Bollywood star Salman Khan has provoked outrage by joking that he felt like a “raped woman” after a physically gruelling film shoot.
Bollywood movie star Salman Khan ran afoul of a national women’s group, film critics and Twitter users on Tuesday after saying that training sessions for his new film made him feel like a “raped woman”.
Khan, arguably India’s most popular actor, made the remark during media interviews over the weekend to promote the film “Sultan”, in which he plays a professional wrestler.
“It is the most difficult thing,” the 50-year-old actor told reporters in Mumbai on Saturday when asked about his training schedule. “When I used to walk out of that ring, it used to be like a raped woman walking out.”
The remark, which initially went unnoticed, sparked outrage on social media with the hashtag #InsensitiveSalman trending for several hours.
The National Commission for Women (NCW), a government-run body for women’s rights, took notice and wrote to Khan demanding a public apology within seven days.
“He has demonstrated the patriarchal mindset that is prevalent in this country – unfortunately, he will get away with it,” Lalitha Kumaramangalam, the NCW chairwoman, told a television channel.
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