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Live-in relationship: Is Bollywood crossing the line?

27 Feb

Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Kemmu moving in togetherIn a recent interview Soha Ali Khan, daughter of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore revealed in an interview that she and her boyfriend Kunal Kemmu have bought a place together in Khar, Mumbai and will be shortly moving into their new home. Sounds like Bollywood’s yet another live-in relationship in the air. Not so long ago, the Bollywood stars would go to great lengths to hide their relationship status for fear of losing their fan following, not anymore, the times have changed, with the new generation of Indians closely following the Hollywood celebrities lifestyle, our Bollywood celebs are now getting more open about their live-in relationship.

With Indian celebrities marketing the word ‘Live-in’ relationships, the question to be asked, is India ready for such relationships? Is it something which can be followed by common people of India? Well the answer is a big no? In a country where almost everywhere a woman doesn’t feel safe travelling alone after 7′o clock in the night, how can a live-in relationship be justified? A country where the cops and ministers themselves are the rapist, how can a girl live alone with a guy before marriage? The argument seems baseless as some might ask how live-in relation gets affected by cops or ministers. It’s very simple, in our Indian society the fact is that the women are still being treated as objects, and it’s quite visible, just step out of your house and you can see thousands of hungry eyes staring women like they have never seen one. A woman in India has to think twice about what to wear before she steps out of the house, just to avoid the unnecessary glares and stares. The truth of the matter is that we have opened thousands of American restaurants and pubs across the country, we have started using the imported commodities, but the mind-set of an average Indian still remains the same. It’s like hardware has been upgraded but the underlying software is still the same.

So in a society which lacks the basic respect for women, how can we expect someone to respect a woman in a live-in relationship? Just imagine a girl living alone with a guy and if something goes wrong and the girls goes to a police station, we bet instead of supporting the girl the cops along with the media will try to find some fault with the girl as she was in a live-in relationship.

So why is Bollywood promoting the concept of live-in relationship? Why don’t they keep it with themselves, if they want to live with someone? The statement like of Soha Ali Khan’s openly announcing her moving in plans with Kunal Kemmu is definitely against our Indian society as it might encourage innocent guys and gals to follow their footsteps. We Indians have to understand the kind of people and culture we are surrounded by, as they say be a Roman in Rome, so be an Indian in India. We are not living in the US or UK where irrespective of the gender the kids move on with their individual life after they turn 16. In India a lonely woman is very vulnerable, be it the people in society or the Indian cops or Indian ministers, everyone in India tries to take undue advantage of a lonely woman, accept it or not it’s a fact. So it’s a request to all the Bollywood celebs that please do not announce your live-in plans with your partners out in public as you unknowingly might destroy life of a girl or boy. The Indian media should also understand its responsibility by not highlighting the live-in relationships of celebrities to such an extent.

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Bollywood Marriages: Made in heaven or made in Bollywood?

4 Feb

Do you ever wonder why the FM radios in the country don’t ever wish the Bollywood stars on their marriage anniversaries, while they make a hell lot of noise on their birthdays? Of course the smart Radio stations very well know the volatile nature of the celebrity marriages.  It’s kind of funny how Bollywood portrays the image of the heroes and heroines in the movies, fell in love with someone and stay with him/her happily ever after. In reality these Bollywood actors change their spouses at their will and are ready to commit their life with someone who is married or divorced without any second thoughts. In India the marriages are surely made in heaven and the divorce saga is something which has really not touched the common man of our country, like in some other western countries. Bollywood movies can be given some credit for binding the couples of the country for long, but if we look into the real married life of these Bollywood actors it says a different story. One thing which is sure, be it Bollywood or Hollywood, for people with deep pockets, changing spouses is really not a big deal.

Let’ have a look at some of the Bollywood’s marriages:

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor
After thirteen years of marriage and two children with actress Amrita Singh, Saif Ali Khan married Kareena Kapoor on 16th October 2012.

Saif's first marriage with Amrita Singh

Saif’s first marriage with Amrita Singh

Saif Ali Khan's second marriage with Kareena Kapoor

Saif’s second marriage with Kareena Kapoor

 
Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra
Shilpa Shetty married Raj Kundra on 22nd November 2009, Raj Kundra’s first spouse was Kavita with whom he has a daughter. In 2004 Raj Kundra was ranked by SUCCESS magazine as the 198th richest British Asian.

Shilpa Shetty with Raj Kundra

Shilpa Shetty with Raj Kundra

 
Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi
Lara Dutta married Mahesh Bhupathi on 16 February 2011. Bhupathi was earlier married to model Shvetha Jaishankar, but they divorced after being married for seven years.

