By:- Ishwar Dey
FIR has been launched against Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty Kundra in Andheri police station, Mumbai, for using a pejorative word which has hurt the sentiments of the Valmiki community calling it ‘insulting’.
Salman uttered the word ‘bhangi’ when comparing his dance skills in a promotion of his recently released film Tiger Zinda Hai. Shilpa also used the same word in an old interview.
The FIR comes a day after members of the Valmiki community in Rajasthan filed a complaint against Salman in Jaipur for using the derogatory word.
Youth of the Valmiki caste in Saurashtra protested against the release of Salman Khan’s new release, demanding an apology from the superstar. The community protested near Galaxy Cinema in Rajkot, at the collector’s office in Jamnagar and in various localities of Gondal, some of where his new film’s effigy was burnt.
Protesters also gathered outside Salman’s residence in Mumbai, but they were dispersed and security has been beefed up at the venue.
The actress has already apologised on Twitter. She wrote, ”Some of my words from an interview in the past have been misinterpreted. It was never said with the intent of hurting anyone’s feelings. I apologize if they have. I’m proud to belong to a country that boasts of diverse castes and creeds and I respect each one of them”.
Salman is yet to issue an apology. This brings to light the star’s controversial remark before the release of Sultan in 2016 when comparing his condition after wrestling in the shoot to that of a ‘raped’ woman, even when he didn’t apologise.
Meanwhile his film Tiger Zinda Hai has crossed ₹100 crores on Day 3 itself and is going great at the year’s end, as it does with every Salman’s movie, sometimes without a hint on ‘why’!