Showing posts with label Shahrukh Khan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shahrukh Khan. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Thoughts On The Middle East

I have had a chance to think a lot about the Middle East in recent weeks.

The first thing I see is, the region has a 10-year window in which to diversify their economies or face decline. The city of Dubai has already done what the region at large needs to do. I believe that realization is there. And countries across the region are scrambling to move. Major moves are being plotted and made.

Two, where does Dubai go from here? Dubai has to move up the economic food chain. And that is mostly to do with technology. If diversification is achieved, money becomes the new oil, the gift that keeps giving.

Three, politics. First of all, I have to admit I don't know much. I have not had the chance to study in-depth. At some point, I'd like to. A few weeks ago I came across this nugget of information, that the United Arab Emirates has a federal parliament that has a roadmap to universal franchise. Not knowing that was not stupid. It was not even ignorant. Hey, you don't know what you don't know. But it sure was uninformed. Second, I have to be open-minded about possibilities. Let's just take that UAE example. Finally, when there is a universal franchise, that still would not make the monarch of the UAE someone like Queen Elizabeth. Let's face it, Queen Elizabeth rubber stamps whatever the British parliament comes up with. And recently it has come up with much nonsense. The monarch of the UAE does not even hold that title. He calls himself president. I see that as an evolving situation. Three, Iran. I think we from afar underestimate how much distrust Iran arouses among the Gulf countries. Whereas Iran thinks of itself as a country on a mission.

I would like to read up and learn and become rehearsed on the nuances of the domestic politics of many of these countries in the Gulf. For one, it is of interest to me.

Four, Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East. I see Africa and South Asia as the next two Chinas. When the politics part is tidied up a little, Africa and South Asia could grow faster than China did. And I see the possibility of Dubai playing the role Hong Kong played in the economic rise of China. China needed FDI. And the world only trusted Hong Kong with it. 

Five, culture and religion. I find the music and the language fascinating. I was looking at some rudimentary videos on YouTube with thoughts of teaching myself some Arabic recently. When I visit Dubai, there is a list of mosques I'd like to visit. I definitely would want to visit that mosque in Abu Dhabi. And I read about a mosque in Dubai where the sermon on Friday is delivered in English. I would like to attend that service. And yes, you can't visit Dubai and not watch a Bollywood movie.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Fawad Khan Controversy: A Particular Kind Of Stupid

मैंने खुबसुरत पिक्चर देखी। सोनम कपुर नयी एक्टर आयी है। देखते हैं कैसी है। बहुत अच्छा लगा। The material has been handled very well. I think India is at a crossroads. आर्थिक तरक्की करनी है। लेकिन उसका मतलब आँख मुंद के westernization करना नहीं होता। सोंच समझ के कदम लेने होते हैं।

सीता मैया का स्वयंवर हुवा था। कृष्ण ने अर्जुन को कहा अपने बहन को ले जाने को। क्यों कि बहन अर्जुन को पसंद करती थी। लड़का लड़की खुद एक दुसरे को पसंद करे वो अच्छी बात है। लेकिन family values बहुत अच्छी बात है। परिवार और diet के मामले में जो है उसे खोना नहीं चाहिए।

तो मैंने देखा कोई नया लड़का है। कितना लाजबाब acting है। नाम नहीं मालुम था। थोड़ा हट के acting style था।

जैसे ये एक सीन देखो। जब पेंट गन से लगती है तो ये जनाब जब अपने शरीर के पेंट को छुते हैं तो वो कितना measured gesture है। नहीं तो बॉलीवुड वाले रोना धोना शुरू कर देते हैं। यहाँ एक restraint है जो कि it is a breath of fresh air.

बाद में जो controversy हुइ तो नाम तो मेरे को मालुम था नहीं। बहुत बाद में पता चला कि ये तो उसी एक्टर के बारे में बात कर रहे हैं।

मुंबई में ढेर सारे backbenchers of patriotism भरे पड़े हैं। उतनी ही शौक है तो जाओ बॉर्डर पर बन्दुक ले के पहरेदारी दो। ये hate filled armchair patriotism? Patriotism is supposed to be a love statement. Hate and love don't go together.

दो देश को जोड़ेंगे तो कलाकार ही जोड़ेंगे। नेता लोगों से तो हो नहीं रहा।

कला की कद्र करो। बेबकुफी बंद करो।

STD rates reach record high in United States
There were more reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases last year than ever before in the United States ..... the rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis -- the three most commonly reported STDs in the nation -- increased between 2014 and 2015, reaching an all-time high. ..... most infections go undiagnosed and untreated ..... One of the most disturbing findings in the report revealed an increase in syphilis rates among newborns.
Diabetes Latest | Features | CDC
29 million people in the United States (9.3 percent) have diabetes. 1.7 million people aged 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes in 2012.

हाल ही में फिर देखा एक म्युजिक वीडियो। वीडियोग्राफी देख के मैं चकित हो गया। एक सेकंड में कितना डाला जा सकता है देखो। वहाँ भी कॉन्ट्रोवर्सी। इस फिल्म के हेरोइन पर भी ताला चाभी।

बैन करना ही है तो अमिताभ और शाहरुख़ दोनों को करो। दोनों ५०% पाकिस्तानी। एक की माँ पाकिस्तान से दुसरे का बाप।

हद हो गयी।

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Seeing Priyanka Chopra On The Kapil Sharma Show

Kapil Sharma has reached unprecedented heights in Indian comedy and most of the time he is respectful and playful. But once in a while he shows flashes of arrogance.

Or maybe the media is thoroughly sinful everywhere, expressing the basest sentiments in all societies, especially since it went 24/7 and there is so much time slot to fill. I have never owned a television, and written articles might be less heavy on the gossip angles.

Watching Priyanka Chopra's media interactions in America and India has been educational for me. The American media comes across as deeply racist. The Indian media comes across as super, off the charts sexist.

