Salman Khan and his run-ins with law never fail to get people riled up. While his fans point out that whatever Salman did once, now he is Being Human. His detractors point out to his constant missteps, the latest rape comment being one.
As the actor got acquitted in two poaching cases on Monday, Salman was back in news and again for the wrong reason. As social media raged, IndianExpress.com’s opinion piece — Salman Khan is no hero and his whole life is a proof — became a reason for discussion. Reddit India’s discussion on the topic threw up rather interesting results. We bring you a range of responses…
While maniac559 wrote, “I am totally against the use of the term hero for any actor anyway… I mean they are there just to entertain.”
Taking the same discussion ahead, another comment said, “The highest pedestal in society is for science and scientists, not for religion or dialogue-readers. Dialogue-readers are no heroes, literally or figuratively. Unfortunately, our country’s majority focus is primarily on the latter. It’s worrying because in our society, a hero unfortunately goes beyond just a title, it becomes a way of living life. And I am damned to be living in a country where more people are willing to get Tere Naam hairstyles than aspire in the footsteps of pioneers like Homi Bhabha, Kalam or Kalpana Chawla.”
Can Salman’s shenanigans be blamed on Bollywood’s star system? A comment said, “I think it was Irfan Khan or Kashyap who said that Indian industry is star driven, meaning scripts / schedules / story revolve around the stars banking power while Hollywood and other film industries are script and character driven and ‘stars’ have to mould themselves to get in it. So you will have someone like Micheal Keaton who seemed underground for so long .. Bang he does Birdman ( just an example). Here I am talking about Bollywood. Other industries like the Bengali, Marathi and Malayalam film I dusty are great content driven films and are majestic. Bollywood now caters to the Lowest Common Denominator.”
Salman had his share of fans as well. “Fans will like the guy no matter what, haters will hate no matter what. It’s that simple,” as one comment said.
Another comment said “half of India” comprised Salman’s fan while another said “millions of casual movie goers who can separate real life from reel life” were Salman fans.