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 was recently quoted by a Bollywood news website saying that after his hectic wrestling shoots for Sultan, in which he plays a wrestler along with co-star Anushka Sharma, the actor apparently felt like “a raped woman”.
In the interview, Salman was quoted to have said: “While shooting, during those six hours, there’d be so much of lifting and thrusting on the ground involved…. 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.”
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.
Though, audio files have emerged that show the actor immediately retracted his statement , saying he shouldn’t have said that, the initial comment set of a series of events, with the National Commission of Women even asking the actor to issue an apology.
Here is the live coverage as the events unfold:
1.00 pm: Actress Pooja Bedi is one of the many names in the Bollywood fraternity who have stood up in support of Salman Khan, with respect to his ‘raped woman’ comment controversy. Bedi took to Twitter to express her views. Read the story here.
Feminists/media shld realise that by making issues over non issues they hurt Womens rights movement ,rathr than empower it @BeingSalmanKhan
— Pooja Bedi (@poojabeditweets) June 23, 2016
June 22, 2016
10.00 pm: Nawazuddin Siddiqui says that his Bajrangi Bhaijaan co-star Salman Khan didn’t have any wrong intentions behind his controversial “raped woman” comment. Read the story here.
6.30 pm: News of a lawyer filing a petition against the actor in a lower court in Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh for hurting the prestige of women came to the fore. “I thought how he can know the feeling of rape. He is not even married. He has hurt the prestige of women. His comment projected anti-women, insulting and polluted mindset. A complaint has been filed under Sections 294 and 509 of the Indian Penal Code. The court has taken cognizance of it and ordered to file the lawsuit,” the lawyer Manoj Dikshit said.
5.13 pm: “We all agree that it’s a horrible thing to say. Something that is extremely insensitive. But 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”: Kangana Ranaut. Read the story here.
2.20 pm: Film-maker Anurag Kashyap says Salman Khan should say sorry.
12.oo: Some celebrities just have a way to invite trouble. But why does a father have to apologise for a superstar son?
#SalmanMisquote: Vaishali Gandhi
Some celebrities just have a way to invite trouble. But why does a father have to apologise for a superstar son? #SalmanMisquote
— Vaishali Gandhi (@vaishali178) June 22, 2016
9.00 am: “There are certain things which we say while talking and it is important to see the intention with which it was said. There is no doubt that whatever Salman said, the intention was not wrong. It was a comparison quite akin to someone saying there was a huge mountain on my shoulders or I worked like a donkey. Now, will the usage of the word ‘donkey’ make animal activists upset? Sometimes, certain things you say are out of context and the meaning which is not bad. But if you become over sensitive over it, then it will become a controversial issue. I am sure Salman must have realised the comparisons that he made was not maybe appropriate and for that if he feels the need to apologise, he will apologise or not apologise, it’s up to him. I don’t think it is fair if I say he has to apologise or not”: Brother Arbaaz Khan. Read the story here.
June 21, 2016
8.00 pm: He (Salman) mentioned ‘Rape’ but doesn’t know what it really means.Had he met a rape victim & her family,he would’ve known-Nirbhaya’s Mother
5.15 pm: Shiv Sena calls the actor’s comments “callous” and demanded an apology from him. “He needs to apologise for making such a callous comments… We criticise it and feel he should apologise,” said party leader Manisha Kayande.
4.40 pm: The immediate action that should be takes is to file an FIR against him, and he should be put behind bars. Ultimatey these statements made in the public domain is really unfortunate… Why do we give so much attention to such people: Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Congress leader
2.40 pm: Yuvraaj director Subhash Ghai also came to Salman’s defence, claiming the actor’s comments were misrepresented. Though Salman made the comments in English, Ghai also claimed it was a “mistranslation”. Ghai also blamed it on the actor’s “poor English” and said he was “just a child”. “It is very disgusting translation by someone. He just said one thing that it is a human agony he went through. The deepest human agony is when a woman is raped. He was talking about a metaphor. “He is just a child and I know he respects women like anything.” (Read: What Salman Khan said after the ‘raped woman’ comment went unreported)
1.20 pm: To err is human to forgive divine. Today on Intl yoga day lets not run our shops on this mistake: Salim Khan on Twitter
To err is human to forgive divine. Today on Intl yoga day lets not run our shops on this mistake.