Perhaps the Robert De Niro route was better. The movie star who defined an era absolutely refused media interviews and when such became absolutely inescapable he would come across as incoherent, a man of a few words, if not grunts, and even a mute. His point was, my work is in the movies. If you like my work, watch my movies. He felt media appearances took away from his movies by diluting his image and the character building in the movies. He was right, but that distance might not be possible no more in this age of media saturation. Robert De Niro must watch in horror as movie stars these days make a movie and then go on the media circuit to promote the movie. He must feel that robs from the audience the movie experience.

And so Kapil Sharma makes this grand super sexist statement on the only movie star to have reached the heights of the two biggest movie industries in the world..... by organizing a band baaja barat. Hillary Clinton took a lot of heat in 1992 for being a career woman. So I guess being a career woman in India is still a really big deal. It is a new phenomenon.

Kapil Sharma is a genuinely talented person, but the super sexism of the society he springs forth from comes through.

It's like a few weeks back I watched an old interview of Priyanka Chopra and it was 30 minutes of the TV show host completely ignoring PC like she was not even there, because she is a woman.

This is sad because PC is ascendant in Hollywood and poised to reach greater heights. That ought to be a self esteem boost to Indians everywhere in all walks of life, a self esteem boost also to Indian men, especially to Indian men. Because there are many more Indian men trying to do things.

Priyanka Chopra to sign Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next with Shah Rukh Khan?
Priyanka Chopra says she can't say no to Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Will her next Bollywood project be Bhansali's film with Shah Rukh Khan?
Amitabh Bachchan Gets Emotional After Daughter Shweta Hosts A Surprise Dinner
The Bachchans met in the New Year for the first time and Shweta Nanda took over get-together arrangements which touched Big B deeply

Friday, December 30, 2016

Laila Main Laila: Amazing Videography

This is amazing two and a half minutes of video. This song has been done so well from so many different angles.

Obviously this is the famous Qurbani song. Bollywood was "revealing" even back then. In fact Arab belly dancing goes back hundreds of years.

I chanced upon this video yesterday and watched it so many times. The day before that I watched the Yada Yada Hi Dharmasya video numerous times.

The song is beautifully done. Sunny Leone is an apt pick. The crowd reminded me of the Jumma Chumma song, but this actually is done better, because in the Jumma Chumma song the crowd is like wallpaper, Amitabh so dominates.

King Khan has managed to strike just the right balance. There is no mistaking who the song revolves around. But the crowd appears to be very much part of the action. Har Koi Chahe Mujhse part comes alive on the screen.

Sunny has done a fabulous job. I just watched her on the Kapil Sharma Show yesterday on YouTube.
Look at the camera work. In the very beginning when the video becomes a photograph but the music continues, it feels like you are on a slippery slope. And the sound of the gunshot feels so part of the song. King Khan makes total claim to the song those few seconds even while giving almost all screen time to Sunny whose secret to beauty is her confidence. She is indeed very beautiful.

Both Katrina Kaif and Sunny Leone have come to work in Mumbai from the west like Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone have gone west without leaving Mumbai.

Indian women are conquering the world. About time.

The dance choreography is mind boggling. It is a perfect blend of the song you hear, made more powerful because it is an old classic, and the graceful moves, powerful for being simple. But the magic is in the grace.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

मैडागास्कर के मुख्य मंत्री श्री नीतिश कुमार जी

Animation of the structure of a section of DNA...
Animation of the structure of a section of DNA. The bases lie horizontally between the two spiraling strands. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
नीतिश जी का मधेस आंदोलन के बारे क्या राय है? उनके काठमाण्डु भ्रमण और नेपाली काँग्रेस के प्रति की आसक्ति से मैं क्षुब्ध हुँ।

जैसे कि भारत में है GST Bill, या लैंड बिल या लॅबोर बिल, या और भी नीति। मधेस आंदोलन उस केटेगरी की बात नहीं है। कि बीजेपी कह रही दिन तो मैं कहुँ रात, बीजेपी कह रही रात तो मैं कहुँ दिन।

जब दक्षिण अफ्रीका में अपार्थाइड था ये वैसी बात है। तो उस समय मार्गरेट थैचर और डिक चेनी कहते थे नाकाबंदी मत करो। नीतिश तो मार्गरेट थैचर और डिक चेनी सरीखे हो निकले मधेसी के लिए। ये कैसी लज्जा की बात है!

नीतिश नाम से मधेसी नहीं लेकिन cultural DNA के आधार पर तो ११०% मधेसी हैं। तो फिर कहाँ खो गया सॉलिडेरिटी?

जो काँग्रेसी मधेसी होते हैं उनका मानसिक दासता इस पराकाष्टा पर होता है कि उन्हें पता भी ना चला कि उनके ही दिए हुवे शक्ति से सत्ताधारी ने मधेसी पर दासता लाद दिया और उन्हें पता भी न चला। जिस तरह अँग्रेज भारतीय सैनिक और कर्मचारी के प्रयोग से ही भारत पर राज किया करते थे।

जैसे अब्दुल कलाम राष्ट्रपति का जुता उतरवाया गोरो ने भारत के भुमि पर। वो था रिहर्सल। उसके बाद हौसला बढ़ा तो शाहरुख़ खान का पैंट उतरवाया न्यू जर्सी में। और अभी देखो फ्लिपकार्ट में ८०% स्वामित्व है विदेशी का। ये तो ईस्ट इंडिया कंपनी का बाप फ्लिपकार्ट।

जागो बिहारियों। ये मधेस आंदोलन जितना हमारे लिए उतना ही तुम्हारे लिए। अपनी खोई गौरव वापस ले लो। तुम एक ज़माने में सुपरपावर हुवा करते थे। मधेस आंदोलन में एकाकार हो जाओ और फिर से बन जाओ सुपरपावर।

नीतिश का एक Blind Spot: FDI (2)
नीतिश का एक Blind Spot: FDI
नीतिश के दो Blind Spots
मधेसका संघर्ष भारत का अपना संघर्ष है

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Donald Trump Said Something Nice About Indians

A few days back Donald Trump said something nice about Indians. That was the first time. Otherwise he has not said anything nice about anybody, not Mexicans, not Muslims, not the Chinese, not white women. But he is trying to play nice with Indians. That’s a breath of fresh air.

