Lights, camera, silence

Why should SRK always need a script to speak?

abhat

Adnan Bhat | January 29, 2013



In a democratic country, the constitution of which promises freedom of speech, what has Shah Rukh Khan done wrong in speaking about how he felt about certain things at certain point of time in his life? Why is everybody hell-bent on accusing him of trying to establish victimhood? Why can’t his views be personal?   

Once those arclights are off, why can’t Khan be like any other Muslim in India? Are we denying Khan the scope of being discriminated or discrimination in the country itself? The truth being that both of these are undeniable.

First things first. No denying he is the King Khan. But behind this onscreen larger-than-life persona, he is an ordinary human being, a reticent middle-aged man, a doting father of two, owner of an IPL team who exults in its win and gets surly when it loses, at times even making his anger public. Just like you and me — his fans. Why can’t he be someone who is liable to have an opinion? And why should he be debarred from expressing it?  

Even if not linking it with any religion, and not talking about the general discrimination people face in India, let’s take the case of Bollywood only. Is Khan the first actor to have cried foul?

The thespian Dilip Kumar saheb had to face so much so many times, thanks to late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, that he went into a shell since he was literally tired of proving his patriotism time and again. When the tragedy king was in his prime, one day a police team from Calcutta landed in his Bandra flat simply because his name was found among others in the diary of a Pakistan spy they had arrested. Rumour mills worked overtime to prove the actor as actually a Pakistan spy himself! Then again when Thackeray raised a war cry against the actor going to Pakistan to receive its highest civilian award Nihsan-e-Pakistan, a subdued Dilip saheb had to beat a hasty retreat, pleading with the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, “As you please, sir”. (Read more)

A few years ago, actor Emraan Hashmi had accused a housing society in posh Bandra of "religious discrimination" saying that it denied him the no-objection certificate to purchase a flat in the building. (Read more)

What SRK has said is nothing new. Almost everyone in this country has a story of being discriminated against to share. It is high time we came out of the utopia of being perfect and stopped bashing those who dare to express themselves.

Comments

 

Other News

Kodnani’s acquittal raises doubts about criminal justice system

 Maya Kodnani, a BJP leader who was the MLA from Naroda when this locality on the outskirts of Ahmedabad witnessed one of the most gruesome episodes during the Gujarat riots of 2002, was acquitted by the Gujarat High Court on Friday. Her acquittal in the Naroda Patiya massacre case is only a sequel to

BMC took nearly 48 days in resolving one complaint

The number of civic complaints with BMC has increased from 61,910 in 2015 to 92,329 in 2017, which is 49% in two years. A report titled ‘Civic Issues Registered by Citizens and Deliberations done by Municipal Councillors in Mumbai’ released by Praja Foundation has found some interesting facts a

Who is Atishi Marlena?

Atishi Marlena is among the nine AAP functionaries who were dismissed by the union home ministry asserting that their posts were created without the approval of the centre. Marlena, served as education advisor of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led government in Delhi. While she was intrumental in improving the

Leadership? Learn it from Jaising, Ambani, Doshi

The Fortune magazine has named three Indians – lawyer Indira Jaising, industrialist Mukesh Ambani and architect Balkrishna V Doshi – among the world’s greatest fifty leaders.

Energy as the new value system for redesigning daily life

Remember Kardashev scale? For the uninitiated, it’s a method of measuring a civilization’s level of technological advancement, based on the amount of energy it is able to use for communication. We will get to its unconventional relevance to the big urban questions at the end, but just keep it a

48 MLAs, MPs have declared cases of crime against women

Out of 1580 MPs and MLAs with criminal cases, 48 (three MPs and 45 MLAs) have declared cases related to crime against women. The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and

Current Issue

Current Issue

Video

CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter