The Bollywood macho men have often diluted their reel life image to real life as well. Often getting involved in scuffles with media, altercation with enthusiastic public, and also courting police cases, their heroism continued outside the screenplay.
The most recent is Saif Ali Khan getting into trouble for allegedly assaulting and NRI from South Africa. The heroes and the police have come face to face. It's not just Saif, here's a list of some other film stars against whom police cases have been filed.
Saif Ali Khan is escorted by the police at a police station in Mumbai February 22, 2012. (REUTERS)
Saif Ali Khan: In 1998, Khan was charged with poaching two blackbucks in Kankani during the filming of 'Hum Saath Saath Hain' along with co-stars Salman Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam. The charges were dropped soon after Khan was acquitted. More recently Saif Ali Khan was arrested on Feb 22, 2012 for allegedly assaulting an NRI while dining with his friends. NRI Iqbal Sharma, who suffered a fractured nose, filed a police complaint and Saif was summoned by the police. Soon after surrender Saif was released on bail.
Salman Khan (C) is surrounded by police personnel on his way to the court in Jodhpur August 25, 2007. (REUTERS)
Salman Khan: On 28 September 2002, Salman Khan was arrested for rash and negligent driving. His car had run into a pavement in Mumbai; one person sleeping on the pavement died and three others were injured. Charges of culpable homicide were laid against him, but later dropped, and he was found not guilty. On 17 February 2006, Khan was sentenced to one year in prison for killing two endangered Chinkaras and two Black Bucks in Jodhpur. On 10 April 2006, he was handed a five year jail term and remanded to Jodhpur jail until 13 April when he was granted bail. In August 2011 the court directed the actor to remain present during the proceedings. In 2010 a case was filed against Salman over vulgarity of content in a reality show 'Bigg BOss' hosted by him.
Actor Sanjay Dutt (in blue) arrives at a special court in Mumbai October 22, 2007. (REUTERS)
Sanjay Dutt: This Actor was first arrested with 357 grams of cocaine in February 1982 and was sentenced to 17 months imprisonment. He was released after only 5 months in prison and ordered to serve the rest of his sentence on police bail. On 19 April 1993, Sanjay was arrested under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA) and for illegal possession of weapons. He spent 16 months in jail until he was granted bail in Oct 1995 by the Supreme Court of India. His hide and seek with prison continued till 2006 when the case opened for sentencing for all accused. The period of 2006-2008 saw Dutt spend a total of 7 months in different jail. In 2006 Dutt was finally acquitted of any TADA related offenses but was charged under the illegal possession of arms act. He was granted bail in the arms case in November 2007; his appeal for an acquittal on the case is still pending.
Court adjourned a rash and negligent driving case involving actor John Abraham to March 9. (REUTERS)
John Abraham: A case against John Abraham dates back to 2006 when the actor was found guilty for rash driving after he injured two pedestrians while riding his motorcycle. In October 2010, the Bandra (in Mumbai) metropolitan magistrate court sentenced John Abraham to 15-day simple imprisonment. He was later out on bail. In August 2011, John filed an application in the session’s court against the conviction. In the latest a Mumbai Sessions Court adjourned John's case to March 9, 2012.
Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja (C) as he leaves the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai October 3, 2009. (REUTERS)
Shiney Ahuja: Shiney Ahuja's maid accused him of rape. He was arrested in June 2009 when the maid lodged a complaint against him. The actor spent over three-and-a-half months in jail. The trial court sentenced Shiney to seven years' rigorous imprisonment in 2011, relying on circumstantial evidence, though the complainant had turned hostile and changed her statement during the trial. He is now out on bail and cannot leave the country without the court's permission.
Fardeen Khan was arrested in 2001 for buying cocaine from a drug dealer in Mumbai.
Fardeen Khan: Actor Fardeen Khan in 2001 was remanded to Narcotics Control Bureau custody for being accused of carrying illegal amounts of cocaine. Khan then claimed he had attempted to buy only one gram of cocaine. In 2011 he heaved a sigh of relief as the court decided to try him for only attempting to buy cocaine, dropping the graver charge of possessing over two grams of the drug that carried a maximum punishment of 10 years in jail.