In response to the uproar caused by Salman Khan's statement that he felt as worn out as a "raped woman" after his intense physical exertion during the shooting of his upcoming film Sultan, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap have stood by him, saying that the intention behind what Khan said should be borne in mind.
Siddiqui, who has worked with Khan in Kick (2014) and Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) before, said that the comment should not be taken literally.
He told PTI: “He [Khan] used it metaphorically. The discussion is over now, so no use of repeating it and asking questions again. According to me, intentions matter and I don't think his intention was like that.”
Khan had said: "While shooting, 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... 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..."
Director Anurag Kashyap, whose film Raman Raghav 2.0 is set to hit the theatres on 24 June told NDTV, "Why are we making it out his individual responsibility? It is very unfortunate that he made an analogy like that. It is very thoughtless of him, in a way daft of him. I am sure he will be regretting it and will apologise for it... But does the responsibility lie with him alone? The guy who was interviewing him? When the man gives an analogy like this, he laughs at it. He does not question him. In his mind, he is thinking I have got a headline. How irresponsible it is to make that into a headline. I would have taken that out. It does not send a great signal. It empowers misogyny. Suddenly, people have got an issue to jump on."
In an interview in May, Khan had said that he had tears in his eyes when he was asked to wear a langot (loincloth) and walk on to the set where a crowd of over 5,000 people were waiting to see him.
"Now, I understand what the actress goes through when they wear bikinis on screen. When I was told I have to wear a langot, I thought I could do it. But when I reached there, we saw a crowd of 5,000 people and I was like, 'No way I am doing this.' As I was walking out of the vanity van, I was in tears...I felt violated," he had said.