Lara Dutta with Mahesh Bhupathi

Lara Dutta with Mahesh Bhupathi

 
Sanjay Dutt and Manyata
Sanjay Dutt married Manyata in 2008, before that he was married to Rhea Pillai and Richa Sharma with whom he has a daughter.

Sanjay Dutt's first marriage with Richa Sharma

Sanjay Dutt’s first marriage with Richa Sharma

Sanjay Dutt's second marriage with Rhea Pillai

Sanjay Dutt’s second marriage with Rhea Pillai

Sanjay Dutt's third marriage with Manyata

Sanjay Dutt’s third marriage with Manyata

 
Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao
Aamir Khan married Kiran Rao on 28th December 2005. Khan was first married to Reena Dutta with whom he has two children.

Aamir Khan with Reena Dutta

Aamir Khan with Reena Dutta

Aamir Khan with Kiran Rao

Aamir Khan with Kiran Rao

 
Smita Patil and Raj Babbar
Raj Babbar left his wife Nadira to marry film actress Smita Patil. Smita died of post-partum complications two weeks after giving birth to their son Prateik Babbar. After the death of Smita Patil, Raj Babbar patched up with Nadira with whom he has two kids Arya Babbar and Juhi Babbar. Juhi Babbar is married to Anup Soni, the famous anchor of Indian TV series Crime Patrol. Anup Soni has two daughters from his first marriage.

Raj Babbar with Nadira

Raj Babbar with Nadira

Raj Babbar with Smita Patil

Raj Babbar with Smita Patil

 
Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar
Javed Akhtar was married to Honey Irani before he married Shabana. Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar are Javed’s children with Honey Irani.

Shabana Azmi with Javed Akhtar

Shabana Azmi with Javed Akhtar

 
Sarika and Kamal Hassan
Kamal Haasan was married to Vani Ganapathy for ten years before his marriage with Sarika. Haasan divorced Sarika in 2004 and is now living with former Tamil actress Gouthami Tadimalla.

Sarika and Kamal Hassan

Sarika and Kamal Hassan

Kamal Haasan with Gouthami

Kamal Haasan with Gouthami

 
Sridevi and Boney Kapoor
Boney Kapoor divorced his first wife Mona, with whom he had two children, Arjun and Anshula to marry Sridevi.

Sridevi and Boney Kapoor

Sridevi and Boney Kapoor

 
Karisma Kapoor andSanjay Kapur
Karisma Kapoor married a divorcee Sanjay Kapur, an industrialist, CEO of Sixt India in 2003.

Karisma Kapoor and Sanjay Kapur

Karisma Kapoor and Sanjay Kapur

 
Raveena Tandon and Anil Thadani
Raveena Tandon married a film distributor Anil Thadani on 22nd February 2004 , who was married to Natasha Sippy.

Raveena Tandon with Anil Thadani

Raveena Tandon with Anil Thadani

 
Mahima Chaudhary and Bobby Mukherjee
Mahima Chaudhary married Bobby Mukherjee, an architect, in 2006. Bobby was previously married to Aparna Gandhi and has two kids from his first marriage.

Mahima Chaudhary with Bobby Mukherjee

Mahima Chaudhary with Bobby Mukherjee

 
Vinod Khanna and Kavita
In 1990 Vinod Khanna married Kavita, prior to this Khanna was married to Geetanjali with whom he has two sons Akshaye Khanna and Rahul Khanna.

Vinod Khanna  with Kavita

Vinod Khanna with Kavita

 
Hema Malini and Dharmendra
Dharmendra converted to Islam to marry Hema Malini. Dharmendra was earlier married to Prakash Kaur and has four children with her.

Hema Malini and Dharmendra

Hema Malini and Dharmendra

Shah Rukh Khan’s article in Outlook: King Khan’s punches to Pakistan’s reaction

30 Jan

Shah Rukh Khan's article in OutlookThe article ‘Being a Khan’ by Bollywood superstart Shah Rukh Khan appeared in the magazine Outlook Turining Points(The Global Agenda 2013). In the article King Khan wrote his heart out by explainig the controversies and incidents he unessarily get dragged into just because of his last name being ‘Khan’. The article doesne’t seem to have anything to trigger any communal controversy but unfortunately has been picked up by Pakistani leaders for all the wrong reasons. Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik reacted to the article by saying “I will request the government of India to please provide him security”. Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed whom India considers as one of its most wanted terrorists, went a step further and asked Shah Rukh Khan to move to Pakistan if he does not feel safe in India. While these replies from across the border were not necessary, Shah Rukh Khan finally came out in public and replied back strongly to the Pakistani leader’s comments and rightly justified his position as a true and patriotic Indian.

