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Read this sane voice on Kabir Singh

Kabir Singh
Shahid Kapoor as Kabir Singh

Bollywood movie Kabir Singh is in the eye of a storm of some self righteous activists. Despite being a massive success in the box office, some feminists and film critics are bashing the movie and questioning the responsibility of the lead actor Shahid Kapoor for portraying a flawed character. These so called champions of “freedom of expression” argue that this film has no right to exist, as though no film that featured negative characters has been made in India.

Finally somebody in the mainstream media has stood up and offered the most sane and logical explanation in favour of the movie. An article appeared in The Federal, and reproduced in  Firstpost questions the rational behind such criticism.  Author Sandipan Sharma wrote:

“Many films have shown flawed characters — both male and female — in the past without being reviled and ridiculed. In Sholay, Dharmendra — an alcoholic with a criminal past — was persistent in his pursuit of Basanti. We loved him. In Darr, Shah Rukh Khan was obsessed with Kiran. We loved him and actually rooted for him. In Badla, Tapsi Pannu goes on a murder spree to hide an extra-marital affair. We endured her. And in Andhadhun, Tabu is as vile and toxic as a serpent. Yet, we found her intriguing and entertaining. What then is wrong with watching Kabir Singh?’

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NCW issues notice to Vivek Oberoi for misogynistic post with Aardhya Bachchan’s picture

A file photo of Vivek Oberoi (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi has been served with a notice by the National Commissioner for Women (NCW) over an offensive tweet on Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Vivek Oberoi on May 20 reposted a meme comprising three images of the actress, one each with Salman Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and himself, supposedly likening the three phases of her life with that of Opinion Poll, Exit Poll and the Results of Lok Sabha Elections. The post, obviously an offensive statement on Ashwarya Rai Bachchan’s personal life, attracted severe condemnation on social media, particularly  as it had the picture of her daughter Aaradhya.

Taking a suo moto note of the post, the NCW had asked the actor for an explanation for “carrying the picture of a minor girl and a woman in a picture, making a sly comparison with a woman’s life and poll results”.

The notice contended that the post was extremely offensive and unethical, and it showed “disrespect towards the dignity and respect of women in general”.

Vivek Oberoi has essayed Narendra Modi’s character in the Modi biopic, which is set to hit the screen on May 24.