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Who Killed Sushant Singh Rajput- Bullying, Depression, Lockdown Helplessness or Ambition?

June 17, 2020 1 Comments

It came as a piece of news and soon settled in as a shock, the stoned cold shock that continued even 2 days after his death. As a viewer, I was quite indifferent to the actor's TV stint or upcoming movies. I have seen multiple movies of him [some twice] wherein I liked few and few, I did not like much. It is a normal viewer reaction, amounted equally for all actors- so-called Industry Insiders or outsiders.

While I failed to understand the concept of Industry insider and outsider. For me, all actors are part of the industry especially if they are at least a film or two old. And according to me, Sushant Singh Rajput in spite his boy next door look [ a new, refreshing trend inBollywood] was doing seemingly quite well. He had a stellar list of films wherein he played different characters. A feat that a lot of so-called Industry insiders do not get in their nepotism feathered hats. And that was an outstanding achievement for a TV star after Shah Rukh Khan. The point is not about he being a TV star or being inferior. We all have learned the hard work and hardship that our prime time actors go through shooting "leaps of generations soaps". No matter how many of them aspire to recreate the same magic on the bigger screen, rarely few could succeed, and Sushant Singh R was a brilliant exception. He was not only a prime-time blue-eyed boy but made quite an entry with his first film- Kai Po Che, a multi-starrer with 2 other well-known actors. 

Despite huge popularity, Sadly his name did not figure in any of the best actor/debutante awards until the release of the cult movie- MS Dhoni. However, none of us noticed or perhaps minced words about it. Maybe he did win some awards if not Filmfare. 

But then we know the circus that Indian Film awards are. Yet the circus has sometimes awarded some genuine actors and artists and we wonder how SSR name never sparked a strong candidature unless the untold story of MS Dhoni, a film that made you confuse that who is the real Dhoni? The actor or the cricketer on whose life the film was based. The film indeed had some evergreen songs as well, with one being my most favorite.

The song still haunts me and is my best companion during the time of distress. I have played the song in loop [female version] ever since the release and wondered why is it not given the cult status, a status it deserved. 

Before MS Dhoni, Sushant Singh Rajput had another film released in 2015- Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, another hidden gem starring the actor. I have recently seen the film during the lockdown and could not stop raving at the way it weaved the Byomkesh Bakshy's stories and characters from its more popular TV series. If you have not seen that film, watch it and you will be amazed as I was. 

He also starred in Shuddh Desi Romance [a film that I watched twice and liked], PK [a small but visible role in a big-banner project], Raabta, Kedarnath [another beautiful film which you first like due to Sara Ali Khan but later find her OTT and like the under-dog hero fo the film], Sonchiriya [heard it is another awesome movie] 

What does not kills you, makes you stronger! But what could not make you further stronger, kills you! And guess that's what happened in the actor's case. 

So many varied reasons and emotions may swing in your heart but the truth remained unspoken and unexpressed. The only person who knew the absolute true version left leaving it on everyone's guess and media manipulations. The kind of nonsense you see post the demise of him on social media esp TikTok is so heartbreaking. It seems everyone who would have never made a clip on his performance or songs earlier, is now either giving a version of his tryst, his last hours, reactions of his death and some real non-time stamped videos posing as "exclusive footage". The cyber cell that to date had no issue over pictures of late Divya Bharti[another controversial celeb death], has immediately reacted on circulation of SSR's picture which looked lesser anguishing than hers. Why? What happens to the request of the family to probe into the case? An actor who was good with verses and technology left no note but a deleted tweet? But then we all know how the media carpets truths over stories they want to sell.

A harsh reality, sad turn of events but the person is gone now. A seemingly healthy, sane, ambitious person. He was the AIEEE 7th rank holder who though dropped out during his engineering semesters to follow his ambition of becoming an actor. An ambition that made an academically bright, hailing from a good family boy, start by being a background dancer. Give it to his merit that he had a successful stint on the small screen and transitioned from there to the prestigious YRF banner. A banner that a lot of star kids do not get to work with, whatever the insider scoop it maybe. 

An ambition that did not restrict Sushant Singh Rajput to a one-time wonder boy but had his opportunities to work in some wonderful projects with well-known directors. Let's not talk about the un-materialized projects cause even the brightest and closest in the industry has to undergo such crisis sometimes wherein prestigious and overwhelming projects are shelved. The idea is to keep playing the innings, stay relevant, which I think the departed star did quite well in spite of his feeling of being "left-out". 

Was it the Fear of Missing Out? A FOMO of not being part of some popular coterie in Bollywood? or the failures he faced during the rind? You may never know what breaks a person's heart. A person so ambitious and resourceful to buy the exotic-expensive favorite childhood car and even land on Moon, could not give up to that FOMO alone. Especially when his last released film[Chichore] was all about positivity and looking the bully in the eye. 

You cannot blame everything on failures cause, in this case, failures [if any] looked like a smaller part of the pie. No one in the industry was ever a "Failure-proof" and everyone had their own share of failures in the past and ongoing. An industry that is full of nepotism and casting couch horrors, gave however neglected actor Sushant Singh Rajput more opportunities than it gave to children of superstars in the nouveau era of cinema and content.  

But then there could be many reasons for depression, often accumulates in an unwanted collaboration that you may not be able to foresee or deal with. It is like when a lot of negativity darkens your alley, no matter how much you struggle, often it does not take you towards the light at the other side of the tunnel, so easily. Lone warriors often succumb to brutal accumulations. And IMHO, the fact that you are leaving away from the family does not help much either. 

It may or may not be a lack of shoulders to weep on, share the agony, and expect to accept/settling pacifications. Sometime lack of actions, immediate actions could act against the recovery. The times are such that even the braves are likely to throw themselves to an opportunity of peace or bewildered consolations. 

And while we do not know what actually triggered an educated, bright, meritorious, financially stable young men at his 34 to throw up his hands, speculations aside. Least we can do, is to respect him and be more mindful with people around- direct or indirect. 

