Group of photographers working with city newspapers filed a complaint at Bandra police station against security personnel at a club after an alleged scuffle during an event involving actor Salman Khan on Friday.
The complainants claim that during an event on Friday to launch a song from the actor’s upcoming film Kick, there was a clamour of photo and television journalists when Salman Khan made an entry in a cramped spot of the venue. Bouncers led by the security manager of the venue — Club Royalty in Bandra — allegedly ‘acted rough’ with the photo journalists.
The manager and his team also used inappropriate words, and in the exchange, the camera equipment of one of the photojournalists suffered damage, they alleged.
This prompted the photographers, over 15 of them, to file a complaint. The photographers, meanwhile, have also ‘boycotted’ Khan, who they say was ‘unfair’ to them in the entire episode. On Monday evening, the Bombay News Photographers’ Association (BNPA) called a meeting to understand the sequence of events from Friday.
Rajanish Kakade, the secretary of BNPA, said the photojournalists are unhappy with Khan’s attitude. “Khan continued to watch as the fracas was taking place. He then went on to the stage and told the photographers twice that they may leave if they wish. All the photojournalists then left the venue, deciding not to cover the event,” said Kakade.
After the photojournalists’ exit, Salman Khan is said to have told the other guests that his move was the result of the fact that sometimes the media ‘gets too close for comfort’ to the star and bouncers cannot help that. The actor, unfazed by Friday evening’s events, also tweeted on Monday morning: “this is what I call a stand, the photographers r gonna loose out on wrk, but hv still taken a decision not to take my pics, happy fr them .”
Another tweet read, “I wld hv immense respect for them if they keep this stand.” A member of the film’s team claimed that the bouncers also went to the police station. “They apologised to the photojournalists and offered to compensate for the damage but the latter didn’t accept the apology.”
Kakade said clamour happens when the venues chosen by film promotion teams are too cramped to accommodate the media persons they invite.