Salman Khan, one of the most bankable actors in Bollywood, has been charged under culpable homicide (not amounting to murder) in the 2002 hit and run case.
If Salman Khan follows in Sanjay Dutt’s footsteps and ends up in jail, his fans will not be alone in lamenting the development – several film producers will also join in. Take a look at the actor’s long list of upcoming projects and you will know why.
Bigg Boss 7 on Colors TV
Salman Khan hosts one of the biggest reality TV shows in the country and the promos for Bigg Boss 7 are being shot. If Salman is found guilty and sent behind bars before the season starts (or ends, which will be around December), Colors TV channel and the show will find it really difficult to find someone to fill in Khan’s shoes. And the TRPs certainly won’t be the same with a different host.
Salman’s Mental (the title is expected to be changed) is currently under production. The Sohail Khan directorial venture will be Salman’s first release after Dabangg 2 (we can definitely forget his cameo in Ishqq In Paris). The movie also stars Bollywood debutantes Daisy Shah and Sana Khan.
Starring Jacqueline Fernandes and Salman Khan, the Sajid Nadiadwala film is set to go on floors by July end.
No Entry Mein Entry
According to reports, Salman Khan’s legal and medical troubles have already delayed this Anees Bazmi directorial venture. The shooting was scheduled to begin in June. However, it has been postponed to late July. Boney Kapoor, who will produce the sequel to 2000 comedy No Entry, was more than willing to wait for Salman and told HT earlier this year, “Once Salman's health and his other issues are sorted, he will be far more relaxed."
Prabhudeva’s untitled next
Prabhudeva’s plans to make an action movie with Salman Khan (this will be their second venture together after Wanted). Prabhudeva said recently that the script has not been finalised yet.
Sooraj Barjatya’s untitled next
Salman Khan was set to reunite with Sooraj Barjatya after 14 years. The Rajshri Films production film was to go on floors in October 2013. Will the two croon in unison - Hum Saath Saath Hain?
Salman Khan has a cameo in brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri’s O Teri. Since this one has a cameo by Khan, Agnihotri may not be regretting much (in terms of finances) if the actor is sent to jail. O Teri stars Pulkit Samrat and Sarah Jane Dias in the lead.
Projects in inception phase
Apart from the under-production or pre-production projects, Salman Khan also has a few movies that are in planning stage.
Reports suggest that once Mental and Kick are completed, Salman is likely to begin discussions with Yash Raj Films for their second film together (after Ek Tha Tiger).
Remake of Shikshanachya Aaicha Gho
Salman Khan was speculating the Hindi remake of Mahesh Manjrekar's Marathi film Shikshanachya Aaicha Gho. Reports suggested that Khan also planned to produce the film under his Being Human Productions banner but no official announcement has been made as yet.
I Am Hariprasad
Director Prem R Soni (debut Main Aur Mrs Iyyer) had announced I Am Hariprasad with Salman Khan three years ago (Aug 2010). The film was scheduled to release this year but it is yet to see the light of day. Salman Khan is said to play a godman in the film.
Khan’s legal troubles
Salman Khan has been charged under Section 304(2) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) in the 2002 hit and run case. He has also been charged under sections 279 (causing death by negligence), 337 (causing hurt by an act), 338 (causing grievous hurt), 427 (causing damage or mischief to property) of IPC, and provisions of Motor Vehicles Act and Bombay Prohibition Act.
The next hearing of the case will be held at a different court on August 19.
Avinash Kumar Singh, Advocate, Delhi High Court said, “Though the maximum punishment is 10 years but Salman Khan may get his sentencing reduced to hefty punishment, with some mandatory social services, if proved guilty.” The punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder is upto ten years of imprisonment and/or fine.
One person was killed and four others injured when a Toyota Land Cruiser, allegedly driven by Salman, crushed a group of people sleeping on the pavement outside a bakery in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002.
If convicted Salman Khan would become the second high-profile actor to go to jail after Sanjay Dutt this year, who is lodged in Yerwada jail, serving the remaining three-and-half years of his five-year jail term in the illegal arms case related to the Mumbai blasts.