Throwback Tuesday: When Salman Khan backed Alia Bhatt for her comments on 2016 Saifai Mahaotsav controversy

A bevy of Bollywood celebrities had faced heat on social media for performing at Uttar Pradesh's annual Saifai Mahaotsav in 2016. Read on to know what Alia Bhatt had to say on the controversy.
Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt.Throwback Tuesday: When Salman Khan backed Alia Bhatt for her comments on 2016 Saifai Mahaotsav controversy.
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Back in 2016, quite a few Bollywood stars had come under fire for participating in the star-studded Saifai Mahaotsav. If you're wondering what we are talking about, let us take you back in time when actors like Salman Khan, Ranveer Singh, Sonam Kapoor and Alia Bhatt among many others faced heat on social media for performing at Uttar Pradesh's annual Saifai Mahaotsav. For the unversed, this star-studded controversial event was organised in Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's native village Saifai. 

While it was held like every year, in 2016 a bevy of Bollywood celebrities were invited to perform for the event. However, it drew sharp criticism as many argued that the extravagant amount of money could have been spent  for the betterment of Muzaffarnagar riot victims. While B-Town celebs performed and returned back to base, they also steered clear of the issue. However, Alia Bhatt was one such celebrity who commented and admitted that she should have been more aware of the political scenario before saying yes to perform at the Saifai Mahaotsav. 

Celebs were trolled on social media for their participation and reacting to the same, Alia had told IBN, "I don't want to stretch this topic too much because I feel, it is kind of over. And now that you have brought it up I would just say that none of the actors tried to hurt anybody. We are not sadistic who went to Saifai, and felt happy about those who were suffering! But yes, I do feel bad for not being aware. I was aware of the riots that happened last year, but I didn't know about the the circumstances in which the event took place and that's something I feel bad about. I genuinely feel I should be more aware of such happenings."

When asked if the controversy was blown out of proportion, the actress added, "Actually, yes. I don't think it was required, but I don't think it was wrong either. I just think that it isn't fair to call us inhuman." However, Alia's response got a surprising reaction from dad Mahesh Bhatt who apologised and said that he had failed as a father. And that wasn't all.

Salman Khan came to Alia's rescue and backed her after Mahesh Bhatt's apology. He tweeted, "Bhatt saab, no need for apology, Alia's upbringing is great. I was proud to share the stage with her. She earns her living with hardwork and dignity."

Apart from Alia and Salman, the event also saw Madhuri Dixit, Sonam Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Kareena and Saif, Ayushmann Khurrana, Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh among others perform for the event. Well, since then we haven't seen much of Bollywood and politics mixing it up. 

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Anonymous 1 month ago

Ban and boycott fake druggist Bollywood they are devils

Anonymous 1 month ago

Shut up Salman, you are such a loser

Anonymous 1 month ago

Alia has always been humane, Intelligent, sensible, in addition to beautiful and talented and always had the wherewithal to apologize whenever she did something unknowingly that could be misconstrued, that’s why I’ve always loved her, she touches my heart, even if PV does not post my comments.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Beautiful lmao

Anonymous 1 month ago

Termites supporting each other, nothing new.

Anonymous 1 month ago

At that time Reshma shetty was managing both Salman and Alia Bhatt. He had to.

Anonymous 1 month ago

So??

Anonymous 1 month ago

I hope Salman & Alia soon work together on the same film of SLB titled Inshallah.

Anonymous 1 month ago

eww, he's old enough to be her grandpa! backward people.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Can't stopped movie restart again?

Anonymous 1 month ago

That movie was stopped

Anonymous 1 month ago

It’s all about the money for them and drugs that’s it

Anonymous 1 month ago

I think that you can't speak and see good about them I even think that you can't speak good about others also around you