Salman Khan has become the first Bollywood actor to be fined for inconveniencing the public.
He had to pay Rs 1,200 for parking his vanity van on the street outside his building, Galaxy Apartments in Bandra, blocking traffic.
"Action was taken after residents approached the traffic police and complained that Salman’s vanity van was obstructing traffic. The actor was fined and has been asked to find an alternative spot to park his van," said Brijesh Singh, additional commissioner of police (traffic).
Vijayalaxmi Vettegauda, senior inspector, Bandra traffic police, said the actor was cooperative when he was asked to move his van.
"On Tuesday, when we checked the spot, his van was not parked there," she said.
This is not the first time the actor’s van has attracted attention.
Three years ago, Salman created a ruckus at Yash Raj Films Studio where he was shooting for his home production, Partner.
The studio has a policy of not allowing outside vans, but the actor refused to shoot without his van. The security finally got special permission from Aditya Chopra to let Salman’s van inside the studio premises.
One reason that film stars’ vans become such a nuisance is because they are huge. Stars often have bigger vans than the standard ones, which are about 10 meters long.
While bigger, state-of-the-art vans are status symbols, they also make the lives of the actors more comfortable and convenient as they are spend a lot of time at outside locations for shoots.
Shah Rukh Khan is believed to have the biggest van in B-town, measuring 15 meters long. Designed by Dilip Chhabria, the Volvo van reportedly has a lounge bar, a gym and an office, apart from a couple of rooms.
Vettegauda said residents have also complained about Shah Rukh Khan's vanity van, which is stationed outside his bungalow at Bandstand.
However, when the traffic police team inspected the spot, his vehicle was not there.