Salman Khan is a happy man these days. The ‘Dabang’ star was recently appointed as the goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for the Rio Olympics to be held later this year. While Bollywood is happy that one of their ilks is being selected for the event, the move has angered several members of the Indian sports fraternity.
The reactions from either party are natural; they are supporting their industry. Very few in Bollywood would ruffle the feathers of ‘Sallu Bhai’, for he doesn’t take negative remarks very kindly. The actor is known to develop bad blood with anybody who doesn’t side with him. And the ones, who have remained by his side, have received a dose of generosity in both cash and kind.
So when newbie actor Suraj Pancholi, better known for abetting the suicide of his girlfriend Jiah Khan, makes a dumb statement as this: “I think that’s a good decision… He (Salman) is doing a film on wrestling ‘Sultan’, so maybe because of that he was selected,” we know how desperate he is to please the ‘bhai’. Going by this logic, why not select Farhan Akhtar for the event, for he had done great justice to the role of runner Milkha Singh in the movie by the same name?
The actor’s father Salim Khan posted on Twitter that though his son doesn’t participate in competitive games, but is an A level swimmer, cyclist and a weight-lifter. Salim Khan will obviously extol his son’s greatness, that’s what fathers are for… We know Salman Khan is a fitness freak, and have induced many newbies and colleagues into fitness, but is that enough to be the face of Olympics?
In all this hullaballoo, Salman’s ex flame Aishwarya Rai was pulled into the controversy too. But the lady made a non-controversial statement that is on the verge of being called bland. After all, she has been a brand ambassador for many events, and has been India’s face in the global map. And the actress knows, it’s good to be politically correct. Didn’t she become the official hostess when French President François Hollande had visited India this January?
Athletes like Yogeshwar Dutt, the 2012 London Olympics wrestling bronze medallist, veteran runner Milkha Singh, and cricketer Gautam Gambhir have been vocal about their displeasure with Salman’s appointment as the Goodwill Ambassador. They are right that the face should have been of a sportsperson who sweats it hard to bring fame for India.
The controversy also peaked in social media site Twitter, where the actor was trolled big time. Salman’s “shooting black buck skills” were much-talked about and his ability to beat runners in fleeing from an accident site became a rage in Twitter.
Jokes apart, Salman Khan’s kite flying sessions with Narendra Modi in the past has paid off too. You never know how good karma pays you back. Some people believe the two men share a pretty good rapport, and this might be a reason why the actor’s good days are here. May be next year, we see Salman winning an Oscar too. Now, that would be a real feat for Bollywood to celebrate; it’s much bigger than Olympics after all!
Whatever be the cause, we suggest appointing Sachin Tendulkar as the ambassador in the next Cannes festival. We all know the world famous cricketer has appeared in TV commercials, and he does a neat job in acting. That would make this controversy fair and square.