Milkha Singh slams Salman’s dad, Pooja Bhatt too joins in
The Flying Singh has hit back at superstar Salman Khan’s father Salim Khan by saying that the movie industry hasn’t done any favours by making a film on him.
Salman’s appointment as the goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for the Rio Olympic Games was questioned by several members of the Indian sports fraternity, including Milkha and 2012 London Olympics wrestling bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt.
In a bid to defend his son’s appointment, Salim Khan on tweeted, “Milkhaji it is not Bollywood it is the Indian Film Industry and that too the largest in the world. The same industry which resurrected you from fading away in oblivion.”
Salim Khan made the remark in reference to the popularity Milkha Singh had garnered after the release of a biopic on him named Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
Reacting to the tweet, Milkha Singh told a television news channel, “I don’t think that the movie industry has made a favour to me by making a film on my life. If they have any function, will they put any sportsmen as their chairman or ambassador? I gave my story for Re.1 and it is not a little thing. The movie made crores. If Salman Khan’s father is saying that Milkha Singh has said anything wrong, then I don’t agree to it, because the entire nation is saying that I am right and they are with me.”
The veteran sprinter found a supporter from Bollywood in form of Salim Khan’s good old friend Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter.
Unhappy with the Salim Khan’s demeaning Milkha Singh, Pooja Bhatt tweeted, “Could the film be made if Milkha Singh wasn’t the man he was & did not achieve what he did in the first place? We all know, NOT. Hence, respect.” She further tweeted, “Whether the film industry resurrected Milkha Singh or Milkha Singh resurrected the film industry is an absurdly, distasteful debate.”
She added, “The film industry resurrected Milkha Singh or Milkha Singh resurrected the film industry is an absurdly, distasteful debate.”
Now, will Salman or his father react to the comments is something that one can only wait and watch.