Salman's jail leaves Bollywood shell shocked
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Salman's jail leaves Bollywood shell shocked

"While the murderer of Jessica Lall is roaming freely, here is our actor who is facing all the brunt of the law."

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 21:49 IST

Salman Khan's five year jail term has come as a shock to the entire film industry. Many believe that the celebrity tag is hanging like an albatross around Salman's neck.

Ravi Chopra, who had directed Salman Khan in Baghban and was currently busy shooting Babul with the actor, said, "I strongly feel that the celebrity tag that Salman carries with him has made him into a scapegoat. His crime, which is smaller and not all that severe as compared to Jessica Lall’s murder, has been made look like as if it is the crime of the decade.

"While the murderer of Jessica Lall is roaming freely, here is our actor who is facing all the brunt of the law."

"We all have to stand by him and give him support. It is a tough time not only for him and his family but also trying times for everyone in Bollywood. It is true that I, as his producer director of Babul, will be affected along with other filmmakers.

"However, the question of prime importance is how soon can he be released from the jail. It is really a trying time. Honestly, I am not worried about my losses. Rather, I stand by him and am praying hard for his early release."

Producers and directors, who have put in crores in their projects with the superstar, have been left dumbfounded.

Films like Marigold, God tussi great ho, Babul, Salaam-e-Ishq, Partner and many others, which are in various stages of completion, will be badly affected.

According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, "More than 200 crores is on the actor under various production houses. The loss is not only emotional but monetary as well. It is a loss that we will have to face due to this callous judgement.

"Bollywood is silent and quiet and no one is ready to say anything at this particular time. Some are so sad that they have choked during our telephone conversation."

We have seen celebrities commit crime and then get away with it due to their status. It is just the opposite in Salman's case.

"Law is to be respected, whether one is a celebrity or a common man. It is a professional hazard if you are a celebrity," Adarsh said.

First Published: Apr 10, 2006 21:49 IST