Bollywood actor Salman Khan is facing severe criticism after reportedly saying he felt “like a raped woman” after filming scenes for his upcoming film Sultan. Khan has received a notice from the National Commission of Women asking for an explanation and an apology, besides being criticised on social media. Bharatiya Janata Party member Shaina NC has also fustigated his remark. Kavitha Krishnan, secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association, told ANI, “Salman Khan’s comment trivialises rape, but it’s not just Salman, rape analogies are common in society and films.”

In an interview last week, when asked how it was shooting for the film, The Times of India quoted him as saying, “While shooting, during those six hours, there'd be so much of lifting and thrusting on the ground involved. That was tough for me because if I was lifting, I'd have to lift the same 120-kilo guy 10 times for 10 different angles. And likewise, get thrown that many times on the ground. This act is not repeated that many times in the real fights in the ring. When I used to walk out of the ring, after the shoot, I used to feel like a raped woman. I couldn't walk straight. I would eat and then, head right back to training. That couldn't stop.”

On Tuesday, Khan's father Salim Khan apologised for the remarks his son made and said, "Undoubtedly what Salman said is wrong, the simili, example and the context. The intention was not wrong."