| Father Salim hugs Salman as he leaves home. (AFP)
Aug. 25: Father Salim Khan has succeeded where the mother he created couldn’t.
The Bollywood scriptwriter last night persuaded his actor son Salman to fly to Jodhpur and give himself up before the law today.
“Go and face your fate like a man,” he is believed to have said. “You are a celebrity and avoiding the law will give you a bad image.”
The surrender didn’t go to script: Salman — running from the law since yesterday when a Jodhpur court upheld his five-year term for killing a chinkara — was arrested at Jodhpur airport and put in jail.
But the script had still outdone one that Salim had written in the ’70s. In Deewar, mother Nirupa Roy tries in vain to get Amitabh Bachchan, playing a smuggler, to surrender to the police.
Yesterday, Salim overruled Salman’s lawyers who were devising ways to delay the jail trip.
This morning, dressed in pristine white, Salman seemed to borrow his father’s words. “I am a law-abiding citizen and therefore I am going to surrender,” he told journalists outside his Bandra home.
Standing behind him was the 72-year-old patriarch, flanked by his other two sons, Arbaaz and Sohail.
As Salman left for the airport with younger brother Sohail, girlfriend Katrina Kaif and director David Dhawan, Arbaaz and Salim stepped back indoors to tend to Salman’s heartbroken mother Salma. The last time the actor had gone to jail — in April after his conviction — she had to be taken to hospital.
At Jodhpur airport, Salman’s lawyers argued with the police saying he wanted to surrender, but the officers waved a court warrant and hauled the actor into a Gypsy.
When Sohail broke down at the sight, “Sallu” tried to cheer him up, a family friend accompanying them said. “He told Sohail, ‘You go back to the hotel; I’ll go to my five-star hotel, don’t worry’.”
Salman was produced before a magistrate, who rejected an oral appeal for bail.
Fans shouted their support as the actor walked into the jailhouse but Salman, whose eyes had turned misty, ignored them.
His lawyers filed a revision plea challenging the jail term before the Jodhpur bench of Rajasthan High Court. A hearing is expected on Monday, when a bail petition will be filed.