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Why Bigg Boss 13 is Promoting Bully Culture on National TV

Gone are the days when Hindi Entertainment channels in most sugar-coated way relayed "Sanskar" through their various programs. Today the pressure for sustainability is so high that they are breaking their own set rules to promote bully culture through their flagship shows on prime time. 

Bigg Boss 13 is the live example of the same. 

The season is touted as the most popular season of Bigg Boss, and perhaps one of the most violent ones as well. In the desperate bid to make headlines and stay put in the show, the contestants are successfully resorting to tactics like bringing personal lives and displaying a great show of bullying in the reality show. 

Surprisingly, the channel is promoting it on all four. To the extent that they are bending all the rules, they themselves created for the show and carried over the past seasons. 

As a viewer, I stand very confused and somewhat cheated now. Why?

Being an avid fan of the show, I have been watching all the episodes from day one, often in the loop on the online app- Voot. As a viewer, I often take stand for the contestant whose game I liked most during that week. Only to be proven wrong by the same contestant. The show that once deemed to be a great test of stamina and strength now is testing the strength of the viewer itself by bringing in "on your face-farce" kind of twists, heavily biased towards few contestants and somewhat giving quite an air to undeserved nepotism.

Every season the show brings one of their favorite bahu [from some sanskari serial on the channel] or an MTV Roadies/Splitsville champ [who will further move on to take part in their succeeding reality shows like Khatron Ke Khiladi], or a camp-backed actor/personality, who will be the probable winner. 

To give them a company, they will have a foreign/non-Indian Origin/NRI contestant who will sail through a certain number of episodes to give way to the obvious winner of the season. The typical BB show pawns. This season, there are way too many pawns and they have been used quite miserably. 

This season the pawn[Shehnaaz Gill], however, took the center stage, racked in more TRPs but Alas will end up mostly to bring forth the probable winner's game in the show. If there is any game at all. Some of the pawns developed an inkling [Paras Chabbra] and are seen changing the camp to reserve some more screen-time in the show. While some do it dignifiedly, while some of them this season chose not to go with the word dignity. Perchance they are so comfortably wrapped inside the warmth of the [bull and the bully] shit that they choose not to move but enjoy!

While they are happily relishing the warmth, their bullshit is unfortunately only spreading around to the extent of extreme bully behavior being idolized on the national television. I need not have to name them cause it is very obvious. You watch any episode, you will find them only screaming, shouting and bullying other contestants. especially the one who refuses/is unworthy to be part of their coterie in the show. Some of them were humiliated by locking them inside a cage in the middle of the house, and a few lucky ones were shown the door after being humiliated on national TV for something that is not even part of the show. And you think the TV industry really cares about reeling depression in the fraternity?

I am talking about the show. cause show is what we are seeing, even if we have no idea about BTS of a house with 100+ cameras and, an equal number of manpower manning them. No that's, not our business. We are the audience and we must not mind the technicality but the show. Fair enough.

As viewers, we also understand the show maker's need to break even and bring TRPs and ROI back on the table. So that another season could be made and no matter how much we can despise a season, a majority of us always go back to watch the next season. Blame it on lack of interesting content on TV or viewer's aversion towards the OTT Sanskari atypical TV shows. Besides, as humans, we all are voyeuristic by nature. Maybe that's the reason why a popular show contestant keeps on kissing a girl on national TV in spite of her constant disapproval. Now that's another question whether this kind of voyeurism we would like to watch on national TV.

The girl [Mahira Sharam] in question's consent or no consent here is no issue here as we are made to believe that she likes and it's more of an interpersonal deal. Like we were made to believe that another popular contestant [Sidharth Shukla] with an anger issue who does technically no work in spite of game format requirement yet always seen meddling with a group of people wolving upon him. Ah, we are such a fan of 80s movies where a responsible angry young man fights with the system. We all cheered for him, only to find him making his own group and taking bullying to next heights on national TV. 

Was it the last season when a hooligan contestant once called a fellow woman contestant- 2Rs woman during a fight and was fiercely shown the door by the host? No, it must be Bigg Boss cause this season, one of the most popular contestant and allegedly the finalist from the day one [sic] had been abusing different women in the show, hurling words like- Gadhi [female Donkey], Moti, Aisi ladki, Mein ghar pe nahi leta [a keep outside the house] extra repeatedly every week. When his excuse to redefine some of those words failed, he started weaving them in sarcastic banters. Surprisingly he is winning hearts and safest seats, in the season from day 1. Surprisingly! Even I voted for him multiple times thinking he is the male "Razia amidst the goons". Naah!

