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Disowning Bhai, Finally

25/06/2016 12:04 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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Bollywood actor Salman Khan greets fans from the balcony of his residence in Mumbai, India, Friday, May 8, 2015. A court on Friday granted bail to Khan, one of India's biggest movie stars until it hears his appeal challenging his conviction in a drunk-driving hit-and-run case more than a decade ago. (AP Photo)

Salman Khan has uttered some very disgusting statements, and the latest one in which he compared himself to a rape victim has resulted in plenty of outrage. He likely caused the death of a human being too, but managed to outmanoeuvre justice with a neat pivot. But here's the thing: we are part of the problem. We let these things happen. We let him get away with it. Us, the average, level-headed, middle-class, literate group of people, who while making Salman's shenanigans a topic of discussion at the water cooler, refuse to give up our weekend fix of entertainment.

We protest on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms, but we still go and watch his movies.

We feed into what the sycophants around him, who think that the sun shines out of his rear end, tell him. We let him believe that whatever he says, thinks or does, will not affect the superstar status that he enjoys. We protest on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms, but we still go and watch his movies. We still contribute to the multi-crore collections that his movies enjoy at the box office.

Yes, we can't take up lathis and claim for a ban of his movies as we are much too practical and liberal for that. But we can always boycott the movies ourselves.

I, me, as a single individual, can take a stand that I will not add on to his stardom, which he believes elevates him above the law.

We were aghast about the hit-and-run judgment, shocked at his rape comments, but our weekends will be much too important to us to just avoid going to the theatre and shelling out for overpriced tickets. We will still go and watch him make an ass out of us for three hours. And as we stream out of the theatre, we will blame him for the mindless and regressive portrayal of women, society, law, everything. But the fact is that we will still go. He can't be at the position that he is in just because of a select band of loyal followers. We are a huge bunch of thinking individuals and it is we who have given him this freedom, given him this stardom.

I, me, as a single individual, can take a stand that I will not add on to his stardom, which he believes elevates him above the law.

His statements are disgusting. He has made a mockery out of rape and women. And even though he did not want his statement to be printed and tried to retract it, we have got a fair insight into his grotesque thought process. His disregard for women is disgusting. His bullying is disgusting. The fact that the law cannot touch him is disgusting. And whether we accept it or not, these things do percolate down to the people who follow him. It is obvious when I read the tweets of his followers.

So for all these facts I am going to give up on my one weekend entertainment fix. I am a huge movie buff but I am not going to watch Sultan. I am not going to contribute to his delusions, or this madness.

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