Salman Khan again sparked off a controversy with his statements on war during an interview held in the city. He stated, “People who order war should be asked to go to war themselves. Take this gun and go to war. (They will realise it) and it will get over in a day. They will tremble and shake and they will eventually take the route of dialogues and discussions.”
This statement by the superstar did not go well with many and they started slamming him for pitching for peace between two countries that is India and Pakistan. Many people started off a debate on several news channels and also on social media pages, despite being misquoted by some media houses.
But, Salman’s younger brother Sohail Khan was in all support for him and said it was a common man’s opinion. He said to a leading tabloid, “A lot of importance is given to actors’ comments on such issues. I am not sure if people from this industry have the knowledge to talk about politics with such depth. What Salman Bhai – or any actor for that matter – say, is his opinion as a common man, a mere civilian.”
Sohail further added, “Ask people about the war, and anyone would say it’s bad. That’s exactly what he said as well. War anywhere, in any part of the world, be it Syria, India, Iraq, China, cannot be a good thing.”
The actor-filmmaker agreed to Salman saying that war is indeed unnecessary. He stated, “I wouldn’t understand the psyche of anyone who says war is a good thing. Dialogue, debate, discussions have proven to go a long way in mending relations, without our jawans going to the front and losing lives. Sadly, we don’t always know why these things happen and how they happen. Lack of knowledge from our side often downplays our intentions. We don’t have the authority to say things or the right to stop things. So, all we can do is lament.”
Talking about a scene from the film, Sohail added, “There is a scene where I get recruited for the Army and Salman’s character feels bad because he feels Army people lose their lives. I am told they are right in their own way, but I don’t see how. We respect all soldiers who put their life on the line for us. We should do something to protect them too. Authorities should be questioned for sending them [to war]. Why should anyone have to lose their loved ones?”
Sohail concluded by dropping a question, “We all think about it. But when you voice it, there is a contradictory viewpoint. But isn’t that the reason we make a film like ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ (2015) or ‘Tubelight’?”