As soon as the news of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death broke out, a list of people (some of them being Sajid Nadiadwala, Dinesh Vijan, Salman Khan, Karan Johar (Dharma Productions), Aditya Chopra (Yash Raj Films), TSeries and a few star kids) started receiving hate from all over.
I wonder why some people make it to this hate list but not others. What is so special about them? When you look at SSR’s filmography, you can very well see that only some of the people he worked with are being targeted and not others. Why are Sajid Nadiadwala, Dinesh Vijan, Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra in the list but not Abhishek Kapoor, Ronnie Screwvala, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajkumar Hirani? What’s the reason behind this discrimination?
A lot of hate is being directed to Dharma Productions and Yash Raj Films. People complain that they promote only specific people, star kids and are the hot-spots of Nepotism in Bollywood. I wrote a complete article “Is Nepotism in Bollywood a genuine problem or a propaganda to hide something?” explaining why Nepotism was not an issue with SSR. It amazes me to see how these two production houses are the villains today but were hailed when they had literally adopted Shahrukh Khan in the late nineties and early two thousands. YRF produced a total of five films from 1993 to 2000 and four out of them were with SRK. Dharma Productions produced seven films from 1998 to 2006 and six of them were with SRK. Pick up any blockbuster movie of that period from Darr, DDLJ, Dil To Pagal Hai, K3G, Mohabbatain, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kal Ho Na Ho, Kabhi Alvida Na Kahna, etc. all of them were with these two production houses. And many more outside that time frame like My Name Is Khan, Chak De, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, etc. So, what changed over the years? Why are they being attacked now? Why?
Moreover, SRK founded his own Red Chillies Entertainment in 2003. How many new faces from outside the industry has his production house launched since then? He has more than enough money to invest in an IPL team but not enough to invest on a new face? What happened to the artist in him? Does that artist manifest itself only when the movie has to be promoted in Pakistan and earn overseas revenue? Why is no body asking to boycott his movies? I don’t want any body to target him, I am only looking for the reasons as to why some production houses are targeted and not others.
Salman Khan did not even work with SSR in any of his movies but he is still being hated based on Bollywood gossips and clips from scripted shows. Plus he is receiving hatred for his involvement in black buck hunting case and hit & run case. Even when the court of law acquitted him of the charges in both the cases. Quite surprisingly Sanjay Dutt who was not only convicted under Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act or TADA, but also did his jail time, is not targeted at all. Again, I am not saying he should be targeted, I am only looking for the reasons as to why one is being targeted and not the other. Why?
And the funniest targets are the star kids. Yes, they are privileged, no doubt about that, they don’t face the difficulties the people from the outside face. But this shouldn’t be the reason to hate them. And since when did education become a benchmark for acting? You don’t know if any one of these star kids become an intellectual, activist, environmentalist or a perfectionist exactly like Aamir Khan in the coming years. Don’t be surprised. Aamir Khan was exactly one of these star kids in the 90s. He started as a child artist in his father Mr. Tahir Hussain Khan’s films. Mr. Tahir Hussain Khan was predominantly a producer but also acted in some movies, wrote some and directed some. Aamir Khan was launched as a main lead in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak in the year 1988, a movie produced by his uncle Nasir Hussain Khan, directed by his cousin Mansoor Khan. Later did several other movies with them. And exactly like the star kids today, Aamir Khan’s highest qualification is class X, he could not even complete class XI.
Quite interesting to me is the way he comes and tells engineering students as to how to study. The approach they need to take. God help those who follow his advice or “Gyan“!! More importantly, Aamir Khan like SRK, founded Aamir Khan Productions in 1999. How many new faces from outside the industry has he launched? Why is he not a target? Once again, I am not saying he should be targeted, I am only looking for the reasons as to why some are being targeted and others not. Why?
So what is the one thing that separates the ones who are in the cross hairs from the ones who are not?
This is not based on speculations or gossips or anything abstract but only on the filmography of the different people in question. You could do the same research that I did and will end up writing the exacts same things that I am writing.
If you look at SSR’s filmography, the people who were a part of the anti-Hindu anti-Brahmin propaganda movies and promoted Hinduphobia are not targeted: Abhishek Kapoor & Ronnie Screwwala worked in (Kai Po Che and Kedarnath); Vidhu Vinod Chopra & Raj Kumar Hirani worked in PK. All others who did normal movies without any hidden agenda/propaganda/narrative are abused: Sajid Nadiadwala did Chichhore, Dinesh Vijen did Raabta, YRF did Shudh Desi Romance, Sonchiriya, Detective Byomkesh Bakshi and Dharma Productions did Drive.
Infact, you should look at their individual filmography for instance Sajid Nadiadwal filmography or Dinesh Vijen, they don’t do propaganda movies let alone anti-hindu propaganda. I am not commenting on the quality of movies they produce, if they are good or bad, I am simply stating the point that they don’t do anti Hindu propaganda.
