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
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.