The Politics of Free Publicity :)

It’s in the news that Jaya Bachchan has apologised for what she had said to offend certain sentiments. Their leader is refusing to accept the apology.
Jaya Bachchan is originally a Bengali, their daughter in law Aishwarya Rai is from Karnataka, Amitabh Bachchan’s mother was Sikh. I doubt if they care about any language except from the point of box office. This dig at a certain politician (a continuation of their earlier spat) sounds more like a publicity stunt.
And if it is offensive, then how do we deal with it? By getting some more publicity!
A certain group is threatening that Bachchans’s movies will not be allowed to be shown in Maharashtra and they are blackening their posters. And our news channels are obligingly airing this.
I think all this might get the Bachchans some profitable sympathy from the Hindi belt for their forthcoming movie. Certain politician gets much needed free publicity for the forthcoming elections. A win win situation.

Another politician says Shah Rukh Khan has not done anything for Maharashtra.

Is it not enough to pay your taxes and be a good, law abiding citizen?
Well, then Shahrukh Khan has worked hard and made honest money, married a Hindu girl – who still worships Ganpati – their children actually pray to Ganpati Allah! I really respect this guy, he is my generation and thinks and acts like that generation…the generation before all this divisive politics had started.

Now all that is left to happen is that the anti Bachchan group starts supporting Shahrukh Khan! Then I will bore my family singing “This happens only in India!”

Edited to add on 11 Sept : Maybe I was wrong, maybe it is not just publicity, maybe it should be called FACSIM. Read what this blogger has to say.

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26 thoughts on “The Politics of Free Publicity :)

  1. We Indians have an excellent quality, of being inflamed about nothing and shoving the important issues under the carpet. We can stand a Raj Thackerey condemning anything anti-Maharashtrian (Though JB’s comment is not condoned) and can also stand inconvenience caused by needless protests and controversies (highlighted elsewhere on this blog).
    Mera Bharat Mahan.

  2. the thackreys have excelled in making issues out of non-issues and that way hiding the fact that they have NOTHING contstructive to offer to the state even if they rule it!

    what is scary is many of us, even in educated belt, actually think all this is true and matters! :(

    am sure great things are intended for this country once we get rid of silly caste and religion barriers!

    amen!

    cheers!

    abha

  3. These stars have done more for Maharashtra than the Thackerays I think. Tickets for the movies have entertainment tax (45% in Maharashtra?) that goes into the State exchequer, they provide employment and also bring in revenue. High time politicians like these scoundrels get arrested for rabble rousing.

  4. All this nonsense, to put it mildly, flows directly from the competitive intolerance that a fractured and failed multi-party democracy demands.

    Sort that out and many of these despairing antics will disappear along with their perpetrators.

  5. Ok, quick question, but why should private individuals be doing something for the state? Is there no government? If I remember correctly the Shiv Sena has been in power in Maharashtra, why then could they not do “for the state” . Whether AB or SRK or anyone “does” or not, its entirely their thing, why doe sit bother the politicos? Because when I last observed, its the politicos who take on the task of “serving the people”, not the private individuals.

  6. mama mia – If some (many?) of us did not support them they would try something else, unfortunately we are either indifferent or in Neeta’s words //Some people are not physically violent themselves but are happy if someone does the dirty work for them. Or at best, they turn a blind eye.//
    Now Thakres have started enjoying the power of ‘might is right’

  7. @phoenixritu I totally agree. And who are we to question them anyway? It isn’t as if they are our elected representatives?
    It’s like I land at your door and demand what you’ve done for the country :) LOL

  8. Vinod-Sharma But how do we sort this out?
    At least we have Congress in power, can you imagine what BJP would have done! Just take a loo at Orrissa, they just wait for an opportunity to start a riot, throw some stones, and burn some people alive!
    More than anything we need peace and safety for ALL (yes, ALL) citizens.

  9. @lankrita The politicos are protecting the culture, traditions and language of the people, That is what they were voted in power for. They are also keeping an eye on who is making statements against them – …err against the culture they are protecting.
    This is democracy anybody can claim hurt sentiments and culture. And they get votes for such claims!

  10. jeez… i was just thinking whn i saw the news, don’t we have enough things happening in our own country to focus our energies on, instead of the hindi or marathi!

    Displaced priorities.

  11. IHM, the problem is with the system. And I can’t tell the difference between the BJP and the Congress. They are all guilty of cutting up this country into smaller and smaller pieces on the basis of religion, region, language, dialect, caste, sub-caste, etc, just to win the next elections.

    The system needs to be thoroughly and ruthlessly overhauled or else we will have a major upheaval, a revolution, on our hands all of a sudden, with an unpredictable outcome.

  12. Anything to stay in limelight…that`s all ! Whether it is the politicians or the actors..Sometimes I feel that both are hand in glove..Jaya passes a useless,needless comment, Raj jumps on the ‘Marathi Manoos ‘bandwagon-reams of newsprint,newsreel and both are gleefully rubbibng their hands…Its a cakewalk to stay in news now..

