Even as television channels flashed the news of a Mumbai court awarding actor Salman Khan a five-year jail term, life at Khan compound in Old Palasia area of the city came to a complete standstill.
The Bollywood star’s paternal and maternal relatives reside in the compound.
Caught in a moment of sadness and shock, the members of Salman’s extended family in Indore confined themselves to their house to avoid mediapersons who had descended in hordes.
However, one of the few among them who had something more to say than “no comments” was Mateen Khan, the actor’s first cousin and son of Salim Khan’s older brother Batwe Mian.
“There is nothing much to say. This is a bad time for the family. We just have to accept the fate that Allah brings to us. It is a decision by the court, so we have to respect it. However, we ask the Almighty to do his best for Salman,” he said.
To avoid the media, Mateen had vacated his house and camped in his garage early that morning. But all the while, his uncle Salim Khan kept updating him on the court proceedings.
“I had a chat with Salman a few days back. He told me that this time it was going to be very difficult dealing with the case. Even back then, he had sensed that a bad decision will come. But then, we all believe in the power of the Almighty, and we cannot alter his decisions,” he said.
Expressing hope that things would take a turn for the better soon, Mateen indicated that the family was likely to take steps to alleviate the situation soon. An hour later, reports that Salman had been awarded two-day interim bail came in.
Chetan Barot, who claims to be a childhood friend of Khan, said he was still in a state of shock.
“It is difficult to express the emotions I feel right now. However, the two-day interim bail comes as a relief. I wish him a better verdict when they appeal in a higher court.”