What The Donald does not seem to understand is there are more Muslims in India than anywhere else in the world. Muslims came to India because there was too much sand where they were, and this was before oil, and so they came for the green. They came, they saw, they conquered. There are more Muslims on the Indian sub-continent than anywhere else in the world. India is the number one Muslim hub in the world. Muslims rule Bollywood, for example. India has had two Muslim presidents so far compared to only one black president in America. Don’t even get me started on Akbar. Akbar Birbal stories are still sold on the footpaths of India at dirt cheap prices. Akbar’s propaganda machine is still running full throttle. Compare that to the Soviet propaganda machine. Long gone. Gone with the wind.

Conversely, there are more people from India than from anywhere else in the world in the now Arab countries. Talk about people to people contact.

So, Donald, you can’t do right by Indians, and talk shit about Muslims. Can not do. Eepikaiye!

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What Donald Trump Thinks About India
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump thinks India is doing well, but that the country isn’t getting the attention it deserves....... “India is doing great. Nobody talks about it,” Mr. Trump told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Monday...... Mr. Trump’s brief praise for the fast-growing South Asian economy was a reaction to comments he made in a 2007 interview with Mr. Blitzer, in which he expressed concern about the U.S. economy being overtaken by India and China. ...... “We’ve gone from a tremendous power that is respected all over the world to somewhat of a laughing stock and all of a sudden, people are talking about China and India and other places,” Mr. Trump said at the time. ........ On Monday, he asserted: “That was the beginning of China. That was the beginning of India.” ..... His praise for India followed in the same breath. “By the way, India is doing great. Nobody talks about it. I have big jobs going up in India. But India is doing great,” he said....... India’s $2-trillion gross domestic product is a fraction of China’s, at $10 trillion, and that of the U.S. at $17 trillion, according to the World Bank. GDP per capita in the U.S. is around $55,000, while in India it is about $1,500 and in China it is $7,400...... Harvard University economists have projected that India’s economy will grow at an average of 7% through 2024, the fastest of any major economy. ...... A recent World Economic Forum survey found that 17% of India’s population was undernourished. The prevalence of undernourishment in China was about 11%. ....... The 69-year-old billionaire has been trying for years to capitalize on his brand in India, teaming up with local property developers. In 2014, he announced the launch of Trump Tower Mumbai, an 800-foot skyscraper with 75 stories tobe erected in city’s upscale neighborhood of Worli by Indian developer Lodha Group. ...... “It has been my desire for many years to be involved in a great project in Mumbai, and it is my honor to bring the Trump lifestyles to the citizens of this truly global metropolis,” he said in a statement at the time. ...... Priced from $1.6 million, the three- and four-bedroom apartments in this property advertise indoor Jacuzzis, Poggenpohl kitchen cabinets and automatic toilets. ...... Before that, in August 2012, developer Panchshil Realty announced another luxury residential property with the Trump name, in Pune, a city about 90 miles from Mumbai. The Trump Towers Pune feature two towers with 23 stories each. Initially expected to be completed by the end of 2015, the project is still under construction. ..... According to the findings of a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, a third of people who said they would vote in a Republican primary said they favored Mr. Trump to be the GOP nominee, followed by Texas senator Ted Cruz at 20% support and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 13%.
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Friday, November 27, 2015

Aamir Khan And The India Intolerance Debate

आमिर खान बोलें --- ये गर्व की बात है, हिम्मत की बात है। बोलना चाहिए। ताकि पब्लिक विचार विमर्श हो इस मुद्दे पर। आमिर खान लोगों के दिल में रहते हैं। हिन्दु मुस्लिम फर्क नहीं पड़ता। और उनका करियर दिलचस्प रहा है। मेनस्ट्रीम सुपरस्टार रह के उन्होंने बहुत सारे experimental roles ही नहीं किए हैं, फोर्मुला सिनेमा से अलग जा के भी बॉक्स ऑफिस सफलता दिखा दिया है। जैसे कि PK, फोर्मुला फिल्म नहीं है लेकिन सारे रिकॉर्ड तोड़ दिए। तो, he is not just a movie star, which he is, there is ample proof, लेकिन उनका अपना एक जगह है भारतीय पहचान में। He is an element of the Indian identity, and I am so glad that is the case. वो critically सोचते हैं और अपने दिलकी बोलते हैं। ये एक ऐसा quality है जिसकी भारत के शिक्षा के क्षेत्र को बहुत जरूरत है। टॉपिक कुछ भी हो।

रह गयी अभी वाली मुद्दा की बात।

भारत इतना बड़ा देश है। जितना और देशों में मेजोरिटी नहीं होता है उससे बड़ा भारत में माइनॉरिटी है। मैं जब भारत के मुसलमानों के बारे में सोचता हुँ तो मेरा ध्यान जाता है socio-economic indicators पे, मेरा ध्यान जाता है per capita income पे। कि democracy has to be seen to be working for India's muslims.

