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Crime Patrol postpones Delhi gang-rape episode: Good for government or country?

18 Jan

Crime patrol, a popular TV show on Sony channel which reconstructs the Indian crime cases with actors was scheduled to telecast the shameful Delhi gang-rape episode on January 11, 2013. Unfortunately due to the pressures from Information and Broadcasting ministry in India for the time being the episode has been postponed. The I&B ministry has asked Sony to be sensitive to ground realities.

Considering the outrage that could have been triggered post-airing of the gang-rape episode, many would believe that government has probably taken the right decision by forcing Sony, not to telecast the Delhi gang-rape incident. The big question, does the government really think about Indian people more than losing their reputation? The TV show could have easily tarnished the image of the current Indian government which is currently all time low and would have highlighted the security lapses in providing safety to women. Our smart I&B minister Manish Tiwari who once referred Anna Hazare corrupt said “This is a very sensitive matter. A big question is raised about Section 19 of the Constitution..and what kind of restriction can be put on freedom to speak and write”. Where was Mr. Tiwari’s Section 19 when last year in a press conference he openly alleged Anna Hazare to be a corrupt person?

Indian government with this kind of dictatorship has clearly demonstrated that they are no different from government of country like Pakistan, a couple of days back the Pakistani government had cut the cable TV connections in an attempt to stop the live speech of Tahir-ul-Qadri’s who was in open confrontation with the Pakistani government. Those days are not far when the Indian government will be secretly reading the personal emails of the citizens.

With the protest against Delhi gang-rape gone into a silent zone, the Crime patrol’s episode would have done wonders to the outcry of people for framing strong laws to protect the women of our country. It would have certainly brought new life to the fight of common man against the government. The Indian Government as usual have played their waiting game by forcing the postponement of the show, they know protests have gone into a dormant phase and there will be no much fuss if they come with the same old or slightly modified remedies for protecting women of India.

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Is Indian media encouraging women to become soft targets for criminals?

15 Jan

Much have been spoken and analysed by experts after the shameful gang-rape incident in Delhi on December 16, 2012. Increase in security, strict laws, black film removal from vehicles and many more suggestions have been floating on internet to prevent such horrifying incident form happening in future. There is another aspect which Indian government must look into, is our media. Recently Indian government has made it mandatory to display statutory warning for smoking scenes on TV channels and movies; clearly proves that anything shown in media directly affects the common man. So is the government of India also analysing the role of media in promoting women to become soft targets for the goons roaming freely on the streets of our country? There are many TV commercials being aired every second on the National Channels across the country which are encouraging women for all wrong reasons, here are such commercials:

1. The Vodafone commercial

In this commercial Vodafone is promoting ‘Made for you’ – Internet offers. It shows a girl who is obsessed about internet and particularly about Facebook and Twitter. The girl is using the Facebook lingo in the complete ad and makes us feel like Facebook is her life. In a way Vodafone is promoting young girls to make Internet part of their life and use the Facebook and Twitter 24 hours using their ‘Made for you’ offer. Is Vodafone not aware that many shameful incidents happening with young women in India initiated from such social networking sites. Can’t they promote their internet offer in a way which encourages women for positive usage rather than wasting their time on social sites? Shouldn’t Indian government particularly I&B (Information and Broadcasting) ministry create strict rules for such corporates who are trying to inject the western social culture in our country? We are not against the western culture, but the root question is, is India ready for this? We have started eating pizzas and burgers but has the mind-set of Indians really changed? Has our security system, our governing laws or our infrastructure been westernized? Answer is a big NO, then why the corporates in our country are promoting such ideas in our country?

 

2. Dominos Pizza Commercial

In this commercial, a woman is encouraging the women of our country to jump into boy’s hostel and watch adult movies. Again being women doesn’t deprive them from doing this but the root question remains the same, is our country ready for this? Dominos Pizza thinks we are but surely we are very far from that and the Delhi gang rape is just another proof that India is not yet ready for the cosmopolitan culture which is being promoted day and night on the National TV channels of our country.

