Innocent Or Guilty? Salman's Court Saga In Full Bloom...
Society carries out its own investigation into the how and why of the Salman Khan court trials
As much as it may make for a great dramatic frame on screen, Salman Khan behind bars would be hard to digest as a reality for many. Given the superstar status that the actor enjoys, the Jodhpur court pronouncing him guilty in the 1998 blackbuck case recently, while acquitting his supposed fellow partners in crime – Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Neelam and Sonali Bendre – came as a rude shock to his fans from the industry and outside it. Salman was even arrested and spent two nights in the Jodhpur Central Jail, before being bailed out. Expectedly, the shock has been so severe that there have been incessant stories floating around Salman and the case ever since. Firstly, the industry went on its routine overdrive, glorifying Salman’s humane side. Although there was a dash of mystery to the regular admiration society surrounding
Sallu this time around with Simi Garewal’s tweet, where she wrote, “One thing I am dead sure. Salman would never harm any animal. He loves them too much. The real culprit should be exposed, 20 years is too long to bear someone else’s cross.” Then there was columnist, critic and author Bharathi S Pradhan’s tweets which made the curiosity grow stronger. Bharathi, who is also known to be the industry insider, tweeted, “Wonder if someone’s sleeping well tonight knowing that @ Being Salman Khan is spending the night in jail when the whisper is that someone else pulled the
trigger…” Rumours started plaguing the social media that it was Tabu and Sonali Bendre who egged Salman on to shoot and they were the actual culprits. Then there were non-stop reports of how Salman wasn’t eating in prison but kept up with his work-out routine religiously. Outside the jail, reports also had gangster Ravi Pujari threatening Salman’s lawyer Mahesh Bora for fighting the case. Adding fuel to the fire was Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, who remarked on Salman’s fate because he is a minority. And it continued. Amidst all this commotion, there were some questions which came haunting back. Is Salman really guilty or is he merely a victim of celeb bashing? Worse, is he really being the sacrificial lamb, protecting the life of someone else? Or is the Judiciary of India finally waking up to ‘equality before law’? Is Salman Khan the next bad boy of Bollywood to go to jail after Sanjay Dutt? And most importantly, whatever the verdict, is it going to take another decade for the court to decide Salman’s fate? While these questions loom over bhai’s future, his present is clearly unaffected by all the court drama for now. Or so we assume!