Tag: Bollywood

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

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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.

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Kangana Ranaut, the Bollywood queen of controversies

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Kangana Ranaut and Late Jayalalitha (Image credit: India Times)

Love her or hate her, but you cannot ignore her. She is one of the reigning queens of Bollywood. But none can match her courage to ruffle the feathers of powerful people. With her latest release, Manikarnaita, the Queen of Jhansi, she has proved that her life is not dependent on the support of Bollywood biggies.

Today, March 23, 2019, she turns 32. And there is no stopping of Kangana Ranaut. Truly, the celluloid world in India has not seen someone like her. Bold, beautiful, outspoken and extremely talented. Kangana has made it amply clear that she deals with everyone and everything on her own terms, and there is no room for any compromise on it.

This is something unusual for someone who has to charter her path in a make believe world where one is compelled to put on all kinds of masks to survive and flourish.

Kangana Ranaut had the courage to declare she would not act with any of the three Khans just after a handful of commercial successes.

Kangana never hesitated to speak her mind. “After Queen I became a hero, and after Tanu Weds Manu Returns, I became a super hero,” she once said. She said she wanted to be a hero in her films, and not a second fiddle to mega stars.

She famously accused Karan Johar of nepotism in his chat show Koffee with Karan ahead of the release of her big budget film Rangoon. The film miserably failed in box office. Later, she acknowledged that she felt the anger of Bollywood in the film’s poor run.

Kangana’s spat with Hrithik Roshan divided not just people in Bollywood, but those who knew little about either Kangana or Hrithik or Hindi films, in the middle. Thanks to a spate of her interviews to media houses, accusing him of cheating, Hrithik set up a near 2-hour long chat with Arnab Goswami, the mega showman of the newsroom, to counter her allegations point by point.

When she found her latest venture, Manikarnika, the Queen of Jhansi, didn’t come out to her satisfaction, she saw to it that a reshoot of some parts of the film is done under her own direction, even when a key actor quit in protest. And she had no qualms in claiming the first credit as Director.

Her acting is a pleasure to watch. On her birthday today, her new film, a biopic on the life of late Jayalalitha has been announced.

Like Kangana, Jayalalitha was extremely talented, ambitious, beautiful, and bold. Jayalalitha was also a reigning star in southern films before her foray into politics. She became chief minister of Tamil Nadu for an incredible six times.

Like Kangana, Jayalalithaa was reportedly a voracious reader. But unlike Kangana Jayalalithaa was a woman of few measured words and restrained moves. Certainly, enacting Jayalalithaa will add a new dimension to Kangana’s acting canvas.