Actor also says if something like Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal happens in India, he himself will take the individual “to the cleaners”.
New Delhi: Although it isn’t right to hurt the sentiments of people, it is also not correct to jump to conclusions about a film and it should be left to the Central Board of Film Certification to take a call on Padmavati, actor Salman Khan said Thursday.
“I think the censor board and the Supreme Court should be the ones to take a call on that,” Khan said in conversation with Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief of ThePrint, at the HT Leadership Summit 2017.
Khan said that any film that is forced to postpone its release suffers major losses, and said while it wasn’t right to hurt anyone’s sentiments, it was not fair to comment on a film without watching it first. “The censor board will give a certificate, and we will go by that certificate,” he said.
Another major controversy that the film industry recently faced was the question of nepotism. Khan blamed the high costs of production, which pushed talent agencies to go the tried-and-tested route of using big names, rather than taking a chance with talented actors.
“I myself worked with so many newcomers who have done really well at one point of time, but after that, their careers just diminished,” the actor lamented.
Khan also spoke about the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment allegations in the US. He denied any knowledge of similar practices in India, but he warned that if he ever heard of anyone asking for sexual favours in exchange for a role, he would take that individual “to the cleaners”.
“It is the most disgusting thing ever on this planet to exploit somebody,” he said.
Talking about the court cases against him, Khan said the uncertainty of his future often weighs on his mind, but he would have to slap on a smile during movie promotions or to romance a woman on screen.
Looking back on his 30-plus-year career, Khan said it had been a hard life because he had been working since the age of 15. “I think everybody would’ve led a much better life than I have,” he said.
While there were a lot of tough questions that seemed to stump the actor, he managed to keep the conversation light and entertaining.
He joked, for example, that he was paying a heavy price for some of his famous dialogues, like the one from Wanted: “Ek baar jo maine commitment kar di, uske baad to main khud ki bhi nahin sunta. (Once I have made a commitment, I don’t listen even to myself)”. This, he said, was the reason he was taking part in the conversation even though he was unwell.
He also joked about allegations that Padmavati’s producer and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has a habit of offending people. “I don’t know about other people, but he definitely has offended me. I gave him two hit films, and then he took Shah Rukh Khan in the next one,” he said.