Defending Salman, Shahrukh said, "I wouldn't take a moral high ground on it." Shahrukh's statement shocked and surprised many as the duo were known as rivals ever since their differences from 2008.
Continuing his statement, Shahrukh also said, "I have performed earlier, not knowing the situation in the area... I have seen on news what's happening and I can understand the media's point of view but it's unfair to nitpick on Bollywood for everything. We are performers and that's our job."
Shahrukh broke his silence over Saifai controversy just hours after Salman Khan's official statement in which he defended himself and his colleagues who performed at the Saifai Mahotsab on Wednesday, Jan 8.
I wouldn't take a moral high ground on it: Shahrukh Khan on Saifai row
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav arranged the mahotsab at Saifai, the ancestral village of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. All party leaders and ministers were present at the function and at least Rs 20 crore.
The star-studded event was attended by Samajwadi Party leaders, select bureaucrats and residents of Mulayam Singh Yadav's hometown.
Apart from many B-class Bollywood stars, there were superstars like Salman Khan and Madhuri Dikshit among the performers. Over 2000 policemen were deployed at the venue which had seating arrangements for 25000 people. Special chartered planes were arranged to bring Bollywood stars from Mumbai to Lucknow.
The event irked everyone as the state government asked Muzaffarnagar riot victims to evacuate relief camps in the state. According to state government, they have been running out of fund. At least 35 people including many children died due to coldwave in Uttar Pradesh. On the contrary the same government spent Rs 20 crore for their entertainment.
People of the country criticised the politicians along with Bollywood celebrities who performed at the event. Madhuri Dixit, Deepika Padukone, Salman Khan were among them. One group of people also asked others to boycott Salman Khan's upcoming movie "Jai Ho".
What Salman said in self-defence:
Whenever I visit a place for a performance or a promotion, I see it as an opportunity to help the locals in the areas of healthcare or education.
In Nagpur, on Sunday, Being Human pledged to fund 100 paediatric cardiac cases in Maharashtra State. And in Etawah, Being Human, on behalf of all artists who performed yesterday, has committed to fund 200 paediatric heart surgeries in UP (there is already a wait list of 81 children we have received who are being moved to Fortis Hospital Gurgaon and their surgeries will get done by month end and Being Human is in touch with local NGOs and hospitals for their lists also).
We have also contributed Rs 25 lakh to the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College & Hospital for the purchase of an Echo Machine, Pediatric & neo natal ventilator and a portable X-ray machine for their paediatric cardiac ICU.