Dear Sonu Nigam, if Azaan is 'Gundagardi', why not Akhand Ramayan? | Bollywood Bubble

Dear Sonu Nigam, if Azaan is ‘Gundagardi’, why not Akhand Ramayan?

Dear Sonu Nigam, if Azaan is ‘Gundagardi’, why not Akhand Ramayan?

Sonu Nigam

Dear Sonu nigam,

This is a letter to not just a singer I admire, but also to someone who shaped up major chunk of my childhood and teenage days.

I deftly remember my first ever black transistor radio. In our childhood, innumerable private music channels were a distant dream. Very few people around us owned mobile phones; and they almost looked like TV remote controls. In the afternoon, I’d come back from school, sit in my balcony and turn on the radio set. I was in 2nd or 3rd standard when ‘Sangharsh’ released. ‘Mujhe Raat Din’, that probably became the most sought-after romantic numbers of that year, first introduced me to you.

Next, I saw you on TV as you began hosting ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’, the first reality show I watched after I grew enough to understand competitions. I believe it was the same with many. A soulful singer, an unprejudiced, honest defender of true talent, you gave your fans numerous reasons to love you.

And then, yesterday morning, I woke up to your Twitter rants. An early morning Azaan woke you up, and you vented out your vexation on Twitter.

“God bless everyone. I’m not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India? And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison? I don’t believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity To wake up people who don’t follow the religion . Why then..? Honest? True? Gundagardi hai bus…,” you wrote. I could almost see you frowning. And I’ll be honest. It hurts.

Since the day I was born till the time I grew up, Calcutta has taught me the best of cosmopolitan, reformist and progressive outlook. Festivity, to me, still means those five days of Durga Puja; those five days that fuse people of all religions and communities together, without a stipulation. I would be more shocked than hurt if a Muslim neighbour ever came and demanded to know why they were being bothered by all the noise and crowd. Christmas got me no less excited than my Christian friends. On 25th December, the entire city would light up, looking like a mysterious, ageless, arresting lady. We silently admired as the believing heads bowed down in humblest prayers, and the church bell rang beautifully. It, however, caused a lot of traffic jam. Wonder what would happen if we dismissed the celebration! And let Alone the crackers of Diwali. And have you heard of ‘Akhand Ramayan’? Prevalent in North India, once it begins, it goes on for twenty four good hours, on mic.

Later when I moved to Mumbai, I realised it is the same everywhere. Despite so much of unrest and conflicts taking over the world, we continue to live because we extend hands of harmony towards each other.

The chant during Azaan is not just the holy beginning to a practising Muslim’s day, but is also a call of prayer, at different times of the day. Also pronounced as ‘Adhan’, it can be traced back from the word ‘Adhina’, that means ‘to hear’. Too sorry it broke your sleep though!

You correctly pointed out that Hindu temples or Gurudwaras do not have such practices. You however forgot, neither Hindus nor Sikhs have the practice of combined prayers, except of special occasions. And not sure if you’re aware of it, but the span before sunrise is as well an auspicious moment for Hindus, known as ‘Brahma Muhurta’. Practising Hindus believe, it is the best time to meditate, pray and worship.

Sorry if I came across as a religious preacher. I am a strictly non-religious individual who only finds the beauty of social harmony in every religious celebration and event. And thus, when you refer to Azaan as ‘Gundagardi’, my lips tremble for a moment.

Into 2017, and we are still struggling to achieve a little peace. The world is in strange contradiction with all the messages of love that we are always preaching. Whether or not you believe it, you public figures shape important mass opinion.

I am quite sure you’ve unintentionally hurt many of your Muslim fans today. Music is a weapon that binds us together beyond all walls. Why spit hatred when you can sing love instead?

Yours truthfully,

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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