Last month Arbaaz Khan was summoned by Thane Police for his involvement in IPL betting case. Arbaaz cooperated with the police and appeared at the police station to have his statement recorded. According to Times Now, in the statement, Arbaaz confessed that betting was his hobby and he also confirmed ‘D’ bookie link to the scandal. For those unaware, Arbaaz was named by Sonu Jalan, the bookie who was arrested by Thane Police.
Around the same time Salman Khan, who was gearing up for the release of Race 3 appeared at the press conference but refused to take any questions from the media. But now, a month after the scandal, Salman Khan has finally opened up about his brother’s case. In a chat with Filmfare, Salman revealed what he went through at that press con when Arbaaz was summoned by the police.
Talking about the fame and how one has to constantly fight to stay at the top, Salman said,
I’ve learnt that you can’t take anything for granted. To stay on the top, you need to fight. To get past unfortunate happenings you need to fight. Also, something which is a challenge, not just for me but any other actor, is that even though you’re going through trouble, you have to be out there promoting your film, romancing your heroines. And if you’re on TV, you’ve got to be laughing and joking. People on the other side think, issko toh kuchh farak hi nahi padta (it makes no difference to him). They don’t understand it’s our job. No matter how down you are, how messed up you are, that shot has to be done right. You have to make people laugh on the show even though you could be going through so much.
He then gave an example of Arbaaz’s betting case. He said,
For example, when Arbaaz (Khan) was summoned (IPL betting case), I had to attend the Race 3 press conference. You can’t show what you’re going through. People, who’ve taken time out to watch you on TV or on social media, are there to enjoy. You can’t be depressed while promoting a film. That’s a battle that one will always have to fight. Personally, you could be down and out but you can’t ever show it. That can also go against you. Like some judge or a public prosecutor or some people will judge you saying, his verdict is coming up but he’s busy laughing and joking. But this is my job. I have to do this no matter what my parents, my family, my friends and I are going through.
On the work front, Salman Khan was last seen in Race 3. The third part in the franchise was panned by the critics and audience alike and at the box office, it fell way short of expectations. Salman Khan will start the shoot of Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bharat and Prabhudheva’s Dabangg 3