For you never know how a small remark could tear apart the silent sufferers, least you would like to be is to be responsible for someone's sorrows. 

While I request you to refrain from making any unkind gesture towards the departed soul, let's pray that no other person is withdrawn to such circumstances wherein he/she ends their life. 

Om Shanti.

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Amitabh Bachchan's Mirza is the Life of Gulabo Sitabo

June 12, 2020 1 Comments

We often get bored seeing the same actor doing a similar kind of performance, mostly OTT in many films. No matter how legendary that actor is, the portrayal becomes cliche film after films and that is why we always appreciate a fresh face on the screen. 

Thankfully there are directors like Shoojit Sircar and actors like Amitabh Bachchan who successfully remodels the molds and brings more freshness to the screen and the subject. Gulabo Sitabo is one such film that makes you empathize with the antagonist and an antagonist like Mirza is beyond the most illuminating legends that we have seen on the silver screen.

And if Gulabo Sitabo works, it solely works on Mirza's however hunched shoulders. A power full performance, and an immortal character after the Geet in Jab We Met!

Unlike Geet, Mirza is selfish, always scheming, the emotionless person whose sole aim in life is to hold the heritage Haveli [however dilapidated it was] that he was living in and for which he married a woman 17 years older to his age. Unlike any Lucknow based stories, there is no romance, no Shayari in this story. The only unsaid romance is between Mirza and his need for money. The Haveli is just a medium that Mirza does not think twice before surrendering it in front of the shrewd builder. Who will rescue this centenary Razia of Haveli from the ceremonial goons is the subject and love your Begum above your haveli is the crux of the film. However, there are many real-life, hard-hitting truths inside. The reality of inveterate tenants trying to usurp a property, the ever landlord-tenant rent war, the harsh truth of government claims over so-called heritage properties in-country, and the undervalued antics sold at larger than life price labels. 

Gulabo Sitabo, from the title to many elements are at the right place, with the right heart. 

What disappoints is the screenplay that starts on high point yet starts dragging in the middle of the film, till the end. The end is tragic. You may call it- tragicomedy as you see the plot slipping away from the protagonist's hands [quite literally], and they portray it well too. However, the story stops pacing well-enough to keep the interest intact. Somewhere it loses the steam and your viewing experience dropping down. 

The setting, the characters all are perfect including a great ensemble of actors like ever-charming Ayushman Khurana, Powerhouse performers Vijayraj, and Brajendra Kalra, the amazing Farrukh Jafar, crispy Shristy Shrivastava, and even Purnima Sharma who played scissor tongued Fauzia. 

The cast is endearing, subtle, and perfect to the characters they played. Thankfully no OTT appearance of any celeb and no item songs. 

Like I said my biggest favorite was the otherwise unscrupulous, single-minded, as wicked as he can get Mirza. The portrayal was less verbal and more powerful that instead of sneering at his silly acts, you find them silly and amusing. He makes the greedy acts look justified and you end up empathizing with him. 

The movie is a good reckoner of exploitation in society without bringing any religious or cultural or cinematic undertone anywhere. I think after the splendid film- October, I was highly looking upon this film [umm I love the way the title rings up] and was ecstatic to see it released on Prime Video amidst the depressing COVID. I think Tragic-comedy is not the genre that we are prepared to see at such times and maybe that's why the film bordered on slight disappointment. 

The disappointment lied in the expectation. Like Gulabo-Sitabo [a traditional puppet show where two women constantly bicker over each other], you wanted to see the two characters- Banke and Mirza's bickering and one-upmanship over each other, which they do as well. However, adding too many angles caused few non-seamless wrinkles affecting the overall experience. Nevertheless, on a scale of 5, the movie with all its heart at the right places and a fabulous Mirza deserves 4/5.

How come? The screenplay may have faltered at some point but the overall story and that legendary Mirza claimed additional points for the portrayal indeed. Besides, the underlying message of older people, older heritages getting old and lonely is hard-hitting as always and reminds you of many injustices done to them in the name of archaeology, antics valuation, and more. The movie is also a farce on people who thinks themselves smarter than others.

A Special Mention to True to Life Portrayls and dialogues

The movie has some real heartwarming scenes and touching dialogues that I want you to experience first-hand. There are scenes that you cannot miss. Like the one where Mirza asks a street food hawker to calculate 12 X 2500, an amount suggested by his lawyer or the scene where he picks a packet from Bankey's flour mill, so real and spontaneous. One can go on and on in a review but best is that you see and feel the film on your own.

Let me know if you want this review to be in the Gulabo-Sitabo kinda mode? I will be happy to improvise this even as Mrs. Khanna for you.

Mrs Khanna who? Forgotten? Our Khanna Aunty from Three Idiots and Smart Device Fame :)


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Roti, GST And Parota : How Indian politico is Fighting A Pandemic -Covid

June 12, 2020 0 Comments

If there is one country that works on Bhagwan bharose [Allah, Christ, Nanakji, Cow, Birsa Munda included], it is India for sure. And COVID19 is a great eye-opener to those who still live under the rock. 

And there are plenty of such people who are still crying India-Pakistan, Hindu-Muslim, BJP-Congress-Kejriwal, JNU-Netflix-Reservation. Only Corona could have shut up these people. It seems even Corona failed to shut them up. 

It is not just the divisive politics that Corona failed to kill, it also failed in many fields viz- the over-rated India Medical System, Make In India, and even the governance. 

Do I sound like anti-Bhakt? Well, I was never a bhakt nor Congressi nor AAP-tarian. I do not even have a ration card. I am born to fund money for Parliamentarians' subsidized canteens. Still, they do not report to work and often cause a lockdown even before Corona stole their ideas.  I am a bruised and battered Indian who had a good experience of living and traveling at different parts of the homeland to understand the biographies better. But that does not count. Cause I am no one and my voice makes no noise, yet I will sing. 