 

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Bigg Boss Season 6 winner: Urvashi’s 50 lakh Vs. Imam’s millions hearts

13 Jan

Salman Khan Announces Bigg Boss 6 winner

Bigg Boss 6 winner – Urvashi Dholakia

Finally the winner of Bigg Boss Season 6 has been announced; surprisingly Urvashi Dholakia goes home with Rs50 lakh and the Big Boss trophy. It really makes us wonder if the winner is actually decided using votes of people or by the Bigg Boss team. Sometimes you feel that the decision is based on the voting but blessed by the final verdict of celebrity host Salman Khan. It’s kind of funny to see that the voting lines of the Bigg Boss were open till Saturday, but the Grand Finale in which the winner was announced, actually took place on Friday. If we go by the people’s choice, without any question Imam is the true winner.  You ask any person following the show from Day 1, he/she will only say Imam. A lot have been said, especially by Urvashi about Imam not respecting women, ill-mannered etc. etc., but the audience who have seen the show from Day 1, whole heartedly support Imam. Imam’s popularity is quite evident, be it Facebook, Twitter or any article on Bigg Boss, Imams supporters have spoken everywhere in huge numbers.

Bigg Boss contestants in water except Urvashi

Bigg Boss contestants in water except Urvashi

Imam’s greatest drawback was he being too straight forward and not being politically correct at times. There were moments where Imam went to the extent of opening his mouth against biggest boss Salman Khan, which might have gone against him in the final decision. One great quality of Imam which everyone lacked in the hose was not talking about anyone behind their back, he was a kind of person who used to play silly pranks, but was never part of any housemate gossips. Bigg Boss winner’s decision was quite evident in the penultimate show when all the contestants except Urvashi were forced to enter into the cold water of the swimming pool. The audience who followed the show completely should agree that Salman’s soft corner for Urvashi was quite evident in his Friday’s appearances on the show.

So what makes Urvashi the final winner remains a big mystery, but one thing is sure it’s not just the votes which decides the winner. Urvashi definitely has won Rs 50 lakhs but undoubtedly Imam has won millions of fans all over the world.

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Bigg Boss Season 6 Winner-Imam, Niketan, Rajeev, Sana or Urvashi: Will India pick the best one?

10 Jan

With Bigg Boss finale few days away, a lot have been speculated about the winner of the Season 6. Bigg Boss is no doubt an adult show, but apart from all the negativity to attract the viewers it also does a good job of teaching some unknown qualities of life which everyone possess. How to manipulate emotions in everyday life is probably the best lesson to be taken away from the show. Compared to previous seasons this year’s show was by far the most decent one, Gandhiji’s monkeys installed in the garden area of the house was a clear indication from the producers of the show that this time they were very serious about axing the abusive language used so frequently in the previous seasons. Now the time has come to announce the winner in few days, as an intelligent viewer it’s our duty to promote the genuine person out there in the house and like in previous seasons we are sure that people will again select the best person from the lot.

Imam

Imam Siddiqui - Bigg Boss Season 6 finalist winnerImam Siddiqui entered the house on Day 42 and during his initial days was the most hated house mate on the show. He was even evicted out for his misbehaviour on Day 44 and was again brought back in on Day 52, since then he has been very much part of the show and has gathered much fan following to a point that he is now considered as the best person to win the show. The biggest quality of Imam is that he is down to earth, very straight forward, doesn’t talk about anyone behind their back( like other house mates) and loves to entertain the viewers with his stupid and mischievous actions. He surely has his own set of issues like everyone but underneath seems to be a person with a very nice heart.

