NEW DELHI (AP) — Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has caused a public uproar by telling reporters that shooting his upcoming movie was so grueling that he felt like a raped woman.

The public fury and social media backlash has been so great that Khan’s father, Salim, apologized on his son’s behalf and pleaded with the public to forgive him. India’s National Commission for Women also demanded Khan explain his comments within seven days or be hauled before the state-appointed panel.

By Wednesday, Khan had said nothing about the remarks he made while speaking with journalists over the weekend about portraying a professional wrestler in the new film “Sultan.”

The actor’s rape analogy was widely criticized on social media sites in India, where sexual violence against women is rampant.

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