Bollywood’s controversy king Salman Khan is back at the centre of a public storm with his statement that he “felt like a raped woman” during Sultan’s shooting, drawing the wrath of fans and authorities alike. The National Commission for Women (NCW) has demanded an apology within seven days from the Bollywood superstar.
Salman made the comments during an interview with entertainment website spotboye.com to promote Sultan that tells the story of an ageing wrestler trying to make a comeback. “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,” 50-year-old Khan said on Monday.
However, this is not the only time he has been in the news for the wrong reasons. Here is a list of controversies that Salman found himself engulfed in over the years.
1999: This is where it all started. Salman Khan and his co-stars of the film Hum Saath Saath Hain were accused of hunting endangered chinkara and blackbuck deer while shooting in Jodhpur for the film.
2002: Salman Khan ran into trouble after his car ran into a bakery in Mumbai. One person who was sleeping on the pavement died and three others were injured in the mishap. This case is also pending in the court.
2002: Khan again made the headlines in the same year when film actor and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai walked out on him. It was said that Khan physically assaulted Aishwarya.
2003: Actor Vivek Oberoi got into a media war with Salman Khan over his ill treatment of Aishwarya Rai. Vivek and Aishwarya were allegedly in a relationship at that time.
2008: A few religious organisations issued fatwa against the Bollywood actor for conducting Ganesh Puja at his house in Mumbai.
2008: He picked up a fight with fellow Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan at Katrina Kaif’s birthday. A cold war continued between the two till recently. It is rumoured that SRK cracked a joke which didn’t go well with Salman.
2010: Salman Khan came under severe criticism for saying in an interview to a Pakistani channel that the 26/11 attacks were hyped because ‘elite people’ were targeted.
2014: He was criticised for performing at Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s Saifai Mahotsav even as children died in relief camps in Muzaffarnagar for want of proper rehabilitation. Salman refused to back down despite pressure.
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2014: Salman attracted some nasty comments during the Kite Festival in Gujarat when he met BJP’s then PM candidate Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad. Once again, it was during the celebration of Makar Sankranti.
2014: Salman also drew flak when he visited Sri Lanka and participated in a campaign for Mahinda Rajapakse before the presidential elections in the country.
2016: The most recent controversy that Salman was drawn into was when he was appointed India’s goodwill ambassador at Rio Olympics. People his questioned his credibility to promote India’s participation in Olympics. While wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and sprint legend Milkha Singh criticised his appointment, Beijing Olympic 2008 gold winner, Abhinav Bindra extended support to Khan.
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