Posted: 24 April 2016 at 10:47pm | IP Logged
LET'S HEAR IT FOR KANGANA
India is no country for women - old or young. Fact. Bollywood is no place for women, either.
Spunky women. Women who speak up. Talk back. Take on the mighty men who control the billion dollar industry. Expose harsh realities. Talk turkey. There is simply no space for them in this business.
Just look at the reactions to the Kangana Ranaut- Hrithik Roshan imbroglio. Bollywood has promptly closed ranks and all but officially declared Kangana an outcast. A persona non grata. Her crime? She went public with a private matter. How public? Well... it was a cheeky tweet that didn't name anybody. Is that all? Perhaps not. But what a ferocious backlash she has had to face for her audacity!
The big boys have ganged up against her - as men generally do. Some are running for cover, wondering what sort of revelations she may unleash in future which involve them! Others are taking the moral high ground by expressing disgust that a woman could go to 'this extent'. Excuse me! What was she supposed to do? According to the Bollywood manual, Kangana should have kept her mouth shut, wallowed in self-pity, taken to booze/drugs, found another lover (or several), retreated into a quiet space, and shut the hell up. That's what generations of heroines have done in the past. It suits everybody. In particular, it suits the men in the movie business who are accustomed to 'own' any female they fancy. They see it as a perk... a privilege... that goes with their exalted position.
Then, along comes Kangana. And the entire edifice built on hypocrisy, deceit and double standards goes for a toss. Here's the thing: Kangana could be the biggest liar in the world. She could have made the whole thing up. Why can't the same be said about Hrithik Roshan? It can't. And it won't. Because that would pry open a huge can of worms. And nobody wants that. It's so much simpler to call Kangana names. To label her. To go to the extent of saying she suffers from a mental/emotional condition that makes her 'imagine' things! Really? Prove it, Mr Roshan.
Kangana is being punished for breaking the golden rule that keeps Bollywood afloat. Women in the film industry are meant to keep their lips sealed, and play ball. If an affair doesn't work out, a female star is supposed to slink away, stay mum, act martyred, and swallow everything (pun intentional). Kangana is being stigmatised, ostracised, black listed and worse. Lists of heroes who henceforth won't work with her are being gleefully publicised. There are all sorts of rumours doing the rounds - that she is unstable, unreliable, unsavoury. Nobody is calling Hrithik Roshan a megalomaniac. How come?
This is how Bollywood functions. Blame the woman. And dump her once done. Especially a woman like Kangana who doesn't really have a godfather in showbiz. It has happened to several other female stars in the past, and broken so many of them. Without an influential starfather, or a powerful hero to offer 'protection', women who are seen as 'outsiders' don't stand a chance in hell of surviving in Bollywood. But Kangana is made of other stuff. She poses a challenge and a threat to the status quo. It's so much simpler to gang up against her, declare her a 'mental case', ruin her career... and chase her out.
Well, the past is the past. Today's Bollywood girls have more 'dum'. Some of them, at any rate. Kangana has always been a non-conformist. What did Hrithik think once he'd sent her a lawyer's notice? That she'd get cowed down, sit tight and wait for the skies to fall? No chance. Not this girl. Perhaps she's playing it all wrong and causing serious damage to her career, reputation, and image. Perhaps, she will be the one bearing the brunt of this mess once the dust settles. But the important thing is, she chose to speak up. At enormous risk to her professional position. Nobody here cares how many national awards an actress has won. Nor how talented she is. All that matters is her 'co-operation'.
Kangana is the Lone Ranger. She will discover how isolated she is when all the so-called friends she once courted and who gushed over her, vanish overnight. She will be left high and dry, while the Big Boys party on...
Should Kangana have been shrewd and sensible and kept quiet after all she went though (if her version is to be believed)? Should she have placed her career/money ahead of all else... her heart and feelings included? Most other actresses do just that... and the heroes love them for it! Kangana may just have committed professional hara-kiri. Bollywood biggies will kiss her goodbye, and make sure she stays out of the charmed circle. She'll be dubbed a 'trouble-maker'. There will be a well-orchestrated campaign to make sure big banners banish her.
But you know what? At least Kangana Ranaut, has had the guts to take on a far more powerful adversary. Respect.