When Bollywood superstar Salman Khan made way to the dais to launch the song ‘Aaj Unse Milna Hai’ of his upcoming movie ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ in New Delhi, it was quite expected from the press to grill him with questions about the recent row over his friend-turned-foe-turned-friend Shah Rukh Khan’s statement that there is indeed ‘extreme intolerance’ in India.
In addition to this, Salman Khan was also asked about his views on the filmmakers returning their awards.
“This is not the right platform. We have come here to discuss our movie, not this,” said Salman Khan.
But when probed even further, the witty superstar had a perfect reply to all the queries. He said, “I can only say that my mother is Susheela Charak and my father is Salim Khan.”
The questions weren’t stopping, and neither were Salman’s words. “I repeat again, my mother is Susheela Charak, my father is Salim Khan. I am Salman Khan and she is Sonam Kapoor. Hum sab yahaan eik saath baithey hain, koi farq padta hai kya,” quipped Salman.
When asked again about BJP MP Aditya Nath’s comment that there was no difference in language of Shah Rukh Khan and Hafiz Saeed, Salman seemed ready with an answer. But before he could say anything, Sonam came to his rescue saying that she wanted to answer this question. “Anything that is intolerant or hear say that is said without correct evidence is completely unacceptable. People are just saying anything and spouting things out in the name of religion, caste and creed. It is really disgusting. We should focus on Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. It is a film about love and tolerance,” said the actress.
“My statement can be misconstrued by many present here. That will influence many people. I don’t want Sooraj Barjatya or Rajshri (Productions) to get affected by this,” added Salman, who has teamed up Barjatya after almost 15 years with the film.
The questions, however, didn’t stop here.
When a scribe insisted that like Shah Rukh Khan, he should also make a statement, Salman was quick to say, “Toh woh kuchh bhi kahein, mujhse poochhengey aap log. Main toh unke galey lag raha thha, mujhe nahin pata kya kaha unhonein.”
Salman also added in jest, “SRK says something and then I have to come and explain.”
The laughter gave way to some more serious volley of questions over the intolerance issue. While Sonam kept on trying to veer the discussion away to their movie, Salman Khan looked visibly tired with them.
At one point, when one scribe asked whether he thinks there’s intolerance in the country, Salman threw the question back at her.
“You tell me, you are the from the press. You tell me. Do you think intolerance in increasing?” Salman asked the reporter.
The reporter said, “I don’t think so. The atmosphere is created like that.”
Salman replied, “When you know it’s all being created, then why are you recreating it? Why are we discussing it? You are doing it. They created there. You are creating it here.”
Better words were never said, Salman.