Here is the article by Shah Rukh as published in the Outlook Magzine:

Being a Khan

I am an actor. Time does not frame my days with as much conviction as images do. Images rule my life. Moments and memories imprint themselves on my being in the form of the snapshots that I weave into my expression. The essence of my art is the ability to create images that resonate with the emotional imagery of those watching them.

I am a Khan. The name itself conjures multiple images in my mind too: a strapping man riding a horse, his reckless hair flowing from beneath a turban tied firm around his head. His ruggedly handsome face marked by weathered lines and a distinctly large nose.

A stereotyped extremist; no dance, no drink, no cigarette tipping off his lips, no monogamy, no blasphemy; a fair, silent face beguiling a violent fury smoldering within. A streak that could even make him blow himself up in the name of his God. Then there is the image of me being shoved into a back room of a vast American airport named after an American president (another parallel image: of the president being assassinated by a man named lee, not a Muslim thankfully, nor Chinese as some might imagine! I urgently shove the image of the room out of my head).

Some stripping, frisking and many questions later, I am given an explanation (of sorts): “Your name pops up on our system, we are sorry”. “So am I,” I think to myself, “Now can I have my underwear back please?” Then, there is the image I most see, the one of me in my own country: being acclaimed as a megastar, adored and glorified, my fans mobbing me with love and apparent adulation.

I am a Khan.

I could say I fit into each of these images: I could be a strapping six feet something – ok something minus, about three inches at least, though I don’t know much about horse-riding. A horse once galloped off with me flapping helplessly on it and I have had a “no horse-riding” clause embedded in my contracts ever since.

I am extremely muscular between my ears, I am often told by my kids, and I used to be fair too, but now I have a perpetual tan or as I like to call it ‘olive hue’ – though deep In the recesses of my armpits I can still find the remains of a fairer day. I am handsome under the right kind of light and I really do have a “distinctly large” nose. It announces my arrival in fact, peeking through the doorway just before I make my megastar entrance. But my nose notwithstanding, my name means nothing to me unless I contextualize it.

Stereotyping and contextualizing is the way of the world we live in: a world in which definition has become central to security. We take comfort in defining phenomena, objects and people – with a limited amount of knowledge and along known parameters. The predictability that naturally arises from these definitions makes us feel secure within our own limitations.

We create little image boxes of our own. One such box has begun to draw its lid tighter and tighter at present. It is the box that contains an image of my religion in millions of minds.

I encounter this tightening of definition every time moderation is required to be publicly expressed by the Muslim community in my country. Whenever there is an act of violence in the name of Islam, I am called upon to air my views on it and dispel the notion that by virtue of being a Muslim, I condone such senseless brutality. I am one of the voices chosen to represent my community in order to prevent other communities from reacting to all of us as if we were somehow colluding with or responsible for the crimes committed in the name of a religion that we experience entirely differently from the perpetrators of these crimes.

I sometimes become the inadvertent object of political leaders who choose to make me a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpatriotic about Muslims in india. There have been occasions when I have been accused of bearing allegiance to our neighboring nation rather than my own country – this even though I am an Indian whose father fought for the freedom of India. Rallies have been held where leaders have exhorted me to leave my home and return to what they refer to as my “original homeland”. Of course, I politely decline each time, citing such pressing reasons as sanitation words at my house preventing me from taking the good shower that’s needed before undertaking such an extensive journey. I don’t know how long this excuse will hold though.

I gave my son and daughter names that could pass for generic (pan-Indian and pan-religious) ones: Aryan and Suhana. The Khan has been bequeathed by me so they can’t really escape it. I pronounce it from my epiglottis when asked by Muslims and throw the Aryan as evidence of their race when non-Muslims enquire.

I imagine this will prevent my offspring from receiving unwarranted eviction orders and random fatwas in the future. It will also keep my two children completely confused. Sometimes, they ask me what religion they belong to and, like a good Hindi movie hero, I roll my eyes up to the sky and declare philosophically, “You are an Indian first and your religion is humanity”, or sing them an old Hindi film ditty, “Tu Hindu banega na Musalmaan banega – insaan ki aulaad hai insaan banega” set to Gangnam Style.

None of this informs them with any clarity, it just confounds them some more and makes them deeply wary of their father.

In the land of the freed, where I have been invited on several occasions to be honored, I have bumped into ideas that put me in a particular context. I have had my fair share of airport delays for instance.

I became so sick of being mistaken for some crazed terrorist who coincidentally carries the same last name as mine that I made a film, subtly titled My name is Khan (and I am not a terrorist) to prove a point. Ironically, I was interrogated at the airport for hours about my last name when I was going to present the film in America for the first time. I wonder, at times, whether the same treatment is given to everyone whose last name just happens to be McVeigh (as in Timothy)??

