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Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has sparked controversy in India by saying his heavy training schedule for an upcoming film left him feeling “like a raped woman”.
Khan made the comments in an interview to promote his latest Bollywood movie Sultan, which tells the story of an ageing wrestler trying to make a comeback.
Salman’s was quoted as telling Spotboye.com, “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.”
And this very statement from Salman hasn’t gone down too well with people, with the actor being called ‘insensitive’ to being trolled with the choicest of expletives. Salman’s rape remark saw Twitter nearly going up in flames criticising the actor for the same.
According to a latest report on Indiatoday.in, an audio clip of the media interaction that this statement was made at has surfaced on the internet. Immediately after his ‘raped woman’ comment, the journalists present sniggered, following which, Salman said, “I shouldn’t have (said that).”
The National Commission for Women (NCW), meanwhile, has demanded an apology from the actor within seven days. NCW Chief Lalitha Akumaramangalam said, “We have sent a letter to Salman Khan, if we are not satisfied with his reply, we will summon him.”
The actor has received backlash on Twitter. While many can’t believe that an actor like Salman could possibly make such an insensitive remark, others are of the opinion that he should remove humanitarian from his Twitter bio.
Here’s what people on Twitter have to say:
@sangeeta_tyagi By his Raped Woman statement Salman Khan has shown his mindset.Will film fraternity come out to oppose him? Shame on you Salman.
@TrulyMonica kindly remove humanitarian from your bio @BeingSalmanKhan. There cannot be anything more inhuman than using raped woman analogy. SHAME
@ananya1281 So Salman compares a physically demanding shoot to a woman getting raped! #beingmoron #SalmanKhan#Sultanshoot
Salman Khan’s father Salim Khan later issued an apology on behalf of the actor.
The veteran screenwriter said, “To err is human, to forgive divine. Today, on International Yoga Day, let’s not run our shops on this mistake. Nevertheless, I apologise on behalf of him. Forgiveness is to pardon the unpardonable or it is no virtue at all. Undoubtedly, what Salman said is wrong, the metaphor, example and the context. The intention was not wrong.”
Sultan, which sees Salman Khan getting into the wrestling pit and sweating it out, stars Anushka Sharma opposite him. The film is slated for an Eid release this year.