Friday, April 27, 2007

Hullabaloo in the ‘Land of Kamasutra’

I am chagrined at the insolent and gauche attitude of few Indians towards this whole Shilpa Shetty- Richard Gere incident – they have turned it into opprobrium. Okay, this will not be like dulcet to the ears, so before I spurt out the fiery fury that has been building up over the last few days, let me just say one thing - I am very proud of where I come from and am besotted with India's accomplishments. I adore our numerous traditions and appreciate our heritage and culture BUT I loathe the hypocrisy associated with the same.

I tend to digress, so I will try to keep this post focused on the latest scandal - Shilpa Shetty & Richard Gere. I am a little addled with the so-called controversy. Most actors in Bollywood bare their skin at the bat of an eyelid and most Hindi movies these days qualify in the ‘R’ category. Seriously, so what is all the brouhaha about Shetty and Gere? Was it really a faux pas? It is not as if Gere assaulted Shetty neither was she like a deer caught in the headlights. If Shetty did not feel violated then why are these sanctimonious politicians exhibiting such barbaric emotions? Have they completely sworn off savoir-fare?

'Kamasutra' was India’s gift to the world! In addition, don’t we have the highest number of AIDS victims? So, where do these imbeciles get off preaching others? C'mon, a court in Jaipur has threatened to put Gere behind bars for three months because he inaptly indulged in 'the deed'. Do these people ever hear themselves speak? These two-faced perverts stand in pugnacious lines to purchase movie tickets for revolting films with despicable scenes and ribald language. Now they have the audacity to create ruckus over a ‘peck on the cheek’.

Is the Indian audience upset because a foreigner instead of an Indian man conducted ‘the act’? If that is the truth, do I sense a hint of racism?

Any thoughts?

Copyright © 04.27.2007

“The great law of culture is: let each become all that he was created capable of being.” - Thomas Carlyle

9 comments:

Vizzy said...

Well thought out..

Vizzy said...

Well thought out..

Anonymous said...

I am in total agreement of your consternation.... I don't think it had anything to do with the fact that he was a foreigner.. I think it was simply that she is Shilpa Shetty and making this into a big deal would get some no-one his 15 minutes of fame.. that's all.. but then that is all is the beauty (all sarcasm intended) of Indian Politics, isn't it?

g said...

wow! this is completely bizarre. i have seen indian movies and with all due respect to the culture they have a lot more than 'peck on cheek'. why such hype?

Anonymous said...

the hypocrisies in our country are innumerable. i wish you write more about them.

Kundu said...

The only people to blame in this whole mess is the MEDIA. MEDIA should stop playing TRP games and cover things that really matter. Not a single news channel in India is worth watching. Its such a shame!!

Ash said...

Not to forget that Shilpa has been ordered to handover her Indian passport and remain in the country until the trial is over. O.k… was in Bangalore last week, the Ash-Abhi wedding gave way to Shilpa Shetty's kiss! This can be more explicitly seen in www.youtube.com than the Indian media who had already came under heavy bashing for hyping up Ash-Abhi wedding. Such incidents are a sad & stark reminder of the backwardness that exists in the “Incredible India”! Now the topic of Indian Media is a separate blo(g)tched topic :)

GB said...

Its called "kindly adjust" in India!!!

BCS said...

What better reaction you can expect when you have too many human beings having nothing creative to do.