Salman Khan also falls in the same category, can you pick one anti-hindu propaganda movie he has done in the last decade where is promotes Hindu-phobia? No! Moreover, I think he is the only one who is playing a “Chulbul Pandey” as a heroic character, otherwise a pandit character is either orchestrating Riots (Kai Po Che) or killing Mansoor (Kedarnath). I can give you tons of examples. But, I guess I have made the point here so no need to spam the article with more examples.
Karan Johar stopped doing movies like My name is Khan(2010), he started producing nationalist movies like Raazi and Kesari or the upcoming Shershaan or distributing movies like Bahubali. I will come back to why he switched sides in just a moment.
This is not the first time when such people are being targeted. Attacks on exact same people have been happening for decades in one form or the other.
Gangsters and dons were openly threatening and shooting the producers who would not dance to their tunes. Gulshan Kumar was shot sixteen times and today his son Bhushan Kumar (Tseries) is being targeted in a different form. Rakesh Roshan was shot twice. Mahesh Bhatt, Ritesh Sidhwani, Vivek Oberoi, Sohail Khan (Salman Khan’s brother) and Sajid Nadiadwala have time and again asked for police protection. You can see the same names repeating. Mahesh Bhatt may be doing a majority of his films with Emraan Hashmi and showing explicit nudity in the movies, but he hasn’t been a promoter of Hinduphobia. You can look at the movies he has produced over the years.
Although, the then NDA government started amending the laws regarding film financing by the end of the year 2000. I will do another article on film financing, but for now I will just mention that a lot of producers were using “undisclosed sources” which is a polite way of saying “underworld money” to arrange funds for the movies because the film industry was not allowed to borrow money from legal financial institutions like the banks before 2000. Even though the law was amended but the underworld roots were too deep by that time to uproot just like that.
The source of the money; if you use anti-national sources, the story and the subtle references in the movie will be anti-national as simple as that. You don’t need rocket science to understand that. Do you? Now you can imagine as to why only “Khans and Sex” sold in Bollywood for a long time. And now you also know why the gangsters and dons were glorified in Bollywood movies; why a don’s sister helps the underprivileged, a terrorist has a good heart; and also why a “Rahim Chacha” always sacrifices; hero’s friend who dies helping the hero is Abdul; why a shudh Hindi or Sanskrit speaking person ends up being a villain and a Urdu speaking person is honest and loyal. Shahrukh Khan and Ram Gopal Verma had come on record stating that people from the underworld interfere with the scripts and other aspects of film making. May be that’s why SRK raises a red flag every time he visits the US; his powerful “connections”.
May be the reduced influence of underworld is the reason producers like Karan Johar had started switching sides. Quite interestingly when the impact of underworld on Bollywood is reducing, intellectual terrorism is increasing in various forms. Be it in the form of media trials or selective half baked sting operations, or #MeToo allegations or social/political activism.
Many in Bollywood and outside had their mistresses become actresses and actresses become their mistresses; a clear case of “Quid Pro Quo (this for that)” type of sexual harassment at work place. Of course they get away in the eyes of general public by calling it “dating” or “just friends”. But when #metoo happens, what names come out? A nationalist from a small town in Maharashtra, Nana Patekar!! A “sanskari” character from a small town in Bihar, Alok Nath!! By the way, the upcoming movie Dil Bechara, the last movie of late SSR, was delayed because Mukesh Chabra, who was directing it had to step down amidst a #MeToo allegation. I don’t know why courts are needed, when justice has to be done online.
The person who has more followers wins the case. It does not matter what the court of law or the truth says. A million people repeating a lie a million times becomes the only truth, as simple as that. Next time when #metoo happens, please see the underlying motive. This has become a tool to target a few people.
Congratulations to everyone who don’t do their homework before posting their opinions on internet on whatever platform or in which ever form, they have become the newest face of the mafia. So, please don’t complain when you see these new star kids signing films with Hindu-phobic content. Because they now know for sure who is targeted. It has become very easy for content creators to succeed by supporting anti-Hindu propaganda and creating Hindu-phobic content. And I am not even talking about the politicians or political parties doing their part in making things worse. Creators on the other side of the spectrum get banned or humiliated and abused. Please have a look at the article that I wrote a couple of weeks ago Intellectual Lynching, frustration and suffocation. Sometimes I wonder why people don’t take some time out to think before hating some thing or someone or simply spreading hate. Generally, people these days are much more cautious in sharing their views for something they like or appreciate as compared to something they don’t like or hate.
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4 thoughts on “The Mafia and the Propaganda; all in the name of Sushant Singh Rajput”
Interesting article. I was an unsuspecting secular person and didn’t even notice subtle Hinduphobia in movies. Later it became a norm and when I joined twitter, I understood the whole thing.
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And the worst part is that as soon as you start noticing these things, they become frustrating. Every other incident, controversy or content be it movie, tv advertisement, stand up comedy show has to have such innuendos. Entertainment is not just entertainment anymore.