Bailed star Salman performs in UAE

Salman Khan
Salman Khan

Salman Khan gives a speech during the Arab Indo Bollywood Awards ceremony early on Saturday in Dubai.

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, on bail over a deadly hit-and-run 13 years ago, performed in Dubai on his first overseas public appearance since his conviction earlier this month. The actor joked about his suspended five-year jail sentence.

Arriving at the first season of the Arab-Indo Bollywood Awards ceremony held in the Emirati city late on Friday, Khan was met by loud cheers from a massive audience that included Indian and Arab celebrities.

The controversial actor was found guilty earlier this month of killing a homeless man with his SUV after a night out drinking in an upmarket bar in Mumbai in 2002.

He arrived nearly five hours later than scheduled Friday to an almost full theater, and surrounded by several dozen bodyguards. Among the attendees were Indian actress Urvashi Rautela as well as actor and producer Anil Kapoor. Bollywood stars Varun Dhawan and Parineeti Chopra as well as Indian band Meet Brothers performed during the ceremony that went on until early dawn.

Khan presented the best director award to Sajid Nadiadwala for his film “Kick.”

Nadiadwala said making the film was so nerve-wracking, he probably wouldn’t be making another film for the next five to six years.

“That’s because I have no dates available,” Khan quipped.

A court on May 6 sentenced Khan to five years in prison for culpable homicide and other charges, including driving while under the influence of alcohol.


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