Niketan

Niketan Madhok - Bigg Boss Season 6 winner finalistNiketan Madhok has been the part of the show from Day 1; probably the biggest factor to have kept him in the game so far is his friendship with Urvashi. He seems to be a manipulative person who changes his game as the situation demands. Niketan has really high hopes to win the show as he seems to be going thru a financial crisis in his personal life, which he revealed on the show. On the show he tries his best to stay away from the controversies, he has this good ability to act according to the situation and keeps his cool during the tough times. On the show, so far he hasn’t done anything to entertain the users but has surely used his smartness to manipulate the people and situations to his favour.

Rajeev

Rajeev Paul - Bigg Boss Season 6 winner finalistRajeev Paul’s entry in the house has been mainly because of his ex-wife Delnaz  being part of the show. Bigg Boss probably for the sake of making the show interesting invited both Rajiv and his ex-wife for the season. Rajiv initially tried his best to impress Delnaz, but it was quite evident that the effort to get close to Delnaz was to stay in the game than to actually reconcile. He has got close to a young house mate Sana Khan whom he regards as a very good friend. Rajeev has been very vocal on the show and has been part of many verbal arguments with Imam. He has been not so popular among the other house mates and the viewers of India, but definitely has played the game smartly to be part of final list of contestants.

Sana

Sana Khan - Bigg Boss Season 6 winner finalistSana Khan is a very pretty young contestant who lacks the smartness to identify good people around her. Sana’s biggest hurdle to win the show is her closeness with Rajeev. She has been a good entertainer, a great dancer who has given her best in the show. She seems to be a good person with a fluctuating mind-set. Sana has been manipulated by other house mates many a times for their advantage. She is young and without a doubt lacks the smartness required to win the show.

Urvashi

Urvashi Dholakia - Bigg Boss Season 6 winner finalistUrvashi Dholakia is the most mature contestant on the show; she is very smart and very well knows which card to play at what time. She is the one who can be friend to an enemy if the situation demands. At times she had been very vocal on the show and has shown her aggression on various people and things in the house. She is also considered as one of the strong contenders for the title, but her last week’s actions against Imam and others will surely go against her. She seems to be a very arrogant person who cannot be friend to anyone without a reason.

 

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Bigg Boss Season 6 – Promoting negative character(istic)s?

22 Nov

Let’s start by saying that Bigg Boss is an adult reality show and airing it at 9:00 PM on a national channel should definitely be not allowed.  This year it is slightly better as the house mates are not indulging themselves into abusive arguments.

Our advice to the Bigg Boss is not to get rural and orthodox people involved in the show just to increase their TRP (Television Rating Point). Yes we are going to talk about Sampat Pal Devi and Imam Siddiqui, both of them are out of the show. Sampat Devi known as Mataji left the house based on viewers voting while Imam was thrown out of the house for his violent and indecent behaviour.

Sampat Pal Devi

Gulabi Gang founder - Sampat Pal DeviSampat Pal Devi is the Founder/Leader of Gulabi Gang which is a group of rural women in pink saris, wielding bamboo sticks in pursuit of justice. She was born in 1958 in the Banda district of Uttar Pradesh, Sampat Pal Devi was the daughter of a poor shepherd. In early childhood she tended the goats and cattle but yearned to go to school. She taught herself to read and write, learning from her brothers who went to school. Seeing her enthusiasm for education, one of her uncles took the initiative to enroll her in school. After having studied up to the fourth standard, she was taken out of school and married off to an ice-cream vendor at the tender age of twelve. At 15 she became a mother and went on to raise five children in the next few years. She worked as a government health worker but resigned her job later to become a social crusader.

In 2006 she started a society called the Gulabi Gang with a group of women from her village to fight various forms of social injustice. This developed into an organized women’s movement with tens of thousands of members spread over several districts in Uttar Pradesh. The women members wear pink saris and arm themselves with bamboo sticks, which they use whenever they come up against violent resistance. The group, which the Indian media portray positively, was reported to have 20,000 members as of 2008, as well as a chapter in Paris, France. A movie, Gulab Gang, starring Madhuri Dixit in the leading role, is to be released on International Women’s Day on March 8, 2013.

