Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was sent to jail Thursday after being found guilty of poaching rare blackbuck antelopes. The case had been in and out of court for nearly 20 years before a court in the Indian city of Jodhpur sentenced him to five years in prison.The court also fined Khan INR10,000 ($154) for hunting and killing two blackbucks in 1998. Khan can appeal for bail to a higher court.The incident occurred while Khan was shooting the film “Hum Saath...
Salman Khan is one of the unrelated Khan triumvirate comprising Aamir and Shah Rukh that has been ruling the Bollywood box office for decades. Of the top ten grossing films of all time, Salman has three, as does Shah Rukh, while Aamir has four. Unlike his contemporary Khans whose fan bases are staid by comparison, every Salman release generates mass hysteria across India, a frenzy surpassed only by the fans of South Indian superstar Rajinikanth.
Salman’s latest releases are “Tiger Zinda Hai”, the sequel to 2012 hit “Ek Tha Tiger” and “Tubelight,” a box-office debacle that was one of the first Indo-Chinese co-productions under the treaty signed by the two countries in 2014. He also signed a worldwide streaming deal with Amazon Prime for rights to his catalog and upcomigng titles.
Via his Salman Khan Films production outfit Salman has joined hands with fellow Indian powerhouse Karan Johar to produce a period war epic starring Akshay Kumar that went into production in 2017 and will release in 2018.
Since 2010, Salman has been the popular host of “Bigg Boss,” the Indian version of Endemol’s “Big Brother” format.
On a personal front, Salman was exonerated in 2015 on charges of culpable homicide in a 2002 hit and run case but in 2016, the case was admitted in India’s Supreme Court. Also in 2016, a 2006 case where Salman was accused of poaching an endangered species was admitted to the Supreme Court. Salman’s charitable trust Being Human focuses on education and healthcare for the underprivileged.