Salman says photographers cannot ‘ban’ him

Salman Khan is no stranger to controversy. He has faced some major issues over the course of his illustrious career. While the actor has been keeping himself busy with the promotion of his upcoming film ‘Kick’, his name came up in the media for the wrong reasons again as he faced a ban/boycott from the Bollywood paparazzi.

Trouble started at a promotional event for ‘Kick’ on last Friday. Salman was reportedly requested by photographers to pose at one particular spot but he refused. Salman’s comment, “Those who want to cover the event are welcome to stay, the rest can leave if they wish", further aggravated the photographers.

In the resulting skirmish, some photographers/ cameramen were allegedly beaten up by Salman’s personal bodyguards and venue security. A photographer, name was kept secret on request, said, “Salman Khan needs to apologise to us or else we will not photo graph him. The blackout will continue till July 25 when his film 'Kick' hits theatres. We will not click him even if we see him cycling at Bandstand…"

While the director-producer of ‘Kick’ Sajid Nadiadwala chose to remain silent over the issue, a source close to the film said, "The photographers are getting more aggressive and unreasonable by the day. They refuse to follow instructions. Salman does not need to apologise as it was not his mistake, he did not touch anybody." Salman’s father Salim Khan was contacted by the media and he said, "I don't know what transpired at the event but yes, cameramen do get very close at events. At Baba Siddiqui's Iftar, we were almost hit in our faces by cameras." 

After one week, Salman spoke about the incident during a group discussion on July 18th. In his typical nonchalant manner, Salman said that the photographers can refuse to click his photos but cannot ‘ban’ him as such because there was no provision on law. He said, “(photographers) can say 'I don't want to click Salman's pictures', but can't say ban me as there is no provision in the law to ban anyone." He also questioned whether this would have any effect on his stardom. Salman said, “Out of choice if I pass by (somewhere), then I want to see the whole fraternity (press photographers) to stand together. No one should take pics of mine. My cycling pictures or my pictures with my will not get any pictures...So do you think this will affect my stardom?"