Here's why Salman Khan is controversy's favourite child in Bollywood

Updated: 23 June, 2016 11:38 IST | midday online correspondent |

Salman Khan may be a hero in reel life, but his controversies in real life have seen him being tagged a 'bad boy'. Here are some instances when Salman got into trouble

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is always in the news, but many times it's for all the wrong reasons. Over the years he has developed a reputation of being controversy's favourite child in the industry. He reiterated that image on Tuesday after stoking another row with his statement that he "felt like a raped woman" during Sultan’s shooting.

This statement raised a public and media storm with commoners and authorities both upset. The National Commission for Women (NCW) demanded an apology within seven days from the Bollywood superstar.

Salman Khan in the eye of another public storm
Salman Khan finds himself in the midst of a controversy yet again!

The 50-year-old star, who made the comments during an interview with an entertainment website to promote his latest film 'Sultan', said, "When I used to walk out of the ring, after the shoot, I used to feel like a raped woman. I couldn’t walk straight."

But this is not the first time Salman has been in the eye of a storm. Here are some other instances when Bollywood's 'bad boy' has sparked outrage with his behaviour or comments.

Salman Khan in 2002 hit-and-run case

An allegedly drunk Salman Khan reportedly rammed his car into the American Express Cleaners at Bandra, running over four people and killing one in the process. His bodyguard, Ravindra Patil, had said at the time, "I can't drive, it was Salman." Salman's lawyers claim he was neither driving nor drunk. The homicide charges against Salman were dropped after Ravindra died in 2007. On December 2013, the court ordered a fresh trial on the ground that witnesses had not been examined in the context of aggravated charge of culpable homicide, which was invoked against Salman midway through the case. On December 10, 2015, Salman was acquitted of all charges in connection with the case.

Blackbuck poaching case

Actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam are accused of poaching two blackbucks in the intervening night of October 1 and 2, 1998 in Kankani village near Jodhpur during the shooting of the film 'Hum Saath Saath Hain'.

In pictures: Bollywood stars and their run-ins with the law 

Salman KhanSalman Khan. Pic/AFP

Pushed Aishwarya on sets

A drunk Salman Khan stormed the sets of 'Kuch Naa Kaho' in January 2002 and had a massive fight with Aishwarya Rai. The unit got involved when Salman allegedly pushed Aishwarya. He banged her parked car on the way out and was interrogated the week after.

Abused Vivek Oberoi

In 2003, Bollywood star Vivek Oberoi held a press conference and announced that angry that Vivek was romantically involved with Aishwarya Rai, Salman Khan had abused him and threatened to kill him.

Threw Katrina Kaif's Shampoo?

Earlier in 2009, reports broke out over how Salman Khan threw Katrina Kaif's shampoo bottle and belongings out of his home, during an argument with her.

Fight with SRK

Salman and Shah Rukh Khan were involved in a fight at Salman's then girlfriend Katrina Kaif's birthday party in 2008. The two stars didn't speak to each other and were engaged in a cold war for many years. However, they have made peace now.

Fatwa for Ganeshotsav

In 2008, some religious organisations issued a fatwa against Salman for celebrating Ganeshotsav at his residence.

Courting politicians

Salman Khan drew criticism for meeting then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi during the kite festival in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls. Some organistaions even asked people to boycott his film 'Jai Ho'. He was slammed for performing at Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav's Saifai Mahotsav at the village of Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav while neglecting the riot victims at Muzaffarpur. His donation of Rs 25 lakh to the JN Medical College though calmed some groups.

26/11 attacks comments

Salman Khan faced flak for making statements in an interview to a Pakistani channel that the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks were hyped because 'elite people' were targeted.

Campaigning for Rajapakse

Tamil groups and many Sri Lankans criticised Salman Khan for campaigning for Mahinda Rajapakse for the SL presidential elections. The Bollywood star thus became the first Indian actor to be roped in for a poll campaign in Sri Lanka.

Slapping fans and bodyguards

Salman Khan is infamous for his temper and has lost his cool time and again. He has slapped his fans for intruding into his privacy and slapped his bodyguard for misbehaving with his fans.
He once slapped one of his bodyguards, who mistakenly hit a fan while protecting the star. While shooting for ‘Jai Ho’, a photographer had irked him by clicking his photos. Salman had immediately asked his brother to take the camera and delete all the photos taken on the film's sets. In 2013, Salman, who was travelling in a car at the time, had rolled down his window, taken a fan’s phone and thrown it away for taking his pictures. The same year, he had abused reporter for asking him questions about Ranbir Kapoor and his ex-girlfriend Katrina Kaif's vacation pictures that leaked online.

Threatening fisherman

Bollywood star Salman Khan landed in the thick of another controversy when a Mumbai fisherman's family alleged that he had threatened them. The fisherman had alleged that Khan and his bodyguards asked them to shift their boats and fishing nets, since these blocked the sea view from the Bollywood star's Bandra West suburban residence.

FIR for assaulting activist

A member of one Akhil Bhartiya Bhrashtachar Nirmulan Samiti alleged in April 2015 that Salman Khan and his bodyguards abused and assaulted him on a flight in November last year, and the latter also snatched his papers. A Mumbai court asked the Airport police to file an FIR against Salman for assaulting the activist.

First Published: 22 June, 2016 10:33 IST

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