Salim Khan, Kangana Ranaut, Anurag Kashyap, Ali Abbas Zafar react to Salman Khan’s ‘raped woman’ remark

Indian Bollywood actor Salman Khan (2R) celebrates and wishes his fans Ramzan Eid Mubarak at his residence in Mumbai on July 18, 2015.  AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Ever since the controversy over Khan’s remark erupted on Monday, Bollywood has been largely quiet or played it safe. Salman Khan has often made statements which has landed him in a soup. His ‘raped woman’ remark during a press interaction has stirred up such a controversy. Many called him callous and a disgrace for his insensitive remark.

Kangana Ranaut was attending the launch of Shirish Kunder’s short film Kriti, where she was asked for her opinion on the matter. Ranaut responded, saying “We all agree that it’s a horrible thing to say. Something that is extremely insensitive. But let’s not encourage that mentality where we want to point fingers at each other and want to feel greater by running people down by trolling them. As a society we have to take responsibility and stand united. It’s a disgrace for the whole society and not an individual. So, what Salim uncle says is right, that we are all sorry about it. It’s not about an individual. We all collectively feel sorry for that thought process.”

At a press meet, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, too, admitted, “It (Khan’s remark) was poor choice of words. And Salman must say sorry”. However, he soon added, “He will come out and say sorry for it. What he said was unfortunate and he also realises it.”

Khan’s father, Salim Khan apologised on Twitter for his son’s comment,

His brother Arbaaz Khan said “I would hope that he gives a clarification, because a controversy has been created. So jawaab dena banta hai, because people look up to him, he has got a lot of following, he is a youth icon,” he said at a press meet, adding, “It was just the kind of (statement) where we compare things… ‘I worked like a donkey’, so now people will say you used the word donkey so some animal activist will come after you.”

Filmmaker Subhash Ghai, meanwhile, took to Twitter to defend the actor, saying,

On Tuesday, singer Sona Mohapatra attacked Khan on Twitter, in response to a supporter who was defending him. She tweeted, saying:

Sultan’s director, Ali Abbas Zafar, said: “On Tuesday morning, I woke up to phone calls and messages. I switched on the TV to understand what the controversy was all about. If you had been present there (at the press conference), you would have known that was not his intention. We can’t control all these controversies. With social media entering personal life, one has to be conscious of what statement is being made.”

Hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani, who is a rape survivor, took to the internet, criticising Khan.

Film critic Raja Sen announced on Twitter that he will not watch Sultan or review it.

Actress Pooja Bedi tweeted,

Renuka Shahane, the actress who played Salman’s Bhabhi in Hum Aapke Hain Koun, took to Twitter to give her reaction saying

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