I don’t intend to hurt any sentiments, but truth be told, the aggressor and taker of life follows his or her own mind. It has to nothing to do with a name, a place or his/her religion. It is a mind that has its discipline, its own distinction of right from wrong and its own set of ideologies. In fact, one might say, it has its own “religion”. This religions has nothing to do with the ones that have existed for centuries and been taught in mosques or churches. The call of the azaan or the words of the pope have no bearing on this person’s soul. His soul is driven by the devil. I, for one, refuse to be contextualized by the ignorance of his ilk.

I am a Khan.

I am neither six-feet-tall nor handsome (I am modest though) nor am I a Muslim who looks down on other religions. I have been taught my religion by my six-foot-tall, handsome Pathan ‘Papa’ from Peshawar, where his proud family and mine still resides. He was a member of the no-violent Pathan movement called Khudai Khidamatgaar and a follower of both Gandhiji and Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, who was also known as the Frontier Gandhi.

My first learning of Islam from him was to respect women and children and to uphold the dignity of every human being. I learnt that the property and decency of others, their points of view, their beliefs, their philosophies and their religions were due as much respect as my own and ought to be accepted with an open mind. I learnt to believe in the power and benevolence of Allah, and to be gentle and kind to my fellow human beings, to give of myself to those less privileged than me and to live a life full of happiness, joy, laughter and fun without impinging on anybody else’s freedom to live in the same way.

So I am a Khan, but no stereotyped image is factored into my idea of who I am. Instead, the living of my life has enabled me to be deeply touched by the love of millions of Indians. I have felt this love for the last 20 years regardless of the fact that my community is a minority within the population of India. I have been showered with love across national and cultural boundaries, from Suriname to Japan and Saudi Arabia to Germany, places where they don’t even understand my language. They appreciate what I do for them as an entertainer – that’s all. My life has led me to understand and imbibe that love is a pure exchange, untempered by definition and unfettered by the narrowness of limiting ideas. If each one of us allowed ourselves the freedom to accept and return love in its purity, we would need no image boxes to hold up the walls of our security.

I believe that I have been blessed with the opportunity to experience the magnitude of such a love, but I also know that its scale is irrelevant. In our own small ways, simply as human beings, we can appreciate each other for how touch our lives and not how our different religions or last names define us.

Beneath the guise of my superstardom, I am an ordinary man. My Islamic stock does not conflict with that of my Hindu wife’s. The only disagreements I have with Gauri concern the color of the walls in our living room and not about the locations of the walls demarcating temples from mosques in India.

We are bringing up a daughter who pirouettes in a leotard and choreographs her own ballets. She sings western songs that confound my sensibilities and aspires to be an actress. She also insists on covering her head when in a Muslim nation that practices this really beautiful and much misunderstood tenet of Islam.

Our son’s linear features proclaim his Pathan pedigree although he carries his own, rather gentle mutations of the warrior gene. He spends all day either pushing people asie at rugby, kicking some butt at Tae Kwon Do or eliminating unknown faces behind anonymous online gaming handles around the world with The Call of Duty video game. And yet, he firmly admonishes me for getting into a minor scuffle at the cricket stadium in Mumbai last year because some bigot make unsavory remarks about me being a Khan.

The four of us make up a motley representation of the extraordinary acceptance and validation that love can foster when exchanged within the exquisiteness of things that are otherwise defined ordinary.

For I believe, our religion is an extremely personal choice, not a public proclamation of who we are. It’s as person as the spectacles of my father who passed away some 20 years ago. Spectacles that I hold onto as my most prized and personal possession of his memories, teachings and of being a proud Pathan. I have never compared those with my friends, who have similar possessions of their parents or grandparents. I have never said my father’s spectacles are better than your mother’s saree. So why should we have this comparison in the matter of religion, which is as personal and prized a belief as the memories of your elders. Why should not the love we share be the last word in defining us instead of the last name? It doesn’t take a superstar to be able to give love, it just takes a heart and as far as I know, there isn’t a force on this earth that can deprive anyone of theirs.

I am a Khan, and that’s what it has meant being one, despite the stereotype images that surround me. To be a Khan has been to be loved and love back – that the promise that virgins wait for me somewhere on the other side.