I am another victim of heavy taxation who thought that GST is a good relief. Indeed not to a consumer like me who continues to pay a high price for basic goods and services including the 18% tax at all levels. Apparently, my Tax deducted at source was not sufficient enough to fill the gap between taxpayer and non-taxpayer. So like any employer who gives more work to the most hard-working staff, I am levied with more taxes at every level. Even if I want to buy some food or even medicine, I need to pay tax. I may have an employment or no, but I have to pay tax, heavy tax. 

While government [any present or past] does nothing to better up my employment prospect or make life-supporting Infrastructures, I wonder what and where the government spends that money. A look at large, widely spread, well-trimmed Lutyens area and highly paid celeb MPs, endorsing more products, demanding crores for fees per ad/public appearances, and adding the incremental cost to the pricing, rest my queries.

Sometimes I feel, India problem does not lie in religious wars or China threat, it is highly contributed by system's insufficiency and moreover by citizen's insensitivities. 

China you are wasting your time to plunder India. Trust me our politicians have left nothing in the country for you to usurp. The milieu that does scams even with animal fodders, do you really think they have left any natural resources good enough for you to gain? Even if they mistake left a void there, trust me the citizens/ industries would have pawed them already. Haan if you want to eat beef, you can find that plenty here cause the way cows are largely treated in India, it is better that they were extinct. And then we will see what these self-righteous businesses, revolts would do without them. Maybe they will find another animal to explore, exploit, and sustain. 

The Make in India Mishap
I remember how excited I was to learn about the "Make in India" initiative. I even spent a day, standing for hours in a long queue to enter the exhibits and successfully kept myself safe inside the crowded display of Pepsi, Nestle and all that reminisce less of manufacturing but marketing. There were panel discussions, celeb chef masterclass, and whatnot, all like an idea that fondles self to stay in the steam. The idea fizzled out soon and in spite of hearing news on new units manufacturing more than 1,00,000 PPEs in a day, you fail to find a decent mask/ glove or a single reliable test kit to check the health of a normal citizen from an infected one. 

In such critical times, we have the home state of our PM running among the top COVID patients across the country and yet 

I remember the joke they had on Delhi Police and it's confession tactics. I think it had affected the entire chain of those health warriors who approved a random-looking machine as ventilators and still used on their unassuming patients. Scam, Scam, India has SCAM written all over even at such Pandemic times where the state health minister conveniently gives health app authority to her relative's company who botch up the numbers to show a lesser number of cases. Unfortunately, the minister, the make-believe machines, all lies there and what vanishes is the _Trust!

The only beam of hope at such times were the doctors. But even those warriors were not given ample protection gear. Apparently, health ministry literary took them as Gods, read CORONA proof. 

And in a large number of places, doctors are truly the Gods now as you may stand a chance to see them only post your death these days, if only you did good karma. Cause there are patients dying between shuffling from hospital to another in the hope of some checkup, leave alone treatment. Those who were able to successfully get admitted struggled to drink water and found missing. While you and I thought they ran away from the dreadful isolation wards, they were missing and found dead inside the toilets [ref news].

It is not just the patients that went missing. Even the citizens' contribution fund that was diverted to a new PM cares fund instead of the PM relief funds, remains a mystery. Instead, you get a new line item for the GST- Parota.

Overnight the unassuming Parota, a richer cousin of Roti found himself wrapped in more taxes than the dough- called GST. At 18% A roti with additional ghee/butter found a new avenue to earn money for the bureau, wherein the cow that blended that butter gets nothing but a bomb in the mouth. How about Pooris, Naan, and Kulcha? Also, if I dine at a restaurant that misspelled south Indian Parota to North India Parantha, what would be the tax I should be paying? If I order a bread basket, how is the government going to ascertain the taxation and pricing? And Daal-Dhokli? And how many layers should qualify for a Parota? Suppose the restaurant serves me parota with 2 layers, can they charge me 18% GST or it has to be a minimum of 9 layers? How the billing will be done when I order 4 Rotis, 2 Parota, a bread basket? Would there be a "Value Added GST"? Psss I am asking too many questions, complex ones from a government that announces dramatic currency demobilization overnight without a single simple system in the place. By the way who is going out in pandemic to relish the rotis at a restaurant? Should not we first look after finding a way to cure the Pandemic first?

Psst, plus! You cannot blame the government alone when it has to deal with citizens as absurd as ours. The entire motion of Parota looks like a parody when some of the self-righteous citizens equate it with beef.  Ah! the ever-righteous beef eaters, who think it is their birthright to slaughter cows and eat beef to just protest the government. For them, it is ok to slaughter speechless animals for their meat. And these people cry if someone taxes their foods, but no tears shed on animal cruelty. The 18% GST looks more logical to such reasonings. Or is it Nityanand's conspiracy to move the population to a Caribbean island?

A regular citizen feels as helpless as the bereaved elephants, cows, and other animals that are doused with explosives and left to die on their own. The circus got a new topic to bake their roti, and the common man continues to suffer.

But if this is the survival of powerful over lesser powerful, and killings animals for meat is right, then Pandemic will be justified too. My only regret is- why the self-reliant, sensitive population should suffer? Why the pandemic that shook the world with a bat soup is not an example enough for a more inclusive world? How many floods, cyclones, quakes do we need to understand a simple philosophy of Earth? 

India before Corona looks like a dream and India after Corona appears to be a horrible nightmare. Let's keep the Karma clean and high. Let's look for newer and better ways to live. 

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Corona, Politics & search for an incorruptible administrator – What lies ahead for India??

June 09, 2020 1 Comments

Here we are sitting at home isolating self and fearing for the near & dear ones’ safety from Corona with deep sense settling slowly that Government has left all of us to fend for self and has forced us to practically play hide & seek against the Virus.

At such grave times, the News that has left me baffled is of Gujarat Congress moving its MLAs to resorts after resignation of 3 MLAs ahead of Rajya Sabha Polls. Apparently, Congress is forced to make such move to stave off any poaching of its MLAs from the ruling BJP. It’s the same day when State of Gujarat has observed nearly 500 additions in cases of Corona with tally of deceased crossing 1200. By global standards and what west has seen, this may not be a huge tally but what stands out is the abject surrender by Government of Gujarat before the disease & the Virus stating that more tests will lead to 70% of the population testing positive for COVID[-19].

