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Celebs divided on Sallu's selection!

By HT

New Delhi, April 26 -- Actor Salman Khan's appointment as the Goodwill Ambassador for Rio Olympics 2016 sparked off a stir in the sports fraternity, with wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and former athlete Milkha Singh speaking up against it. Khan's Bollywood colleagues are however, divided on the decision.

Filmmaker Onir says that India should move beyond Bollywood, at least for events which have nothing to do with the film industry.

"We need to have some respect for people from other fields. For a sports event, why can't we go with someone like Prakash Padukone or maybe a sportswoman? I don't agree with this at all," he says.

Ad-guru Prahlad Kakkar says that Bollywood celebrities can work as brand ambassadors for sports events too, but Salman is not the right option. "People are bound to oppose this. Salman has all kinds of criminal cases against him," he says.

On the other hand, actor Divya Dutta thinks Salman is perfect for the job. "There is no bigger brand than Salman. He goes much beyond films. With his sports-drama Sultan, he has entered the realm of sports as well. An ambassador is all about marketing your product or event. What is the harm in having Salman?" she says.

Filmmaker Subhash Ghai also tweeted, "What a gesture of our superstar @ BeingSalmanKhan 4being ambassador olympics without charging any fee or gain but to inspire youth of india (sic)."

Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit also wrote: "If film industry can make films on #MilkhaSingh,#MaryKom why can't @BeingSalmanKhan b India's face for #RioOlympics?"