India is a diverse country and just by surfing Facebook or Twitter we can never understand our nation and its people. The results of recent elections (UP, Manipur, Goa and Punjab) are testimony to it.
I will give you a small example. On February 24, Vishal Bhardwaj’s much anticipated & Kangana Ranaut starrer #Rangoon was released with average 4-star ratings from almost all critics and got much appreciation among certain section of audience. The film made on the budget of ₹60 crore by Sajid Nadiadwala was sold to Viacom18 for ₹67 crore. The film made around ₹20 crore in first weekend & by second week it was almost out of theatres & was even struggling to get screens. Cut to March 3, an action movie #Commando2 starring Vidyut Jammwal and few other non-famous actors was released. It was made on budget of around ₹16 crore & was bought by Reliance Entertainment for around ₹20 crore. The critics gave it maximum 1.5 stars ratings. But guess what, it made ₹15 crore in first weekend itself and by yesterday it had crossed ₹20 crore.
Kamal Hassan almost wanted to leave India after what he termed as “Cultural Terrorism” stalled the release of his mega budget film Vishwaroopam for 10 days before it finally released on 7 Feb. Demanding some scenes to be cut in the movie, Muslim Groups lodged a protest with the CM and a Censor Board certified film’s release was stopped by Tamil Nadu Government. Hassan went to Supreme Court where one-judge bench ruled in his favour but the decision was overturned by a Two-Judge bench. Ultimately, a consensus was reached between the two parties and the film released with the controversial scenes muted.
What comes to your mind someone mentions the word ‘Saffron’? A colour, a religion, kesar or Indian flag but Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde thinks otherwise, for him, ‘Saffron is the new terror’. Recently Shinde caused a furore with his alleged remarks that BJP and RSS promoted Hindu terror in the country. This was after NIA (National Investigative Agency) declared a list of 10 accused in Samjhauta blasts and other cases. All of them belonged to one particular religion.
Is Shinde right in what he says or it’s just a new political move? Let’s take a close look. The main accused in 2008 Malegaon blasts are Sadhvi Pragya Singh and Lt Col Srikant Purohit, Swami Aseemanand was the main conspirator in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast and in much talked about Samjhauta Blasts case, main accused is Dhan Singh. All the three blasts happened in place where one community is present in large numbers. Continue reading Is Saffron just a colour?