Bollywood actor Salman Khan questions the photographers. He recently faced a paprazzi boycott and he says all those photographers can only 'refuse' to click his pictures and cannot 'ban' him as there is no such provison in the law. Salman also questioned if the boycott issue will affect his stardom.
"You (photographers) can say 'I don't want to click Salman's pictures', but can't say ban me as there is no provision in the law to ban anyone," Salman Khan said.
"Out of choice if I pass by (somewhere), then I want to see the whole fraternity (press photographers) to stand together. No one should take pics of mine. My cycling pictures or my pictures with my girlfriends...you will not get any pictures...So do you think this will affect my stardom," he questioned.
This issue just snowballed at the actor when his bodyguards mishandled the media persons and they were miffed by the actors reaction to the whole issue when he said, whoever wanted to stay could stay and others could leave.
"They have all the right to take a stand and to not take my pictures and I am so happy, but it is also a sad story as every coin has two sides. They had banned me long time ago. I was very happy. I was so peaceful. Every 10 years, there are 10 or 12 (such) people who come...it does not work like that," he added.
Salman Khan defending his security personnels said, "The problem is not us (stars). We come and stand there, you (media) have got equipment. When you can shot from 50 ft, you have got long lenses, you don't need to come close. They come between the bodyguards and us, so the bodyguard's job is to stop these people coming to us...like they (photographers) are getting paid for the pictures, bodyguards get paid for this (protecting us)."
He has gone to the level of contemplating to have a personal photographer now who will take pictures of the actor and release it to the press.
"They (some photographers) used to tell me, 'Please let us click a picture, we get Rs.150 per picture'. So, I used to make it a point to come and stand and get clicked. Just to stand for five minutes if they are earning their bread and butter, then what's the harm? I don't mind that, but later it felt they are doing a favour on me.
now I can come in front of you and do the towel dance and you can't click those pictures. Now what will happen...there are photographers who will take my pictures, they will travel with me and release those pictures for my fans," he said.