Aishwarya Rai Bachchan backs ex-boyfriend Salman Khan over Rio controversy

first_imgBollywood actor Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan on Tuesday expressed her opinion on the raging controversy over Salman Khan being nominated goodwill ambassador of the Indian Olympic contingent, and most of the media construed her statement as a mark of support for her exboyfriend.”I have to say that anyone who is doing good to represent the country or working or speaking or standing for the betterment of art, music or sports, is wonderful and the person needs to be recognised,” said Aishwarya, maintaining a characteristic diplomatic tone.Although she never directly mentioned Salman’s name in the comment, or if she felt that Salman fitted such a description, the media was quick to interpret her statement as her support for Salman in the issue.Bollywood superstar Salman has been in the eye of the storm ever since he was appointed goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for the upcoming Rio Olympics. Several sporting icons including legendary athlete Milkha Singh and Olympic bronze medallist wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, besides politicians, objected to the idea that Olympics needed a Bollywood actor’s endorsement. Many in the film industry, though, have supported Salman.Meanwhile, at the same event, questions were also raised over Aishwarya’s name appearing in the Panama papers. She replied saying all essential information was being submitted to the government.”A statement has been issued and that stands true. A statement has already been given individually as well as by the members of the family. A statement has already been given to the media. And rest, all the queries that need to be answered to the government of India is being done,” said Aishwarya.advertisementWhile most among the Bollywood lot have been blindly supporting Salman Khan as the Indian contingent’s Goodwill ambassador at the Olympics, a witty repartee has quite surprisingly come from the superstar’s rumoured ex-girlfriend Katrina Kaif. “Salman ko leke controversy hai… woh naya cheez hai kya (a controversy pertaining to Salman… is that something new)?!” she said.last_img read more