Actor Salman Khan is in trouble for meeting a disabled fan and then using it as a ‘publicity stunt’.
The Bombay High Court on Saturday issued a notice to the actor on Phoolbanoo Bakshi Ilahi’s petition seeking damages of Rs 25 lakh after her photograph with the actor appeared in a Mumbai tabloid for his film’s Veer’s publicity. Notices have also been issued to Vijay Galani, Veer’s producer and director, and to the tabloid.
Ilahi said in April 2009, she and her family had visited Salman’s home in Bandra, where the actor also posed with her for a photograph. She said that she was shocked to see that photograph alongside a story titled, ‘Dildar Salman Khan’, in the tabloid. Khan even stated in the story that he had helped Ilahi by giving her Rs1 lakh. “Not a single penny was given to her,” said Ilahi’s cousel.