Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has landed himself in yet another controversy. The National Commission for Women (NCW) has demanded apology within seven days from Salman Khan who said he felt "like a raped woman” during his upcoming film Sultan’s rigorous shooting schedule, reports said on Tuesday.
Khan reportedly made the comments in an interview to promote his latest movie Sultan, which tells the story of an ageing wrestler trying to make a comeback.
Salman, 50, had to undergo rigorous training for the wrestling drama.
In his interview to online entertainment portal Spotboye, Salman Khan was talking about his hectic shooting schedule for his upcoming movie Sultan and while explaining how grueling the shoot was, he let slip this bombshell: "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 120-kilo guy 10 times form 10 different angles. And likewise, get thrown that many times on the ground. This act is not repeated that many times in the real fights in the ring. 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. I would eat and then, head right back to training. That couldn’t stop.”
However, the actor’s manager said that he has been misquoted.
"Considering the number of female fans he has, he shouldn’t have made such a statement. Salman Khan should apologize,” NCW chief Lalitha Kumaramangalam told news channel CNN IBN on Tuesday. The NCW has sought an apology within seven days, NDTV reported.
Shaina NC, a spokesperson for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra, 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.”
Salman Khan’s father apologised for the actor’s ‘rape’ remark on twitter. He said "what he said was wrong, but his intention was not.”
In the same interview published on Monday, 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.