This is not the first time Sultan star Salman Khan has landed in a soup for his comments and sense of humour, and as usual there aren’t many who can palate it.
Salman has been giving a slew of interviews as part of the promotions for his upcoming film Sultan, in which he plays a wrestler along with co-star Anushka Sharma. But one such interview has people up in arms about several comments he made about women, especially one in which he compared feeling like a raped woman after his hectic wrestling shoots.
In the interview, Salman was asked about his gruelling shooting schedule, to which he has been quoted to have answered: “While shooting, during those six hours, there’d be so much of lifting and thrusting on the ground involved. That was tough for me because if I was lifting, I’d have to lift the same 120-kilo guy 10 times for 10 different angles. And likewise, get thrown that many times on the ground. This act is not repeated that many times in the real fights in the ring. When I used to walk out of the ring, after the shoot, I used to feel like a raped woman. I couldn’t walk straight. I would eat and then, head right back to training. That couldn’t stop.”
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Predictably, his statement “…When I used to walk out of the ring, after the shoot, I used to feel like a raped woman…” resulted in much outrage on social media platforms, such as Twitter.
Another comment that did not go down well was when he called women a vice, akin to alcohol and cigarettes. In answer to a question on sacrifices for one’s career, Salman is quoted to have said: “Leave every second vice in your list – that’s the mantra I follow. And I have left everything one by one. When it was between coffee and cigarettes, I quit coffee. Between cigarettes and drinks, I quit the stick. Between the drinks and women, I have chosen women.”
It seemed like Spotboye had an exclusive one on one with Salman, but it was actually a group interaction as has come to light in an audio recording of the event, where Salman made the comments.
There are some, though, who have come out in support of the Dabangg actor, saying that he made those comments lightheartedly, without malice and that he has been ‘misquoted’/taken out of context.
We have not yet come across an official statement from Khan, but watch this space for further developments.