प्रत्येक भारतीय का धर्म हिन्दु धर्म नहीं है, लेकिन प्रत्येक भारतीय का धर्म लोकतंत्र है। और मानव अधिकार उस लोकतंत्र धर्म की नींव है। मानव अधिकार नहीं तो लोकतंत्र नहीं। सीधी सी बात है। धार्मिक स्वतंत्रता एक मानव अधिकार है। किसी भी व्यक्ति को हक़ है कि वोअपने इच्छा के धर्म को मानें। कोइ हिन्दु परिवार में जन्म ले के ईसाइ या बुद्धिस्ट या मुसलमान बन सकता है। ये उसका मानव अधिकार है। और वो संविधान प्रदत अधिकार है। देशकी जो मुल कानुन है उसके द्वारा सुरक्षित है वो अधिकार।

लेकिन उतने से काम नहीं चलता। १२ साल हाई स्कूल कंपल्सरी होना चाहिए देश भरमें और एक विषय होना चाहिए सामाजिक शिक्षा जिसमें मानव अधिकार, लोकतंत्र, नागरिक कर्तव्य, बिभिन्न्न धर्मों के बारे में, सांस्कृतिक विविधता के बारे में पढाई हो। प्रमुख धर्मों के बारे में पढाई होनी चाहिए ताकि प्रत्येक नागरिक शिक्षित हो प्रत्येक नागरिक को सभी प्रमुख धर्मों के बारे में ज्ञान हो।

हिंसा अपराध है। चाहे वो धर्म को नाम पे हो या और कोई बहाने पर हो। तो hate crime के विरुद्ध सख्त कानुन होने चाहिए और उनको लागु किया जाना चाहिए। दंगा के विरुद्ध सख्त मैकेनिज्म होने चाहिए। दंगा एक लॉ एंड आर्डर प्रॉब्लम है। सोल्व किया जा सकता है।

हिंसा के अलाबे discrimination. रिपोर्ट आते रहते हैं कि मुस्लमान को घर किराए पर नहीं दिया। वो व्यवहार गैर कानुनी नहीं है तो होना चाहिए। प्राइवेट सेक्टर में नौकरी के तलाश में जाते हैं तो मुसलमान होने के नाते discrimination नहीं होने चाहिए।

लेकिन सब से मुख्य मुद्दा है education, health, job creation, entrepreneurship. मुसलमान बस्तियों में ये सब पहुँचाना है। मुसलमान जम के पढाई लिखाई करे और खुदका बिजनेस शुरू करे। लोगों को नौकरी दे।

और एक होता है public space का poisoning ----- कुछ लोग पब्लिक फिगर होते हुवे भी बहुत गलत बोल देते हैं। इस समुदाय के विरुद्ध तो कभी उस समुदाय के विरुद्ध। तो उसका काउंटर होना बहुत जरुरी है।

Hindu pride is a great idea, but Hindu supremacist thinking is not okay. आप गर्व करो। लेकिन पिछले साल जो लव जिहाद और घर वापसी के मुद्दे उछाले गए, बहुत गलत बात है। प्यार, मुहबत, शादी तो किसी की प्राइवेट बात है। कभी हिन्दु और मुसलमान एक जगह आ जाते हैं, जैसे की आमिर और शाहरुख़। करीना कपुर। तो ये  सुन्दर बात है। उसमें आपको लव जिहाद कैसे दिखाई दिया?

घर वापसी का मुद्दा भी उल्टापुल्टा है। भारत के भुमि पर जितने हैं सबको हिन्दु होना चाहिए ---- ये कितना अव्यवहारिक बात है! भुमि और मानव को उस तरह mixup मत करो। धार्मिक स्वतंत्रता तो मानव अधिकार है। किसी व्यक्ति की ख़ुशी की वो किस धर्म को अपनावे। Religious harassment should be illegal -----

बीफ। हिन्दु है कोइ बीफ नहीं खाता है -- तो that is respectable --- लेकिन ये कहने लगे कि खुद भी नहीं खाउंगा तुझे भी खाने नहीं दुंगा --- वो तो मोदीजी रिश्वत के बारे में वैसा बोलते हैं। कि खुद भी नहीं खाउंगा तुझे भी खाने नहीं दुंगा। बीफ और रिश्वत में कुछ तो फर्क होना चाहिए। आप अपना धर्म दुसरो पर कैसे थोपर सकते हो? Religious harassment should be illegal -----

मुसलमान बीफ नहीं खायेगा तो क्या खायेगा? खरगोश?

बल्कि हिन्दु धर्म प्रचार करने जाओ। जाओ दुनिया घुमो। जूलिया रॉबर्ट्स ने कन्वर्ट किया वो हिन्दु बन गयी। उन्हें अच्छा लगा। तो वैसे लोग ढूंढो। लेकिन कोइ आएगा तो स्वेच्छा से आएगा। किसी का मानव अधिकार हनन करने स्टाइल में आप धर्म प्रचार नहीं कर सकते।

India's diversity is India's strength. अभी तो भारत चीन से भी पिछे है। But if someday India is to beat America, it will be because India started celebrating free speech better than America, India started celebrating diversity better than America.

तो जो लोग भारत के भितर धार्मिक असहिष्णुता का जहर फैलाते हैं, वो भारत को विश्व शक्ति बनने के रास्ते पर नहीं ले जाना चाहते। जो थोड़ा बहुत शक्ति है भारत के पास वो भी चाहते हैं गायब हो जाए।

Democracy और Diversity में गहरा विश्वास रखने वाले लोगों को बोलते रहना चाहिए और संगठित होना चाहिए। वो देशप्रेम का सच्चा रूप है जो कि आमिर दिखा रहे हैं। मैं तो वैसे भी बड़ा फैन था, अब और बड़ा फैन हो गया।

Intolerance row: Agra Muslims condemn Aamir Khan's statement
Talking to India Today, Imran Qureshi of Bhartiya Muslim Vikas Parishad said the Muslims of India were born on this land and will be buried in this land.
Local Social activist Md. Arif Advocate said that it was questionable that the Aamir who had produced a patriotic movie like Lagaan, could have made such a statement. In fact, he said, Aamir was just voicing the thoughts of his wife who is a Hindu. ....... Imamuddin, a senior citizen aged 96 years, said that during the Friday Namaz, it was prayed that Aamir regains his senses and the country remains at peace.
Aamir Khan's PK Wouldn't Have Been a Success if India Was Intolerant: Shatrughan Sinha
Mr Khan's remarks expressing his "alarm and despondency" over the rise in recent incidents of intolerance hotly debated, he had again yesterday asserted that he stood by his comments and made it clear that neither he nor his wife Kiran Rao had any intention of leaving the country.
Shatrughan disapproves of Aamir’s remark on intolerance
Last thing Indian Muslims need: Naseer on Aamir's intolerance row
Veteran Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah has expressed concern over Aamir Khan’s intolerance remark saying that it may cause further problems for the Muslims of India. ..... “I don’t think he [Aamir] should have said this. Regardless of what he feels, we Muslims do not need any further aggravation of our feeling of persecution,” said Shah. ..... Earlier, Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman expressed solidarity with Aamir Khan over growing intolerance in India and admitted that he too faced a situation similar to that of the actor recently. ......

