It seems wherever superstar Salman Khan goes, controversies follows. The dashing Khan has a habit of courting controversy, and loves to live dangerously (probably that’s the reason he is not married).
In the last few years, Salman Khan has been on an image-building spree (with some success) – establishing his NGO Being Human, reconciling with people he had fought, focusing on charity and donations.
Here are some of the top controversies where he was involved:
- Salman Khan, in an interview to promote “Sultan”, said that he felt like a “raped woman” after the grueling shoots, drawing criticism from all over in India.
- The most serious of them all was the 2002 hit and run case in Mumbai, where his Toyota Land Cruiser crashed into men sleeping on the street, killing one, and injuring a few more. The court was convicted of culpable homicide, however, the Mumbai High Court controversially overturned Khan’s conviction.
- In 1998 Salman Khan was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison for illegally hunting and killing chinkara and a protected blackbuck deer in Rajasthan. However, he was released on bail; his appeal is pending in court.
- Salman and Shah Rukh Khan fought at Katrina Kaif’s birthday party in 2008, and did not speak to each other for many years. However, they have made peace with each other now.
- A drunk Salman Khan fought with Aishwarya Rai and allegedly pushed Aishwarya (on the sets of ‘Kuch Naa Kaho’). He even banged her parked car on the way out.
- Salman Khan called Vivek Oberoi 41 times (even threatened to kill him) after they picked up a fight over Aishwarya Rai. Oberoi held a press conference against Salman Khan; many believe Vivek Oberoi’s career didn’t take off because of his fight with Salman.
- Salman ko gussa kyo aata hai: Its said that Salman Khan was once so livid that he emptied a bottle of cola over the head of an ex-girlfriend in a restaurant. Even former Miss World Aishwarya Rai had alleged that she was beaten up by Salman Khan (a charge that Salman has always denied.) His relationships with women seem to have matured in recent years. Although he parted ways with actress Katrina Kaif, they still talk to each other.
Salman Khan was initially convicted in the 2002 hit-and-run case, where one person was killed and three others grievously injured. Salman has been sentenced to five years jail (maximum punishment for such cases can be up to 10 years). On 28 September 2002, around 3am, Salman Khan’s Toyota Land Cruiser rammed into the American Express Bakery on Hill Road, Bandra. The trial lasted 13 years. Once Salman got bail, social media (non-fans of Sallu basically) has been lashing out at the Indian Judiciary, public prosecution, Mumbai police for denying justice to the victim of the 2002-hit-and-run-case.
Here’s Delhi-based author Sreemoyee Piu Kundu’s (originally from Calcutta) open letter on her FB page, lambasting Salman Khan. Here’s what she wrote:
‘Shame On You Salman Khan And Your Lawyer. This is your real face!’- Sreemoyee
“Just when you are impressed with justice in this country. You are bound to be disappointed. Shame on you, Salman Khan. For all your Being Human bhaigiri and your adopted sister, you are just a miserable drunk, animal hunting, woman beating, drugged out, intellectually depraved, law abusing son of a rich and famous father who cheated on his wife and now lives with his wife, and mistress. Lacking the basic moral courage to call his spoilt son a criminal.
A bunch of failed siblings all living off Salman’s reflected glory. And for the stars, socialites and fans supporting this giant asshole who should get nothing less than his full term of ten years in jail, if not more, you deserve this shithole of a nation – scams, crooks and corruption at every level.
Shame on you Harsh Salve. Selling your soul time and again, to callous celebs who wield political power and huge monetary influence, instead of using your fancy legal degree to help those in need – yes, I mean men and women and children living on the streets. For defending another crook who for the last 12 years has bastardised the system, being arrogant enough to miss most of his hearings, trying to use false witnesses and involve his poor driver Ashok Singh, buying out his loyalty.
Shame on you prosecution and Mumbai police – for not dragging back singer Kamal Khan, another giant loser with an accent, who was sitting behind Khan when he drove over the innocent pavement dwellers. How is he even allowed to leave this country when he’s a key material witness?
Shame on you Bollywood producers and directors, lining up outside the Khan residence as if there is a condolence meeting in session, ass-licking an aging star who will help you get rid of your ill begotten wealth and substandard scripts – catering to a bunch of losers who watch this trash, year, after year, after year. Earning you another 100 crores of black money borrowed from Dawood, or some other Bhai, based in Dubai, in all probability.
Shame India. These are your Heroes.
This is your judiciary.
This is your real face.
And do yourselves a favor, screw the charity theory. The he’s got a heart of gold. The million examples of how Salman Khan helps people in need. It doesn’t count when you drive drunk. Shoot a black buck. Bash up and abuse the women you love. And bribe your way to freedom after killing a man. Feeling sorry doesn’t justify what you did, or make your guilt any less.
You don’t know Salman Khan personally, you just watch his films!”
Disclaimer: The views expressed above are personal views and solely of the author.
‘Being Human’: Real or Farce?
When Salman Khan was initially convicted by the sessions court, many started asking questions regarding the real motive behind ‘Being Human’.
Victim’s compensation too low?
Post the sentence, one of the surviving victims, who works in a bakery, said that the least they were expecting is monetary compensation from Salman Khan, as most of them were the solve earning members of their families.
Even in the court, Salman had agreed to substantially increase the compensation to the victims (the victims received around rs. 3 lacs as compensation, of which they had to pay more than a lakh as legal charges).
And because there’s a perception that Salman donates a lot to charity, they were having high hopes from the actor, however, that never happened.
Being Human: Ploy to reduce punishment?
However, the main question that many are asking is, considering Salman’s temperament, aggressive behavior, high-handedness, controversies, and ‘I don’t care’ attitude…was ‘Being Human’ really his brain-child or something that he really cared about?
Or was it an idea that was thrust upon him by his legal advisers, so that they could reduce his punishment to the minimum, by showing that Salman is a transformed and a highly responsible person now?
@SachinKalbag it's such an irony that the man who killed people when driving is brand ambassador of BEING HUMAN & Even people fall for it
— Dharmesh (@DharmeshASampat) April 2, 2015
Even on the day when the court announced the judgement, Salman was asked if he agreed to all the charges, and he denied all of them, whereas the court found him guilty on all the charges.
The case dragged for 13 years…probably it would have saved everybody’s time & money had Salman agreed to his mistake earlier, rather than giving it the several twists and turns.
Salman’s mythical status is likely to take a blow, now that he has been convicted (guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder) in the hit-and-run case.
And about the future of ‘Being Human’, its probably uncertain now!