With this prelude, let us analyze implications of such abject surrender

In 2014, most of the people who voted for Modi saw him as an administrator who had vastly improved the economy of State of Gujarat and had no corruption record against him. People hoped that being a strong administrator, he will root out corruption and take India to glorious heights. Essentially, majority of the people supporting Modi desired a nationalist at the helm of the nation especially in the backdrop ever-growing list of corruptions scandals of the UPA era (2004-2014). However, given that largely Hindus support the BJP, almost everyone confused the Nationalist identity of significant number of pro-Modi voters with as Hindutva support / fanatics and have not been able to differentiate between the two.

As the years progressed, larger masses have had no issues with Modi Government as it kept both the Nationalists and the Hindutva supporters happy. Nationalists were happy by a perceived non-corrupt Government which could flex muscles against terrorists and Pakistan and Hindutva supporters were happy by barrage of actions / wins over Muslims which they have seen as anti-Hindus over centuries of rules under Mughals and then Congress.

While there was criticism in respect of slow rate of growth, hopeless implementation of Demonetization & GST and social discord, Modi came back to power in 2019 merely on account of:

1. Populaces’ continued believe that he is a good administrator and his intentions are of nation building

2. Lack of honest and credible opposition

a. Opposition is marred with a poor track record

b. No one sees Rahul Gandhi as a credible opposition or even fancies a chance of him being a good & honest administrator

c. Opposition did not do itself any favour by siding with JNU students who shouted anti-India slogans

d. Appeasement policies are detested by the majority

3. He needs to be given more time to prove himself as he had to find his way out of the Congress designed system of last 60+ years

4. Corruption is far lesser than previous regime

5. And his rhetoric against Pakistan especially the Balakot & Uri strikes

Essentially it was not his good work of nation building but it was the hopeless opposition and populaces’ hope that got him the 2nd chance.

However, just post the election of 2019 when everyone expected him to reinvigorate economy, he selected a finance minister whose first maiden budget thrashed hopes of the nationalists of any change.

So clearly nationalists are gradually getting disillusioned from the Modi Government. And any hope which they had of Modi Government performing is waning and is waning rapidly. People have come to realize that this Government cannot handle the matters related to economy, however good the intentions be. Speeches of Modi which were one time galvanizing the nation are getting routinely repetitive and are either bereft of content or fails miserably in demonstrating actual success on the ground. 

The balance confidence which Nationalists had on Modi has been lost in the handling of Covid:

1. Government’s thrust to reduce number of tests / patients by blocking access to medical facilities to general public is criminal

2. Poor implementation of ~2.5+ months long lockdown with no discernable benefits other than slowing down the spread by a couple of months

a. Infact delayed permission of travel to migrant laborers has pushed corona deep into the country which seriously lacks medical infrastructure

3. Paucity of test kits even after months – No nationalist can accept that Government cannot develop a test kit (we are not talking about medicine or vaccine) or in worst case not procure sufficient test kits – it only demonstrates that government is clueless in its handling of the matter

4. Promoting PM Cares over PM National Relief Fund – It does not feel right to many people

5. No tangible updates from very senior members of the Government

6. Many policy flip-flops

While full impact of Corona is yet to unfold and many of us may suffer (though wish no one of us do!!), what’s most infuriating is that main party’s media cell is already trying to paint a rosy picture and as usual trying to go gaga over the accomplishments of the leader. Only hope that it’s not too early in the day.

Other factors that have started weighing heavily in the minds of populace is the strong-armed tactics against all the four pillars of the democracy. Media is either being bull-dozed by various arms of the government and / or people are being personally targeted in this era of Social Media. Judges roaster is being played around and are being pulled out of the matters which they are hearing. In every state poaching is being tried and it is gradually becoming an accepted norm. The alleged action of BJP in the state of Gujarat will irk any person with sensible mind. At a time when state is unable to fight the invisible enemy and state has virtually surrendered (read above), such undemocratic measures are being used by the party in power. Such actions are certainly not good for democratic set-up and need to be thwarted by the overwhelming majority of Nationalists who have in the past supported Modi.

There have been some positives also and some ministers have tried to do the best they could do but on an overall basis the need of the current Government to have an iron fist approach and to operate always as if in election mode, has not served well generally. Not delving here over other issues such as social discord, preferentialism, corruption etc.

At the last, can only hope that either Modi Government changes its tracks or Congress elects an incorruptible administrator (word administrator is used after much deliberation!!) as its party Chief or their leader for the post of Prime Minister. There is no doubt that a good leader at the helm of Congress will draw huge support from the masses and will be potent force against the Modi.

Only hope that one of the two aforementioned events don’t occur not too late in the day and the country is in safe hands!!!


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The Pregnant Elephant Killing in Kerala And Continued Animal Cruelty in World

June 04, 2020 , 0 Comments

Just A Murder, A Killing or Heinous Crime?

A pregnant elephant died after being fed a cracker laden pineapple in Kerala. And no it was not an instant death like you fed the poor speechless animal a pineapple, elephant says ouch and passes off to reach the St Heaven's door. It was a heinous, cruel, painful death that apparently burned the internal organs of the "speechless" animal who stood inside a water body till her death in hope for any mercy or any relief. As she died, suffering the unspeakable, excruciating pain, with her, her unborn fetus died too. 

If this is not terrorism then what is it? Maybe worst than terrorism. 

This is not an accident, but to me, it sounds more like a manifested and executed crime. Animal Cruelty and killing is nothing new in a state like Kerala. Kerala, allegedly the most literate state in India. Kerala, a self-proclaimed "God's Own Country". Kerala the first few states in India with a large number of reported COVID cases. In fact, I was in great admiration of the state with the way it was dealing with COVID. I started having more respect for the state. All my discussions on COVID and the current situation went mentioning and praising its state. Alas, "God's Own Country" does not justify such a heinous act. 

