Salman Khan landed himself in a controversy for his remark in an interview, where he said he felt like a "raped woman" after a gruelling shoot for his upcoming movie Sultan, sparking demands yesterday for an apology.
Foot in the mouth: Salman Khan
The National Commission for Women (NCW) took suo motu cognisance of the "insensitive" remark by the 50-year-old and shot off a letter to him asking for his explanation in seven days failing which he will be summoned. NCW Chief Lalitha Kumaramangalam said Salman should give a public apology.
Salman's scriptwriter-father Salim Khan apologised on behalf of his son, admitting that his comments were "wrong." Khan, who underwent rigorous training for the wrestling film, was heard saying during his group interview with journalists that after shooting one particular scene he used to feel like a "raped woman."
"When I used to walk out of the ring, after the shoot, I used to feel like a raped woman walking out..." he said and hastened to add, "I don't think I should have..." suggesting he should not have made such a comparison.
Another person to come out in Salman's defence was director Subhash Ghai. Though Salman made the comments in English, Ghai also claimed it was a "mistranslation."
Undoubtedly what Salman said is wrong, the simile, example and the context. The intention was not wrong. Nevertheless I apologise on behalf of his family his fans & his friends. Forgiveness is to pardon the unpardonable or it is no virtue at all. To err is human to forgive divine. Today on Intl yoga day lets not run our shops on this mistake.
Subhash Ghai, Filmmaker
It is a very disgusting translation by someone. He just said one thing that it is a human agony he went through. The deepest human agony is when a woman is raped. He was talking about a metaphor. He is just a child and I know he respects women like anything.
Anurag Kashyap, Filmmaker
It is very unfortunate that he made an analogy like that, it is very thoughtless of him, in a way daft of him. I am sure he will be regretting it and will apologise for it.
Trendulkar@Trendulkar: Salman Khan's driver must stop making such insensitive statements.
Sorabh Pant@hankypanty: Fans: #SalmanMisquoted. After, 'I felt like a raped woman,' he said, 'I don't think I should have.' Do Bhaitards know what misquoted means?
Daniel Fernandes @absolutelydanny: Must've been something Salman was wearing. Pretty sure he was asking for it. #InsensitiveSalman