As Salman Khan continues to draw flak for his remark on rape, more instances of misogyny involving the superstar and his fans have emerged.
The Hindu’s Mumbai Resident Editor, Sachin Kalbag suggested in a series of tweets that Salman Khan (without naming him), urinated in front of a female reporter a decade ago.
According to Kalbag, this was Salman’s way of getting back at the reporter who was critical of him.
Film critic Mayank Shekhar quoted an instance from his book Name Place Animal Thing in which he recorded that Salman once allegedly threatened a female journalist. He tweeted about it, and it was also subsequently reported by The Times of India.
The excerpt read:
I had just recently heard about how film star Salman Khan had insisted he drop a journalist back home after a long interview. It wasn’t too late in the evening. She didn’t particularly fancy a chivalrous ride. But he wouldn’t take no for an answer. He’s a bit of a brat like that. She relented. They drove together. He insisted on driving her right up to her building’s gate, asking her to specifically point out the floor she stayed in. “Now I know where you live,” he told her sweetly. “That (long) interview I just gave you? Don’t publish it.
In a blog post published on DailyO, Delhi-based actor Sreemoyee Kundu said that she was greeted with abuses and rants by the Salman Khan faithful for just exercising her freedom of speech in criticising the actor.
Several film personalities too have supported Khan. Although people like filmmaker Subhas Ghai said that Khan has always had high regard for women, that theory fell flat before it could take off as the controversial star called women ‘vice’ in the same interview in which he compared being exhausted to being raped.
He went on to say that he has given up every vice, including cigarettes and coffee, except women in the same interview.
A Mid-Day article compiling a list of controversies involving the actor pointed out that there was speculation about how a drunk Salman Khan had allegedly pushed Aishwariya Rai in 2002 and also rammed into her car.