I am not surprised when the makers sent Vikas Gupta as his so-called support [ he came as Devoleena's support who was his anti in the house] to play another level dirty game in the house and confuse people with his not mastermind but brainwash tactics. In one of the aired scenes from Saturday episode, he was seen brainwashing a contestant [Shehnaaz Gill] who became another victim of Mr. Popular's abusive behavior. Instead of condemning his abusive behavior, Guptaji is justifying how is an innocent cow who wants people to follow either his way or the highway, else he turns into the raging bull. Aarrgh! Lost case, Lost Boy.

If it were any other show on the channel, such behavior would have been heavily condemned by the same makers, the same set of actors. However, no such boundaries this time. Maybe because it is not a "kid's" show which comes with many "dos" and "don't" for the content. 

But is it ok to promote bully at such intensity even on an adult's show which has viewers ranging from 10 years to 40 at least?

In the wake of as many movements against bully culture in west esp in America etc, it is quite condemnable as content. It not just jolt the logic out of viewers but also leaves the viewing experience in bad taste. 

I wonder after such a bad display of behavior, how would these top contestants including Sidharth Shukla, Mahira Sharma, Paras Chabbra go back doing any "Sanskari" show on the same channel? Even if they do not mean to do that, tell me is it right to promote bullying at such magnanimity in such a popular show?

Think about it!

And I am not Asim or Rashmi's fan![disclaimer]



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This article is merely an expression of observation and thoughts basis the current showtime. The writer holds no malice or personal favor towards any person or entity. The views are strictly based on the content as displayed in the show. No offense intended,

जो मेरे पास नहीं वह में तुम्हें कैसे दे दूँ ? [कविता एकता खेतान]

जो मेरे पास नहीं वह में तुम्हें कैसे दे दूँ ?

सर्द रातों में जब तुम, रूठ के, मुँह फेर सो जाते हो,
तब तकियों के ओंट मे, में अपने टूटे मन को समेट रो जाती हूँ। 

गरमियों की तपती धूप में जिस छांव को तुम ढूँदते हो,
में भी उस छांव को तरस जाती हूँ।

बारिशों में जो छत ना बन सके,
सिर पे रहके भी रिसता रहे, 
उन दीवारों पे भी में आस की तस्वीरें लगती हूँ।

टूटी, टेढ़ी सड़कों पर,
पानी से भरे गड्ढों में, 
में अपनी काग़ज़ की ही सही, नाव चलाती हूँ।

इन बारिशों, सर्दियों और ग्रीष्म में मैंने क्या पाया है? 
हाँ पर इन सभी मौसमों ने मेरे अंदर एक चाह जगाया है। 

आएगा बसंत यह सोच कर,
जलाए मैंने कई आशाओं के दिए।
होगी एक चमकदार सुबह कल
यह सोच कर मैंने कई रात, अंधेरो में ख़ाली कर दिए।
सुबह आए ना आए, रातों में दिया जलाना भी ज़रूरी है।
तमस से भरे मन को, में बिना रोशनी कैसे प्रज्वलित कर दूँ ?

जो मेरे पास नहीं वह में तुम्हें कैसे दे दूँ ?
---© एकता खेतान कृति---


Few Lines that I Penned


नदिया सूख रही है
पर्वत टूट रहे है
पेड़ो को निरंतर काटा जा रहा है.

और हमसे कहते है, विकास आ रहा है।

क्या प्रकृति को उजाड़ने को विकास कहते है ?

#विकास #यहकैसाविकास

बस मंदिर मस्जिद की लड़ाई में जीवन ख़तम कर देना
धर्म वह नहीं जो इमारतों को बनाये
धर्म तोह वह है जो मनुष्य को प्रेम सिखाये
कितना अच्छा होता की हम भी लड़ते
उन दो लखनवी मित्रो की तरह
जो एक दूसरे को आगे करने में ट्रैन भले ही छोड़ दे
मगर इंसानियत और दोस्ती नहीं.

JOKER is Joaquin Phoenix All The Way : Film Review

Joker- The Clown Prince of Crime

As a child, I learned about Joker's cry and his smile. And I have reiterated it many times over the last 2 decades. I wonder if you noticed it or not, the joker never smiles. He has tears in eyes but the smile is painted on the face. Wonder if that is the analogy DC drew for its legendary villain and director Todd Philipps for his hero.

