Salman attacked for being a celeb, not Muslim: Salim Khan

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 03, 2015 15:46 IST
Salman Khan, Salim Khan at a book launch in Mumbai. (Photo: Spice PR)

Earlier, it was Salim Khan’s clarification on his son Salman Khan’s tweets on Yakub Memon’s hanging that kept him in the news. And, now he has given an interview to NDTV, in which he said that Salman was targeted not because he was a Muslim, but because of his celebrity-hood.

Salim Khan said to the news channel: “Salman is a star, a celebrity. That's why the protests. Not because he is a Muslim. Moreover, in this particular case, BJP Mumbai president Ashish Shelar had personal vendetta against Salman.”

Salman Khan was attacked after he said that the government shouldn’t hang Yakub.

Salim further said about Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the same interview: “I can say Narendra Modi is not communal as I know him. After meeting a person several times, one gets an idea of his thinking and ideology. I am 79. If I cannot understand this, then I must be a fool.”

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