Bollywood actor Salman Khan and Lanka-born actress Jacqueline Fernandez shared the stage with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a health camp organised by the youth wing of the island’s ruling party. Amid speculative reports in local media that claimed the actor was in town to help the incumbent drum up support in his re-election bid, the actor participated in the event, though he did not speak. Media spokespersons at the President’s office were not available for comment.
Salman Khan is known to be a close friend of Namal Rajapaksa, the President’s son and a parliamentarian. In November, journalist Rajat Sharma, also a friend of Salman Khan, was in Colombo to invite President Rajapaksa and Namal for the wedding of Arpita Khan, Salman's sister. Namal Rajapaksa attended the wedding and tweeted about it then.