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SALMAN RAPE REMARK: It is very thoughtless of him, says Anurag Kashyap

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Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap today criticised superstar Salman Khan for his rape analogy saying it was “thoughtless” and “daft” of him to make such a remark. He also questioned the journalist, interviewing him, for allegedly laughing over the comment. Salman, in a group interview to promote “Sultan”, made the remark that he felt like a “raped woman” after one gruelling shoot for the wrestling drama.

“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.

When I used to walk out of the ring, after the shoot, I used to feel like a raped woman walking out…” Salman hastened to add, “I don’t think I should have…”, suggesting he should not have made such a comparison.

Anurag called the 50-year-old actor “thoughtless and daft” to have made a comment like this. “Why are we making it out his individual responsibility? It is very unfortunate that he made an analogy like that, it is very thoughtless of him, in a way daft of him. I am sure he will be regretting it and will apologise for it. If he really cares, he should apologise for it,” the director told a TV channel.

It has been reported that the journalists, who were a part of the interview, erupted into laughter at Salman’s statement. Anurag slammed the scribe, answering whose question Salman made the comment, saying he should have questioned the “Kick” star over the statement.

“But does the responsibility lie alone with him? The guy who is interviewing him… When the man gives an analogy like this, he laughs at it. He does not question him. In his mind,he is thinking I have got a headline. How irresponsible it is to make that into a headline.”I would have taken that out. It does not send a great signal, it empowers misogyny. Suddenly, people have got issue to jump on,” Anurag said.

The statement has not gone down well with many, who have taken to Twitter to express their angst against the actor. While his father, scriptwriter Salim Khan, apologised on the actor’s behalf, the demand for Salman to issue an apology himself has been growing from political parties, activists and social media users.

PTI

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