Actor Salman Khan has finally responded to criticism of his alleged “double standard” towards women wearing low necklines on his film sets. The controversy arose when starlet Palak Tiwari, his co-star in Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan, revealed that the actor had a rule about how women should dress on the set of Antim: The Final Truth. Tiwari stated that Salman wanted all the female cast members to adhere to a specific dress code “like good proper girls.”
Khan made a guest appearance on the Indian TV show Aap ki Adalat, where he defended his position and stated that women’s bodies are “more precious” and hence, should be covered. The Bajrangi Bhaijaan actor added that the problem is not with women but with men and the way they look at women – and he does not want to be an accomplice in giving men the opportunity to “stare at the heroine” inappropriately.
“When you make a decent picture, then everyone goes to watch it with their family. There is no double standard. I think women’s bodies are more precious. So, I feel that the more covered they are, the better it will be,” he said, adding that it is not the women’s fault but solely of men and their inappropriate intentions. “The problem isn’t with women but with men. The way men stare at women, your sister, your wife, your mother. I don’t like that. I don’t want anyone to go through that,” he said.
Khan also clarified that Tiwari’s statement was misunderstood by many and that he simply wanted the female cast members to dress decently on the set. “I have a great deal of respect for women and their bodies. I just don’t want them to be objectified or treated disrespectfully,” he stated.
In the same interview, the Dabangg actor also revealed his plans to become a father. While Khan is often seen hanging out with his nieces and nephew, the actor expressed his desire to have a child of his own, but the laws in India prevented him from doing so.
Upon his plans for a family in future, he said, “What do I even say? That was the plan. It wasn’t for a daughter-in-law but for a child. But according to the Indian laws, it’s not possible. Now we’ll see what to do.”
When asked about his thoughts on filmmaker Karan Johar being a father to two children through surrogacy, Khan stated that he had been trying to d the same but was unable to do so due to the laws. “I love kids but I also know that mothers are important for children. My kid’s mother will also be my wife,” he said.
On the work front, Khan’s Eid release, Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan, is currently playing in cinemas. Apart from that, he’s currently busy filming for the upcoming action thriller film Tiger 3 opposite actor Katrina Kaif. The film is scheduled to be released on Diwali 2023.
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