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Salman Khan's good, bad and ugly 50th year!

By HT

New Delhi, Dec. 27 -- Actor Salman Khan turns 51 today. Reports suggest that Sallu will be hosting a lavish party for his friends from within and outside the film industry at his farmhouse in Panvel.

2016, Sallu's 50th year, has been a year of professional and personal high for the actor, but has been ridden with controversies too. On the professional front, his film Sultan made '345 crore.

On the personal front, Sallu took his fans by surprise with the strong buzz that he will be tying the knot with rumoured Romanian girlfriend, Iulia Vantur. The two were spotted together at various events and Vantur even attended many of Salman's family functions.

Sallu also suffered a backlash from sportspersons when he was appointed ambassador for the Indian contingent at the Rio Olympics or his acquittal in the infamous black buck case, there are many incidents that dotted the year. Here's looking at the most prominent events that shaped Sallu's year in 2016.

RIO OLYMPICS AMBASSADOR

In April he was appointed the brand ambassador for the Indian contingent at the Rio Olympics 2016. This did not go down well with several sportspersons. Sprinter Milkha Singh said, "India has produced so many sportspersons. What was the need to import a person from Bollywood?

SALLU'S SHAADI RUMOURS

Salman was seen with rumoured girlfriend Iulia Vantur in several public functions, firing rumours that they may be planning to wed. They first made an appearance together at actor Preity Zinta's wedding reception on May 13. Apparently Salman's family wants him to marry Vantur.

THE RAPE REMARK

In June, while responding to a journalist's question about how he felt while shooting for the wrestling scenes in Sultan, Salman said, "(I) felt like a raped woman." The National Commission for Women asked Salman for an apology, though his fans felt the issue was being blown out of proportion. His dad, Salim Khan, apologised on his behalf.

ACQUITTED OF CHARGES

Two separate cases were registered against Salman under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act for poaching of two chinkaras in Bhawad in Rajasthan on September 26-27, 1998 and one chinkara in Mathania (Ghoda Farm) on September 28-29, 1998. However, the Rajasthan High court acquitted him in both the cases. The actor's fans rejoiced at the court decision and the actor thanked everyone on Twitter for their support.

BACKING PAK ARTISTS

After the Maharashtra Navanirman Sena's demand to ban Pakistani artists from working in India, many Indian actors backed them. However, Salman did not take kindly to this ban. He said, "They are artists. We have killed the terrorists. Artists are not terrorists. These are two different subjects. They come to our country after acquiring visa." This earned him a backlash, especially from MNS chief Raj Thackrey who asked him to work in Pakistan.