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Salman Khan vs ‘Selmon Bhoi’: Court Blocks Video Game

Thursday, September 9, 2021

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The News Cover: Salman Khan - sign name - is a well-known talented actor. He has always been in the news for the wrong reasons. He has been caught up in many scandals such as killing a Deer in 1998, harassing his ex-girlfriend Aishwarya Rai who was also an actor, driving over homeless people sleeping on the pavement which killed one and injured many and he has also had connections with the mafia. These were the various scandals that he was in the news for and he was also jailed many times. Let me give you a brief summary of the infamous hit and run case. On the evening of 28 September 2002, Salman Khan was driving his car with a police officer named Ravindra Patil who was his bodyguard. Salman was given police protection as he was being threatened by members of the underworld. Patil would accompany Salman where ever he went. In the evening on 28 September 2002, over pavement outside a bakery in Bandra, Mumbai. people were sleeping on the pavement. Salman was driving the car and Patil was with him. Salman then drove the car over the pavement and ran over the people sleeping on it. Three people were grievously injured and 1 person died. 

The police were shocked and upon investigating found that Salman was totally drunk. Patil kept telling Salman not to drive, that it wasn't safe, and even volunteered to drive. However, Salman refused to listen and insisted on driving. Patil gave up and Salman ran over the homeless people on the pavement. The police then filed a case and the matter went to court. Patil insisted that it was Salman driving the car but Salman's own driver came forward and said that he was driving and not Salman. The police were confused over the contradictory statements of the police officer and the driver. Because of this, the case dragged on for years. Patil was pressurized and threatened by Salman's lawyers to change his statement. He also faced pressure from the police force to change his statement. Though Patil was an eyewitness to the crime, he was being pressured to lie. He is stuck to the truth. He was distressed by the threats to his life and then decided to go missing. 

When he went missing there were rumors that he had been kidnapped and assaulted. In August 2007, Patil was found on the streets near Sewri, Mumbai and he was admitted to hospital where he died in October. He died because he had been suffering from tuberculosis for two years, and his family had abandoned him. On 6 May 2015, Khan was found guilty of running over and killing 1 person. Salman's driver who came forward and confessed to driving was arrested for perjury. Salman was found guilty and sentenced to 5 years in prison. The day he was sentenced, on the same day he was given bail. Disagreeing with the court's judgment, he filed for an appeal in the matter. In December 2015, Khan was acquitted of all charges from this case due to lack of evidence. It is very heartbreaking that Salman walked away scot-free. 

The people sleeping on the pavement were innocent, the policeman spoke the truth till he died, they all lost their lives but sadly Salman walked away. Now a company called Parody Studios Pvt Ltd created a video game called ‘Selmon Bhoi’ It is about the same hit and run case. The game ‘Selmon Bhoi’ is a caricature of the real Salman Khan, who is driving a car through various stages to collect points. Salman Khan came to know about this he was furious and filed a case in a Mumbai Court as the video game did not take his consent and was maligning his image. The company intends to attract viewers by using the hit and run case as a backdrop for its game. 

The name of the App ‘Selmon Bhoi’ is similar to ‘Salman Bhai’ a name given to him by his fans. Salman said that this was done intentionally to attract viewers and it was done without his consent. This is why a complaint was filed. The court has ordered the company to remove the game from the Google Play Store and completely stop all their advertisements. The court has called the company on 20 September for an explanation about the game.

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