Bollywood Star Salman Khan, Out on Bail, Set to Appear at Dubai Awards Show (Report)
The actor, convicted in a hit-and-run case, has applied for court permission to travel to the Arab Indo Bollywood Awards ceremony.
Convicted Bollywood star Salman Khan is reportedly scheduled to appear at a Dubai awards show, according to organizers, although the actor still needs court permission to travel.
One of India's most bankable stars, Khan, 49, was convicted and sentenced to five years in a 2002 hit-and-run case, in which the actor – driving under the influence – ran over and killed a homeless man and injured four others in Mumbai.
The Mumbai sessions court found him guilty of "culpable homicide not amounting to murder." Following his May 6 conviction, Khan was immediately given bail by the high court, with instructions to deposit his passport with authorities and seek permission for overseas travel. Khan's case is set for another hearing in July.
Organizers of the Arab Indo Bollywood Awards in Dubai said on the event's website that the actor was scheduled to make an appearance during the award ceremony's finale.
“We already got the confirmation from his office last week,” a spokesman for organizer Al Bustan Group was quoted as saying by Abu Dhabi's The National newspaper. “We approached him long before his conviction, about two months ago, and he gave his approval at the same time. We are glad that despite challenges, he is fulfilling his commitment.... We are currently finalizing the logistics.”
“We are positive he will get the permission by Monday, May 25, from the court and he will reach Dubai on the due date,” the newspaper quoted Khan's manager Reshma Shetty as saying. According to the Press Trust of India news agency, Khan's lawyers on Wednesday filed a court application seeking permission to travel.
Meanwhile, Khan has resumed work, returning to the locations of his ongoing production Bajrangi Bhaijaan in Kashmir. Khan stars in the film with actress Kareena Kapoor and wrapped shooting in the picturesque state. Khan also attended a press conference in the state's capital of Srinagar early this week. After returning home to Mumbai, Khan clarified on his Twitter account that the press conference was “not to promote Bajrangi Bhaijaan but to rightfully promote Kashmir tourism.” Khan also posted photos of himself at various locations in the state.
Once a popular film shooting destination, Kashmir has been battling an insurgency for decades, leading to a decline in tourism and film production. But in recent years, film production has slowly resumed, with Khan's project among the most high-profile.