September 13, 2010

dabangg’s da bang

Dabangg film's hero, Salman Khan has raised the hornet’s nest. What he has said is one view on why 26/11 makes so much noise and that statement of his seems to have come from his heart. Why, otherwise, will he want to spoil the party when his film is getting massive viewer response?

One may disagree with what he said, and we all are entitled to our own opinions on different subjects – and that makes India a democracy. However, coming from a popular film star, it has evoked angry responses. That too is all right in a democracy. It is even better that good sense prevailed early on Salman and he has apologised for hurting feelings.

Personally I differ a lot with what he said to the Pakistani news channel. The long-drawn hostage drama and the extent of terrorists’ preparations and operations made it a world event, and also because media is much more active now than before. Definitely, the attack happening on an iconic building in Mumbai would draw a lot more attention than something similar happening in a remote corner of the country. But this is how media and public look at things. So, Salman’s rich vs poor bogey does not stand ground. On top of it all, how can one give clean chit to Pakistan government? [ISI is sure a part of it, no?]

Salman Khan must know that he is a popular film star [ not like the author of this blog!] and he should understand the sensitivity attached with realtions between different communities and India and Pakistan.

Hope, the controversy stops here and jingoist goons do not indulge in disrupting screening of his film and damaging others’ property.

Chat unchat
"It was the elite that was targeted this time, five star hotels and all. So they panicked. Then they got up and spoke about it. My question is, why not before? Attacks have happened in trains and small towns too, but no one talked about it so much... ...Everybody knows that the Pakistani government was not behind it and it was a terrorist attack." Salman Khan, in an interview to a Pakistani TV channel,
Express 24/7
"The interview has been twisted. I saw it myself, the way it is coming across on TV, it is sounding insensitive. I was just saying life is equal for both rich and poor, some attacks get more media coverage and some don't. Why is that? Every human life is important."
Salman Khan on 12th September, 2010

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