later apologised on behalf of his son.
Salman, 50, had to undergo rigorous training for the wrestling drama and in an interview to online entertainment portal Spotboye, he allegedly said that after shooting a scene, he used to feel like a “raped woman”.
“While shooting, during those six hours, there’d be so much of lifting and thrusting on the ground involved. That was tough for me because if I was lifting, I’d have to lift the same 120-kilo guy 10 times for 10 different angles. And likewise, get thrown that many times on the ground.
“This act is not repeated that many times in the real fights in the ring. When I used to walk out of the ring, after the shoot, I used to feel like a raped woman. I couldn’t walk straight. I would eat and then, head right back to training. That couldn’t stop.”
Salman’s comments did not go down well with many, who took to Twitter to express their angst and slam the actor.
Designer and BJP spokesperson Shaina NC asked Salman to apologise for his comments.
One Twitter user wrote, “I know Salman Khan has fans. But if his female fans are ok with his ‘I felt like a raped woman’ then I’ve just lost faith in the world.”
However, a section of people were defending him with #SalmanMisquoted which started trending on Twitter.
The National Commission for Women (NCW) commissioner, Lalitha Kumaramangalam, said that the actor is given seven-day time to apologise. Otherwise, he will be be asked to before the Commission.
“The Commission has sent him a letter asking him why he said this. Seven days have been given to him to apologise else we will call him to the Commission,” Ms. Kumaramangalam said.
Salim Khan apologises
After the Twitter outrage, “Sholay” scriptwriter Salim Khan (80), said whatever his son commented was wrong.
“Undoubtedly what Salman said is wrong, the simile, example and the context. The intention was not wrong. Nevertheless, I apologise on behalf of his family his fans & his friends. Forgiveness is to pardon the unpardonable or it is no virtue at all,” Mr. Salim Khan posted on Twitter.
He, however, said rather than focusing on his son’s mistake, people should celebrate International Yoga Day.
“To err is human to forgive divine. Today on Intl yoga day lets not run our shops on this mistake,” he tweeted.