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Salim Khan defends son Salman, says ‘Bollywood helped Milkha from fading away’

India TV Entertainment Desk 25 Apr 2016, 19:18:40 IST
India TV Entertainment Desk

Mumbai: Scriptwriter Salim Khan came in defense of his actor-son Salman Khan’s appointment as goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent at Rio Olympics 2016.

Salman’s appointment sparked off a new controversy and was criticised by some noted sports personalities of the country.

Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and sprint legend Milkha Singh had raised eyebrows over India Olympic Association’s (IOA) decision to go with the 50-year-old Bollywood superstar over a sportsperson.

Salim Khan took it to Twitter to give a befitting reply to all the criticism saying, “Salman Khan may not have competed but is an A level swimmer cyclist and weight lifter.. Sportsmen are performing because of sports lovers like us”.  

Salman khan may not have competed but is an A level swimmer cyclist and weight lifter

— Salim Khan (@luvsalimkhan) April 25, 2016

He also took a dig at Milkha Singh and stated that it was the Bollywood that saved him from fading away.

Milkhaji it is not Bollywood it is the Indian Film Industry and that too the largest in the world.

— Salim Khan (@luvsalimkhan) April 25, 2016

Milkha, whose life was turned into a blockbuster film “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, had said that sports personalities like PT Usha should have been considered by IOA instead of importing “a person from Bollywood.”

The same industry which resurrected you from fading away in oblivion

— Salim Khan (@luvsalimkhan) April 25, 2016

Reacting to this Salim said, “Milkhaji it is not Bollywood, it is the Indian Film Industry and that too the largest in the worl. “The same industry which resurrected you from fading away in oblivion.”