Justice Denied in Justice Prohibited

When I read this news first, I was shocked to know that someone had the heart to feed anyone a cracker, especially an animal. A speechless animal who did no harm. An animal that is one of the highlights to bring tourism to the state that is infamous for its industrial evolution. Yes, I am very sad to make such statements but I am highly disappointed with the state that perpetrates animal cruelty and does nothing to set things right.  

And about people condemning animal rights by trying to dilute justice with underprivileged, please grow some conscience. Please. How long will you play a separatist card to sweep all the issues down under the carpet? Nothing justifies Human cruelty towards animals. Just cause animals cannot vote, does not mean they do not have rights. The nation that cannot protect its flora and fauna, least it could do for its citizens. 

Pineapple Bomb, Really?
Come every Diwali and I hear "ban the crackers" loud and clear everywhere. And I always supported the movement too. I have seen people's overdrive to light dangerous crackers especially that 5000+ patakha ladis [string bombs] on series that cause immense pain to human beings wonder what they do to the street and domestic animals. So when I hear things like- Elephant was fed the pineapple bomb that is made to kill the wild boars, it raised many questions in my mind. Like - what is all with the killing of wild boras to use their skin/meat? and why a "Pineapple bomb"? 

Do we not have the culture of high fence to create boundaries against any infiltration? Those boundaries with glass pieces are only for humans? Yet we designed "pineapple style" bombs/crackers and if that is legal? 

I have two dogs. If you give them anything, they will smell before chomping it inside the mouth. I believe every animal has that instinct to smell and observe the food before gulping. And pineapple not being a regular fruit for elephant, what are the odds that elephant ate it by mistake and if not fed in the garb of a natural fruit? Where are the post-mortems report? What the law-abiding locals of sorry to say- God's own country was doing when they saw an elephant standing in the middle of the water for days? Where were the Forest officers? Why the sudden change in official statements when the matter became public? Too many questions yet barely any answers.

Kutta, Suwar, Jaanwar Kahi me, Mein Tera Khoon Pee Jaonga
I think a lot of problem lies here. lies in our day-to-day verbal expletives in real and reel world. We have attached the "Jaanwar" [animal] word so inveterately with vices, giving a natural disgust to the word. Like stalking and women objectification, this is another decades-long mal-practice of Cinema- Indian or Western. Why our abuses/ expletives need to be attached to an animal known otherwise for its loyalty like a dog? In any case, there is no expletive attached to an elephant, then what propagated such hatred or such cruelty? 

The Internet of Things, The Angles of Issues
I first read about this cruelty two days back when I started posting about it. There were fewer posts that made me sad on our collective stands on important issues like this. I was sad to see an almost negligible discussion on this. Apparently, the paid trends of Twitter have left a really little consciousness in the user's mind. 

I went around some important "active" handles to see their response to such a thing in India. Disappointing! Except for one celeb, not many people talked about it. Even the handles responsible for biodiversity was mum about it. All this happened just a day after the respected PM gave a speech on Biodiversity days before World Environment Day. 

Mindful Stirrings, Mindless Shakings

Thankfully, there are some stirring online on this topic today. However, with the mindful stirring, a lot of mindless shaking is also coming. Some popular media and people have started linking this issue with religion and political warfare. All to sweep this under the carpet? Well, that's how we deal with issues in India. We sweep it down the carpet by transposing, inter-linking it with irrelevant issues. Some have galls to compare the dead Elephant with the likes of human vs human meanderings, while some are conveniently bringing the religious angle to the whole issue. The fact remains- this inhuman deed has happened and happened in the area with the stated stats. There is no denial in that. Playing a religion or political card is unfair and totally Karmic. You may not be able to stop it but you can always pray for empathy and hope some of these "attention-seeking" noises grow some conscience.

We as a nation stood for mass-murderers like Kasab in the name of human rights but who cares when an animal dies? Why go far? I once cracked a joke on a Patanjali product in a family Whatsapp group, it gave all right to a senior patriarch relative to verbally abuse and ostracize me. Glad he stopped at that. Whereas his son made a full FB mockery of me when I questioned his Political leaders' move against migrants in Corona. These are the same people who got shook when Kashmir faced political lockdown but no words for a speechless animal. Unless we do not rid "politics" from the "cause", there will be no respite, no resolutions.

I really hope that like Nirbhaya, this heinous act should get enough momentum, proceeded by speed justice to bring some law/action towards Animal protection. We failed to nip animal cruelty at the bud, but if we fail now, we would be giving way to more heinous crimes not just towards animals but towards humans as well. 

The World Needs Massive Law Against Animal Cruelty
The world is inundated with human stupidity wherein they mess up with nature and disturb the balances. The growing number of Cyclones, Quakes, Global Warming, and Pandemics are evidence of the same.

Fight with equals! Unless a carnivore becomes a life threat, what is the point of taking a gun and killing all sorts of animals in the food chain an adventure? Real adventure and thrill would be when you can fight them down using your real strength and only when they become a real-life threat and all measures to control fails. Be a human, a supposedly most evolved specimen with intelligence. Killing or torturing speechless animals for your beauty products, medical testing, fun, false supremacy, experimentation, or fun is not fun but cowardice. If human killings/atrocities on human bother you, then animal cruelty and slaughterhouses should not let you sleep. Since you have evolved from stone-age to the digital age, channelize your testosterone or righteousness for creating a better world, a win-win solution for all kinds of life. That should be your true purpose.  

Time to act, time to give justice a chance. When you are not the authority, be the voice. 

If that is too hard, eat an exploding cracker and remain quiet/alone without any help for a few minutes. Maybe you need some bunions to gain empathy.

