Actor Salman Khan, who along with other Bollywood actors has been criticised for performing at the Saifai Mahotsav in Uttar Pradesh, called the controversy a move by TV channels to boost their TRPs. “The aam janta can be fooled with the clippings of my dancing at the event and images of people suffering clubbed together. Viewers don’t understand these techniques, and actors who performed there can easily be perceived as insensitive,” he said. The Mahotsav took place 300 km from the Muzaffarnagar relief camps where the riots victims are staying.
Salman Khan hinted that the matter has acquired a political colour as it was blown out of proportion. “If the head of the state (Akhilesh Yadav) is asking me to take part in a show, what am I supposed to say? And if I am going to be paid the price I command, why should I decline the offer? If I am going to Gujarat or my hometown Indore next, will that too become a big issue?” he said.
Salman said in a political war, netas should fight it out among themselves without dragging actors into it.
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