The music maestro spoke in relation to the fatwa issued against him by Mumbai-based Muslim academy for composing music for an Iranian film. Subsequently, his scheduled concerts in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh were cancelled.

..... The fatwa also prompted Hindu extremists to bring up the issue of religious conversions. They invited the composer to “re-convert to Hinduism” and said it was time for Rahman’s “ghar wapsi“. ..... “Aamir Khan should either indulge in ‘ghar wapsi’ which will help him getting free of ‘crimes of love jihad’ of his previous as well as his present wife Kiran Rao or go to Pakistan for the benefit of India,” Hindu Mahasabha’s national general secretary Munna Kumar Sharma said. ...... “A case of treason should be filed against Khan for insulting India and traitors like Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan should leave India,” he added.
Aamir Khan safe in India, his comments are insult to fans: BJP
“We won’t let Aamir leave the country, he is safe. This kind of comment influenced by a politically motivated campaign insults those who have given so much honour to Aamir in India,” said Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minister of State for Minority Affairs. ....... reacting to Aamir’s statement, Kiren Rijiju, the junior home minister claimed that the number of deaths in communal incidents had come down since BJP came to power last year and “to make a blatant statement is not proper.” ..... Incidences of communal violence have been growing in India, with a mob killing a Muslim man over beef-eating rumours in September. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, facing questions during his recent trip to Britain, said,

“India is committed to protecting every citizen’s freedom, and the law will deal severely with those who are intolerant.”

......... Speaking at Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, Aamir had said, “I have been alarmed. I can’t deny. I have been alarmed by a number of incidents.”
Intolerance debate: Hindu Sena buys Aamir Khan, family tickets to Pakistan!
Hindu Sena, the group that booked a one-way ticket for Khan, his wife Kiran Rao and their son, was in news last month after they led a Delhi police patrolling team into Kerala House claiming that a restaurant there was serving cow meat. Vishnu Gupta, the head of the group, was arrested and later released on bail.
Aamir Khan Intolerance Row: Woman commits suicide after husband criticizes actor
A dispute with her husband over remarks by Bollywood actor Aamir Khan saw a woman here committing suicide by consuming poison, her family members claimed. Police said they are investigating the alleged suicide by one Sonam Pandey and the claims by her family members that she took the extreme step as she was distressed by her husband's comments mocking Khan. ...... "Sonam Pandey and her husband Mayank were talking about newspaper reports about Khan's statement yesterday morning. My son poked fun at Sonam, saying what kind of man is the Bollywood star, who wants to settle abroad on the advice of his wife," said Mayank's father, RP Pandey. Angered by her husband's criticism of Khan, Sonam ran upstairs and locked herself inside a room, he added.
Shatrughan Sinha disapproves of Aamir Khan's remark on intolerance
No one can ask Aamir to leave India, says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee extended support to Bollywood actor Aamir Khan who is at the centre of a controversy over his remarks on 'growing intolerance' in the country.

“They have criticised actors like Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan and musician A R Rahman. Who are they to decide what we will say or what we will eat?,” the CM said.

Aamir Khan has said what he felt; India belongs to everyone: Mamata Banerjee

Aamir Khan: India Bollywood actor stands by intolerance remark
The ruling BJP said he should not forget that India made him a star, and it was wrong to malign the country. ...... "Anyone implying the opposite has either not seen my interview or is deliberately trying to distort what I have said. India is my country, I love it, I feel fortunate for being born here, and this is where I am staying," the actor wrote. ...... Khan said he stood by his earlier statement, and added that all those people who had called him "anti-national" and shouted "obscenities at me for speaking my heart out, it saddens me to say you are only proving my point". ...... BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain had criticised Khan's remarks and said there was a "political conspiracy to defame India" and there was "no better neighbour than a Hindu for a Muslim". ..... Another BJP spokesperson, Sambit Patra, said that "Aamir Khan is the face of 'Incredible India' [a TV campaign by Mr Khan to promote tourism], how can he make such a remark? I request Aamir Khan not to leave India and he won't find another nation like it". ..... Earlier this month, fellow superstar Shah Rukh Khan also spoke out against what he called "extreme intolerance" in India. .....A movement that began with writers returning state awards spread to scientists, historians and filmmakers. ......

They cited the killing of rationalists MM Kalburgi and Govind Pansare, as well as the lynching of a man over suspicions he consumed beef, as examples of rising intolerance in the country.

Aamir Khan clearly played to a script, and it does not do him credit
Given the nature of minority politics in India, where such issues are drummed up by "secular" parties to ensure that the minorities continue to vote on the basis of fear rather than pursuing their real economic and political interests ..... What Khan's statement reveals is his decision to fall in line with the dominant narrative being tom-tommed by the mainstream English media that has been left out in the cold by Narendra Modi. Incidentally, an interesting aspect of the rising English media chorus of "growing intolerance" is that it is not supported by any kind of data or a benchmark from which this "rise" can be calculated. Barring a cacophony of statements by Sanghis, there is no evidence whatsoever that there is any actual rise in intolerance. ........... Aamir's calculated statement can at best be put down as another voice added to this self-indulgent and self-righteous echo chamber in the English language media. ...... First, I doubt if anybody in India thinks we have nothing to fear, given the state of our policing, our weak legal systems, and the space we have given to criminals and vested interests in cities and villages. I too would fear for the safety of my daughters in India, especially given the patriarchal nature of our society and its inability to bring up its sons to respect women.

