Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is facing criticism for comparing himself to a "raped woman" while talking about filming wrestling scenes for his forthcoming film Sultan. The 50-year-old actor has been slammed on social media for making insensitive comments that trivialize rape.
Khan made the comments during an interview to promote Sultan. "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 for 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. " Khan reportedly said in response to a question on shooting for the film and playing a boxer. "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," As the people around him laughed, Khan realized his faux pas and said, "I don't think I should have".
Later in the interview, Khan also described women as a "vice". "Leave every second vice in your list – that's the mantra I follow. And I have left everything one by one. When it was between coffee and cigarettes, I quit coffee. Between cigarettes and drinks, I quit the stick. Between the drinks and women, I have chosen women," Khan said.
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Khan has not issued any statement on his comment, but his father Salim Khan apologised on his behalf. "Undoubtedly what Salman said is wrong, the simile, example and the context. (But) the intention was not wrong," he tweeted.
Khan has received a notice from India's National Commission for Women asking him to issue an apology within a week. On Twitter, angry users have been tweeting with the hashtag #InsensitiveSalman, while Khan's massive legion of fans and supporters have been defending him by tweeting with #SalmanMisquoted.