'... those who order it (war) should be put at the front, and be given guns and told to fight. It will be over in a day,' said Salman. Photograph: (ANI)
By Ishi Agarwal
Hindi film superstar Salman Khan batted today for peace over war-mongering at a press conference to promote his upcoming film 'Tubelight'.
"I think those who order it (war) should be put at the front, and be given guns and told to fight. It will be over in a day. Their legs will start trembling, their hands will start shaking and they will be back to the discussion table," Salman Khan said, interrupting his brother, Sohail Khan, who was trying to explain the impetus behind the film.
In the film, Salman plays a character whose brother goes missing in the Indo-China war of 1962.
Salman's "peace talk" however has not gone down well with politicians.
The way he has said this is really objectionable. Who doesn't want peace? Why does he always cross his boundaries?' said Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant
"The way he has said this is really objectionable. Who doesn't want peace? Why does he always cross his boundaries?" said Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant.
The Sena added that Salman had "crossed his boundaries".
An NCP spokesperson meanwhile called Salman's appeal for peace a publicity stunt.
Salman's father Salim Khan however was on hand to back up his son. "This is what every great person in history has said .. war is not a sensible thing," he said.
Sohail, who plays the soldier in the film who goes missing, said nobody seems to support war... but they still keep happening.
"You can ask anybody, but they will not say that war is good. They will say that war is bad... Whatever discussions, conflicts, they are solved across the table. It's a negative emotion... Nobody supports it but it happens. Nobody knows why, " Sohail said.
Directed by Kabir Khan of "New York" fame, 'Tubelight' is officially adapted from the 2015 war drama "Little Boy" which revolved around the Indo-China war of 1962.
This is not the first time Salman has spoken out against war.
Salman had also objected to Bollywood's recent boycott of Pakistani artists, saying "terrorists and artists are not the same".
The Shiv Sena and the NCP were quick to take umbrage at Salman's words