Salman Khan has always been controversy's favourite child. From court cases, alleged relationships with co-stars, to reports of fights with other heroes and comments on politically sensitive issues... This Khan has more often than not found himself in a soup. And sure enough, he is at it, yet again.
In a recent interview for the promotions of Sultan, Salman Khan revealed that he felt like a raped women after the film's tiring shoot.
"Either I am picking (him) up and throwing (him) or he is picking me up and throwing (me). It is the most difficult thing and when I used to walk out of that ring, I used to actually feel like a raped woman..."
While the comparison was as bizarre, not to mention insensitive, as it gets, the actor immediately retracted his statement and said, "I should not have used that," and added, "It was the most difficult (thing), I could not take steps."
If you are wondering what his exact statement was, read it here:
"I learnt how to wrestle but the process of learning was very difficult. We basically require a lot of strength to go and walk after hours of training. We can't look like a wrestler till the time we don't train like one. The way Aamir and I trained in the sport, it has to be more than the actual wrestlers (because of limited time). I had weight training sessions, followed by Kushti sessions followed by mat sessions followed by MMA session which includes punching and kicking and all those stuff. You look like a fraud if you have not trained properly. While shooting for the film, real wrestlers used to pick me from one place and throw at the other again and again and again. So if I was to pick up a 120 kg person and drop him down, I had to do it 10 times whereas what you see in the film might be once or twice. Six and half or seven hours either I am picking up and throwing or he is picking me up and throwing. It is like the most difficult thing and when I used to walk out of that ring, I used to actually feel like a raped woman walking out. I should not have used that. It was the most difficult thing, I could not even take steps. Even after the shooting was over, I used to do weight training again. Ali Abbas Zafar wanted a different body type every 20 days. I had to sport four different body types in two months. Where do I get that from? Is that easy? It is the most difficult film that I have done."
Yes, the comparison was odious. Of course Salman Khan should have never said what he did. Rape is not something you use as an example. Ever. Under any circumstance. However, the fact remains that Khan did immediately retract his statement. A mistake was made, but it was also rectified at once. So do we need to debate this on news channels? Does this become an issue of national importance, outrage and a huge hue and cry?