Salman Khan Compared Training to Feeling Like a Raped Woman
Bollywood star Salman Khan has caused a social media uproar with a comment that he felt like a “raped woman” after filming intense wrestling scenes for his upcoming film Sultan.
The comment sparked an online backlash, and India’s National Commission for Women (NCW) urged the actor for an explanation and said it may push for a meeting.
The 50-year-old made the comment during an interaction Monday with reporters to promote the film. Khan explained that the wrestling scenes for the film, for which he followed a strenuous training regimen, saw him grappling with a person weighing 120 kilos, or 264 pounds, over many hours.
Salman Khan “Raped Woman” Comment Audio: Here’s What He Said:
“Undoubtedly what Salman said is wrong, the simili [similie], example and the context… I apologize on behalf of his family, his fans & his friends. Forgiveness is to pardon the unpardonable or it is no virtue at all.”
With a career spanning over three decades, Khan is among Bollywood’s most bankable stars. Last year alone, he had two major hits: Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. The latter, distributed by Fox Star Studios India, opened in the top 10 in its U.S. debut, a sign of Khan’s popularity among diaspora audiences. The actor is also famous as the host of the Indian version of Big Brother, which airs on Viacom18 network’s Colors channel.
Did Salman Khan really say grueling Sultan shoots made him ‘feel like a raped woman’ in an interview?
Salman has been giving a slew of interviews as part of the promotions for his upcoming film Sultan, in which he plays a wrestler along with co-star Anushka Sharma. But one such interview has people up in arms about several comments he made about women, especially one in which he compared feeling like a raped woman after his hectic wrestling shoots.
But Khan has also tackled many a controversy. Last year, he faced a five-year jail sentence for a 2002 hit-and-run case. Khan was later acquitted on appeal.
Sultan is set for a July 6 release in India, the U.S. and other countries.