  13. Spot on, Its mainly a Free Publicity stunt, or else people of india who have short term memory will talking about the Great “BACHCHANS”, won’t we.

    Even I like SRK for the struggle and making big with out godfather stuff not the the acting etc.

    On the context of illegal immigrants like me going to different states to make a living..I only have to say come on people.come on..2008. A win win situation.

  14. IHM…u know whats the best way to douse this useless fire?? Dont pay any attention to it. Dont talk about it, dont write about it, dont even blog about it.

    Its just not worth it.

    Each of the people involved has a vested interest in creating and maintaining this controversy so why add fuel to their fire?

  15. You said it IHM! It’s a win-win situation for all and it’s all because of the publicity due to the the media! I guess it’s a win-win situation for the media too because they are getting people glued on to the channels so higher TRP’s. It is a such a trivial incident that has been blown up, it’s laughable that anyone takes it seriously, but the way the channels have been going on!

  16. But hasnt SRK been true to his ‘mission statement’, to entertain, be a good citizen, and ‘conscientous attempts’ to be a good role model (trying to give up smoking in the public notwithstanding)…sure AB and the B parivaar try to go a bit beyond that…endorsements for political parties et al…but still deep down we know that ‘gods’ that they are they are there to ‘act’..(and yes earn a lot of revenue for the state coffers courtesy entertainment taxes, personal taxes…and for corporate India through all the linkages that it has with the entertainment industry…and earn goodwill for ‘public work’) but that is just the bonus…when they entered the industry they entered to act, they made no promises that we are there to serve the public or the city of Mumbai…and SRK and AB have stuck to their promise, they have entertained, they have done their civic duty and shown us in Pakistan how pan-Indianism and secular India can be done…..have the MNS fulfilled their ‘mission statement’ of public service?? Im afraid to say that MNS and their ilk just remind us how scary your caste, identity and ethnicity in South Asia can be

  17. @Unmana If they try to ban them there will be even more rioting!

    @Imp’s Mom -True! Non issues become such big issues when you are seeking publicity.

    @my space I am sure they have all gained whatever they wanted. I read how Weaving the web, wrote a post about all this without naming anybody to prevent giving them any further publicity. Good idea.

    @Chirax Yes, exactly. Sad, sad situation…if people take all this seriously!

    @Pinku Agreed, followed your advise. I removed some of their names from this post to avoid giving them extra publicity.

    @Nita Not continuing to post any more on this…no matter how tempted :)

    @Vinod Sharma The words ‘ruthlessly overhauled’ worry me..How? We just need to stop violence instigating leaders, rioters and criminals from fighting elections…and the biggest difference between Congress and BJP is Congress is not against any Minority.

    Aneela I completely agree with you. I feel terrible for him, he was nowhere concerned here!

    Nimmy :) After writing a comment,before clicking on submit, ctr+c whatever you have written, so if you loose it, just ctr+v and resubmit it :) I hope this helps. Mandira faces the same problem…

  18. @Unmana If they try to ban them there will be even more rioting!

    @Imp’s Mom -True! Non issues become such big issues when you are seeking publicity.

    @my space I am sure they have all gained whatever they wanted. I read how Weaving the web, wrote a post about all this without naming anybody to prevent giving them any further publicity. Good idea.

    @Chirax Yes, exactly. Sad, sad situation…if people take all this seriously!

    @Pinku Agreed, followed your advise. I removed some of their names from this post to avoid giving them extra publicity.

    @Nita Not continuing to post any more on this…no matter how tempted :)

    @Vinod Sharma The words ‘ruthlessly overhauled’ worry me..How? We just need to stop violence instigating leaders, rioters and criminals from fighting elections…and the biggest difference between Congress and BJP is Congress is not against any Minority.

    Aneela I completely agree with you. I feel terrible for him, he was nowhere concerned here!

    Nimmy :) After writing a comment,before clicking on submit, ctr+c whatever you have written, so if you loose it, just ctr+v and resubmit it :) I hope this helps. Mandira faces the same problem…

  19. Why every one is westing time on Raj thakrey? Who he is? What is his contribution to indian society any way? Giving media coverage to him is complete weste of everyone’s time.I will say he is not worth even mentioning.
    Commenting on Mr. Amitabh bachchan is the cheapest way for him to have media covrage and advertisement.Every one is getting fooled by him.

  20. It has become a ridiculous habit of the concerend political party to try and pull down any Hindi speaking personality. Just like this politicpo has his right to speech and expression (both of which i think should be taken away from him), so does Jaya B.

  21. It has become a ridiculous habit of the concerend political party to try and pull down any Hindi speaking personality. Just like this politicpo has his right to speech and expression (both of which i think should be taken away from him), so does Jaya B.

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