We have strong laws and a weak state, making it near impossible to assume that we will be protected from rabid elements.

......... Many Indians have left Indian shores for better prospects, and it is this diaspora that believes in Modi and his idea of India by and large. From businessmen to ordinary students to techies, Indians have always sought to improve their material condition by taking advantage of merit-based systems in the West. The poor, on the other hand, went to West Asia to earn more while living like second-class citizens, whether in Saudi Arabia or even parts of the UAE. After decades, they are still not given citizenship. ......

In the sub-continent, Hindus and Muslims from Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, and now even Pakistan have, legally or illegally, moved into India as economic or political refugees. The Nepalese have been welcomed like they were our own citizens, and despite some hesitation to accept Muslim economic refugees from Bangladesh, they are here and voting their own leaders in Assam, West Bengal and Bihar.

...... If there is a beacon of tolerance in the sub-continent, it is India. The only areas of long-term intolerance (as opposed to short-term intolerance caused by riots) are in Kashmir, where an entire generation of Pandits has been driven out in the worst act of ethnic cleansing ever practised after 1947. ..... The fringe will be the fringe, and there is no point assuming that in a country of 125 crore, no one will ever make politically-incorrect statements. ...... Two years ago, a white supremacist shot people in a gurdwara in Wisconsin. Over the last two years, we have seen race riots after the shooting of African-Americans in Ferguson and Baltimore by trigger-happy cops.

When his name is Khan, can Aamir really expect to be treated as an equal in America?

....... The far right is rising under Marine Le Pen. The face veil is banned in France, not in India. ...... For a country with 125 crore people and all their multiple diversities, insecurities and concerns involving caste, religion, and ethnicity, we are a mighty tolerant lot. ........ This does not also mean that the Sangh hotheads should continue to vitiate the atmosphere. Modi would do well to put a tape across their mouths or even chuck them out of his ministry. But that still will be no guarantee that someone will not make an intolerant statement somewhere...... Surely, Aamir Khan does not want a state where everyone is gagged. That would be even more intolerant than the intolerance he would like to complain about.
I stand by everything I have said: Aamir Khan on his comments about intolerance
The actor ended his statement by quoting Rabindranath Tagore's famous poem, "Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high, Where knowledge is free, Where the world has not been broken up into fragments, by narrow domestic walls, Where words come out from the depth of truth, ..... "Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection, Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way, Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit, Where the mind is led forward by thee, Into ever-widening thought and action, Into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake."
Aamir Khan: India home minister Rajnath Singh's jibe at actor
Without naming Khan, Rajnath Singh told the parliament that despite insults, iconic Dalit leader "BR Ambedkar never said he would leave India". ..... "Dr BR Ambedkar had to put up with insults and derision. Yet, he controlled his emotion and put forward an objective point of view for India. He never said how he was being ignored and insulted in India," Mr Singh said in his remarks in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the parliament...... "He said I will stay in India and keeping the Indian values and culture in mind, I will strengthen the country," Mr Singh added. ..... Despite his clarification, the controversy refuses to die down and the home minister's comments are seen as the latest salvo fired at him by BJP politicians. ..... However, the session is likely to be a stormy one, with opposition parties demanding a debate on "growing intolerance" in the country. ..... BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said the government was "willing to discuss all issues, including the so-called issue of rising intolerance even though the incidents that happened were in the domain of states… We do not support or condone such incidents".
Controversy Over Aamir's 'Intolerance' Remarks Refuses to Die
BJP national spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain advised Khan to visit his ancestral village Akhtiyaarpur in Hardoi district in Uttar Pradesh and see for himself with how much love and harmony people live there. ...... Hussain said that Aamir left the village at an early age and joined Bollywood, but people there still believe in 'Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb', a term used to describe mutually participatory co-existence of Hindu and Muslim culture. He was talking to reporters in Lucknow.
Anupam Kher Lashes Out At Aamir Khan, Asks Him To 'Spread Hope Not Fear'
Aamir Khan has insulted India with intolerance statement, says Ramdas Athawale
Senior Shiv Sena leader and the state Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam on Tuesday said Khan "can go to Pakistan" if he didn't love India. "The police should also conduct an inquiry whether Aamir's statement is anti-national," he said.
An open letter to Aamir Khan
Your name is Khan and you Sir, are a hypocrite.
Aamir Khan’s answer at RNG awards an innocent one: PK director Rajkumar Hirani
Coming out in support of under fire Aamir Khan, director Rajkumar Hirani stoutly defended his 'PK' star.
the director said, “Aamir Khan didn’t call for a press conference. He was at an award function where he was asked questions on various topics and one of the topics was this which he answered and his answer was I was distressed and sad that my wife once said this to me. To me it is an innocent answer. He spoke about what was said inside his home affairs in public and one should have ignored it. But the way people jumped and attacked him, intolerance was visible.” ..... For Raju, the most distressing factor was linking Aamir’s statements to his Muslim identity. Said Raju, “His statements were then linked to him being a Muslim. Such a thought never crossed my mind.

I have celebrated every Diwali at Aamir’s place.

The way these talks are spreading through social media, some divide is visible. We should pick positive things in life and talk about it.”

