He could be the biggest superstar in the industry today, but anything that Salman Khan says – even if the message is positive – is being blown out of proportion by the media.
The superstar landed himself in yet another controversy yesterday when he said the people who want war should themselves be asked to fight it out.
Salman had said and we quote “In war, the armies of both sides lose their lives. The families are without their sons or their fathers. They have to live their whole lives without them. Those people who order war, they should be given guns and made to fight. Within a day all conflicts will get over as their legs will start shaking”
His comment resulted in relentless mainstream and social media bashing. Salman himself doesn’t react to controversies anymore. He didn’t react when he was severely criticised for days for his slip-of-tongue comment on “feeling like raped woman”. The only time he actually apologised and took back his statement was during the more serious and completely unnecessary ‘Yakub Menon’ controversy.
Defending Salman’s statement and his right to have an opinion as a “mere common man”, his brother Sohail said “A lot of importance is given to actors’ comments on such issues. I am not sure if people from this industry have the knowledge to talk about politics with such depth. What Salman bhai, or any actor for that matter, says, is his opinion as a common man, a mere civilian. Ask people about war, and anyone would say it’s bad. That’s exactly what he said as well. War anywhere, in any part of the world, be it Syria, India, Iraq, China, cannot be a good thing.”
“There is a scene where I get recruited for the Army and Salman’s character feels bad because he feels Army people lose their lives. I am told they are right in their own way, but I don’t see how. We respect all soldiers who put their life on the line for us. We should do something to protect them too. Authorities should be questioned for sending them. Why should anyone have to lose their loved ones?” Sohail added.
‘Tubelight’ releases in cinemas on June 23.