A comedy of errors ensued what was otherwise a very grave matter - the sentencing of actor Salman Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case. A lot of the social media anger directed at jewellery designer Farah Khan Ali's tweet: 'If no 1was sleeping on d road in any other country Salman wuld not have driven over anybody (sic)' ended up being addressed to filmmaker Farah Khan.
As a result of the mistaken identity, the 50-year-old filmmaker and her brother, filmmaker Sajid Khan, had to face the brunt of Twitterati's wrath. While @Ankitg18 wrote, "#Farah Khan stupidity at its peak can only come from Farah & sajid", @gopidas wrote, "farah khan could be as stupid as her movies... #SalmanVerdict".
Farah Khan, who is currently in Dubai, clarified on Twitter: "All tweets of complaints bout the "tweet" pls forward to @FarahKhanAli ... We are NOT the same person!! Thank you!"
All tweets of complaints bout the "tweet" pls forward to @FarahKhanAli ... We are NOT the same person!! Thank you!— Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) May 7, 2015
Farah Khan Ali, meanwhile, blames the confusion on ignorance.
"It's not my fault if people cannot read my name and think I'm Farah the filmmaker. When you don't pay attention, you start dragging her into all this. That's where all confusion begins."
Meanwhile, Salman, who has been sentenced to a jail term of five years and was consequently granted an interim bail for two days, was visited by Bollywood friends after he came home on Wednesday night. Stars who lined up at his doorstep included Aamir Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Sonakshi Sinha, Bipasha Basu, Rani Mukerji, Sonu Sood and Suniel Shetty.
And then, the apologies...
While Farah Khan Ali clarified that she meant to blame the government and not mock the poor, singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya, who ran into controversy for comparing the homeless to stray dogs, clarified, "A human doesn't deserve to die a dog's death. I'm not at all supportive of drunken driving. You cannot stop an accident but you can be a bit safe and prevent yourself because a footpath is a risky place to sleep. If people want to mock me, they can. Again, I'm sorry for the words I used."