— Salim Khan (@luvsalimkhan) June 21, 2016
1.15 pm: Nevertheless I apologise on behalf of his family his fans & his friends. Forgiveness is to pardon the unpardonable or it is no virtue at all: Salim Khan
1.10 pm: In the meanwhile, Salman Khan’s father Salim Khan apologised for his son’s ‘raped woman’ gaffe that created an uproar. Salim took to Twitter to share his comments. Read the story here.
11:57 am: This is very sad. Just because he is Salman Khan doesnt mean he will make such a statement: Lalitha Kumaramangalam (NCW Chief)
11.55 am: Seven days have been given to him to apologise else we will call him to the Commission: Lalitha Kumaramangalam (NCW Chief)
11.53 am: Comission has sent him (Salman Khan) a letter asking him why he said this: Lalitha Kumaramangalam (NCW Chief)
11.52 am: NCW gives Salman Khan 7 days time to explain his remark. Read the story here.
11.51 am: NCW seeks explanation from Salman Khan over his ‘raped women comment’
11.50 am: NCW writes to Salman khan over ‘raped women’ comment.
11.35 am: Salman should apologise. Might be slip of tongue. Nobody can say it an analogy. There is no rationale to it: Shaina NC
11.34 am: Whatever the logic, Salman Khan should apologise for this: Shaina NC
11.33 am: This is about ever self respecting man respecting women, not just about Salman Khan’s women fan following: Shaina NC
11.28 am: apology yes would help, but if comedians & actors say they will think about not making rape jokes in future would be better: Kavita Krishnan
11.26 am: “Salman Khan’s comment trivialises rape, but it’s not just Salman, rape analogies are common in society and films”: Kavita Krishnan, a women’s rights activist.
10.30 am: NCW chief slams Salman Khan over his comment, will write to him demanding apologies.
June 20, 2016
As soon as Twitterverse picked up on Salman’s comment in interview, there was a whole barrage of comments lambasting actor, and people minced no words to tweet out their opinion. Sample these:
Salman Khan compared his shooting schedule to what a “raped woman” feels like. Is that worse than Lata-Sachin jokes, Bollywood?
— Dhruv Deshpande (@DhruvDeshpunde) June 20, 2016
Salman khan is a prick how does he know what a raped woman feels can’t believe people blindly stan him
— jasia (@Mitwaaaaa) June 20, 2016
Salman Khan just compared himself to a raped woman. pic.twitter.com/xum6quJIZ3
— Sand-d Singh (@Sand_In_Deed) June 20, 2016
— Varun Vishwanath (@varunvish87) June 20, 2016
I know Salman Khan has fans. But if his female fans are ok with his “I felt like a raped woman” then I’ve just lost faith in the world.
— Nehr-who? (@threeinchfooll) June 20, 2016
— ananya (@ananya1281) June 20, 2016
These are actual words used by Salman Khan in an interview. pic.twitter.com/JTJRkJMpv1
— Shreemi Verma (@shreemiverma) June 20, 2016
But there were some fans, who had come in support of the Dabangg actor, with many that Salman was misquoted or quoted out of context.
We are amazing!
We’ll outrage on how Salman Khan said he felt like a raped woman post shooting and then we’ll say Gayle raped 11 men at once
— PythaGauri Theorem (@DramebaazPorgi) June 20, 2016
This statement by Salman Khan on ‘raped woman’ ..either it’s misunderstood or altered .. we don’t need to react and waste our time on it ^_^
— batgirl ♚ (@Zahriano) June 20, 2016
Seconds after Salman gave that statement he said: don’t take that in literal sense, what i mean is I could not walk
— Himesh (@himeshmankad) June 20, 2016
Everyone who has read, heard & seen #SalmanKhan‘s interviews would have that common sense to understand that what he meant was a metaphor
— G9 Divya Solgama (@DIVYASOLGAMA) June 20, 2016
— G9 Divya Solgama (@DIVYASOLGAMA) June 20, 2016