Sanjay Dutt is still the story of the moment, with most of Bollywood pleading for his release. Clarifying on what I wrote yesterday - you can also check the comments of Friday's post for a nice discussion on the topic - I absolutely think Sanjay should serve out his full sentence without complaint. What better way to show that he's reformed himself since those days than to accept the verdict of the court. It's really quite shameful to see celebrities and rich people whining about how justice applies to them also.
Those producers who signed Sanjay for films must have known this was always a possibility, so they can't complain about it now.
And over at OneIndia is an interesting op-ed about how Sanjay himself is a distraction from the real issues of organized crime.
Bollywood is not only a dream which attracts young talents but also an opportunity for the mafia to make make money by alluring unsuspecting filmmakers into a whirlpool from where there is no easy escape. Those who dare to defy the mafia pays for it dearly. The link between the two world rocked the popular imagination after the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts when the names of Dutt and film producers lika Samir Hingora and Hanif Kadawala came to the fore, it was in the 1970s and 1980s when the nexus had surfaced although not as alarmingly. The kidnapping of the producer of a hit Amitabh Bachchan-starrer of the early 1980s was a big blow to the film industry in those times.
The Delhi High Court calls out the Censor Board for being too lenient and is holding the DVD releases of Dabangg 2 and Race 2 until further notice.
I have to mention here that I just listened to a radio show on NPR about the paucity of information in the American news media. Discussion swirled around budgets slashed at newsrooms and declining readership for newspapers. But when a caller suggested the creation of a government funded news organization like the BBC, the woman representing the media - who was no conservative - was really quick to say, "Oh, no no... we can't have that. Journalists need to be independent." But not ONCE did anybody bring up the fact that the consolidation of media companies into these giant multinational conglomerates might a) have anything to do with the paucity of information in the American news media and b) take away journalists independence.
My point is that at least the people can hold the government to be accountable to some sort of standard of behavior. Unlike corporations whose only standard is to make money. I don't think it's a bad thing to have the Censor Board held up to scrutiny. How close are their ties with industry? Are they being too lenient on some films? Is it such a bad thing to be rethinking the appropriateness of putting sexualized images of women on television?
I'm not standing up for censorship but the fact is that ALL countries - including the United States, who has outsourced their censorship to the shadowy MPAA, who is accountable to nobody - put broadcast media through a screening process to determine what is appropriate or not to be seen on television and in film. All of them.
At least the censor board is a visible body that can be appealed to and watched over.
I'm partly playing devil's advocate here just because I know the knee-jerk reaction of a certain type of PFC refugee is very much: "CENSOR BOARD BAD; NEED TO BE LIKE HOLLYWOOD" but Hollywood does have a Censor Board. The MPAA. It's important to remember that.
Speaking of just like Hollywood - Raj Kapoor's image is not copyright protected.
On the one hand, I'm sure it nice that good old RK won't be showing up in commercials like that horrific Fred Astaire vacuum CM (without permission at least) but it's sad to see the copyrighting of a cultural heritage that belongs to everybody. Does this mean the end of lipsyncing to Raj Kapoor songs and dances at school festivals... without giant payouts to the RK corporation?
AND new charges in the Blackbuck Shooting case.
Finally, some fun with titles. Before I clicked on this all I saw was "Sunny Leone teaches Tushhar Kapoor how to..."
Think of what ol' Tushy probably needs teaching from an adult entertainment actress. Actress.
Asha Bhosle at Lakme Fashion Week! ♥