The Power Men of Bollywood, and how social media has evened the Scales!

So who decides what is the truth? In the 1990s this was so prevalent, a married actor would have a discreet affair with the young heroine he was working with and expected the girl to show no emotion or sign of involvement. And God forbid if in a weak moment she does show, all hell would break loose!

She would lose her films with the co-star, not be spoken to by the hero and his camp – get removed from whatever movies she would have with him and “his people-“. And then would follow a spate of threatening interviews with her under pressure to keep quiet and watch her life and reputation being torn to bits, while the hero would tarnish her name and reputation and in some interviews proving his machismo image even threaten to ” break the girls face ” if she spoke about him.

These unfortunate incidents are obviously encouraged by some sycophant chamcha journalists – who would sit applaud and encourage the hero, in hope that maybe they become producer and this hero will work with them; or it’s some infatuated blinded girl journo, who would think the hero is God for her, would sit and add fuel to the fire – burning on stake is the remaining amount of dignity the actress / had left!

In today’s day age it’s much easier to reach out and present your own case on social media, which to a certain extent has been a boon to celebrities. It has it’s pros and cons for sure, but easier for all to put the truth out. Earlier on, one could rave rant and beat their chest  and cry themselves hoarse on whatever they had to put out there, but once a scandalous headline in print was out, that was it! There were a few takers for the clarification.

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Today social media is abuzz with Kangana Ranaut- she soon is becoming the symbol /poster girl for feminists across most in support for. I remember first seeing Kangana when she won the newcomers award at an award show in London many years ago, what really impressed me about her was in her acceptance speech , she humbly stated that I will speak in Hindi as my English is not so good. That statement from her won the audiences heart. She I believe, is someone who will tell the truth, and stand by it. Some do believe and I do too that intimate details about a relationship need not be made public as what happens between two people is for them to know and decide, who are we to judge? But it’s her choice to stand up and fight for if she does feel wronged and believes that she needs to get the truth out in the open .

The industry was and maybe is still a hero oriented where terms and conditions are dictated by super star male actors. But the slight shift is there for all to see. Much before my generation, in the 70’s some heroines were driven to paranoia and ultimately declare schizophrenics and written off. A gorgeous model actress was found dead after being labelled that and another beauty queen/model/actress was beaten up black and blue by a hero husband and his wife! She lost an eye and her career. In 90’s (my generation) the girls fought back but silently. If they spoke, either they were labelled pathological liars or as the macho heroes would show their bravado by threatening in the next glossy headline as how they would smash the girls face or bash her the next time they saw her or she spoke about them – whereas the girls would quietly pick up the pieces of their hearts and careers and try to let their work speak.

Are these instances just the reflection of what our society is or always has been? Why is it that the man gets away scot-free and the woman in the relationship is left to mend her life? Many much married heroes promise some of these young gullible girls the moon, make the girls fall in love with them, love the chase, and the minute surrender happens they put their tail between their legs and run.

Most of the heroines I know secretly might be rooting for Kangana and identifying on some of the points that she’s made. If I applaud Kangana today, is not for that I have already judged who is right or in the wrong, just that it’s high time women find their voice, speak up, and get their due out there.

P.S: This blog stands as an extended version of my article published today in India Times (http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/raveenatandonblog/the-power-men-of-bollywood-and-how-social-media-has-evened-the-scales/)

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11 thoughts on “The Power Men of Bollywood, and how social media has evened the Scales!

  1. Hi Mrs. Raveena Tandon! Very happy to see you blogging and I like how you speak your mind, unlike many people who are “too formal to make a statement”.
    I have been a fan of hindi movies from childhood but did not know these details about film industry. Its good that social media is giving power to every actress and actor to correct whoever has been wronged.
    I am not sure about Kangana though, because as it seems to me, she was the one pestering Hritik with emails of her photos as per reports. If Hritik was the one pestering Kangana, I would have supported Kangana. But that is my limited knowledge of their case.
    * There is only one problem that I see with social media these days that sometimes fake news is so sensational that it becomes accepted as truth. Hopefully this would be resolved in some manner. *
    Hopefully social media would make the old saying to the validated that “Truth alone triumphs” 🙂
    Cheers and welcome!

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  2. बहुत बेहतरीन लिखा। खुशी है कि आप हम लोगों की तरह लिखने भी लगी हैं।

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  3. It is indeed a good sign that the actress are coming out in support of fellow actress and exposing the not so good side of the Hindi film industry. The so called big people cannot continue to annihilate the girls or give them emotional turmoil. Socislmedis might have lot of cons but it has rightly come to the rescue to victims

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  4. Well said, Raveena. I don’t think the point is whether KR is lying or not. The point is that regardless of her personal life, a talented actress who has made it so far on her own merit should not be denied opportunities to perform. It would be sacrilege and a great way to cheat the audience. Moviestars talk trash all the time, and about each other. This should not mean that one star can take it upon himself to destroy another’s career. HR should wake up and realize that no one truly cares about his off-screen dalliances or lack thereof. People only care about the performance they see on film. Period. I mean Johnny Depp could be a wife-beater, and I could hate him for it, but I would certainly not want his professional life destroyed knowing what a brilliant actor he is. Same for his estranged wife although I have no idea what sort of a performer she is. Movies are expensive to make and should be cast based on talent and suitability for a role and nothing else. Bwood needs to wake up and crawl out of this 70s perception centred around massaging male egos and nepotism.

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  5. amazingly well written article Raveena….you always speak your mind and thats very refreshing in the politically correct Bollywood industry….cant wait to read more of your articles…hope you pull out more skeletons from Bollywood cupboard and tell us what happens behind the scenes through your articles….

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