Shah Rukh Khan

Here is how some Pakistani leaders reacted to Shah Rukh Khan’s article:

 

 

Here is how Shah Rukh reacted to all the drama created by misinterpretation of his article:

According to me, all our lives we are defined by three identities. Two of which are fortunately acquired by birth  and are a matter of unconditional love and acceptance. The first identity is acquired by where one is born. Our Motherland. That defines us. So foremost all of us here like me are proud Indians. Second the family name and upbringing that our parents give us. Mine is Khan, like some of us here. I am very proud of my parents, like all of us are here. I love them unconditionally. The third is the profession we choose that defines us. By some quirk of fate I am a celebrity… a public figure in the fields of art and media. Like most of us are here today.

As I said being an Indian and my parents’ child is an unconditional accepted truth of my life and I am very proud of both. The third… being a public figure makes me open to any kind of questioning, adjectives good and bad and or  sometimes makes me an object  of controversy  as people  use my name and statements to attach any positive or negative sentiment to it. I accept all the above  because this is the life I chose and will stand by it.  I am what I am, because of the love and admiration that comes with being who I am in my profession…so I thank everyone for making me the star I am.

Now to  address this whole issue, with regards to my Article, that has taken an unwarranted twist . I do not even understand the basis of this controversy.

Ironically the article I wrote (yes it’s written by me) was actually meant to reiterate that on some occasions my being an Indian Muslim film star is misused by bigots and narrow minded people who have  misplaced religious ideologies for small gains….and ironically the same  has happened through  this article…once again.

The reason for this primarily is….I think some of the people have not even read it and are reacting to comments of people, who in turn have also not read it. So I implore you all to first read it. Second if you read it, nowhere does the article state or imply  directly or indirectly that I feel unsafe….troubled or disturbed in India.

It does not even vaguely say that I am ungrateful for the love that I have received in a career spanning 20 years. On the contrary the article only says that in spite of bigoted thoughts of some of the people that surround us….I am untouched by scepticism  because of the love I have received by my countrymen and women.

I will paraphrase the beginning and the end of the article to clarify and substantiate my stand. “Then, there is the image I most see, the one of me in my own country: being acclaimed as a megastar, adored and glorified, my fans mobbing me with love and apparent adulation..So I am a Khan, but no stereotyped image is factored into my idea of who I am. Instead, the living of my life has enabled me to be deeply touched by the love of millions of Indians. I have felt this love for the last 20 years regardless of the fact that my community is a minority within the population of India. I have been showered with love across national and cultural boundaries, they appreciate what I do for them as an entertainer – that’s all. My life has led me to understand and imbibe that love is a pure exchange, untempered by definition and unfettered by the narrowness of limiting ideas. Sometimes, they ask me what religion they belong to and, like a good Hindi movie hero, I roll my eyes up to the sky and declare philosophically, “you are an Indian first and your religion is Humanity”, or sing them an old Hindi film ditty, “tu hindu banega na musalmaan banega – insaan ki aulaad hai insaan banega” set to Gangnam style. Why should not the love we share be the last word in defining us instead of the last name? It doesn’t take a superstar to be able to give love, it just takes a heart and as far as i know, there isn’t a force on this earth that can deprive anyone of theirs. I am a Khan, and that’s what it has meant being one, despite the stereotype images that surround me. To be a Khan has been to be loved and love back….”

Please I implore everyone here to read the article and convey through your respective mediums of communications, all the good things that it expresses  to youngsters and my fellow Indians. It is a heartfelt and extremely important aspect of my life, an appreciation of love that all of you have bestowed upon me and also a point of view from my being a father of two young children.

I would like to tell all those who are offering me unsolicited advice that we in India are extremely safe and happy. We have an amazing democratic, free and secular way of life. In the environs that we live here in my country India, we have no safety issues regarding life or material. As a matter of fact it is irksome for me to clarify this non-existent issue. With respect I would like to say to anyone who is interpreting my views and offering advice regarding them, please read what I have written first.

Also some of the views that I have been made to read are just an extension of soft targeting celebs and creating an atmosphere of emotional outbursts and divisiveness based on religion…in the minds of some. I implore everyone to understand, that my article is against exactly this kind of giving in to propaganda and aggressiveness. Lets not be misled by tools which use religion as an anchor for unrest and a policy of divide and rule.

I would also like to add here, that my profession as an actor makes me, liked beyond the borders of my nation and culture. The hugs and love that I am showered upon by Nationalities all around the world, make me safe all over the globe, and my safety has genuinely never been a matter of concern to me…and so it should not be a matter of concern to anyone else either.

We are all educated and patriotic people. We do not have to prove that time and again because of divisive politics of a few. My own family and friends, are like a mini India…where all religions, professions and a few wrongs included, all are treated with tolerance and understanding and regard for each other. I only sell love…love that I have got from millions of Indians and non Indians….and  stand indebted to my audience in my country and around the world. It is sad that I have to say it to prove it, in my country, which my father fought for, during the Independence struggle.

