September 28, Salman was involved in an accident in
which he under the influence of alcohol killed a man
and injured four. But what is most interesting is that
he is the only such offender in custody, charged for
culpable homicide not amounting to murder, for which
he could serve up to ten years imprisonment. On 25th
Oct, Salman gets bail after 18 days in custody. When
there are speculations amongst the general public as
to whether Salman is paying a heavier price for being
a celebrity, Salman shows no sign of frustration or
anger and infact believes that what happened, happened
for the best.
Excerpts from an interview with Sanyukta.
What exactly happened on the 28th Sept, the fateful
Well I had gone to the Rain bar where I had a few Bacardis
and was on my way home late night when the Toyota Landcruiser
suddenly swerved into the American Express laundry on
Hill Road. Believe me it was so sudden that noone could
have anticipated that something like this will happen.
The next thing that I saw was that a man was dead and
a few others were injured. For a few seconds I was completely
numb but then I gathered myself together and got down
to see what had actually happened. I wanted to take
the injured to the hospital but soon there was a crowd
and they stared to attack me and started throwing stones
at me. I was hurt at several places all over my body.
In the melee, somebody even snatched my wristwatch and
my wallet. A few of the people around saved me and told
me to get out of there.
was at the wheel?
As I have said earlier that my driver Ashok Singh was
driving and I was sitting behind.
But Kamal Khan, who was with you, has told the police
that you were at the wheel. And there are many eyewitnesses
who would vouch for that.
That is not true. I was not driving, Ashok was. I don't
know what Kamal said and I don't believe that. Ashok
was at the wheel and he was not driving very fast as
some newspapers have reported. Its hard to say what
exactly happened that night, probably the brakes failed
but whatever happened I am sorry for that. That night
I cried a lot because I couldn't do anything for the
If you felt so bad then why
didn't you do anything for the victims like visit them
or give them financial support.
As I said I wanted very much to help the injured but
my lawyers advised me against it because that would
have been misconstrued as influencing witnesses.
But then why did you run away
instead of going to the police station?
I want to make it clear that I handed myself over to
the cops. The cops did not arrest me as has been reported
but I surrendered myself. In fact, between September
28 and October 7, when I was re-arrested, my lawyers
advised me to apply for anticipatory bail. I said 'no'
to them. I said let the cops do what they want. I cooperated
fully. If I wanted, I could have saved myself all the
bother by making phone calls to a couple of really influential
persons. I cannot name them, but they are really powerful
people. But I did no such thing.
Did all this happen because you were depressed about
the interview that Aishwarya gave to Bombay Times in
which she talked of the end of her relationship with
No, that interview didn't affect me. Our relationship
was over a year-and-a-half back. So there was no question
of any interview by her affecting me now. So just stop
linking this issue with her.
What was your jail experience
Well this was not the first time I was in jail. I have
been to jail before but yes I was definitely strong.
I was given a separate jail which was about 8 ft by
6 ft. I was given a separate blanket. All the inmates
were living like that. In police custody, I had to share
the toilet with a large number of people. I shared my
home food with other inmates. I also made friends with
them and infact took it in my stride. I think what happened,
happened for the best because in jail I really got time
to think about my life and I think I need to get it
in track. I read the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. I
have no complaints
Finally do you think your celebrity status has been
Yes, you pay the price for being a celebrity. Salman
Khan is the greatest actor in Bollywood. But as I said
I have no complaints. Maybe I needed this. It has taught
me many lessons in life