The ‘Kick’ star Salman Khan, who recently faced a paparazzi boycott, said photographers can refuse to click him but they cannot ‘ban’ him as there is no such provision in the law. He has also questioned if it will even affect his stardom.
In a recent group interaction, the superstar said; “You (photographers) can say ‘I don’t want to click Salman’s pictures‘, but can’t say ban me as there is no provision in the law to ban anyone.”
“Out of choice if I pass by (somewhere), then I want to see the whole fraternity (press photographers) to stand together. No one should take pics of mine. My cycling pictures or my pictures with my girlfriends…you will not get any pictures…So do you think this will affect my stardom,” Salman questioned.
The matter snowballed into a controversy when at a recent promotional event for Salman Khan‘s next film ‘Kick’ in Mumbai, cameraman present there were mishandled by the actor’s bodyguards and security persons.
Following this, Khan told reporters that whoever wanted to stay could stay and others could leave. This comment left the photographers miffed.
Salman is casual about the issue. He said; “They have all the right to take a stand and to not take my pictures and I am so happy, but it is also a sad story as every coin has two sides. They had banned me long time ago. I was very happy. I was so peaceful. Every 10 years, there are 10 or 12 (such) people who come…it does not work like that.”
Defending his bodyguards, the 48-year-old said; “The problem is not us (stars). We come and stand there; you (media) have got equipment. When you can shot from 50 ft, you have got long lenses; you don’t need to come close.
“They come between the bodyguards and us, so the bodyguard’s job is to stop these people coming to us…like they (photographers) are getting paid for the pictures, bodyguards get paid for this (protecting us),”
Now the Bodyguard actor is contemplating on having personal photographers who will click his pictures and release them for his fans.
“They (some photographers) used to tell me, ‘Please let us click a picture, we get Rs.150’”, he added.