Several Bollywood celebrities have extended their support to actor Saif Ali Khan, who was recently arrested for assaulting an NRI businessman Iqbal Sharma and later released on bail. On Twitter, stars like Amrita Arora, Farah Ali Khan, Kunal Kohli, Shobhaa De and a few others sympathised with the actor.
Amrita Arora, who was present at the location of the tiff, said, “It"s sad that celebs become victims of other people wanting their 15 minutes of fame. Just for the record, if the people concerned were assaulted so badly, how come they were fit enough to be on TV giving interviews all day?"
On Twitter, jewellery designer Farah Ali Khan also defended Saif Ali Khan. Farah quipped, “There is something amiss in this incident and I"m sure the facts will come out soon. It"s very unlike Saif to hit an elderly man or provoke a fight."
Filmmaker Kunal Kohli, who has earlier worked with Saif Ali Khan in Hum Tum, tweeted, “Saif explained the whole incident on TV just now. It"s unfair to tilt opinions against anyone just because he"s a star." He added, “Without knowing Saif"s side of what happened how can anyone just believe what this guys saying is true."
Singer-composer Vishal Dadlani tweeted, “Let me put it this way. IF Saif was provoked or hit first, I think he did what many of us would do. By 'us", I mean myself and you guys." He added, “Unlikely that Saif hit that guy without extreme provocation. At times hecklers get so obnoxious/personal/ aggressive, that one has to react."
Director Anubhav Sinha wrote, “TV Celebrating Saif"s Pdmashree tonight more than ever before. Makes for good sensation. Anyone interested in what actually happened?" He added, “Have personally seen stars take a lot of shit because they MUST behave responsibly. I am sure this coin has two sides too. I mustn"t take sides if I don"t know the whole story. NOR SHOULD YOU."
Meanwhile, writer Shobhaa De cracked a joke about the South African NRI businessman Iqbal Sharma"s broken nose. “Some guys refuse to play it 'saif"! What to do? Agent Iqbal may help Agent Vinod break records, not noses."