However, with DC Joker, the analogy has been left far behind, giving birth to the new Joker- The Clown Prince of the crime. 

Joker has always been one of my most favorite villains on the big screen ever. Since when? Ever since I saw Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight.

My love for comicverse is challenged by my mood. While I watched Avengers Endgame in great disbelief [it's a superhero, fantasy movie I kept telling myself], I watched Joaquin Phoenix' Joker with a great belief and relevance. 

And the fact that I watched this film on 10th October World Mental Health day, makes a lot of difference and how?

Is that all I think about the film? Well, no. Read more to know more...

What A Performance Joaquin Phoenix

From that starved and bruised body to the intense eyes that speaks to you even when [cliche] he is not speaking, Joker is the Joaquin Phoenix' movie all the way. His nuances, maneuvers and mere glitter in the eyes at certain scenes are strong enough to shoulder the entire movie.

The progression from a mentally devastated, good gestured loner to psychotic criminal Robin Hood is so Au natural, so progressing that you can see the change beginning from his eyes. Even when he kills a man brutally, he invites sympathy and empathy and not shock. His appearance at the chat show and the prelude to which including the imaginary segment wherein he appears as the studio audience, are all heartwarming. The entire piece was so well woven and enacted that it does not look like a scene from a cinema but you feel like real people talking and reacting. That sentence- you have never stepped outside your studio" was powerful enough, to sum up, everything that Arthur wanted to tell the famous chat show host, seamlessly played by ever-charming Robert De Niro.

Zazie Beets as his building neighbor had an impressionable presence too.

In spite of his heinous acts, you don't feel repulsed by Arthur. You feel sad. His delusions don't disgust you but make you feel sorry and empathize. And if there is an iota of feeling that tells you to stand by weaklings, then the movie deserves the Oscar and Joaquin Phoenix- already the best actor of the year.

You feel so bad for the misery that you want to offer help to anyone like him. But then you get worried about the cynical consequences. And then you wonder about the sorry state of medical help/counsel. But as the film narrated- the city was in dire shape and hence it burned to rise again. 

Another beautiful aspect of the film was his premises. The film is set around 70-80s [if am not mistaken] and it does represent that vintage era. From the city to dirty subways to Wayne House,  to the downtown apartment everything represents the Cinematic universe it is set in. 

Joker and World Mental Health day

Sheer coincidence or meticulous planning, that JOKER released around World Mental health day? Whichever, it may be a noteworthy gesture to further reinforce the world about mental health and counsel. I hope this film takes the cause a few notches ahead and inspires people to take stock of this wide-spreading issue. The film briefly talks about child abuse, social division and deep-seated depression/ mental trauma. I would not call mental illness a disease but a deficiency that needs to be tackled. If we grow as conscious towards it as we are towards pulse polio or vaccinations, the trauma could move towards the state of solution. maybe.

However, I do not see it coming when I realized how the entire crowd at the Ahmedabad multiplex was laughing off on the poor midget's misery in a scene. Wonder if that was an intended comic relief, shot within a sinister, in a no humorous film. Or is it just how we see things?


Numerounity Verdict

So we loved the performances, applauded the release around World Mental Health Day, and admired the artwork. How about the film? 

Without giving away a lot about the film, the film is the story of how Arthur Fleck, the small-time clown artist turns into one of the most compelling villains of the Batman universe- Joker. The movie retells the philosophy and metamorphosis of the Joker. How Arthur who lived with his delusional mother Penny Fleck copes with his real and delusional identity.


The story in the first half may appear like an old Bollywood film with greys of "Woh Chokri" starring Pallavi Joshi. Yeah, it gave that vibes. However, the film picks peak potency in the second half which is more compelling, pulsating and moving. 

The film did not make me feel disturbed cause it stated a lot obvious. However, it was heavily aligned towards the darker side. The film is so dark that when the normal and do good characters like hospital record room clerk [played by Brian Henry] comes, you start doubting their integrity and ups your sympathy for Arthur. [though the scene was another powerful scene for me in the whole movie] The film made me wonder if the violence or turning an outlaw is the only redemption? 

A theory that I do not, however, agree to. And it is fine as long as it was only about the story of the Joker's life. However, the first half of the film is quite slow and like I mentioned, cliche. The second part is when the action happens. If the first half is a typical 80s Bollywood fare, the second half is typical 90s Hollywood fare. With the truth about Arthur's existence beginning to unearth, you breathe a sigh that like a legendary Bollywood masala, is not the wronged son of Wayne. 

