×

Salman Khan: Five Years Jail for Bollywood Star in Fatal Hit and Run

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been found guilty of all charges in the 2002 fatal hit-and-run case that killed one person and injured several others. A judge has ordered him to serve five years in jail.

The actor, who has appeared in nearly 100 Hindi-language films, was charged with culpable homicide and driving under the influence after crashing his SUV into a bakery in Mumbai.

Khan, 49, had successfully dodged charges for several years. At one point, the Bollywood star had placed the blame on his driver, although the judge refused to believe his testimony. The judge determined that the actor was solely responsible for the deadly incident.

The 49-year-old actor had recently been filming a new movie in Kashmir.

According to the BBC, he reportedly broke down inside court as the guilty verdict was announced.

Khan is certain to appeal, meaning that the story will continue to run and run. But it is not yet clear whether that will keep him free and at liberty, or whether he will begin to serve some of the sentence behind bars.

Khan was sentenced on Wednesday by a sessions court. His lawyers appealed to the Bombay High Court and Khan has been granted bail till Friday. It is an interim bail until Friday, when there will be a fresh bail hearing.

The verdict casts a shadow over Khan’s upcoming releases. His next was scheduled to be “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” a co-production between his Salman Khan Productions and Kabir Khan Productions, directed by Kabir Khan (“Ek tha Tiger”) distributed by Eros Intl. on July 17. Eros, however, updated its release schedule Wednesday and made no change to the timing of “Bajrangi Bhaijaan.” Khan has “Prem ratan dhan payo” from Rajshri Productions and Fox Star Studios India, due Nov. 13, directed by Sooraj Barjatya.

One source has said that even the appeals process will stunt Khan’s career and cost Bollywood up to 5 billion rupees ($85 million) in lost revenues over the next two years.

“This is Salman’s story. Everybody is only talking about him,” said one online commentator. “However the story of the homeless man is even sadder. Nobody remembers him.”

Bollywood celebrities have been largely supportive of Khan. One, fashion designer Farah Khan Ali, went further and appeared to blame the victim for the accident by sleeping on the footpath. “No one should be sleeping on the road or footpath. It is dangerous to do that just like it is dangerous to cross tracks,” she said on Twitter.

More Film

  • For Lineup Story

    Billie Piper's Directorial Debut, 'Rare Beasts,' to Bow in Venice Critics' Week

    “Rare Beasts,” the directorial debut of British stage and screen actress Billie Piper (“Doctor Who,” “Penny Dreadful,” “Collateral”) is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week, which has unveiled its lineup of nine first works, four of them from female filmmakers. Produced by Vaughan Sivell of Western Edge Pictures in association with [...]

  • 'Mientras dure la guerra' -Rodaje Modmedia-

    Alejandro Amenabar, Ricardo Darin, Paco Cabezas Bound for San Sebastian

    MADRID  –  Alejandro Amenábar, Ricardo Darín and Paco Cabezas, director of episodes from “Peaky Blinders” and “American Gods,” look set to join Penelope Cruz, already confirmed as a Donostia Award winner, at this year’s 67th San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival. The biggest movie event in the Spanish-speaking world, this year’s San Sebastian runs Sept.20-28. Amenábar’s [...]

  • Pinewood Studios James Bond

    Netflix's Shepperton Studios Deal Is Stretching the U.K.'s Production Limits

    Netflix’s huge new hub at Shepperton Studios outside London is a further fillip for Britain’s booming production sector. Amid jitters over Brexit and its effects on the economy, the streaming giant’s commitment is a vote of confidence in the U.K. entertainment industry and a continuing source of local jobs. But the decision by Netflix to [...]

  • Bottom of the 9th

    Film Review: ‘Bottom of the 9th’

    Nearly two decades after scoring an audience award at Sundance for “Two Family House,” a smartly understated yet deeply affecting indie about a Staten Island factory worker who deeply regrets stifling his showbiz ambitions, director Raymond De Felitta steps back up to the plate with “Bottom of the 9th,” another dramatically solid and emotionally satisfying [...]

  • Endemol Shine Builds ‘The Bridge’ in

    Endemol Shine Builds ‘The Bridge’ in Africa (EXCLUSIVE)

    DURBAN–Endemol Shine Group has sold the rights to adapt its critically acclaimed and highly popular Nordic Noir detective series “The Bridge” to Cape Town-based production company Both Worlds Pictures, Variety has learned exclusively. The series will feature an all-African cast and will be set around the Beit Bridge border crossing between South Africa and Zimbabwe. Originally known [...]

  • Durban Film Fest 2019

    Durban Fest Hails Film as ‘Conscience of Our Nation’

    DURBAN–When Ros and Teddy Sarkin raised the curtain on the first Durban Intl. Film Festival 40 years ago, the odds were long that their scrappy fest would survive its inaugural edition. The apartheid government and its draconian censorship board had a stranglehold on the films that reached South African theaters, banning the sorts of subversive [...]

  • Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell

    Film Review: 'Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell'

    “Streetwise,”  the classic and haunting 1984 documentary about homeless street kids in Seattle, is a movie that’s now 35 years old. But for anyone who has seen it, the children it’s about — drifters, hustlers, squatters, thieves, prostitutes — remain frozen in time. And none of them was ever more memorable than Tiny, the 14-year-old [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content