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Dear Kangana Ranaut, aren’t you letting your boastful ego do the talking?

Dear Kangana Ranaut, aren’t you letting your boastful ego do the talking?

Kangana Ranaut Karan Johar war

Dear Kangana Ranaut,

Who had thought, that one episode of ‘Koffee With Karan 5’ will become such a rage! Thanks to the tussle of opinions between you and Karan Johar, ‘Nepotism’ promptly became a familiar term.

I will be honest with you. We were looking forward to your presence on Karan’s couch. I, being a free-spirited, independant woman, have had illimitable admiration for you. You’ve knocked down your opponents so many time, just with strokes of razor-sharp words. You were and are unapologetic about having an opinion. You pleased no one and let your work do the talking. You entered the industry from a humble background and with no godfather to back you. You borrowed no superstar’s support to become ‘you’.  After all these years, everything that you possess has been earned by you.

And so, that night when you cribbed about Karan Johar being a ‘movie mafia’, it left me disheartened.

I am sure I am not the only one who admires your outspoken, straightforward and courageous approach towards life. We remember how the ugly tiff with Hrithik Roshan left you at the receiving end of the most undesirable expressions; but you still were sticking to your stand. But tell me something. How did it all begin? Because you decided to address your ‘silly ex’ in public during an interview;  something that your ‘silly ex’ himself never did. It was followed with a heap of counterattacks, which did nothing but disgrace you. Your personal affairs were dug out in public, because you chose to blame an apparent former lover for rumours spread about you. Not sure who was more silly here.

You’re a woman, upfront about your choice. We heard you rejected ‘The Dirty Picture’, which later went to Vidya Balan and became one of the best films in her career. We also heard you refused a number of films including ‘Sultan’, ‘Airlift’ and more. You refuse films when the female lead is not given an enough meaty role. You refuse films wherein there is no parity in remuneration of the male and the female actor. You were all in for equal treatment of female actors, and we cheered for you. No one called you names for the choices you made. No one called you a snob, a humbug, a charlatan, a pretentious revolutionist. And today, we humbly ask you, does making his own choices make Karan Johar a movie mafia?

True, Karan has set of actors that he really likes. And they would probably keep coming back to his films, whether produced or directed by him. But then, Anurag Basu has made nine films so far and three of them feature you. You have been a part of two most successful films of Aanand L Rai and he apparently is writing another one, keeping you in mind. No one raised a question, because you deserved them. When you claimed Karan Johar was a ‘movie mafia’, you meant he sidelined anybody and everybody who didn’t belong to the league of his favourite actors. May be he simply chose not to work with you, like you don’t want to work with Khans as you want equal mileage?

You said Karan was seasoned at nepotism. Let us accept it straight; every performer he once launched, has gone on to prove themselves. As put by Alia Bhatt, one can only give you the first opportunity. The rest, you earn. Sadly enough, we don’t talk about Sidharth Malhotra’s debut (which also happened through Karan) as much as we discuss Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan’s debut. From a background nowhere related to films, Sidharth today is a prominent actor. We do not discuss how people like Shashank Khaitan and Punit Malhotra got their directorial breaks, thanks to Karan.

Just before ‘Rangoon’ released, we caught you boasting, calling yourself the ‘third hero’ of the film. Is there anything less in being a Heroine, Kangana? After making so many conscious choices of films that are carried by the female lead, why do you need a ‘hero’ tag to glorify your contribution to the film? Or deep inside, does a man’s presence in the same film patronise you? Feminism gone wrong?

You know the deal? We all have our moments. We all make choices and they sometimes clash with each other. The day you left home after a face-off with your father (who didn’t encourage your CHOICE of becoming an actress), you surely knew life wasn’t going to be easy. I think the challenge is to ground yourself on moments when your inner self wants to burst out in pride.

We want you away from the face-offs. We want your calmer version, supervised by yourself and not by your ego. Verbal wars will not help you fight the ‘male chauvinism’ you claim to deal with.

P.S. Chauvinism has got no gender. It is very, and very much on one’s perspectives.

Sincerely,

A fan.

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STOP judging the misery of Bollywood stars. They're as humane as we are

Imagine a situation when you wake up one fine morning, have your cuppa of coffee and then grab up a newspaper in your hand, only to see a BREAKING scandal on the first page which is all about YOU. What would be your reaction? You’ll be shocked and paranoid, right?

The same goes for our Bollywood celebrities too.

They are famous, and we think that they are over-privileged, and so, we rob them of all the humanity we pride ourselves upon. We forget that Bollywood celebrities might also get the same feeling of helplessness when they are pulled into a puddle without any reason; for those just for the sake news. The point we want to prove here is that, we literally rely on the lives of our Bollywood celebrities; what they eat? where are they vacationing/partying? she was so fake during that interview?, and we so love it.

