By Gitanjali Roy
Actor Salman Khan has been denied a visa to shoot for his new film Kick, directed by Sajid Nadiadwala, in the UK.
Mr Khan was meant to have begun shooting his scenes last week; the rest of the film unit is already in the UK. No reason was given, but sources say the visa was denied because UK rules bar entry for anyone convicted in any court of an offence. Mr Khan has been convicted of killing chinkara in two pending poaching cases.
Kick director Sajid Nadiadwala told NDTV that it was a "technical error" and the actor has re-applied for a visa. He said he expected Salman Khan to join the unit in the UK on August 10.
In four separate cases, Mr Khan is accused of illegally hunting and killing two chinkara and three blackbuck, endangered species of deer, over a period of three days in Rajasthan while shooting the film Hum Saath Saath Hain in October 1998.
He was convicted in two cases and handed sentences of five years in one case and a year in the other. He spent a few days in jail in April 2006 and again in August 2007 and has appealed to the High Court in both cases.
Mr Khan is also being tried for culpable homicide not amounting to murder in a hit-and-run case in Mumbai.