Bollywood actor Salman Khan has been in the eye of the storm for the past few weeks over his comment that he "felt as worn out as a raped woman" after the physical exertion during the shooting of his upcoming film Sultan. Khan was asked to apologise publicly for his remarks by the National Commission for Women (NCW).
But, NCW head Lalitha Kumaramangalam has said that while they did receive a response from Khan's lawyer, it didn't look like an apology.
"Salman Khan has replied to our notice. We are not going to reveal the contents of the letter. It would suffice to say that the letter does not sound apologetic," she told IANS.
"I have been told by people who know him that he does not apologise," Kumaramangalam told NDTV.
Last week, at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Madrid, Khan had jokingly referred to the episode.
"I will not take much time because nowadays the less I speak the better it is," the 50-year-old actor said.
However, his father, noted script-writer Salim Khan, had tweeted an apology:
Undoubtedly what Salman said is wrong, the simili, example and the context. The intention was not wrong.— Salim Khan (@luvsalimkhan) June 21, 2016
Nevertheless I apologise on behalf of his family his fans & his friends. Forgiveness is to pardon the unpardonable or it is no virtue at all— Salim Khan (@luvsalimkhan) June 21, 2016
The controversy had erupted following Khan's interview in which he spoke of his gruelling shooting regimen for Sultan.
"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. I couldn’t walk straight. I would eat and then, head right back to training. That couldn’t stop."
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