6. Preity Zinta (2005)
In 2005, Preity Zinta was cited in a ‘tape’ discovered by a tabloid in which Salman Khan candidly confessed to Aishwarya Rai about his equation with Zinta; the conversation was lurid, with a heavy sexual undercurrent. The matter reached a head when Preity Zinta took the tabloid to court for defamation and career damage; a film with Salman Khan in the pipeline was cancelled (though if there was no truth to this, why didn’t Sallu and Preity go ahead and shoot the film anyway?). A forensic lab in Chandigarh finally gave Zinta a clean chit. However, this incident became a national talking point about new journalism, tape doctoring, sex, lies and audiotape.