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Deepika Padukone has entered into a difficult terrain

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G Indira
G Indira
Author of the book: The India I Know and of Hinduism. Ex-Publications in -charge Pragna Bharati Organisation, Hyderabad. Academician and free-lancer

Many film stars in Bollywood try to copy Hollywood, not only in acting but also in airing their views and in their behaviour. Here, behaviour meant: free speech, freedom of expression, freedom of body (to use or abuse). ‘My body, my choice/wish’ kind of video was released by Ms. Deepika Padukone, long ago. For some amount of time, after enjoying all freedoms, she had gone under depression. She used that depression part to advertise albeit for others to come out. As an individual, constitutionally, nothing is wrong in all her acts. However, those who act in that manner, should not complain on others who vociferously campaign against her and her whims. Because it’s their freedom.

The complaint against her: To get publicity:

There is ample evidence of her being involved in publicity stunts. Film industry itself is a vanity industry. In it, physical-material things matter more. Being a heroine, her shelf-life period is less. Within which she and her ilk should struggle. So, for the survival these gimmicks are necessary. It’s not civil to go into somebody’s personal life. But, when it comes to judging a person, sometimes it does matter. For instance, Deepika Padukone, earlier, had always walked along (or accompanied) Siddhartha Mallya, son of Vijay Mallya, in public. They were found together in many places. It was said, by many people that Sid Mallya was no celebrity in India to notice. Unless Deepika accompanied, none would look at his face. That could be the reason or could have been Vijay Mallya’s suggestion to get his son some limelight. Even, we find girls of glamour hanging around Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi et.al. So, the ‘publicity stunt’ has some credence.

No doubt, Deepika earned her name with her own hard work in her field. There are many in India who work as much as or more than her in their own fields. Just because she acquired film- glamour, she need not play partisan politics. The name she got and the luxuries she’s enjoying as an actor, are all the sweat and blood of poor people who toil and pay money to get some amount of enjoyment in their life. The Left-wing academicians bay for the blood of majority Hindus. They dubbed Hindu religion as ‘a bunch of superstitions’. Their stand is to ridicule and eliminate the Hindu religion and aspects of Hindu life in India. With them, Deepika is standing? What kind of principle of ‘harm-reduction’, she is doing to the society?

Sympathy with the cause JNU stands for?

The rampage caused by the masked-goons in JNU is reprehensible. The Left-wing students’ union chief Aishe Ghosh got badly beaten and appeared bandaged. Deepika with her folded hands was paying respect to her. That picture went viral. Does that indicate her kind-heart for a woman/girl who was bruised badly? She should know that ‘Charity starts at home’. Let her and her ilk (Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bhardwaj, Anubhav Sinha, Dia Mirza, Rahul Bose, Sudhir Mishra and Zoya Akhtar etc.) answer: where their stand is, on: ‘Casting Couch’ that’s going on in film Industry? Those women (prospective heroines) are also bruised physically and mentally. Where were these acclaimed celebrities’ sympathies then? Being activists, had they taken any action? This kind of charity (or call solidarity), exhibited by Deepika Padukone and her silent endorsement, may win eyeballs more than hearts.

What’s the courage of Ms. Padukone in visiting JNU, when political bigwigs in film industry are confined to their businesses? By entering the bastion of the Left-wing JNU group, she has to remain for life, as a prisoner of that ideology. It’s a loop, she got entangled into. Kanhaiya Kumar already started praising her! Does she want to associate herself with Arundhati Roy kinds? What does Aishe Ghosh’s Left -wing Communism prescribe? Its prescription is: for violent movements. Communism justifies violence, which Deepika and her co-actors try hard to condemn. Yesterday, it was the BJP- MP Swapan Dasgupta, was forcibly not allowed to have his free speech in Kolkata. He wanted to speak on CAA to enlighten the audience about the details of the Act which do not go against any religion in India. Since the place being in Kolkata; West Bengal, there was so much of unrest from students of the Left and Trinmool. Poor Dasgupta was locked into a room for almost five hours with howling mob outside, itching for confrontation. Aren’t the Left intolerant?

Creating a false impression:

Deepika Padukone and other film stars are creating a black-and-white, good-versus-evil picture on JNU incident. No doubt, in a democracy, law should not be taken into hands by the miscreants who caused rampage in JNU, whatever be the provocation. Celebrities in Ivory towers, do not know the messiness of real people in real lives in the real world. Their participation should not come at the expense of informed opinion on Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

Till date Modi government has acted against casteism, nepotism and appeasement politics. The government, now, should not lose the narrative of sab ka saath, sab ka vikas aur sab ka vishwas. It should also try bringing some semblance in society where there is so much of cacophony.

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G Indira
G Indira
Author of the book: The India I Know and of Hinduism. Ex-Publications in -charge Pragna Bharati Organisation, Hyderabad. Academician and free-lancer
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