The much-loved, Enfant Terrible of Bollywood, Salman Khan, often lands in trouble. Endearingly called bhai by his fans and family alike, he is like a brother to many. But the laundry list of his brush with crime is not one to ignore — from being involved in the blackbuck hunting case where he shot two blackbucks (an endangered species) while the crew was shooting in Jodhpur; being involved in a drunken driving case, which killed one footpath dweller and injured many; his abusive relationships with actresses Somy Ali and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan; and now his latest statement that he "felt like a raped woman" after the grueling wrestling sessions during the filming of "Sultan."
Google 'Salman Khan crime,' and one can see a long list. From major ones like drunken driving to tax evasion, domestic abuse to hobnobbing with underworld goons like Dawood Ibrahim, Salman Khan has had his share of success and negative publicity.
During a media interaction June 20, Salman Khan, while talking about how difficult it was to play a wrestler in "Sultan," described how he had to pick up a man weighing 120 kg almost 10 times for five different camera angles. According to the actor, this routine went on for six to seven hours.
"It is like the most difficult thing," Salman Khan said, explaining what it was like when he walked out of the ring after the hectic shoot schedule. "When I used to walk out of that ring, it used to be actually like a raped woman walking out."
Although he immediately added "maybe I shouldn't have," his comment at the time was met with a mix of laughter and cheer.
Some media outlets are defending Salman Khan saying he's misquoted. Here's an audio clip from the media interaction:
Salman Khan has been receiving massive backlash on social media, and he has yet to issue an apology or statement on the issue. But Salman Khan's father, renowned writer Salim Khan, tweeted relentlessly soon after, apologizing on his son's behalf.
Undoubtedly what Salman said is wrong, the simili, example and the context. The intention was not wrong.— Salim Khan (@luvsalimkhan) June 21, 2016
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— Salim Khan (@luvsalimkhan) June 21, 2016
To err is human to forgive divine. Today on Intl yoga day lets not run our shops on this mistake.— Salim Khan (@luvsalimkhan) June 21, 2016
Salman Khan's fans are miffed with him, but there are some who are coming out in support, saying he was misquoted. Social media and news outlets are having a field day today.
#SalmanKhan why you do this, bhai?! Why?now pls GENUINELY apologise..It's not about "intentions", it's about being a responsible mass icon.— detch (@d1ch1n) June 21, 2016
We are still waiting to see what Salman Khan has to say about this distasteful statement.