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The journalists are writing anything these days, there is no social responsibility, said Salman Khan in a recent press interaction organised to promote his upcoming film, <em>Kick.</em> While we appreciate Khan's insights, it's odd to hear him talk about social responsibility. After all with two criminal cases pending against him, he doesn't really come across as a contender for the Most Responsible Citizen of the Year award. Despite these scandals, Salman Khan is one of India's most adored superstars and in the eyes of his fans, the actor can do no wrong. It takes a simple Google search to find controversies surrounding Khan - from being accused of beating up his ex-girlfriends, misbehaving with the press and having links with the underworld, it's all there - Khan is the <em>bhai</em> of the downtrodden and underprivileged (much like the characters he often plays on screen). For example, when I was in a cab returning from the press conference at which Khan gave all of us in attendance a crash course in journalism, the cabbie overheard me criticizing the actor (I was talking to a friend on my phone). He turned around and told me, <em>Meri gadi mein Bhai ke bare mein bura mat boliye madam.</em> (Don't say bad things about Bhai in my car.) He told me he loves Khan because the actor is one of the few who acknowledges men like me. <em>Bhai ko bulao toh woh aise haath dekhate hai balcony se</em>, he explained. (If you call out his name, he waves at you from his balcony.) That, apparently, is all it takes.

The journalists are writing anything these days, there is no social responsibility, said Salman Khan in a recent press interaction organised to promote his upcoming film, <em>Kick.</em> While we appreciate Khan\'s insights, it\'s odd to hear him talk about social responsibility. After all with two criminal cases pending against him, he doesn\'t really come across as a contender for the Most Responsible Citizen of the Year award. Despite these scandals, Salman Khan is one of India\'s most adored superstars and in the eyes of his fans, the actor can do no wrong. It takes a simple Google search to find controversies surrounding Khan - from being accused of beating up his ex-girlfriends, misbehaving with the press and having links with the underworld, it\'s all there - Khan is the <em>bhai</em> of the downtrodden and underprivileged (much like the characters he often plays on screen). For example, when I was in a cab returning from the press conference at which Khan gave all of us in attendance a crash course in journalism, the cabbie overheard me criticizing the actor (I was talking to a friend on my phone). He turned around and told me, <em>Meri gadi mein Bhai ke bare mein bura mat boliye madam.</em> (Don\'t say bad things about Bhai in my car.) He told me he loves Khan because the actor is one of the few who acknowledges men like me. <em>Bhai ko bulao toh woh aise haath dekhate hai balcony se</em>, he explained. (If you call out his name, he waves at you from his balcony.) That, apparently, is all it takes. [caption id=attachment_1632517 align=alignleft width=380 View full gallery