In a Facebook post dripping with sass, actress Renuka Shahane has reacted to the news that Salman Khan has been acquitted by the Rajasthan high court in two cases related to poaching of chinkaras in Jodhpur.
The incident — which, as Shahane points out, also involved Saif Ali Khan, his then-wife Amrita Singh, Tabu, and Sonali Bendre — took place in 1998, during the shoot of Sooraj Barjatya's family drama Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999).
The 51-year-old actress (only a year older than Khan), who famously played the star's bhabhi (sister-in-law) in Barjatya's mega-hit Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (1994), asked five compelling, hilariously sarcastic questions in relation to the case.
Her full post, which can be read here too, said:
In 1998 a Black Buck & 2 Chinkaras (that are endangered species & therefore cannot be killed) were allegedly killed on a hunting trip that included Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Amrita Singh, Tabu & Sonali Bendre. Somehow while the 'mor' was 'naaching' in their 'hivdas' they wanted to shoot some endangered animals. And they did & ate them too. But did they? Out of all only Salman was charged for killing a black buck & a chinkara. He also served time for the same in Jodhpur jail. No charges were framed against the others. The case carried on & on & on as our cases do for two main reasons 1) Having big bucks (sometimes even black bucks....different from the Black Buck who passed) or 2) Not having big bucks. Salman of course falls in the 1st category of big bucks ( I don't know their colour & we should not be racist by commenting) So now after 18 years he has been acquitted of charges in both cases. Some questions come to mind 1) Who killed the Black Buck & the Chinkaras? 2) Did the driver kill them? 3) Did nobody kill them? 4) Do judges decide according to Buckworth-Lewis method? ( What? Er...it's Duckworth-Lewis?) Sorry! 4) Who will pay for the mental torture that Salman has had to go through now that he has been declared not guilty? 5) Doesn't the nation want to know the truth? ( preferably very loudly) What? The nation doesnt want to know? No? Why? Oh you don't say.....busy spending bucks on Sultan....Er....then let it pass....yeah the Buck, what else? Dear, deer! Surreal!!!😫😞
Shahane, it must be noted, is one of the few actresses who has spoken out against Khan before — a rarity in Bollywood, which is said to be terrified of the influence Khan — one of the most successful male stars of all time — possesses. Last month, in light of Khan's now-infamous 'raped woman' comment, the former TV host had tweeted: "There is no consent in rape. There is consent in acting & actors are also paid for it. A rape victim has to pay forever! Be human please!"
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