Top 10 Controversies of Salman Khan

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You can love him or hate him, but you can’t ignore him…that is Salman Khan for you! Controversy’s favorite child, Salman Khan is known for his arrogance, brashness and the angry young man image he carries. Not one to mince words or actions, Salman has made it to the headlines not just for his movies alone. The top 10 controversies that this enfant terrible has been embroiled in over the years are:

10. The Katrina Kaif spat

The dubious distinction of the top 10th spot goes to the Katrina Kaif controversy. Not one to hide his relationships, Salman was all over the gossip columns for his affair with Katrina Kaif. But during the filming of Ek Tha Tiger, the rumor mills were abuzz with news of Salman’s man handling of Katrina Kaif. The two have since broken up, but Salman’s reputation of a dominating boy friend, who loves to control his girlfriends was back to haunt him. Not the ‘cool’ guy that he claims to be, Salman was accused of beating up Katrina Kaif for wearing a skimpy and revealing dress. It is believed that Katrina Kaif had to call out to her co-star Kareena to rescue her in the unpleasant situation. Despite the break-up, the two maintain a dignified politeness, which is a first for Salman!

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9. The Comments Controversy

Making its mark at spot no. 9 is the Pakistani comments controversy. When the whole nation goes one way, trust Salman to go the opposite way. Post 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, when the whole nation was joined in their anger against Pakistan, Salman in an interview to a Pakistani TV channel said that Pakistan need not be blamed for the attacks. He went one step further and questioned the integrity of the national authorities who he alleged were only concentrating on the attack on the elite people of Mumbai and not the common man. His statements created quite a furor especially at such a sensitive time. Better sense prevailed and Salman soon issued a retracting statement and apologized for his insensitive remarks.

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8. The Saroj Khan Feud

No. 8 on this list is the Salman Khan-Saroj Khan feud. Salman Khan was peeved with Saroj Khan the famous dance director during the shooting of ‘Andaaz Apna Apna’. It is believed that Salman Khan accused Saroj Khan of being partial to Aamir Khan while choreographing the dance number, “Yeh raat aur yeh doori” in the movie. Salman Khan felt that Aamir Khan was given better steps to enact in the number while he was relegated to do some meaningless gestures during the song. The angry Salman apparently had a showdown with Saroj Khan, who is no less feisty. The differences remain unresolved to this day and with a sequel for the movie being planned soon, one has to wait and watch how things unfold!

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7. The Subhash Ghai Spat Out

Spot No. 7 goes to the Subhash Ghai spat out. Even as a new comer, Salman Khan carried his arrogant attitude. Salman made a small time debut in Biwi Ho Toh Aisi, but his big break came with Maine Pyaar Kiya. Apparently, Subhash Ghai who was a much established filmmaker those days, made some disparaging remarks against Salman Khan. It is believed that the then newcomer, gate-crashed a Subhash Ghai party and had a showdown with him, leading to a fist fight between the two. Of course, things have since cooled and the two are on amicable terms after Salman Khan’s father Salim Khan intervened and sorted things out.

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6. The Hrithik Roshan Comments

Coming up a close 6th is the Hrithik Roshan stand-off. Trust Salman Khan to rub people the wrong way. When the Hrithik Roshan-Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer ‘Guzaarish’ released, Salman remarked that ‘not even a dog had gone to see the movie’. Obviously the remark did not go down well with Hrithik and Salman’s favorite director till then, Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Hrithik took to twitter to retaliate and things turned sour between the two stars. The fact that Salman Khan had not given his permission for the cast of Guzaarish to promote their film on the sets of Bigg Boss only added fuel to the fire. Salman’s attitude against Aishwarya Rai was almost palpable and continues to remain unabated.

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5. The Vivek Oberoi Stand-Off

At No. 5, the other big controversy that Salman found himself in, was the open fight in the media with Vivek Oberoi. After Aishwarya Rai walked out of Salman’s life, she was involved with Vivek Oberoi. Vivek Oberoi took the differences with Salman to the next level when he called a press conference and told the media in detail about the fight between him and Salman Khan. Vivek accused the Star of harassing him and threatening to murder him. He also accused the star of calling him up 41 times in one night. The Press Conference of course, did not go down well with Salman Khan and the two have never come face to face again.

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4. The Aishwarya Rai Break-Up

Making its way to the 4th spot is the infamous break-up with Aishwarya Rai. Known as a ladies’ man, Salman Khan had his share of flings before he got serious with Aishwarya Rai. The much publicized love affair between the former Miss World Aishwarya Rai and the big bad boy of Bollywood, Salman Khan landed in an equally publicized break-up. Aishwarya Rai accused him of not taking the break-up well and continuing to harass her and her family members. Infact, the family members went on to lodge a formal complaint against Salman Khan. The gossip columns of magazines had a field day, of how a drunken Salman was found shouting out for Aishwarya at the Apartments where she was staying. This was also the time, when Salman Khan found himself labeled as an obsessive lover who did not treat his ladies right.

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3. The Fight with Shahrukh Khan

Taking the 3rd spot is the ‘Clash of the Titans’! Salman and Shahrukh Khan started off as friends and affectionately called each other their brothers…but things turned ugly in 2008, at Katrina Kaif’s birthday bash. The rumors have it that both the stars Salman and Shahrukh got into a fist fight over the latter’s comments about Salman’s former girl friend, Aishwarya Rai. Though, neither confirmed the reasons, but both came out openly in media to say that there was no friendship left anymore between the two of them. Both avoid each other at all public events and have never seen eye to eye till date and continue to take a dig at each other on all possible occasions.

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2. The Chinkara Poaching Case

Coming in a very close 2nd on this list is the Chinkara Poaching controversy. It is another big scandal that continues to dog Salman…even years later, without any respite to date The year was 2006 and Salman Khan was accused of shooting and killing one of the most endangered species of blackbucks, the Chinkara. The incident occurred when the Star was filming for his blockbuster movie, ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ in Rajasthan. The actor known for his penchant for merry making did not realize his folly in the moment. He was convicted in the case and was given a jail sentence of two years in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, but was given bail later on. Years later, he continues to battle the cases against him in Courts.

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1. The Hit and Run Case of 2002

Unquestionably No. 1 on this list is Salman Khan’s hit and run case of 2002. One of the worst controversies that Salman Khan got embroiled in, it continues to plague him years later. It was alleged that a drunken Salman Khan drove his SUV onto the pavement killing one person and grievously injuring three others. His brash and irresponsible behavior which caused the death of one person had landed him in a case where he could be charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which is indeed a serious charge. Currently he is facing charges under Section 304 (A), which could result in two years imprisonment. This is one controversy, where the angst of the media and public continues to be hanging over the head of this big bad boy of Bollywood.

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CONCLUSION

Salman Khan is many things, but diplomatic and uncontroversial may not be the best words to describe him. A man who is in the news for all the right and wrong reasons, Salman Khan continues as the reigning big bad boy of Bollywood. No one even comes close….!

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