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Salman Khan: Controversy’s child


salman khanIndian Bollywood actor Salman Khan attends the premiere of the Hindi play ‘Begum Jaan’ in Mumbai on July 2, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / -

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has caused a public uproar by telling reporters that shooting his upcoming movie was so grueling that he felt like a raped woman. The actor’s analogy struck a painful chord in India, where sexual violence against women is rampant but was largely unmentioned until just a few years ago. While the topic is still taboo in some places, a protest movement has erupted in cities with demand for better safety for women and harsher punishment for rapists. Let’s see what the B-Town celebs have to say…

Shahrukh Khan: On twitter SRK said “It is not about taking a side or not taking a side. I myself talk a lot so who will sit, judge and decide who should do what.”

Anurag Kashyap: “Why are we making it out his individual responsibility? It is very unfortunate that he made an analogy like that; it is very thoughtless of him, in a way daft of him. I am sure he will be regretting it and will apologise for it. If he really cares, he should apologize for it.”

Kanagana Ranaut: She said, “Let’s not encourage that mentality where we want to point fingers at each other and want to feel greater by running people down by trolling them. As a society we have to take responsibility and stand united. It’s a disgrace for the whole society and not an individual. So, like what Salim uncle said is right, that we are all sorry about it. It’s not about an individual. We all collectively feel sorry for that thought process.”

Priyanka Chopra: “First of all, you should be asking the person who made this comment. It is very important for the media and for me as a woman to use our power and talk about the real problem which is happening in India every single day to so many women instead of pushing a controversy for a headline, which is unfair. There is so much reality happening like a brutal rape case in Bihar took place – why is no one talking about the issue. A lot has been said about the Salman issue. I don’t want to add to the noise. I would rather bring notice on real issues … the real problem is us talking about how to treat our women better in India and how to treat women better generally,” She said

Subhash Ghai: “It’s a sad state how few can perceive @beingsalmakhansymbolic expression of a deepest agony of human pain going thru his stunts on shoot.”

Pooja Bedi too spoke in the same tone. She tweeted, “If @BeingSalmanKhan’s intention was 2 use the term rape to describe something that shatters someone physically and emotionally, is it wrong.”

Suniel Shetty: He was quick to defend his friend and said, “Bas yahin kehna chahunga ki Salman ko achi tareh jaanta hoon aur ho gayi hogi galti se. Par dil se bahut hi acha hain aur 100 percent main keh sakta hoon ki it was just a spur of the moment thing.”

Renuka Shahne: Actress Renuka Shahane, who played Salman’s sister-in-law or Bhabhi in the hit movie Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, was disgusted with his remark. She took to Twitter to lash out at Salman, saying, “There is no consent in rape. There is consent in acting & actors are also paid for it. A rape victim has to pay forever! Be human please!”