Let Justice and Empathy prevail!
A Very Angry and Heartbroken Author

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बदलते चेहरे

May 09, 2020 0 Comments

वह सूरत जो पहले  बिलकुल अपनी सी लगती थी।
अब उसे देख पहचानना बहुत मुश्किल होता  है।

देखती रहती हूँ उन आँखो को में,
जिन में कभी अपना अक्स दिखता था। दिखता था जिन्मे कभी किए दर्द कोई अपने लिए,
उन्न आँखो में अब ख़ुद को दूँढ़  पाना बड़ा मुश्किल है।

मुश्किल तो यहाँ जीना भी बहुत लगता है।
मगर हर वक़्त दिल को बहला के जीने को जीना भी नहीं कहते।

वो जो पहले अपनो से भी ज़्यादा अपना लगता था,
उसकी आँखो में अपने लिए बेग़ानियत अब खलती है।
खलती तो ग्रीष्म मौसम में उसके सीने की ठंडक भी है।
सर्दियों में जिस नफ़रत से हाथ जल जाया करते थे,
उन्ही नफ़रतों से इस दिल को रोशन कर रखा है मैंने।

क्यूँ ऐसा होता है ज़िंदगी के साथ?
की जो कभी  प्यार लगता था, अब वही धोका सा महसूस होता है। 
जिसके लिए दुनिया छोड़ने को राज़ी थे हम,
उसके लिए आज यह साँसे ही बोझ लगती है।

हम जिस प्यार के नाम पर अपने आप को धोका देते रहे
उसकी असली शक्ल देख हम रो पड़े तो क्या हुआ?
आँसूओ से कई बार धूँधली पड़ी नज़र भी साफ़ हो जाती है। 

अब जब हम देख ही रहे है तो फिर भी सब धूँधला सा ही लगता है।
जाने इतनी धुँध कहा से छा आयी है।
हम तो हर वक़्त हाथ में कपड़ा रख साफ़ करते चले गए।
अब वो मैल हम ही पर कालिख बन लगायी है, तो हम क्या करे? 

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Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan is Way Kuch Zyada Film! Review

May 07, 2020 0 Comments

There is a theory that suggests the reason behind a lot of love stories not ending in marriage or facing way too heat is the absence of family consent. A larger part of the Indian family could not digest the idea of their child marrying someone they have not selected and causes many disruptions. While some painstakingly sail through those disruptions, many falter. 

The film Shubh Mangal Jyada Savdhan very diligently sails through all this with a fresh new angle of LGBT marriage/relationship.

The Shubh- Mangal of it

I was quite excited to watch this movie. It has many of my favorite assets- Ayushmann Khurana, Jeetu sir, and cream of an ensemble cast including Neena Gupta and Gajdhar Rao.

The movie had an interesting subject too- an LGBT relationship. That is how a conservative family takes on such kind of marriage and relationship. It has another important satire that a lot of people missed- Goggle's wedding- A plump looking gal whose' uncle by mistake shot her eye with a Gulel and in spite of being a researcher, never thought about an eye transplant. 

Moving ahead- we have the two protagonists- Karthik and Aman who are small-time salesmen, one-time Jodi makers [they help a friend with benefit run away with her lover], and every time an awkward lover on screen. Well, that is the Zyada Savdhan of it.

The Zyada Savdhan of it

The previous Shubh Mangal Savdhan franchise had an interesting take on erectile dysfunction. The subject and the treatment of the film was indeed a worthy watch. So when you learn about a likable project returning with a new and interesting subject, you are naturally curious to watch it. 

Given my limited knowledge and understanding on the LGBT relation, I was quite keen to see it unfold in an Ayushman Khurrana Project. 

And if you have seen TVF webisodes and still do not like Jeetendra Kumar, you are most likely to be not so normal. Sorry but he really grows on you with his consistently good performance. And he was quite good in the film too.

He made the otherwise drab looking film worth watching scene after another OTT scene. I am afraid the same could not be said for the otherwise delightful Ayushman Khurana.

The Zyada of the FILM

There quite a lot of unnecessary "zyada" in the film. Starting from the over spirited performance of Ayushmann Khurana [ at one point it looks as if he is goading an unassuming Aman into the relationship], over spirited Gajdhar Rao and the constant dragging of the subject. The metaphor of Kaali Gobhi goes a long way and feels good only at the climax. Sometimes you feel if the metaphor is for the lead characters or working against them.

However, if you watch the movie for the second time, some of these flaws may give way to more applauds and regards. 

Overall The Subh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan

The film had all essential elements and successfully nudges many inappropriate practices like patriarchy, the Tripathi's' way of dealing with an uncomfortable relationship- like denial, repulsion, blackmail, shame, overbearing cultural rituals where they conveniently declared their son dead and performs his final rituals just to prove their point. The film very brilliantly accentuated the gimmickry that goes around when it comes to a relationship some of us feel is unacceptable. 

The film has many interesting ironies that if pondered upon, could pave way for better relationships. For example- Aman's father is a renowned Agro scientist who redesigns a popular crop, uses the latest technology, and considers himself superior over his family yet he could not digest the fact that his only son could be gay. He forgets that part of the science conveniently. He is ok if his pointless discoveries could cause riots in the city but any opposition at his home is not acceptable. He is ok if the daughter of the family is missing since her wedding is called off even in the riot driven state, but he is not ok if his son chooses a life partner.

Well DDLJ is passe, SMZS should be the next love bible for all the love birds. 

While there may be fewer "Zyada",  If you can skip the "zyada" part of the film, then this film in all its entirety is an important lesson to learn and understand. The film may not be as crisp as the trailer but it is full of metaphors that you will like watching. 

The film may not work as well on our semi-urban senses as it should do on the lesser sophisticated ones. And that is the battle half won. And do not by what some critics/ viewers have to say otherwise- kyunki like love, jo concept inke dimaag mein fit nahi baithta, yeh usko dabaaa date hai.

Kudos to Ayushmaan Khurana and the entire team. bring more such cinema that challenges a lot of social "fixed in the mind" legacy!

My Rating 4/5 Stars


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Is Vijay Deverakonda A World Famous Lover? Review

May 04, 2020 , 0 Comments

I did not felt Arjun Reddy, to be a gross misogynist film, in fact I liked that movie 3000 times better than its mindless Bollywood copy. Post the movie, Telugu actor Vijay Deverakonda got a new fan in the Hindi speaking crowd. 

