By Staff writer
Actor to appear at Arab Indo Bollywood Awards at Meydan racecourse, organisers announce
Bollywood star Salman Khan is to perform at the Arab Indo Bollywood Awards (AIBA) on May 29 at Dubai’s Meydan racecourse, the organisiers have announced.
Khan will appear just weeks after being convicted of killing a homeless man in Mumbai while driving under the influence of alcohol. Khan was jailed for five years but is currently on bail, pending an appeal.
In a statement sent to Arabian Business, the organisers said: “Tickets sales have begun with great response from fans waiting to see Salman Khan and other stars.” Media are being invited to send a maximum of three questions each for Khan to answer on stage.
The event is being organised by Benchmark in association with Al Bustan Group. The statement said the event will be “first of its kind that will see over 150 Bollywood stars in Dubai.”
Twenty awards are being made, chosen by a jury comprising of Tigmanshu Dhulia, Goldie Behal, Javed Jaffery, Arbaaz Khan, Sreedhar Raghavan, Komal Nahata and Shyam Shroff.
Khan, 49, was convicted by a criminal court in Mumbai of culpable homicide on charges he lost control of his car when driving under the influence of alcohol in 2002 and rammed into a group of people sleeping on a pavement. He had always claimed he was not at the wheel at the time of the accident.
Following his release on bail, it was reported that Khan would be made to surrender his passport. At the time of publishing, the organisers did not respond to queries from Arabian Business.
Anyone attending this event is guilty of supporting a killer. Shame on you. The right thing to do is not to go.
I was planning to attend the event, but with this bit of news, sorry ... we opt to boycott.
Everyone should Boycott the Show
No matter what we love him. He is not a killer. He is a man with Gold heart...
This clearly reveals Dubai has no class, no morals and no integrity......disgusting.
Was he convicted of Murder or Manslaughter?
Salman Khan is a great philanthropist. We support him and welcome his show in Dubai. We are a team of 18 people and we will be going for the show.
Arabian Business has stooped too low in selecting the headline for this news item. One fails to understand whether any of your reporters have any particular enmity with Salman Khan. The blog published in your paper the other day on Salman Khan's court verdict tasted so bitter that it crossed journalistic limits.
To put records straight, Salman did not kill anyone by intent. How many accidents happen in UAE? Are all the drivers called killers.
Please donate your ticket money to earthquake victims or someone who needs like the victims family. Protest the show ...
Being Human is important.