And he keeps spiraling down the rabbit hole.
The Sultan actor is in hot waters again and this time India’s National Commission for Women (NCW) has asked the superstar for an apology.
“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 120kg 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 real fights in the ring.”
Seconds later he retracted his statement and said, “I don’t think I should have…. It feels like the most difficult… I couldn’t take steps. I couldn’t take steps.”
But the damage had been done. The ‘rape’ comment was soon picked up and created a media uproar.
NDTV reported that NCW Chief Lalitha Kumaramangalam has demanded an apology from the superstar. “Considering the number of female fans he has, he should have made such a statement. Salman Khan should apologize. It is quite shameful that such a public figure can talk so irresponsibly,” she said.
She wasn’t the only one who was offended by his statement, BJP leader Shaina NC also strongly criticised the actor. “Salman must be condemned for his statement. The Salman everyone knows respects women and if he does respect women then he should admit he made a mistake and apologise,” she said.
Secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA) Kavita Krishnan took the issue on a larger scale. “Salman Khan’s comment trivialises rape, but it’s not just Salman, rape analogies are common in society and films.”
According to India.com, Salman’s father Salim Khan took to Twitter to clear the air about his son’s statement and apologised on his behalf.