“He’s the Harvey Weinstein of Bollywood,” Pakistani-American actress Sommy Ali said in a now-deleted Instagram post, referring to Bollywood actor Salman Khan. Weinstein! You will be exposed.The women you abused will one day come out and share their truth.Like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan,” read the post with a still image from Salman Khan’s debut film. please main peer kiyaSomy Ali dated Salman from 1991 to 1998, according to a report in the Economic Times. Dabang A long list of the actor’s ex-girlfriends including Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Sangeeta Bijlani. Sommy shared her story — finalizing the graphic details in an Instagram post on Thursday. I also had an actor friend who was there with me and she witnessed the whole thing.I respect her and I won’t mention her name.” Sommy also revealed that she was traumatized as a result of her experience with the actor and still has “nightmares about him”. “I don’t want or expect any support from the industry,” Somy said, “because they are all his friends, regardless of what he has done and will continue to do.” rice field. She revealed that she received legal threats from Salman’s lawyers after she went public with her allegations.
Bollywood — your silence is deafening
Of course, Sommie isn’t the only actress who has gone on record and shared that Salman was abusing her. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is a household name in India and is also an A-her list actress who has many cult her hits and blockbuster movies in her filmography. Aishwarya has multiple interviews of her at the time, contrary to popular perception that she did not speak out about her abuse. master Actress she ranted about the same. In a 2002 interview The Times of India Aishwarya said, “Salman and I broke up last March and he can’t accept it. He also suspected I was having an affair with a co-star.I was hooked up with everyone from Abhishek Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan. But luckily it doesn’t leave a mark, and I go to work as if nothing happened.”
Mr. Salman responded to the allegations as follows: I never hit her. anyone can beat me Any fighter on the set here can beat me. That is why people are not afraid of me. I get emotional Then I hurt myself. I banged my head against the wall. I hurt myself all over the place. You cannot hurt others. I just hit Subhash Ghai,” Pinkvilla quoted a major daily. I can’t help but wonder why they continue to support Salman despite such serious allegations. Even more disturbing is that despite allegations, the actor has multiple brands of endorsements for his kittens. Compare this to the United States, where a man named in the #MeToo movement was swiftly removed from an advertising campaign. But in India, resentment is rarely done where resentment is required.
That’s not all. Aishwarya also talked about domestic violence… wait a minute… at the Cannes Film Festival.according to Times of India Aishwarya Rai reportedly replied, “Yes, wait for my biography,” in a “dramatic moment of confession” when asked by a journalist if he had ever been the victim of domestic violence. Khan, meanwhile, said in an NDTV interview, “If I hit a woman, she wouldn’t survive.”
innocent until proven guilty
Of course, allegations are just that: allegations. Innocent until proven guilty. The allegations against Salman have not been legally proven, so the actor cannot be expected to face the music. It is alarming that it did not face even the slightest counterattack or backlash. Even Bollywood stars and actresses who claim he is a staunch feminist, such as Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut and Alia Bhatt, do not call him the same.Instead, they shared the stage with him as they promoted their upcoming film on a reality show big bossThere should not be an unfair media trial where one person plays judge, jury and executioner. Is this when a much more powerful and lesser-known star than Bollywood mogul Salman faces far more serious repercussions? Abuse and trauma cannot be quantified or compared, but Shouldn’t the punishment be proportional to the crime? In this case there is no punishment, but the crime happens to be much more serious.
Most abhorrent of all, many blame the actress for not speaking up. This is something that really baffles me as to why everyone finds this as if it didn’t come to light in the 90’s. In no way did I stop talking about it.
Shouldn’t we at least seek a fair trial? Do actresses and even actors like Vivek Oberoi, who were allegedly verbally abused by Salman, not deserve justice? As viewers of Bollywood movies and consumers of celebrity pop culture, we hold ourselves accountable for our actions, even as actors higher up the food chain. I have to. When it comes to the Bollywood fraternity that has failed women time and time again, this is unfortunate but not too surprising.
We bring you an interview with Sommy Ali talking about the equation with Salman Khan.
Deepansh Duggal is an entertainment, pop culture and trends writer based in New Delhi. He specializes in editorials based on socio-political and gender issues in entertainment and showbiz. He also writes explainers and sometimes reviews shows on the OTT space. He tweets at @Deepansh75.
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