By Hindustan Times
That Salman Khan manages to court controversy rather often, whether deliberate or unintentional, is a fact known to everyone. Whether it's his run-ins with the law, him wearing his heart on the sleeve (and getting abusive with the women of his heart), or even making controvesial statements about fellow actors without caring about what anyone thought, Salman's done it all and more!
As news of his stricter trial for the 2002 hit-and-run case makes news, we take you back to all the times the Dabangg star hit the headlines for the wrong reasons.
SalmanHit-and-Run Case: In 2002, Salman Khan was accused of allegedly running over five people, killing one and injuring others on a Mumbai pavement in September 2002. He spent 17 days in jail. He clarified later that he was not driving.
The latest is that the magistrate court has added the harsher legal section of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against the actor. Under this section, if found guilty, the court can award can award Khan a maximum punishment of 10 years’ of imprisonment. READ MORE
Blackbuck Case: In February 2006, Salman Khan was convicted under the Wildlife Act for poaching a Chinkara in Jodhpur during the shooting of film Hum Saath Saath Hain in September 1998. He was Salmansentenced to one-year imprisonment and was slapped a fine of Rs. 5,000. Actor Saif Ali Khan too, was accused of the hunting.
Salman Khan is supposed to have dated four actresses and has a unique controversy with each of them.
Salman-Sangeeta: Salman’s first lady love was model-turned-actor Sangeeta Bijlani. The two broke up after a couple of years. After their split, Sangeeta married former Indian Cricket team captain, Azharuddin.
Salman-Somy: In 1993, Somy Ali came to Mumbai from US. With Salman’s help, she made her debut in Anth (1993). The two came close but eventually broke up in 1998 due to Salman’s excessive drinking and abusive behaviour. There were even rumours of Salman smashing a Cola bottle on the former's head while they were dating in the 90s but Somy denied in a recent interview to HT.
Salman-Aishwarya: Till date, one of the actor's most-talked-about Salman-Ashcontroversies was his tumultous relationship with Aishwarya Rai. Salman and Aishwarya Rai (now Bachchan) began their romance in 1999 while they were shooting for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Their love life ended in 2002 on a turbulent note as Salman was accused of abusing her. Reports claimed that Salman, unable to accept the breakup, had started harassing and hounding and even threatening Aishwarya. He apparently even slapped a journalist once for asking him questions about Aishwarya.
Salman-Katrina: Katrina Kaif met Salman in 2003 when she was still a struggling model. The two came close when Salman mentored her and got her several plum film projects and were in a relationship for a long time. In 2011, Katrina told a magazine that Salman was her first serious relationship.
It is believed that Khan's over-possessive nature was the reason behind their break-up. They two supposedly split in 2008 but have continued to remain friends, appear at events and star in films together.
Clash of the Khans: In 2008, Salman and Shah Rukh Khan broke into a heated argument resulting in a physical fight at Salman’s then girlfriend and actor Katrina Kaif’s birthday party at a restaurant in Mumbai and things were never the same. Ever since, the two actors have constantly been taking digs at each other, adding more fuel to the fire.
But then just when everyone was certain that these two stalwart Khans could never make peace, there came reports of the two supposedly patching up at Yash Chopra's Jab Tak Hai Jaan premiere party where almost the entire film fraternity was present.
However, a few days later, SRK made clarifications denying the whole truce story. Although the two have not openly buried the hatchet yet, there was another recent incident of Salman Khan coming to SRK's defence on the last season of Bigg Boss. But none but them know the real story till date!
Vivek Saga: Actor Vivek Oberoi ruffled feathers in 2003 with his claim at a press conference that Salman had abused him and threatened to kill him as Vivek was close to Salman’s ex-girlfriend, Aishwarya Rai.
In 2010, Salman apologised for making a controversial remark about the 26/11 terror attack in an interview saying, “Everybody knew the (Pakistani) govt wasn’t behind it and it was a terrorist attack.”
Salman was also slapped with a fatwa by Muslim organisations not once, but twice. The actor got one for attending Ganesh Puja and the other for getting himself waxed at Madame Tussauds in London.
Having said that, of late, Salman Khan seems to have tried to stay out of controversies. And the box office reports, polls results and his massive following say the rest!