Mumbai: Actor Salman Khan, whose interviews often make for a very good read for their cheeky one-liners and flamboyant quotes, is now being trolled for a rather unfortunate comment he made while recounting his experiences during Sultan’s shoot.
In a group interaction with the media in Mumbai, Salman said shooting for the role was rather challenging. “You look like a fraud if you haven’t trained properly. You need to put in those many hours as any wrestler does and that's what we have done. Now when you are shooting, you are continuously wrestling for 6 hours. So, if I have to pick up a 120 kg person, and drop him down, I got to do it 10 times. In the wrestling match, it happens once or twice. Ten times from 5 different angles for 6-7 hours, either I am picking up or throwing him or he is picking me up and throwing me. It is like the most difficult thing. When I used to walk out of the ring, it was actually like a raped woman walking out. I couldn’t walk straight. I would eat and then head right back to training. That wouldn’t stop."
The comparison to the ‘raped woman’ stunned journalists at the event. It was crass and insensitive, to say the least. However, in a few seconds, the actor seemed to have realised his mistake. He went on to say in a rather apologetic tone that he shouldn’t have made that comparison.
He also urged the media not to report the quote which he had blurted out by mistake.
In the same interview, Khan said he had been able to quit every "vice" except women, saying that he had given up cigarettes, coffee and alcohol but not female company. "There's nothing left to quit anymore," he said as reported by AFP.
Listen to this audio clip of the interaction.
National Commission for Women (NCW) chief Lalitha Kumaramangalam expressed disgust over Salman's comment. She said, “Considering the number of women fans he has, he shouldn’t have made such a statement. Salman Khan should apologise.” NCW has asked the actor to apologise within 7 days.
Shaina N.C., a spokeswoman for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra state, tweeted: "Rape is an exercise of power to destruct a woman's self esteem, (from what) I (know) of @BeingSalmanKhan he respects #women so he must apologise."
Twitter has reacted with both fury and disbelief.
Salim khan must be thinking after every controversy salman creates "Us raat main jaldi kyun nahi so gaya" #InsensitiveSalman— Lone Traveller (@imetaphysicist) June 21, 2016
— BullBull (@DahiiBhalla) June 21, 2016
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 should keep his mouth zipped. Each time he opens it he puts his foot into it. Pathetic rape analogy. pic.twitter.com/xlWgotNAMX— Kapil Sankhla (@Indialaws) June 21, 2016
— Anjula (@Anjala1973) June 21, 2016
Salman Khan's comments are expected as there is a movie coming soon. Isn't that what they do for publicity??? #InsensitiveSalman— bishal banerjee (@bishalb2008) June 21, 2016
— Oye Pagal! (@RishabhMalik) June 21, 2016
Salman Is A Dumb Overrated Movie Star With A No Mind Of His Own.— Roshan Rai (@Roshan_Kr_Rai) June 21, 2016
He Speaks & It Has To Be Flushed. #InsensitiveSalman
How does Salman know, how a raped woman would feel? I wonder. How would anyone know !! #InsensitiveSalman— Krishna Saagar - BJP (@BJPKrishnasagar) June 21, 2016
— Jameel جميل (@jameelsjam) June 21, 2016
Chanakya said you can recognize a fool when he opens his mouth....Salman Khan is living proof of this #InsensitiveSalman— Lone Traveller (@imetaphysicist) June 21, 2016
Salman Khan's statement is totally in sync with the mentality of his crass TARGET AUDIENCE #InsensitiveSalman— Manish Pupneja (@notatalldumb) June 21, 2016
Rather than Raped woman, he should have said he felt like the audience who came out of theatre after watching his movies #InsensitiveSalman— Good Doctor (@iamthemaulik) June 21, 2016
kindly remove humanitarian from your bio @BeingSalmanKhan . There cannot be anything more inhuman than using raped woman analogy. SHAME— Moni (@TrulyMonica) 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
#SalmanRapeRemark once again he has proven he is only bulk and no brain. He should be more careful about what he says.— Sudipta Maitra (@sudipmaitra) June 21, 2016
— Uday Singh Rana (@UdayRanaTOI) June 21, 2016
Jut FYI incase we forget Salman Khan is the brand ambassador for Modi. One chauvinistic pig deserves another #SalmanRapeRemark.— Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) June 21, 2016
What Salman Khan said was beyond horrible.— Savio (@saviojoseph) June 21, 2016
People who use the term rape casually. Do you realize it is not just about force but about destructing someone's esteem?— Moni (@TrulyMonica) June 20, 2016