That’s my piece and having said all this…I would like to request all of you present here….that henceforth ask me questions regarding….my next movie. The songs that I have recorded. The release date of my film. The heroines cast in it. The Toiffa awards in Vancouver, because I am an actor and maybe I should just stick to stuff that all of you expect me to have a viewpoint on. The rest of it…maybe I don’t have the right kind of media atmosphere to comment on. So I will refrain from it.

And please if you can…put all I have said on your channels, or mediums of communication, in the exact same light as I have said it and meant it in. 24 hrs of unrequired controversy is more than enough for all of us I assume. So do not sensationalize and hence trivialize matters of national interest and  religion any further and drag a movie actor  in the middle of it all…and let me  get back to doing what I do best….making movies.

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Vishwaroopam: Anti-Muslim or Muslim’s Pride

29 Jan

Vishwaroopam movie wallpaperIn yet another religious controversy over a film, the Tamil Nadu government has banned the screen of Vishwaroopam in the state by fifteen days from the original scheduled date. Allegations have been made by various Islamic organizations which include the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazagham (TMMK) stating that the movie is trying to project Indian Muslims as terrorists. TMMK says that it “targets Muslims and their beliefs”. The protesters even burned the posters of the movie and shoe-slapped Kamal Haasan’s images in front of his office in Chennai. TMMK leader Jawahirullah said “There is a danger that the public may view any Muslim with a beard as a terrorist waiting for an opportunity to plant a bomb.” Apart from Tamil Nadu, the movie also suffered protest in Andhra Pradhesh, Karnataka and Kerala. In Malaysia and Sri Lanka the film was removed out of theatres, citing the ban in Tamil Nadu.

Protest against Vishwaroopam in Chennai, India

Protest against Vishwaroopam in Chennai, India

 

The question we Indians have on our mind, is this movie really portraying bad image of Indian Muslim brothers? From the trailers of the movie it looks like the movie is focused around Taliban and Al-Qaeda. The terrorists in the movies are the Taliban and the Jihadis, not the Indian Muslims. Are those protesters on the streets agreeing with the agenda of Taliban and Al-Qaeda who kill innocent people in the name of religion? Kamal Haasan has touched upon a subject which is already much highlighted and talked about by various media across the globe, nothing new has been added to the movie to create fire or cheap publicity as it seems to be now. The fact that the Central Board of Film Certification has approved the movie and Kamal Haasan held a special screening of the movie to Muslim community proves that there is nothing wrong in the movie and it does not hurt the sentiments of any religion or community.

 

So who are the people on street protesting against the screening of Vishwaroopam? India is a diverse country with too many people having many different beliefs; this fact has been milked by various organizations and parties to their advantage. Apart from Muslims even the dalit community has been exploited by their community leaders to their advantage. Saffron terrorism, Islamic terrorism are the words been used loosely by the so called leaders who fail to understand that terrorist do not have any religion or colour.

In Kerala, the protest against the movie was facilitated by an organization called Popular Front of India (PFI) which according to the Kerala government had connections with SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India), an organisation banned by the Centre. On July 4, 2010, two PFI activists were arrested in conjunction with an incident in which they allegedly chopped the hand off of a Kerala professor who had allegedly offended the religious sentiments of his students. It is alleged that the attack resulted from the ruling from one of the “Taliban-model” courts operating in the state of Kerala. Two boys were kidnapped in June 2011 from Mahajan College premises in Mysore and murdered by members of Karnataka Forum for Dignity (KFD), who sought ransom of 5 crore rupees to raise funds for their organisation. Karnataka Forum for Dignity was merged with PFI in 2008. Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazagham (TMMK) which is protesting against the movie is alleged to have links with SIMI and is believed to be controlled by SIMI cadres. In 2005 TMMK even urged the Government of India to lift ban on SIMI. The president of TMMK was arrested in the communal violence that triggered after the 1998 Coimbatore bombings.

It’s quite evident that the group of people agitating against the movie are nowhere related with the innocent Muslim brothers of our country, their intents are questionable and unnecessarily they are trying to use the movie to gain emotional grounds of Muslims who are deeply related with the Islam religion. The movie revolves around the terrorists who unfortunately happen to be Muslim. We Indians sincerely hope that Government of India finds a way to crack down the organizations who manipulate the innocence of Indian muslins in the name of religion.

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Dabangg 2: Do you need a review to watch Salman Khan movie?

