Between Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Vivek Oberoi, who was lying?
Monday, September 14, 2009
Commentary

A tale of Few Good Men and Women this certainly doesn't look like.

Salman Khan has finally publicly spoken about about the public statements issued by Aishwarya Rai during 2002/2003 where she in support of Vivek Oberoi's then famous press conference even claimed Khan had physically assaulted the South Indian actress, who's nowadays shooting her Guzarish with Hrithik Roshan.

Recently to a media channel, Salman Khan said addressing the issue, "Obviously in a fight, I am going to be angry. I want to give it my best shot. I don't think that she would have survived it. So no it's not true."

Meanwhile, Oberoi who had called the public press conference in 2003 and alleged then that Khan had backed off from 'fighting' Oberoi for real, and had suggested Khan to go to jail or mental hospital, and had then routinely defended his press conference decision over the next several years after 2003, now has done a 180 degree about turn and changed his tune. Oberoi is nowadays suggesting he too was 'manipulated' by the actress into his decision.


Problem for Oberoi is videotape of his press conference is still all online, as are number of his interviews both in tv and print, reasserting his accusations and behavior over a number of years after that. And he himself accused Khan of a number of criminal things against him that are either true or false. If false, he is basically admitting to lying to the public over a number of years despite being a grown adult himself. Thereby raising the following basic question: Was he lying then? Or is he lying now?

Khan has a host of his own problems apart from Rai and Oberoi as well, such as a criminal case for which he has already been sentenced to prison for (he's pleading for an appeal), and a possible homicide case where he ran over homeless people causing death of a man. Both could at any time ensure he spends the latter part of his life in dark cells worrying about big, dark, unclean men who would look nothing like cinema actresses, approaching him in jail there.

Nonetheless, looking back it is difficult to tell who was telling the truth in this public charade and who was lying. Perhaps they all were (Salman Khan, Vivek Oberoi, Aishwarya Rai) each lying to suit their interests at various points in time. Usually there is a need to create heroes/heroine out of these things, when in this case, there maybe no one here exactly worth defending.

But if we were to give them benefit of doubt for second, it is apparent the focus of the public contention was Aishwarya Rai. And for whatever reason, she is not popular with individuals who she actually associated with during those years. And though she is in a number of films, the 'Jodha Bai' actress does not appear to be particularly in favor with the mainstream Hindustani public anymore either, who may have been inclined to support her earlier despite the accusations by the industry. She has lost series of endorsements over the last year without much protest from the Hindi public supporters. In 2005, when alleged tapes of Salman Khan threatening the actress had been claimed, just the mere claims alone (which proved to be false) had created violent furor of lynchmobs and counterthreats against Khan in states like Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Bihar. That is not likely to happen on behalf of Aishwarya Rai again.

Given however that she has now associated herself to the name of the Bachchans thereby implicitly potentially drawing them too into this mess; for folks who are Bachchan supporters, the issue now would be to be concerned about the past track record. They would be wondering if Abhishek Bachchan in a few years does not have to end up making the same set of observations about Aishwarya Rai as the others are doing now.

As for the rest of the public, the charade will continue.

 

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