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Salman Khan seals his lips to avoid getting into controversy

The superstar, at a press conference at IIFA, said anything he said could become a controversy and so it was better to shut up.

Mayur Lookhar

He escaped to Madrid for an awards do, but, perhaps, what Salman Khan did not envisage was that a posse of desi reporters had already landed in the Spanish capital to grill the Dabangg star on arrival.

The actor made headlines for his insensitive remark on rape victims while explaining his exhaustion after shooting action scenes in his upcoming film Sultan.

While he didn't oblige the media, Khan took his banter on stage. At a promotional event before the awards night, Khan was asked to comment on his association with the IIFA awards. Cheekily, he responded in monosyllables.

"It's been a long evening, so, I will make it very short. I'll have to. Nowadays, the shorter I keep, the better it is," said Khan, taking a dig at himself. Watch the video below..

Khan comparing his pain to that of a raped woman has caused outrage across the country, with traditional and social media demanding an apology. While the Hindi film industry has largely kept mum, there have been a few exceptions like Kangana Rananut, Sonali Bendre, Sona Mohapatra, Renuka Shahane and Anurag Kashyap who have criticised the actor for his irresponsible statement.

The awards do in Madrid will provide Khan a bit of breathing space for a few days, but unless he apologises, this controversy will not die soon. Khan has been summoned by the Maharashtra State Commission For Women on 29 June to explain his remark.