Friday, June 19, 2015

लव वापसी, घर जिहाद और पहले आप पहले आप

Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan, arrival for press...
Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan, arrival for press conference of "Om Shanti Om" at the Hyatt Hotel, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Indian actor Shahrukh Khan, arrival f...
English: Indian actor Shahrukh Khan, arrival for press conference of "Om Shanti Om" at the Hyatt Hotel, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
में प्राइड की बात मानता हुँ। गर्व करना चाहिए। लेकिन गर्व vacuum में नहीं होता है। उसके लिए बनाना पड़ता है। एक वर्ल्ड क्लास अर्थतंत्र का निर्माण तो करो पहले। भारत को विश्व शक्ति बनना चाहिए, वो बात और तो और अमरिका भी कहती है ----- क्योंकि उसको अकेले दुनिया भर दौड़ना परता है। भारत विश्व शक्ति बन जाए तो थोड़ा मदत हो जाए, भारत भी इधर उधर दौड़ने लगे।

भारत विश्व शक्ति बनने का तरिका है (१) अर्थतंत्र मजबुत करो (२) लोकतंत्र मजबुत करो। Hindu unity का तरिका है caste system ख़त्म करो। आप भारत के अर्थतंत्र कमजोर करने का काम करो, लोकतंत्र को कमजोर करने का काम करो, Hindu unity पर अटैक करो ---- तो चाहे आप मुँह से जो कहो लेकिन आपका व्यवहार कह रहा है आप भारत को विश्व शक्ति नहीं बनने देना चाहते।

कोइ किससे शादी करेगा -- ये तो उनका प्राइवेट मामला है। शाहरुख़ और गौरी की शादी दुनिया में एक मिशाल है। दुनिया भर में लोग कहते हैं, देखो भारत में हिन्दु और मुस्लिम एक ही घर में। उससे समाज और देश मजबुत होता है। Shahrukh Khan (Bad Shah --- यानि कि नटखट शाह --- badass जो कहते हैं अंग्रेजी में, हिंदी में शायद बिंदास कहते हैं) is a brand ambassador of India.

लव वापसी, घर जिहाद और पहले आप पहले आप। शाहरुख़ ने १०० फिल्में बनाई -- आप ने क्या बनाई?

सब न्युज मैं पढ़ नहीं पाता हुँ --- स्वाभाविक है। जैसे कि beef के बारे में मैंने नहीं पढ़ी है, एक दो हेडलाइंस पढ़ी है। Beef हिन्दु नहीं खाते --- वो समझने की बात है। लेकिन beef तो रिश्वत नहीं की आप कहो खुद भी नहीं खाउंगा और तुझे भी खाने नहीं दुँगा। Freedom of religion is like free speech --- उसके बगैर लोकतंत्र का कल्पना नहीं किया जा सकता। मेरे राज्य में, मेरे देश में beef मत खाओ कहना धार्मिक नहीं संकीर्ण विचारधारा है। वो तो ऐसा हुवा कि आप किसी मुसलमान को कह रहे हो, कुरान मत पढ़ो। इसाई को कह रहे हो, बाइबल मत पढ़ो। वो आप कहने वाले कौन होते हैं?A democracy is, by definition, tolerant. भारतका शक्ति ही भारत का लोकतंत्र है।

कोइ धर्म परिवर्तन करें वो उनकी इच्छा। कोइ मोदीकी आलोचना करें --- उनकी इच्छा --- it is covered by free speech.

जैसे कि दीपिका ने कहा, फैक्ट्री के दुध में मलाइ नहीं होती। बगैर Opposition के लोकतंत्र नहीं होती। Democracy को vibrant Opposition की जरुरत होती है।

आम आदमी पार्टी के लोग जब से आपस में झगड़ रहे हैं तब से मैंने उनके बारेमें कोइ समाचार नहीं पढ़ी ---- लेकिन headlines तो unavoidable है। अगर AAP पर BJP वाले unfair procedural attacks कर रहे हैं तो वो लोकतंत्र के हित में नहीं। और उससे उनको बिहार जैसे जगहों में बेफायदा होगा। क्योंकि लोकतंत्र भारत के लोग समझते हैं।

एक दो रोज पहले एक दो headlines और सामने आए। मीडिया वालों को क्या है कि controversy पैदा करनी होती है --- रोजी रोटी का सवाल है, पेपर बेचना होता है। मैंने देखा सुषमा स्वराज और वसुंधरा सिंधिया पर एक ही पंक्ति में अटैक। तो मैंने न्यूज़ पढ़ा ही नहीं। It was obvious the attack was sexist, and it was coming from inside the party as much as outside. Granted India is a sexist country, but a sexist India can not become a world power.

लोकतंत्र मजबुत करना है तो free speech, freedom of religion, vibrant Opposition, women's empowerment -- सबको celebrate करो।

Granted the BJP is a big tent, and there are all kinds of people in it. There are fringe elements who will say anything. But when the tail starts wagging the dog (as in, mainstream politics), one has to take note.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Happy New Year 2, Happy New Year 3: Plot Suggestions


Is Abhishek Bachchan writing the sequel of 'Happy New Year'?
Is Abhishek Bachchan writing ‘Happy New Year’ sequel?

Happy New Year 2

चुँकि पहले फिल्म में शाहरुख़ और दीपिका की pairing हो गयी --- तो सब कहते हैं बात आती है शादी की। तो हम तो चोर हैं, शादी में गिफ्ट क्या देंगे? सब कहते हैं गिफ्ट तो स्पेशल होनी चाहिए, ये कोइ छोटी मोटी शादी थोड़े हो रही है? So they decide to steal the Monalisa painting. They do it on a day when there is a massive street festival around the place where the painting is kept. The challenge is not only to steal the painting, but to put a नकली Monalisa in its place. Not only they manage to do it, बाद में किसी को शक नहीं होता। In the final scene of the movie, Shahrukh is sitting in his living room. A friend comes to visit. दिवार पर Monalisa painting है। वैसे तो नकली Monalisa ढेर हैं दुनिया में। दोस्त को लगता है ये भी उसी में से है। शाहरुख़ हाँ में हाँ बोल देता है। "एक तु भी रख ले अपने लिविंग रूम में" कह के बोलता है।

एक साइड प्लाट है। जिस शहर में चोरी करनी है उस शहर में है ऐश्वर्य --- एक NRI graduate student. अभिषेक की उनसे pairing हो जाती है। लेकिन अंतोअंत तक ऐश्वर्य को पता नहीं चलता कि बंदा तो चोर है। काफी कॉमेडी एंगल्स निकलेंगे उस सब प्लाट से।