21 Dec

Dabangg 2 movie review starring Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash RajAfter 23 years of his Bollywood career Salman Khan on December 21, 2012 will be seen in his first ever sequel of Dabangg which also happens to be the directorial debut of his brother Arbaaz Khan. Salman Khan’s rise to fame since last three years has left all his Bollywood competitors behind. The 100 crore journey started from Wanted in 2009 and is continuing till date. So which movie is competing against Dabangg 2, it’s his own move ‘Ek tha Tiger’ which released earlier this year and has done a business of Rs 186.2 cr. Times of India has valued Dabangg 2 at 180 cr. The movie releases in 3000 screens in India and 450 screens overseas.

Bollywood Hungama has given 4/5 rating, India TV and Rediff have given 2.5/5 stars to Dabangg 2. The fact of the matter is does Salman Khan’s movies require any rating? Or do people care about Dabangg 2 rating? Surely not, Salman’s movies have passed all those rating syndromes from so called movie critics. Salman fan base knows, irrespective of the reviews, the movie will be full of entertainment in large doses. The fear factor in Bollywood industry exists for everyone but not Salman Khan. People are no more talking hit or flop, the discussions are weather Dabangg 2 will break the business record set by Salman’s previous movie ‘Ek tha Tiger’. Whatever critics or anti-Salman Khan Fan writes, the fact is Dabangg 2 with a production cost of Rs 40 cr is definitely a profitable deal and will surely take Salman Khan to new heights.

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Aishwarya Rai – Do celebrities always need to stay fit?

4 Dec

Aishwarya Rai is one celebrity who has probably received harshest flak from the media for her post-pregnancy weight gain. Is it really human to criticize someone who is going through the natural process of a human cycle? Why media forgets that Aishwarya is also a woman who is has turned a mother and is probably feeding her baby day in and day out just like any other woman in the world.

It’s really good to see that Aishwarya didn’t listen to the crazy media persons criticizing her and comparing her to some other celebrities like Celina Jaitley who gave birth to twins in the month of March in 2012 and was spotted recently in bikinis. Without a doubt Aishwarya is enjoying her motherhood and good to see that she is not listening to the critics who probably seem to be more concerned about her figure than her personal happiness.

Loosing those extra flab is really not a big deal for celebrities like Aishwarya, her presence at the Cannes this year has definitely silenced her critics with her new glamorous look. She looks pretty in a new jewellery advertisement and seems to be on the right track towards regaining her post-pregnancy fitness.

Hats off to Aishwarya for handling her personal life so well and not letting critics come in her way to motherhood unlike some other actresses who move to strict diet regime immediately from day one.

We are sharing some of her pictures from past to her present days:

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Aishwarya Rai – Miss World 1994

Aishwarya Rai – Miss World 1994

Son Of Sardar vs. Jab Tak Hai Jaan: Ajay Devgn vs. YRF

5 Nov

Son of Sardar vs Jab tak hai jaanIt’s a clash of superstars this Diwali with Shahrukh Khan’s “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” and Ajay Devgn’s “Son of Sardar” both releasing on the same day at the box office.

The bollywood movie screening has changed considerabely over a period of time, it no more matters if a film is a hit or a flop, however it does matter how much money a movie gains during the first 3-4 weeks of its release. With Son Of Sardar(SOS) and Jab Tak Hai Jaan(JTHJ) releasing on the same day a sincere war has begun between both the banners to capture the maximum number of screens across India.

As per media reports, Ajay Devgn Ffilms(ADF) has accused Yash Raj Films(YRF) of manipulating exhibitors and distributors to release their film in more theatres than SOS. It has filed a complaint with the Competition Commission of India(CCI) stating that before the release of Ek Tha Tiger, in August 2012, YRF had reportedly used their dominant position in the market to enter into an arrangement with the exhibitors saying that they will give them Ek Tha Tiger only if the exhibitors agreed to reportedly give their Diwali release prominence over others. Rafiq Gangjee, vice president, marketing and communications, YRF, said: “For a company like ours, which has maintained the highest standards of work ethics and fair play, this has really come as a shock. We would like to clarify at the outset that we still haven’t received any notice from the commission and will suitably represent our stance if and when called upon to do so. Worldwide, as well as in India, distributors often sign deals for their complete annual slate of films to simplify the process. We trust the Competition Commission will also see it as universally acceptable fair business practice,” he added.

