- Navneel Maji
Bollywood Controversies! The Bollywood industry is known to be a centre of huge soft power. The actors are loved and worshipped not just in India, even abroad. When you are at so high in the chain, it becomes easy to be strung into some controversies now then. Let’s look at some of them that cropped up in 2017.
1) Padmavati Controversy:
The controversy surrounding the movie Padmavati for a month but one of the most gruesome the Bollywood had ever seen. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the movie was said to offend religious sentiments of the concerned by distorting historical facts. The chief protestor against was from Karni Sena, a Rajput community representing the organization, who urged nationwide ban on the film. They even threatened to behead the director and the lead actress, Deepika Padukone. The release date kept changing untill it is finally releasing after much fuss and fury on 25th January.
2) Karan Johar Vs Kangana Ranaut:
One of the most successful and outspoken filmstars of Bollywood, Kangana Ranaut called film-maker Karan Johar a ‘flagbearer of nepotism’ on his own, ‘Koffee With Karan.’ The second she said, it turned out to a huge debate between the two. It even got more fueled after Karan and actors Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan poked fun at Kangana and chanted “Nepotism rocks” at the IIFA Awards this year.
3) Sonu Nigam speaking against morning Azaan:
Sonu Nigam, one of the Renowned singers of India, made a daring task, if not a mistake, to take upon religious establishment by lashing out at them for “forced religiousness” in India after being woken up by the Azaan from a nearby mosque. Immediately, it led to huge controversies across all media channels.
His exact tweet went as follows: “God bless everyone. I am not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India?” After the tweet got media coverage, a Maulvi announced whoever would get his head off would get a million as a reward. In response to that, the actor shaved his head of (by another Muslim) and asked for that reward. The controversy lasted for more than two weeks.
4) Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s inappropriate remarks in his memoir:
Recently, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s new book was up into the marked, called An Ordinary Life. However, it had to take back offprint from the market as the book is supposed to make outraging remarks for his once co-actor Niharika Singh. She filed a case against him for demeaning her modesty and for not taking her consent before sharing their personal stories out in the world.