×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • On Death Row TV Show

    Miguel Angel Silvestre Talks ‘On Death Row,’ Injustice, Playing Pablo Ibar

    CANNES  —  Movistar Plus has screened at Cannes Mipcom trade fair “On Death Row,” produced Bambú Producciones and Studiocanal which also handled international distribution. The four-part mini series follows Pablo Ibar, a Cuban-Spanish convicted of triple homicide, and his battle to receive a fair trial and prove his innocence. Miguel Angel Silvestre (“Sense8,” “Narcos”) who [...]

  • Festival Lumière 2019 - 2019-10-13 -

    Frances McDormand on the Legacy of ‘Fargo,’ the Power of Cinema

    LYON, France   — Multi-award-winning actress Frances McDormand captivated a packed theater during her master class at the Lumière Festival in Lyon, France, on Monday, serving up anecdotes of her long film career and touching on such topics as becoming the protagonist in her works, life with the Coens and the need for gender equality. [...]

  • Snack'n Screen

    Argentine Projects by Underground, Kapow, The Mediapro Studio, Pitched At Mipcom

    Underground Producciones’ “Qué pasó con Bonorino?,” Kapow’s “Mundiales” and The Mediapro Studio’s “@Mamita” figure among 11 TV series projects pitched today at the fourth edition of Mipcom’s Snack’n Screen Argentina showcase. Comedy and thrillers stand out as the dominant genres of this year’s selection, which also takes in animation production (Manuel Alejandro Vivas’ “Sombras en [...]

  • London Film Festival Posts 6% Rise

    London Film Festival Posts 6% Rise in Attendance for 2019 Edition

    The BFI London Film Festival reported a 6% rise in attendance for its 2019 edition, which wrapped on Sunday with the international premiere of Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.” “The Irishman” gala premiere, which was attended by Scorsese and cast members Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel, was streamed via satellite from the Odeon [...]

  • APPLES

    Alpha Violet Takes World Rights for Christos Nikou’s ‘Apples’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    Paris-based sales agent Alpha Violet has acquired world rights for “Apples,” the feature directorial debut of Greek filmmaker Christos Nikou. The company and the director will present a teaser of the offbeat dramedy this week at the Mercato Internazionale Audiovisivo (MIA) in Rome. “Apples” is the story of Aris, a solitary man in his late [...]

  • Advanced Imaging Society Honors 10 Women

    AIS Honors 10 Women in Tech

    Celebrating 10 years of achievement in entertainment technology, the Advanced Imaging Society today named 10 female industry innovators who will receive the organization’s 2019 Distinguished Leadership Awards at the its 10th annual Entertainment Technology Awards ceremony on October 28 in Beverly Hills. The individuals were selected by an awards committee for being significant “entertainment industry [...]

  • Nicolas Cage Hainan International Film Festival

    China's Hainan Film Festival Launches Golden Coconut Competition

    The deep-pocketed, government-run Hainan Island International Film Festival has launched a new competition section for its second iteration, set to take place from December 1-8. This year, ten ‘Golden Coconut Awards’ will be given out across three categories of films: feature-length, feature documentaries, and fictional shorts. Prizes will be presented for best picture, best director, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content