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But on a franker note, do we really know when to not cross the line? Let’s talk about a recent example, that of megastar Amitabh Bachchan. When many media houses reported (not us) that Senior Bachchan had been admitted to Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai; but the truth was something else. The star had actually visited the hospital for a routine check-up as he was complaining about a pain in his lumbar. Later, Big B penned down a poem in Hindi which explained that while he totally understands the photographers’ need for his pictures to continue their work and it is just part of their profession, those camera flashes may act hazardous at times, especially to the eyes, which is why he hid his face with a hat. PERIOD! Have a look at his heartfelt poem below:

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That’s just one of the example, when a problem of a star was not at all sympathised, but was churned into a BREAKING news.

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Even actress Preity Zinta recently became the catch for many media portals when the dimpled beauty was snapped exiting a hang-out spot in Mumbai wearing a ill-fitted dress. And then what, there were speculations that Is Preity Zinta pregnant and is that a Baby bump she is flashing? Like really peeps, now a actress can’t even wear a loose clothing piece, does everything needs to be oh-so gossip tuned?

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When Deepika Padukone talked about her depression story, without a doubt there were fans who sympathised the lady. But over time, there were also many who pointed out the credibility of her confession. Questions were raised and statements were thrown at her which in a gist meant that being a lady who enjoyed so much fame and money, how could she claim of suffering from depression. Clearly, such people just proved their ignorance of the fact that Depression is not just a verb, but actually a mental illness which can claim anyone, irrespective of status, wealth, talent and beauty.

How fickle and heartless we are as audience. We claim to be head over heels in love with our stars and yet when it comes to such times and things, we leave no chance to take a jibe at them.

Few months back Aishwarya Rai Bachchan paid the price of being a celebrity, when paparazzi zoomed and clicked some tacky snaps of the star when she had visited Manish Malhotra‘s residence for dinner, along with her hubby. But instead of being supportive and taking Aish’s side, social media took pleasure out of those GROSS photos. We wouldn’t have reacted the same way if it would have happened with someone close to us, right?

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Yesterday, a media portal bashed Sonakshi Sinha with her choice of ensembles which she wore during her film’s promotion. While we do get that everything cannot be sugar-coated, but we do need to be subtle in the way that even celebs as humans get what we are trying to say.

Forget sympathy, where is the empathy?

Are we affirming the fact that celebrities are rich and so their misery is not at all real? Why can’t we gulp the fact that the problems of our stars are also genuine? Their misery, no matter how public, are real, even in the cut-throat ugly world of glamour. Agreed that they are rich, move in their swanky cars and do what not; but at last they are HUMANS just like you and me.

Lastly, not all celebrities are publicity obsessed. And we should surely learn where to draw a line. TIME OUT!

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Dear Priyanka, it’s high time you starred in a Bollywood Film…

Dear Priyanka,

January 25, 2018, I went to a theatre to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’. It was a first day, first show. I was keen to see what the director had to offer, after ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

Well, I was quite impressed with ‘Padmaavat’ thanks to the spectacular vision of SLB. Even the actors left a mark. While Ranveer Singh’s Khilji act was outstanding, Deepika Padukone looked stunning as Rani Padmavati and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh impressed us. However, I felt there was something missing in the film, an ‘X – Factor’ that was there in ‘Bajirao Mastani’, but not in ‘Padmaavat’. I couldn’t put things together as what was that one thing missing in ‘Padmaavat’.

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Finally, after wracking my brains and heart for a few days, a box office comparison article on ‘Padmaavat’ VS ‘Bajirao Mastani’ finally gave me the answer I was looking for. It was you, Priyanka Chopra. The ‘X-factor’ in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ was missing from the magnum opus and now a Rs 250 crore plus profitable film ‘Padmaavat’. The subtle yet a powerful performance that you gave in ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

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I then literally went and checked out other dialogue promos of ‘Bajirao Mastani’ that featured you, and understood that not just ‘Padmaavat’, an ‘X – Factor’ from Bollywood has been missing. Bollywood is missing Priyanka Chopra, who is not just a pretty face, but a performer who can make us sit back and notice her.

Your last Bollywood movie was a 2016 release ‘Jai Gangaajal’. Though you were excellent in the film, your ‘Bajirao Mastani’ performance overpowers every other last release of yours.

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There’s no doubt that Priyanka, you are making India proud internationally with the ‘Quantico’ series and three Hollywood films in your kitty, but Bollywood needs you too. Its been more than two years, that your fans are waiting for you to announce your next Bollywood film. We have heard a lot about the films you might take up, SLB’s ‘Gustakhiyan’, Kalpana Chawla biopic, Rakesh Sharma biopic and ‘Fanney Khan’. However, till date, none have been announced as your next Bollywood project.

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Priyanka, it’s definitely high time that you come back to Bollywood, not just for your fans but for Bollywood. I am not saying that Bollywood can’t work without Priyanka and movies won’t be made. But, then the silver screen is missing a performer like you.

After all, as your songs goes, “Dekhi lakh lakh pardesi girl, Ain’t nobody like my DESI GIRL.”

Sincerely,
A guy who misses you on big screen

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