Popular personalities always find themselves under the sword when a media debate begins. And almost each time, film personalities get dragged in, to give their opinions on the matter, and they don’t have a choice in that. They will be badgered with questions each time they come out to interact with the media.
Some are forthcoming and state their opinions clearly on micro-blogging site Twitter, or at length on Facebook. Some of them proactively attend media sessions to push their opinion. Some of them happen to be yesteryear has-beens trying to get back their fifteen seconds of fame by rolling with the popular sentiment.
It takes no wit, intelligence or empathy to spew venom on the various platforms available to us. And yes, we find ourselves divided on the issue. Here are the two teams reacting to the partial ban on Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil after an Indian political party threatened to vandalise Indian theatres because the film has an actor hailing from Pakistan.
Bollywood’s Nationalist Squad:
1. Abhijeet Bhattacharya:
A once-upon-a-time famous singer, he tweets things like the following to pass his time on a normal day.
2. Anupam Kher
A celebrated actor, he became the face of the Bollywood-BJP sangh when he went out on a limb to defend the in-power governments controversial policies.
3. Madhur Bhandarkar
The once-famous director came out and attacked Anurag Kashyap’s comments in support of friend Karan Johar, and denounced his questions for PM Modi as unwarranted and misplaced. He hasn’t made a film with A-lister since 2012’s Heroine.
4. Ajay Devgn
The actor has personal skin in the game. His film Shivaay, which cost significantly more than Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil just rolled with the popular tide and condemned the Pak artistes ban. Now, even though he is giving out statments in support of Karan Johar, one can’t take them seriously after his Indian nationalism campaign for the past weeks.
Bollywood’s Pseudo-liberal squad:
1. Anurag Kashyap
Never afraid to state his opinion, the indie director raised pertinent questions as to why do we go about solving geo-political matters by banning filmmakers, actors and movies. He demanded the right to question his prime minister as a citizen of the country.
2. Varun Dhawan
At the DVD launch of his film Dishoom, Varun who is also Karan Johar’s protege, said Bollywood was respecting the ban on Pak artistes and was standing in solidarity with the Indian army. But then why was Karan’s film getting punished which has been in the works for two years now.
3. Alia Bhatt
She said that the political climate has deteriorated and it is not any film’s fault and therefore Karan Johar shouldn’t have any problem releasing Ae Dil Hai Mushkil fearing violence from domestic elements.
4. Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra made a compelling argument in favour of Karan Johar saying why should art always be sacrificed when there is political tension between two countries? She said she was a patriot but picking the low-hanging fruits like film personalities was the laziest bit of political propaganda. And that we should focus on the safety of our soldiers.
5. Paresh Rawal
Even though he glazed both sides of the argument, but he supported Karan Johar’s film saying and Indian producer should not be punished for his work which began way before the Indo-Pak tensions escalated