The buzz around both the movies is strong, but given the fact that Jab Tak Hai Jaan is late filmmaker Yash Chopra’s last directorial before his sudden death on Oct 21 2012, and that it marks the coming together of Chopra with power-brand Shah Rukh Khan after eight years, expectations are high from Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Salman Khan made his stand clear by supporting Son of Sardar and warned Shah Rukh Khan on Twitter, he wrote “Pathan Ke Yaar Se Panga Mat lena. Sorry yaar..Diwali bekaar without Son of Sardaar.” Shah Rukh reacted to this issue at a press meet on his 47th birthday “I was reading about it today…there are enough screens for both the movies. This is all legal matter and I am no one to speak anything about it. Thankfully it is not my production house. Hope the issue gets resolved and both the films do well. Ajay mera dushman nahi hain. Screen distribution mera call nahi hain”.

The good part of this tussle is that it has surely brought out the dirty games these movie banners play to make money, the message that comes out from Bollywood is that its not only about making a good movie. Looks like both the banners are insecure about their movies and unknowingly leaking the untold stories and hidden truths of Indian movie industry out in the public. If a movie is good and has what it takes to be a hit, it will surely be a hit and will make lot of money irrespective of the number of screens it starts with. 3 Idiots started small and eventually became bollywood’s all time super hit, but looks like the YRF and ADF are more worried about the initial gains than the long term rewards which only comes if a movie is really good as 3 Idiots.

With each passing day the war between Devgn and YRF is taking new turn. In the end its the audiences who will decide whether it’s Shahrukh or Devgn who will rule the box office this Diwali.

YP Singh after Salman Khan – another publicity stunt

3 Nov

YP Singh on Salman KhanFormer cop-turned-activist YP Singh held a press meet along with his wife Abha Singh in Mumbai to show what he says is an ‘expose’ on how the Mumbai police helped actor Salman Khan’s hit-and-run case drag on for 10 years.

Highlights of his press conference:

- We always blame the courts for delay but actually its the litigants who are responsible for the delays.
- Litigants and defendants are in collusion in Salman Khan’s case.
- Mumbai Police helping Salman Khan evade the law.
- Mumbai Police is helping Salman Khan. Summons weren’t summoned properly.
- Salman khan was absent 82 times when summoned by the court.
- Is there pressure from Salman Khan? Was there pressure from the state?

Looks like YP Singh more than trying to get justice to right people is after the cheap publicity for himself. Come on Mr. YP there are many other burning issues you can go after than highlighting the issue of 2002. YP Singh was the former colleague of Arvind Kejriwal in India against corruption organization, all his recent press meets clearly shows that he is jealous of Kejriwal’s popularity and hence trying these cheap stunts to attract the crowd and somehow enter into politics, he is a former officer in the police force of India who left to become a lawyer and we all know that 90% of politicians in our country are lawyers.

Salman Khan as of today is the most popular actor of Bollywood and pointing fingers at him will surely bring lot of fame to YP which he is desperately looking out for.
Why not defame the real goons who are ruling or country and responsible for the current bad state we are in? Why not bring justice to Sonali Mukherjee who is fighting for her life since past 10 years? Please Mr. YP singh go after people who are really threat to our country. Many people living on streets of India die of hunger because of sick policies of Indian government than coming under car wheels of celebrities.

Saif Kareena – Cannot understand celebrity marriages

18 Oct

Saif Ali Khan, Amrita SinghSaif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor

 

 

 

 

 

Saif Ali Khan a father of 18 year girl and a 11 year boy, got devorced in 2004 and now marrying a bollywood  beauty,  32 year old Kareena Kapoor. In reality if a normal Indian guy does it we are sure he will be looked down upon by media as well as the whole country, so why everyone is so much excited and happy about Saif-Kareena wedding,  guess its the celebrity factor. The limitations set by Indian society does not hold good for the people with money and fame.

We think the marriage of Saif and Kareena is a bad example for Indians who look up to them as their heroes and role models in life. The funny part is that even Saif’s son and daughter are supportive of their father marrying a different women. The newspaper columns about Amrita Singh(Saif’s first wife) attending the sangeet and his son and daughters marriage party plans makes us even think further what is the Pataudi and Kapoor family trying to give to India.

The marriage of Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor conveys the following messages:

1. Saif’s son and daughter love their father leaving their mom and marrying Kareena
2. Randhir Kapoor and Babita are very excited about their daughter Kareena getting married to a man who already has kids 18 and 11 years old
3. Sharmila Tagore is happy that his existing grand kids will get few more babies to play with.
4. The Indian media is very happy with the marriage so day and night they are talking about this on their channels and passing them loads of good wishes.
5. Ir-respect of you being a father of 18 and 11 year old, feel free to fall in love and marry the woman of your dream.
6. No harm in marrying a man who is father of 18 and 11 year old, as long as he has money.

Anyways this is what it is, we can just watch it from far and enjoy what these wonderful celebrity families have to offer to the people of India.

God bless the newly wedded couple and hope they stay together forever.
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