एक दुसरा सब प्लाट है। टेक्नोलॉजी का। चोरी करने में Augmented Reality का सहयोग लिया जाता है।

Happy New Year 3

सलमान और अमीर Silicon Valley में टेक billionaire हैं --- दोनो IIT में best friends थे। ये दोनों शाहरुख़ को कॉन्टैक्ट करते हैं। कि देख, तुने मोनालिसा चुराया, तेरे को लगता है किसी को पता नहीं चला, लेकिन हमें तो पता चल गया। शाहरुख़ घबरा जाता है, कि तुम लोग हो कौन और चाहते क्या हो? तो जवाब आता है, घबराने की बात नहीं है। सिर्फ एक चोरी और करना है। तो उनको पता ऐसे चला कि जिस Augmented Reality technology का प्रयोग किया गया उसको बनाया सलमान और अमीरके कंपनी ने।

चोरी क्या करना है? Fort Knox का सारा का सारा सोना चुराना है। शाहरुख़ घबरा जाता है, कहता है नयी नयी शादी हुइ है, ये कहाँ फँसा रहे हो भइ? सलमान और अमीर बोलते हैं काम जितना कठिन दिखता है उतना है नहीं। तीनों मिलते हैं फिजी में। फिर से Augmented Reality technology का प्रयोग करना है। युँ समझो टेस्टिंग हो रही है। इतना कटिंग एज टेक्नोलॉजी किसी और के पास है नहीं।

तो चोरी कब होता है? Fort Knox के गार्ड्स के लिए साल में एक बार भव्य सांस्कृतिक कार्यक्रम किया जाता है न्यू इयर के लिए। तो उसमें ये India Wale बुलाये जाते हैं। एक song sequence के दौरान चोरी की जाती है। ७ मिनट का गाना है। ३० सेकंड के बाद एक ५ सेकंड का ब्रेक होता है। उसमें सब गायब हो जाते हैं। Augmented Reality technology के तहत वो सब स्टेज पर मौजुद रहते हैं। फिर गाना खत्म होने के ३० सेकंड पहले चोरी कर के फिर स्टेज पर वापस आ जाते हैं।

चोरी कैसे होता है। Augmented Reality technology का प्रयोग। देखने वालों को लगता है सब जैसे के तैसे है।

सामान बहुत है, चोरी करना है, सिक्योरिटी बहुत ही टाइट है। जहाँ चुहा नहीं घुस के निकल सकता वहां ट्रक का ट्रक ले जाना है। कैसे? Like black magic. सबके आँख पे पट्टी बाँध के। उस पुरे इलाके में, पुरे बिल्डिंग में Augme nted Reality technology का प्रयोग।

तो ये लोग चोरी करेंगे। लेकिन सामान की ढुवानी कौन करेगा? Enter Amitabh. यहाँ रोल है Kevin Spacey जो The Usual Suspects में है। शाहरुख़ को लगता है ये एक mule है, point A to point B सामान पहुंचायेगा। गलत लगता है। चोरी होता है। लेकिन जब सब ट्रक सेफ जगह पहुँचते हैं तो अमिताभ अपना गेम शुरू करते हैं। शाहरुख़-सलमान-अमीर --- तीनो को चकमा दिया जाता है।

सोना का एक एक ईटा एक एक इंडियन को देने का बंदोबस्त रहता है। सोना लो, उसको पिघलाओ और गोल मटोल बनाओ। और भारत ले जाओ। किसी को कस्टम में शक नहीं होता। क्यों कि दुनिया में इमेज है, इंडियन सोना पर फिदा रहता है। सोना पहुँचता है South India के एक मंदिर के बेसमेंट में। वहां अमिताभ का हम शक्ल जुड़वा भाइ पुजारी होता है। पुजारी अमिताभको चोरी के बारे में कुछ मालुम नहीं। वो तो एक सपना देखे हुवे रहता है। सपने में भगवान राम आके कहते है ---- मेरे जन्म भुमि पर side by side मंदिर मस्जिद दोनों बनाओ। वो भी सोने का। तो उतना सोना आएगा कहाँ से?

उसी समय सुप्रीम कोर्ट का आदेश जारी होता है ---- side by side मंदिर मस्जिद दोनों बनाओ। सोना मिलता है बेसमेंट में।

चोरी का पता इसलिए नहीं चलता कि Augmented Reality technology का प्रयोग कर के असली सोने के जगह सोने का इमेज रख दिया गया है। छुओ तो हवा है देखो तो सोना।

राम जन्मभुमि पर side by side मंदिर मस्जिद सोने का बनता है। जितना सोना अंग्रेजो ने भारत से चुराया उससे ज्यादा India Wale चुरा के भारत लाते हैं।

South India के मंदिर के बेसमेंट में उतना ज्यादा सोना मिलने का न्यूज़ दुनिया भर में हैडलाइन में आता है। मंदिर  मस्जिद सोने का बनने का काम शुरू हो जाता है।

तब शाहरुख़ के टीम को शक होता है ---- अरे कहीं ये हमारा सोना तो नहीं? लेकिन कैसे हो सकता है? मंदिर मस्जिद
बन जाने के बाद एक रूटीन इंस्पेक्शन में अमरीका को पता चलता है --- अरे सोना तो गायब है ---- White House में इमरजेंसी मीटिंग बोलाइ जाती है ---- सोना तो गायब है -- क्या किया जाए? कुछ को शक होता है --- लेकिन किया भी जाए तो क्या? निर्णय किया जाता है कि सोना गायब होने की बात स्टेट सीक्रेट ही रहेगी। क्यों कि अगर ये बात बाहर आई तो US currency collapse हो सकती है ----- वैसे भी वो सोना प्रयोग थोड़े होता है? कोइ देखने भी नहीं जाता। लोगो को दिखाने के लिए थोड़ा सोना ला के रख दिया जाता है। लेकिन बांकी Augmented Reality technology वाला सोना ही रहता है।

Mule Amitabh Fiji में रिटायर हो जाता है।