I kind of liked Vijay D screen presence and performances so much that I quickly end up watching his 2 other Telugu films- Dear Comrade and NOTA. And quite liked them too. And then came- World Famous Lover.

World Famous Lover

After Doordarshan, YouTube, online video streaming like Prime Video and Netflix is the greatest tool for movie lovers like us who may not know the language but we love watching regional esp South Indian movies with subtitles. The dubbed ones are gross injustice and unless you do not have some hold on those languages, their demographies, you may not like/ relate to the concepts. So learn to speak "Ra" in at least 3 different forms or end your statements with "Endi" before you watch a Telugu movie or spend time at these regions, wholeheartedly like I did. 

Thanks to Netflix, I can watch the film [decently subtitled] in the comfort of my bedroom and surprisingly with my husband. My husband does not like watching Regional films unless they are dubbed in Hindi and spells- MASALA, so that's why it was a surprise element. Or maybe my Lockdown Pasta did the trick but we watched this movie.

So, let's talk about this movie- The World Famous Lover. 

World Famous Lover is 3 stories in one [not linked] with a self-absorbed protagonist. The protagonist who is a charming misogynist, almost all through the film. Yes, I used that word. And they have tried to use this adjective, throughout the first half, quite well. They actually showed him as a chauvinist and a self-obsessed person. Even though the two chalk and cheese stories, he lived in. 

The first story set in a coal mine project- Yelladu. I was very fascinated to see a story set in Yelladu mines, there were quite some rustic elements attached to it but when I saw a cheesy Human Welfare officer and the union leader romancing over the mines, lying over the coal grounds- I was like -WTF!

The only saving grace of the story was the lead actress Aishwarya Rajesh -who played the role of Suvarna. Suvarna who had no OTT dialogues or scenes and makes you move with her character. 

The movie then moves to Paris with a cliche written all over. And by this time you are already bored with the film and want it to conclude asap. 

From this point of time, you really do not want to tug along. But the film drags, unfortunately, scene after scene. All your hopes are pinned for the climax.

Climax sigh came after quite a long time and in spite of how respondent it was, you were happy that this over finally. It saved you from the guilt of finding the faults in the lackluster film thoroughly when it was actually a gem. No, it wasn't. Even though it intended to, the end result was disappointing. 

The climax is a modified version of Arjun Reddy. Arjun Reddy a film so cult that even a bad copy of that film (Kabir Singh) sold like hotcakes. No Vijay D we expected more from you.

World Famous Lover is a complete formula-driven film. It tries to encash almost the same formula it used in Arjun Reddy, with more grandeur but it failed for me, failed miserably. I feel Arjun Reddy was a cult classic in spite of many disturbing elements it was accused of.

World Famous Lover is a story of 2 modern-day lovers- Gautham and Yamini with 2 interwoven stories set at 2 different places and 2 different classes.

The film is not about the writing block but the mental block that one parter often develops in a relationship. The writing is good- missed with fresh approach and cliches alike but somehow it does not stitch that well.

The movie had quite some aggressive moments esp the one where Gautham dents a stranger's car unapologetically and ends up thrashing him with the stone. It was unnecessary heroism and makes you despise the character even more. Besides, it sends the wrong precedents without any rhyme and reason, just to bring the jail angle to it.

There are too many loopholes- like Vijay claims to have written many books but have not taken for publishing cause he believed they had no souls. And I wonder how that Paris story suddenly grew a soul and sells 5 million copies and yet is termed- incomplete. Maybe I missed the piece somewhere but it didn’t link to me how the story of Paris and Yellandu had an unfinished climax to Gautham and Yamini’ story? Anyways. The breakdown scene was unnecessary, the emotional outburst was moving but stretched too far. Unfortunately, The world-famous lover begins to isolate and scares you with his shenanigans.

Let's talk about other actors who made this movie worked, for whatever charm it had.

The movie had 4 different lead actresses. Rashi Khanna played Yamini and was such a delight to watch. Given her supremely good looks I for once mistook her to be the late Vinod Khanna’s daughter. Her acting was subtle n styling was a charm. Aishwarya's Suvarna was brilliant indeed. Paris was cliche but it was nice to watch Izabelle on celluloid after a long time.

Overall all the actresses were great and looked beautiful.

Maybe they were overcompensating for his not so inspiring, not so impressive look or demeanor throughout. No, he did look reasonably good in the Yellandu union leader role but it was the flawless Suvarna who stole his thunder. Actually, why complaining, it was meant to be that and that's when you applaud Vijay Deverakonda who is not insecure to play the "wrong" cameo.

Unfortunately, Vijay D is typecasted in this role, in a film so lackadaisical, so OTT that it will take a real good character and plot for him to emerge back. And please no psycho lover with the pseudo path of self-destruction leading to self-discovery. Maybe a stronger man like we see emerging in NOTA.

The film indeed has few charming stuff like air diving which was superbly shot. Overall I feel that the movie really had a soul but it goes juxtapose here and therein the transition. 

Here is what I liked about the film-

1) The Yelandu story- beautifully written and shot.
2) The lead actresses
3) A scene where Gautham cries that he has no one in the world- makes you feel empathetic and angry at the same time.
4) The sky diving scene was breathtaking and inspiring.

What I disliked
1) Unnecessary aggression
2) Idolizing Smoking even in the face of pain.

And in spite of its dull treatment, it felt better than the utter chauvinistic/misogynist films like PKP and sweetie Titu sagas which have only one track approach towards cliche women and non-respecting men and makes someone else pay for your entertainment. But living a society, you need to evaluate all stories unless they create unwarranted havoc. Unfortunately, I wonder if WFL is somewhat a waste of all efforts. Go watch to have your own opinion.

PS I have heard that KJO has bought the remake rights of the film, so you may never know that it becomes next PKP ver 3 of Bollywood or yet another Kalank. Wait and watch, Bollywood ripping another good movie.

My rating 2.5/5 stars.

