Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is a worried man. Despite all the success he has achieved in the film industry and despite the huge fan following, the impending verdict of his court cases is always at the back of his mind.
“What is going to happen to the verdicts. If you add five...five years it comes to 10-15 years. That is a big worry on my parents head...my head. It is a big one. It is not in magistrate court... it is in high court. Whatever will be my life’s journey after that... will take it,” Khan said in an interview.
Khan is presently undergoing trial in the 2002 hit-and-run case in Mumbai. The actor was convicted on charges of culpable homicide, not amounting to murder, in the case on May 6. His white Toyota Landcruiser ran over the men who were sleeping on pavement in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002, killing one and injuring four others.
In the latest arguments in the case, Khan’s lawyer on Friday said there is no evidence to show that the death of the victim in the 2002 hit-and-run case was due to the accident. He said there is a possibility that the man died because of a car which fell on the victim while it was being lifted by a crane.
“After doing all this you have to do comedy, do ‘Bigg Boss’ but at the same time a sword is hanging on your head, you see parents reacting, and what they are going through,” he added.
According to the 49-year-old actor, his work cannot save him from the verdict. “The beauty of my job is no matter how much ever good you do, people are insensitive... romancing Sonam, dancing with Jacqueline, going to Poland shooting, earning Rs 600 crore... but they don’t know how much we have (on our plate)... They say he has a case on him but he is enjoying.
“All these things are totally against me... All my good work is totally against me when it comes to people responsible for signing the verdict,” he said.
Two more cases are pending against him in Jodhpur, one is under arms act for illegal arms possession and the other under the wildlife protection act for poaching blackbucks.
Khan was sentenced to one year in prison for hunting the blackbuck, an endangered species on 17 February 2006. The sentence was stayed by a higher court during appeal. He was handed a five-year jail term and remanded to Jodhpur jail for three days on 10 April, 2006. He was granted bail in the case.
Rajasthan high court had finalised charges against Khan and his other colleagues in the case paving the way for start of the trial on 24 July, 2012. And in July this year, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the actor on Rajasthan government’s plea challenging the HC order suspending his conviction.
“We will see the prayers, wishes. It is for people who believe in prayers. Yes I do (believe in prayers)... lot of people do believe and there are others who do not believe it. And those who have powers do not believe,” Khan said when asked if he believes in prayers and good wishes.
His next film Prem Ratan Dhan Payo opposite Sonam Kapoor is due to release later this month.