Earlier this year Kamal Hassan’s magnum opus which dealt with an Indian spy in the USA fighting Taliban met with strong opposition from the Muslim community. Strangely they were opposed to Kamal Hassan showing Muslims as villains as they thought it will malign the image of Muslims. They wanted certain scenes involving the Taliban to be chopped off, instead of opposing the Taliban’s action which is kind of strange actually. Strange because these people were accusing an actor like Kamal Hassan of harboring bias towards Muslim when he has always stood up for the right of the minorities. It was evident that the protests were politically orchestrated as Kamal did not give the satellite rights of the film to the political masters in the state. You can read more about how similar incidents have been taking place all over India in an earlier article that I wrote.
Now the industry always expresses it’s helplessness when it is attacked, but then this year we also saw a few incidents which has left no doubt in our mind that given a choice the entertainment industry can be a bigger bully than our politicians.
R.J. Balaji was threatened twice by filmmakers this year. First it was UTV, for those who do not know UTV is owned by global media giant Disney. Imagine Disney threatening media people in the U.S for making fun of their movies, they would not dare to do that.Check out the tweet by R.J. Balaji which mentions the threatening call to him by a UTV employee.
Well R.J. Balaji does not claim to be a film critic, and he usually does not review all the movies released. He just reviews some of them in his unique way, which can be said to be the case with millions of people who pass verdict about movies via social media status.Will Disney threaten all these people who make fun of their movies.
Later on during Diwali it came to notice that he was again facing the music, because apparently he made fun of Studio Green‘s film All in All Azhagu Raja. Incidentally the film was panned both by critics and the audience. You can read more about the incident here.
Earlier this year makers of Race 2, did not the like immensely enjoyable spoof trailer by The Viral Fever team and it was removed from Youtube. Frankly speaking the spoof was more fun than the original movie.
Now history repeats again itself with Dhoom 3, check out the tweets by Ashish Shakya
And you can read more about this incident here.
All said and done, it is high time that the film industry comes out of this sycophant culture of praising each other and step out of their ivory tower. Cinema is an art, and it is a form of expression, and the filmmakers should realize that spoof or imitation is biggest form of flattery and encourage such people. If you try to curb someone’s freedom of expression or their ways of making fun of your films, then how different are you from politicians or those opportunists who try to extort money on the eve of your film’s release. Go ahead and watch this fun video, which mocks YRF and their lack of sense of humour.
Here’s hoping that someone soon will take a stand on this issue & set an example for others to follow.