Much has been said and tweeted about since the appointment of Salman Khan as the goodwill ambassador for Rio Olympics. While people from the sports fraternity have slammed it, and taken jabs at the Bollywood fraternity as whole for defending Salman's appointment! Bollywood since has come out in support of Salman and lauded this initiative.
Kirron Kher, who is juggling with the shoot for the seventh season of Indias Got Talent and her position in Parliament said, "I think that the sportsmen of this country need to have a bigger heart. I've played badminton for this country, my sister has captained the Indian team, she is an Arjuna award winner. She has won medals at the Commonwealth games for badminton. We know Milkha uncle very well even he stays in Chandigarh. I feel when we choose someone like Salman Khan, it also brings in a lot of corporates. There are several sports which are not cricket, which need money, for coaching an other things. The government can do only this much and if Salman brings in all that into it, I think it's wonderful for the sportsmen involved. However, what really hurt me was that someone recently told on a TV channel that 'film people live in an imaginary world and we sports people live in reality'. I would like to tell them that we live very much in reality. The amount of hard work that people in this line do, I doubt if many people in the country or world can. So with deep amount of respect, I would like to urge my peers, my juniors and seniors in the sports world to give some respect to someone like Salman Khan. He has been there for a long time and has lasted a long time. There must be something to the gentleman which inspires all of us."
Filmmaker Karan Johar said, "I think that consistency, sincerity, hard work and dedication are the mark of a great artist, athlete or anyone in the performing zone. Salman is a humongous achiever, and his brand can rightly be leveraged. His reach is tremendous, he is one of the biggest movie stars of our country and when he does endorse anything the impact is for everyone to see. If he has been made the goodwill ambassador then I think more power to the authority who chose him, more power to him to accept it and no power to people who actually reject this choice."
Actress Malaika Arora, who has always shared a warm relationship with Salman, too supported him on his appointment as a goodwill ambassador, she said, "He is what he is for a reason and was chosen for a reason. You have to give credit to the people who chose him purely because they know his leverage and what he brings to the stage. More power to them. Sports is something that will always be close to my heart and I want it to have all the recognition possible and I think Salman will bring all that and much more."
When asked about her opinion on the controversy surrounding Salman Khan and his appointment as the goodwill ambassador, Aishwarya Rai said, “Anybody who is doing good to represent the country and anybody who is working or seeking or standing out for whatever vocation we have in the country be it sports, arts or music, I think that’s wonderful and needs to be recognised.”
Well, it is really heartening to see Bollywood come out in support of Salman and his appointment. Let's hope that this mud-slinging match between two of our country's biggest groups gets resolved amicably!