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किसी की छत, किसी का फ़र्श ।

April 25, 2020 0 Comments

किसी की छत, किसी का फ़र्श होती है।
जो छत सिर पे चढ़ जाए 
वो ज़मीन बन क़दमों में भी सिमटती है। 

जिसे समझ ख़ाक तुम पैरों तले रोंदते हो,
वह कभी बन के आसमा तुम्हें अपने में पनाह देती है।

यह बनती है बेजान चीज़ों से 
मगर कितनी जानो को यह संजोति है।

दोनो हो भले ही एक दूसरे से पृथक
मगर दीवारों से सरपरस्त जुड़ी है।

स्तंभों से मिलकर यह एक दूसरे के साथ खड़ी है।
एक को छोड़ दूसरे को बेहतर बनाओगे,
तो कभी गिर, या कभी भीग जाओगे।

जब छत और फ़र्श के मक़ाम को बराबर समझ पाओगे,
और बन के एक सीधी इनसे जुड़ जाओगे,
तभी तुम एक सफल मकान बना पाओगे।


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दिया जलाओ इंडिया! India Fights Corona | 5th April! 2020

April 05, 2020 , 0 Comments

दिया जलाओ मगर 

दिया जलाओ मगर 
दूसरी लाइट्स वगेरह मत बुझाओ 
एक रोशनी को बुझा के दूसरी को जलाया तो क्या कमाल किया?

रोशनी- रोशनी होती है 
उसमें भी भेद-भाव मत लाओ।

Solidarity दिखाने के और भी कई तरीक़े है,
वो जो कर्मचारी, लाक्डाउन के बावजूद, हर दिन corona के ख़तरे को झेल कर, 
पावर ऑफ़िस जाता है,
यह सुनिस्चित कर आता है 
की लाक्डाउन में भले ही राशन ना मिले
पर रोशनी बने रहे,
थोड़ी सॉलिडैरिटी उसके लिए भी लाओ।

क्यूँकि हर चीज़ प्रधान मंत्रीजी ही क्यूँ आपको बताए?
मुश्किल की घड़ी में कितनो को कितनी चीज़ें समझाए?
थोड़ा अपना दिल-दिमाग़ भी लगाओ।

एक रोशनी के लिए, दूसरी रोशनी को मत बुझाओ।
दिया जलाओ मगर दूसरी लाइट्स वगेरह को मत बुझाओ।
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Get Irrationally Passionate with Jason Kothari | Book Review

March 19, 2020 0 Comments

A Book Review After A Long Time

A lot of my readers have asked me about the new book that I plan to review. Apparently, some people miss reading book reviews on my blog. There are quite some reasons for not doing book reviews. The top two are-

1) My pref of non-fiction over Fiction.
2) Not getting enough time to read

I have given up on fiction and Indian writers [largely] a long time back. What excites me most is to read non-fiction and especially biographies. While there are quite some biographies of well-known public figures in society, finding time to read is kind of a luxury. A luxury unless you come across a highly compelling title that tempts you enough to pick up and go page by page.

One such book in recent times is- Irrationally Passionate by Jason Kothari.

Irrationally Passionate: Book Review

So, what made this a compelling read? Compelling enough to pick it up, read and talk about? 

I, unfortunately, I would not say the title. Nor the author. For the simple reason, it is an autobiography, and if I am not mistaken, Mr. Kothari is the first time author.

So what compelled me about this about?

It is the life story and journey of the author, a young entrepreneur across countries, industries, and companies that makes it an irresistible read. 

JK [Jason Kothari] started his career as an assistant to the legendary [and my childhood favorite] Jackie Chan in Hongkong. He went on to lead and transform new-age companies like Snapdeal,, and recharge, and those anecdotes are what pulled me further to the book. 

About the Book

Title: Irrationally Passionate
Author: Jason Kothari
Genre: Auto-Biography
Edition: Hardcover [kindle edition also available]
Price on Amazon: Rs 456
No of Pages: 234

There are around 11 chapters in the book, starting from "Be True To Your Roots, Embrace Your Passion" wherein the author talks about his early childhood, his days in boarding school trying to fight the racism and taming the bully. It also talks about his life in Paris and Hongkong. Telling more about the book may give substance out instantly. Which I urge you should rather read to absorb. 

The book proceeds from one chapter to another, verbally illustrating one experience from the other, giving great insights into his life and times as an entrepreneur. 

My Turnaround From Rebel To Entrepreneur 

This is the tagline of the book, another compelling factor that draws you to the narrative. Often we know entrepreneurs as a disciplined bunch. However, coming across ones who are more rebellious in nature, makes it more interesting to read and know how the author channeled his rebellion into business transformation and global experience. 

Picture this, we all read and love comic books as kids. How many of us actually go 2 steps ahead and help salvage our fav comic books from the clutches of bankruptcy? Well, Jason did that. he scrapped money from his friends and family to save "Valiant Entertainment" his favorite childhood comic book company and transformed it into 3 largest superhero company in the world after DC and Marvel comics. His passion for the comic book and his need to find it while in Atlantic City as it was limited by supply and geographical constraints, his discussion with his uncle to take him to the store and his idea of high ROI on the comic book was quite interesting. To know more about this, go ahead read this book.

There is a chapter called" Captain a Rowboat Before a Ship, a Ship Before a Fleet" is one of the best management lessons you can follow. If not by the virtue of his personal recount, the chapter names are quite pointers to follow in your leadership life. 

The language
The language is simple, clear, and makes for a smooth read. It is unlikely to find unnecessary business jargons and tongue-twisting English that often turns away the focus from narrative to the language and comprehension. 

For example, in the chapter "Harness the Power of Focus", he recounts his experience when he decided to head the loss-making How one of his Harvard Business professors discouraged him to become CEO of a crisis-ridden company and how he stood by his decision to help a business purely because of the Mission and people behind him. 

Overall it is an interesting read. And if you are someone who likes reading business biographies, go ahead pick this one.

Ekta Khetan

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Why Bigg Boss 13 is Promoting Bully Culture on National TV

February 02, 2020 1 Comments

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]


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,

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