While Bollywood has turned a deaf ear to Salman Khan’s latest foot-in-mouth situation, his father, Salim Khan, hit back with ‘Why should he apologise or clarify?’ after issuing a Twitter apology on his star son’s behalf, and Subhash Ghai called the fracas another instance of things being ‘lost in translation’,Kangana Ranaut chose to take a stand.
When the actress was asked for a comment on Bhai’s ‘raped woman’ remark at the launch of Shirish Kunder’s new web series, Kriti, in Bandra on Wednesday, theQueen actress didn’t mince words despite fair warnings from her team to steer clear of the controversy. “We all agree that it is a horrible thing to say. It’s extremely insensitive but I’d also like to say that we shouldn’t encourage the tendency to point fingers at each other and feel superior by pulling each other down,” she stated emphatically.”As a society, we have to take responsibility and stand united. This is disgraceful for a society, not an individual,” Kangana continued, adding, “We collectively feel sorry for that thought process.”While the Twitterati trained their guns on Salman’s co-stars, Anushka Sharma andSonam Kapoor, who lead the Bollywood pack of feminists, no one has come out to condemn the 50-year-old actor’s comment that incited controversy when, during a presser, he told reporters that he felt like a ‘raped woman’ every time he walked out of a ring while training for his upcoming wrestling drama. He had later added, “I don’t think I should have (said that)”, going on to explain that he found it hard to walk.
Criticising Salman for the incident, the Shiv Senaon Wednesday urged directors to boycott him till he tendered an unconditional apology. “I have not seen a celebrity more shameless than Salman Khan. He’s displayed a destructive nature from the beginning. He shoots endangered animals, kills footpath dwellers and now this. People still consider him a hero,” Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande told the media.