Who can forget the famous Tanglish song – ‘Why this Kolaveri Di?’ which became an internet phenomenon in 2011. The rough cut video song, featured on and sung by the immensely talented Dhanush, had a curious lyrics of Tamil and English.
Kolaveri means ‘Killer Rage’ in Tamil. Here, the failed lover asks his girl innocently – Why do you have this killer rage against me, lady?
Well, recently, my six year old gave it a nursery rhyme twist. We had a party and the song played throughout. The following day, in the car, I heard him singing with all his heart and soul – Why this Polar Bear, Polar Bear di? I heartily laughed and then corrected him!
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There are thousands of talented artists all over India, who have been struggling to make it big in the film industry. But eventually, they fail to shine because the arch lights are always on star kids and those with ‘right connections’. They elbow out everybody else. And the recent crassness deliverd from the IIFA 2017 stage by director Karan Johar, actors Saif Ali khan and Varun Dhawan, as they ganged up against Kangana Ranaut, shows their agressive attitude against the ‘outsiders’. They yelled – ‘Nepotism Rocks’ sounding high and mighty.
But if we, the cinema goers, take away the lights and their surnames from them, they do not stand a chance even as decent human beings.
I hope some law comes up to check this nepotism menace so that the deserving get their due. And the standard of our Hindi films improves. It is because of nepotism that we lose out on international stage.
Do have a look at the list below to recall the extent of nepotism in the Indian Film Industry. This is how they gained entry in films –
Varun Dhawan via David Dhawan
Saif Ali Khan via Sharmila Tagore
Salman Khan via Salim Khan
Aamir Khan via Tahir Hussain
Tiger Shroff via Jackie Shroff
Hrithik Roshan via Rakesh Roshan
Ajay Devgan via Veeru Devgan
Ranbir Kapoor via Rishi Kapoor
Shahid Kapoor via Pankaj Kapoor
Arjun Kapoor via Boney Kapoor
Sanjay Dutt via Sunil Dutt, Nargis
Abhishek Bachchan via Amitabh Bachchan
Sooraj Pancholi – Aditya Pancholy, Zarina Wahab
Kareena Kapoor via Randhir Kapoor, Babita
Shraddha Kapoor via Shakti Kapoor
Sonakshi Sinha via Shatrughan Sinha
Alia Bhatt via Mahesh Bhatt
Sonam Kapoor via Anil Kapoor
Athiya Shetty via Suniel Shetty
Kajol via Tanuja
And the list is swelling. Looks at the instagram follows of would be star kids! Some of the aforementioned actors like Aamir Khan, Kajol are talented but most of these are useless, fake people – pompous with low IQs!
Exceptions like Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin… have made it on their own. But they are just a handful and even they have to appease the nepotistic dons. Kangana called a spade a spade, therefore she has been a target since by the likes of Mr Johar.
We repeat, Mr Johar and the likes… Nepotism Sucks! That’s the very reason why our films lack originality.
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Now that I am almost on the 24th out of 28 magic steps, I can see what joy lies beyond! But first, I must sit to catch my breath! Looking down the steps, I can see the Sins hovering around to stop those who try to come up the stairs.
I was almost killed by the Sins. Initially, Pride puffed me but I prayed and got delivered. Then came Greed in form of precious pebbles, I ignored it. Lust tried to blind me with dirty images but I did not fall.
But unfortunately, a bug bit me and Anger took over. I rolled down. But thankfully, I persisted and started again. This time, I dodged Gluttony and Envy to rush right up here.
But… aah… what is making my body so heavy? I feel soooo sleepy! Oh, no Sloth is still around, getting better of me. I hope I make it…
Partcipating here after a long break. Had missed it! This my entry to the flash fiction challenge, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers hosted by the amazing Priceless Joy. We are given a photo prompt and approximately 75-175 words with which to create our stories. This challenge is open to all who would like to participate. Thank you J S Brand for the image. Please CLICK HERE for more.
How true are these words! We are all self proclaimed stars! We are a generation, armed with technology to showcase ourselves anywhere and everywhere…in the best possible light. And we are doing it, running after it, competing for one second of fame on our social media world! But what do we have to offer? ….Ugghh…Seriously?
As we record our ongoing history – friends bargain likes for likes, propagandists mix up facts, fiction becomes fact! Everyone’s beautiful through edited selfies, borrowed wisdom, sugary moments, lovely videos…anyone can be a star in our generation! What a beautiful place! Really? What a maze! What should be believed in? What should be followed? And, haven’t we excelled in editing…in fact… editing out reality, itself?
I guess, posterity will have a tough time sieving truth and excellence out of our recorded history. Because we all know that sparkling gems are being covered by piles and piles of fire crackers!
But we all love it, don’t we? Can’t help it!
I was on a cleaning spree, ruthlessly discarding whatever stuff had not been used since the past six months. I had a huge pile of things around me which others would have found useful. But a useless little plastic bag made me stop.
Printed on it was the name of my beloved home town and my country (India)….thousands and thousands of miles from here! I tried to put it away but just couldn’t. Finally, I folded it neatly and put it safely in a drawer.
Why, I still ask myself? Have you felt like this…lately?
I heard my husband listening to some fresh, authentic music. Generally, our music tastes do not match. But the composition of this particular CD made me stop and listen. And inadvertently, I began to absorb and enjoy the breezy, entertaining and enchanting music that flowed through my apartment like a dream.
My husband informed me the composition was a part of the very recently released The Minstrel’s Bazaar by Karl Swartz, Chris Chelgren and their band of finest musicians in our Minneapolis- Saint Paul region of Minnesota, US.
All the compositions in The Minstrel’s Bazaar (guitar, bass, viola, drums, keys, mix) have a delightful feel coupled with old world charm – in my layman’s terms. I am sure aficionados would find layers of nuances in it to talk about.
The artistic cover of the CD, depicts a world of magic realism. Look closely and you will find caricatures of the musicians as well as ingenious symbols that contribute to the idea of The Minstrel’s Bazaar. Interesting names of the 11 compositions add to the fun! My personal favorite is the immensely spirited ‘Scottish Fair’. I bet you would be forced to dance to this tune!
(This is my honest opinion not promotional.)