Salman shared a video and also wrote a long note explaining in detail about how he got harrowed at the Bengaluru airport by the immigration officer. Salman shared that he was supposed to fly out to Dubai and the immigration officer started speaking to him in Kannada. When the choreographer politely said that he is not fluent with the language, the officer showed him his passport and called him out saying that despite being born in the city, how does he not know the language.
In a detailed caption, Salman mentioned what happened next:
I replied .. that being born in bangalore doesn’t mean I’m born with the language … I could be born in Bangalore and travelled the world like I have been always a Saudi child bought up in Saudi .. (ps: I have never had Kannada as a language as I never lived in the country during my schooling .. whatever little that I know is through my friends) to which he goes to the extent of saying that .. if u can’t speak Kannada I can suspect you … I told him that I know my nations official language Hindi and my mother tongue is Hindi why should I know Kannada .. asked him again suspect me for what ..?and he says . I can just suspect you for anything …I told him … TRY ME .And got a little louder and repeated TRY ME .. thrice …To which he kept quiet ..I told him that if uneducated people like you continue to live in this country this country will never grow … To which he just kept his head down and murmuring … Trying to report this incident to the airport authorities but no one seems to be guiding me .. well this is wht I get to represent my city and win national accolades.. that I have to prove myself to these uneducated Brutes .. @blrairport Ps: I am a proud bangalorean but what I’ve faced today is unacceptable … you should always encourage people to learn any local language not demean them for not knowing it .. and pulling your parents name into it.”
Here is the full note and the video:
Gauahar Khan replied to the post, “Disgusting ! U should ve started singing the national anthem in Sanskrit n asked him , do u know full sanskrit ???? Damn uneducated idiots . But this is what’s happening in our country encouraged by hate spreading, polarising politicians. #shame.”
Salman has done several dance reality shows on TV like Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Dance India Dance, and many more. He has also done films like ABCD, Street Dancer, Lakshmi, and others.