But do I think that the film is a masterpiece? a Film that will unearth a new psychic intensity? Well, not for me. I have been there and seen that. What was astounding and novel for me? Well, the brilliant performance by Joaquin Phoenix and his happy dance. Also, do not miss the opening scene wherein Arthur Fleck hooks his fingers inside the corners of his mouth and pull it in a simultaneous smile, grimace, and pathos, in front of the mirror. Powerful indeed! 

Go watch this movie if you have not seen already. Though ensure to eat before the film cause I lost my appetite while watching this film. All I needed was lots of water to drink throughout. 

PS: I plan to watch again 'The Dark Knight" for Heath Ledger tonite. Not that I want to compare performances. Maybe. But I just wanted to watch it while seeing the JOKER l[2019] last night. 

I would like to rate the movie 3.5/5

Would I watch another movie with Joaquin Phoenix as a Joker? yes off course. Heard that he is now the official Joker. And it would be interesting to see how he takes the legacy ahead.

Picture sources: google image 

Dream Girl Film Review Starring Ayushmann Khurana.



Once Upon a telephonic time of late 2019, there was a young graduate in Mathura who will impersonate legendary mythological characters like Sita and Radha in cultural plays. He was gifted with an ability to speak both in male as well as a female voice.

Every morning when he wakes up and goes out of his house, he would be greeted by fans across who would touch his feet and seek his blessings, fully knowing that he is an actor. Still, he could not find himself any job in the city [notwithstanding the feet touching fan following] and continue to play female mythological characters wherein he would be rewarded with the highest remuneration.

And then one day he meets a girl at her grandfather's funeral with full blow-dried hair-brush kissed hair and full makeup and falls in love. He starts stalking her and wins her over a song and dance sequence.

In spite of the great economic difference in a city where women from a powerful house can eat bhajiyas near-dead body but cannit go to Ghat. Yet Nobody in her family bothers to ask his occupation or source of income. How Rosy love is!

So our boy finds a job at Faridabad based "sex chat call center", impersonating an ever absconding tele-caller and wooing people across the NCR [From a well-behaved Gujjar boy to a poetically inclined honest constable to a dairy rearing virgin boy and apparently his own father without recognizing his voice. Sahi hai!

And then comes the real tyranny that a street smart boy who can give big lectures on Hindu-Muslim wedding, to woman empowerment but never realizes that her sorry his caller could fall in love with her. Nor did he bothered to take this with his employer who time to time rewards him with money, car and smartwatches. Phew! only to become a villain in the end. A stupid villain who in bid to expose the resigning employees ends up exposing his business. 


And what happens to his fiancee? She learns the truth, surveys the call-center and lectures the owners all within one scene to come terms with her lover boy. Cause if fidelity is not guaranteed at least phone sex will be free. 

In the end, everyone dances to a local number and a Punjabi number and all set well. The boy goes jobless again, playing female mythological characters at local events, publicly offending and breaching his employers' contract that was signed but was never put in any place. Trash Trash!

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It is not that everything is wrong with Dream Girl. It has lot of right elements like impressive star performers like Ayushman Khurana, Vijay Raaz, Annu Kapoor among others. Some of the interesting sequences and a gem of the storyline. However, the film reduces mostly to gags and dialogues than the screenplay.  

There is a scene wherein to withdraw his father from Pooja's syndromes, Ayushman Khurana impersonates a burqa-wearing woman and demotivates his father bringing the Hindu-Muslim angle. But in the next scene, he goes overboard about trying to eliminate the difference that he created firsthand. In the next scene he drinks and admires his father for his abstinence but a scene later he again starts admonishing his father from the thought of remarriage. 

Apparently, the makers wanted everything and end up making the film as khichdi. Had some of these actors not present in the film, it could have easily been labeled as B grade cinema. The script has many red flags and sexist jokes that you will find the whole theatre bursting in laughs. The comedy is overtly sexist, unlike Chichore where the jokes were explicit yet funny. The Mathura setting looked so forced in unlike his previous movies like Badhaai ho, DLKH. Also, I wonder, for a crime at Faridabad, how come a cop at Mathura was booked for investigation?

Among the songs- tere liye dil ka telephone is impressive and rest all is passive. 

Better luck next time.

Numerounity Rating: 2.5/5

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