Bollywood Blind Item – January 2020 – 5
So much is happening these days and as a result, we are getting lesser blind items. But today, there’s a blind item that is very much in touch with what’s happening today. It gives you an inside look of what has been going on.
One thing is clear, the superstars will not come out to speak on this issue. All of them are waiting for this to die down. Seriously, even the government is waiting for this to die down. It’s as if they think these are brats or spoiled children acting up!
Look at Hong Kong, they are still fighting for their rights! Actually, they too were protesting peacefully when goons came in out of nowhere. The government saw this as a way to make them go quiet, but these people never gave up! We had a couple of friends, who were visiting HK at the peak of the protests and they said the only time it got bad was when the cops came to beat/stop the protesters.
Anyways, so the blind item below is from Rajeev Masand. The only superstar not doing anything is Mamujaan. As you know, the actor that he is or rather the megalomaniac that he is, he is currently busy shooting for his film. Who knows, he might one day make an episode on this issue. For now, it’s all quiet.
They are probably happy they have nothing to promote since the media is definitely going to bombard them with questions.
Check out the blind item below from Rajeev Masand.
The recent uproar over the Government’s efforts to push the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the nationwide protests it has spawned has had an impact on Bollywood too. Many actors and filmmakers have openly condemned the violence against students, and in fact, the CAA too. More, however, have remained conspicuously silent.
Word on the street is that the matter has divided film folk. While some filmwaalas have come to the defence of leading superstars, suggesting that they are extremely vulnerable, so many others have called them out for not lending their voice at a time when it could carry significant weight.
Turns out though that not all are staying silent behind their high walls. One superstar has reportedly extended financial help to cover legal fees of those that were wrongly detained during the protests in Delhi. Another superstar’s famously vocal father is apparently mobilising friends to speak out, even though his own family cannot for complicated reasons.
The general opinion is that when the dust settles on the matter, it could leave many old relationships fragile and possibly broken. Respected film personalities who have taken an unambiguous stand are openly criticising an A-list male star whose closeness to the ruling party “has made him spineless”. They have been critical also of a powerful producer who is keeping his head down.
One top film personality may have lost at least a few friends for his unwillingness to show support or even acknowledge that recent events have divided his industry. Liberal voices in Bollywood are repeating over and over again that it is at times like these that one’s true character is revealed. Those trying to stay invisible hoping that it will blow over soon have been noticed.
Leading Superstars: Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar & Hrithik Roshan
One Superstar: Shah Rukh Khan
Another superstar’s famously vocal father: Salim Khan
Complicated Reasons: Going to Jail!
A-List Male Star: Akshay Kumar
Powerful Producer: Bhushan Kumar
Top Film Personality: Karan Johar