Out of all house mates Sampat Devi was the least literate and probably would have never seen the Big Boss kind of crowd in her life, also none of the Bigg Boss mates would have gone through the hardships of life as her. Considering her background we think that she did a great job in the Big Boss house, would have probably done much better if she had got some guidance and education from the Big Boss before the show. It was sad to see some of the house mate speaking negative about such a strong lady. Sampat Devi was a hard core rural lady who definitely needed some hand holding and special advice to carry her in the Big Boss house. Eventually Salman Khan did advise her to take help from the so called Sir of the house Navjot Sidhu in case she doesn’t understand some things. Eventually Salman and the rest of the house mates never understood where she came from and her way of taking the things in life. The rural Indian women are still suffering big time as they used to during the stone age, organizations  such as Gulabi Gang means a lot for the suffering masses in a country where Government does nothing for its people. Through Big Boss we had thought Gulabi Gang to get national recognition and exposure to the great things which Gulabi Gang has done for the rural India.  Gulabi Gang message got lost somewhere as Big Boss made Sampat Devi part of stupid games and activities which probably she couldn’t understand. We sincerely hope Big Boss to do a program on Gulabi Gang and showcase Sampat Devi’s daring contribution towards improving India. The piece of advice for Bigg Boss is that if they do take such people in the show, they have to be sensible enough towards these people and provide them proper guidance to cope up with the smart people of Big cities.

Imam Siddiqui

Imam Siddiqui thrown out of Bigg BossA 47 year old image consultant, casting director, choreographer and of course a homosexual. He is also a former model, fashion critic and anchor. On the show he seemed to be an orthodox person living a lonely life. Big Boss probably got him in the house to create some drama which indeed he did very well until his drama went out of bounds and it reached a point where he was asked to leave the house. Again Big Boss has to be very careful in getting such orthodox people in the house as it may lead to some communal conflicts in the country. How in the world Imam Siddiqui entered in the hose with cigarettes?, he was smoking all around in the hose, did Big Boss allowed Imam to dictate his own terms and eventually had to kick him out when he backfired. We still strongly feel that Imam Siddiqui at some point  will be called back again in the big house. But the case of Imam Siddiqui definitely raises question marks on Bigg Boss selection ethics and policies. Looks like the Big Boss team is ready to cross all lines to get the TRP going their way.

India’s Got Talent 4 – Football Juggler and Kirron Kher Oct6, 2012

10 Oct

Meer Kamalludin - The football juggler on India's got talentIndia’s Got Talent (season 4) is the Indian franchise of the Got Talent series, a British TV format conceived and owned by Simon Cowell’s SYCOtv company.Contestants get three minutes to impress at least two judges in the audition.

Everything is fine with the show, but the judges at times cross their line and deliver speeches which can be really demotivating for some of the contestants who try their best to impress the 3 judges whose consent decides their fate in the talent show.

Here is an example of a football juggler Meer Kamalludin from West Bengal, India. Looks like his talent was not so polished to leave a mark on the minds of 3 Gods but the comments especially made by one of the judge Kirron Kher could really ruin contestant’s passion and love for his talent. Especially after being told by the contestant that this is what he does for his living, Kirron Kher and the other judge Malaika Arora Khan should have been little more sensible/sensitive in rejecting the talent of Meer Kamalludin.

The contestant with the hostsReaction of 3 judges after contestant's performance

After Meer’s performance here’s what Judges had to say:

Kirron Kher- What you do for living?
Contestant- I do such shows
Kirron Kher- Who watches your shows and what is there to watch?
Malaika Arora Khan- Ball balancing will lead you nowhere, the way you balance the football I think you should be a football player

Link to watch the fotball juggling by Meer

Link to watch the juggling and the comment by judges – Its a full video of the show, move the slider to 27:00 minute of the video to watch football juggler and the comments.