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Monday, January 18 2021


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Why is Bollywood disrespecting Hindu gods and goddesses in their films? This has been going on for a long time. Now in the web series called ‘Tandav’, an actor is disrespecting our Lord Shiva by holding the Trishul and Damru in his hands. This will not be allowed. Bollywood should listen carefully. If our feelings and sentiments are hurt like this, and anyone dares to do that then you'll be beaten up with a shoe in the middle of the square. This series has to be boycotted at the earliest, and the director, producer and actor should apologise by kneeling and with folded hands.

That’s Maharashtra BJP MLA Ram Kadam taking aim at the Saif Ali Khan series recently released on Amazon Prime. The Information & Broadcasting ministry has asked the platform to respond to the complaint. This would be yet another case of over-sensitive posturing except OTT services like Prime and Netflix were moved under the ministry’s supervision in November. So ‘Tandav’ may well turn out to be a test case that signals the long-term impact of that greater control.

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Arnab’s very own WhatsApp-gate

The TLDR: The Mumbai police filed over 1,000 (unverified) pages of WhatsApp conversations as part of its case against the former CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), Partho Dasgupta—which included extended chit chat with his best bro Arnab Goswami. The Gossip Girls of the TV industry appear to have traded confidential information and illegal favours, and (far more dangerously) talked smack about BJP ministers. The big picture—of a cosy nexus of politicians, news titans and industry heads—is damning, but hardly surprising.

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