Top 5 controversies of Salman Khan
Salman Khan is and has always been one of the most colorful figures of Bollywood. As much as he is known for his blockbuster films, massive fan following and charity work, it seems he is also equally known for his knack of getting involved in controversies that bring him to headlines more often than not. Even when he was only few films old, he got into an altercation with famed director Subhash Ghai at a party. His father Salim Khan had to step in and resolve the matter. His spat with famous choreographer Saroj Khan in the sets of ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ is also well known. As his stardom rose, so did the magnitude of his controversies.
Blackbuck hunting case
In 1999, Salman killed an endangered blackbuck deer in Rajasthan during his stay there for the shooting of his film ‘Hum Saath-Saath Hain’. Several cases were lodged against him and the trail is still on. He is out on bail at present.
The Aishwarya broken heart tantrums
Salman’s love-hate relationship with Aishwarya Rai became big news throughout 2002-03 when the actress stated that Salman has been harassing her after their break-up and it included threat calls, creating a ruckus at Aishwarya’s house and her film sets. Later when Aishwarya got into a relationship with Vivek Oberoi, Salman also got back at him and reportedly threatened to murder him.
The hit and run case
In the year 2002, Salman ran over a group of people sleeping on the pavement with his SUV. The star was reportedly drunk. One person died and several others were heavily injured. Recently after 12 years, three eye witnesses have identified him in court. He may face a jail term of up to 10 years if the charge of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ is proven against him.
Commenting 26/11 as hyped
In 2010, Salman was once again in the eye of the storm. While giving interview to a Pakistani TV channel, he said the infamous terrorist attacks of 26/11 were ‘hyped up’ because elite people were involved in it. He also gave a clean-chit to Pakistan saying it was no way to be blamed for the attacks. As expected, he drew flaks from almost every quarter. Later he came out with an apology to subdue the issue.
Favoritism in ‘Bigg Boss’, season 7
Salman hosted the popular reality TV show ‘Bigg Boss’ for several years. For the first few seasons everything went well. But during the 7th season in 2013 he landed himself in trouble after apparently lobbying in favor of contestant Tanisha Mukherji. He later said this may be his last stint in ‘Bigg Boss’.