2020 has been a year of political and social activism. With the series of protests across to world in the favor of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, several Bollywood celebrities who were seemingly silent throughout other issues have voiced their concerns in different ways.
However, here we have Abhay Deol who has been one of those people to have never refrained from sharing his opinion constantly on all issues. His recent posts give so much perspective and he clearly explains the flaws behind #alllivesmatters. His arguments stand morally and politically correct.
Abhay’s comment on #blacklivesmatter and #alllivesmatter
It is the truth that no matter how much we propagate that all lives equally matter, there has been a system of oppressions directed massively towards a particular race/ gender/ religion or caste. Racism is still a deep-rooted practice and it blatantly exists in the crux of the American society. Even today in 2020, black people have to fight for their basic human rights. So, when in the fight for their equality and establishment of their human rights, the discussion of all lives matter shifts the perspective from the concept and fails to achieve the goal.
Abhay Deol exactly meant this idea and articulated it in perfect words. He said “All life is supposed to have equal value, but we have seen enough evidence time and time again, that that is not always the case with black lives. 400yrs of slavery has left their communities with little opportunity. The #blacklivematter movement is all for equality, not preference! The repercussions of slavery have to be undone and that may take decades.”
Thus, among all the Bollywood celebrities who raised their concerns, Abhay Deol was the most accurate to comment. He clearly explained the root of the problem and the purpose of this activist movement. He went a step further and gave a comparative analysis of Racism with the issues of our country, i.e. the evils of the caste system. He talked about how the caste system is persistent to date and makes it difficult for a certain section of society to achieve a dignified life.
“It’s the same with the caste system in our country, which has existed for over 1000 years. It is much harder for the poor and disenfranchised to achieve the goals they want because of the poverty and prejudice they live and grow up in,” he added.
He also drew a connection with his previous post and explained why he used the hashtags #poorlivesmatter, #migrantlivesmatter, #minoritylivesmatter in one of his earlier Instagram posts.
Abhay Deol concluded “Hence I used the hashtag for migrants/minorities/poor in an earlier post, so that I could make BLM relatable to us. It would be counterproductive if we take the title of the movement, and replace the word “black” with who we see as the underprivileged in our, or any other country. To join hands authentically would be to find a peaceful way to bring about change in our society, to headline our movement. The 1st step we must take to do that is in recognizing who is most vulnerable in our culture, why are they so, and what can be done about it. “
#blacklivesmatter #caste #casteinindia.
His previous post spoke volumes about the convenient and selective activism that surrounds us. It is a common practice among us, Indians that we are so invested in the issues of the west that we throw a blind eye towards the sufferings in our country.
Whether it is the common crowd or the so-called ‘woke’ Bollywood fraternity, this year has witnessed all of them staying silent when the entire country broke into protests on the discriminatory CAA-NRC act or having no comments about the plight of the poor and the migrants during the pandemic. The level of hypocrisy was so evident that Bollywood stars who had major brand endorsements with fairness creams came out in support of the #blacklivesmatter movement.
Hence, Abhay Deol purposefully called all of these people out and gave them a reality check on their privilege that lets them differentiate between wrongdoings in the society and exercise the choice of acting upon it.
He said “Maybe it’s time for these now? Now that “woke” Indian celebrities and the middle class stand in solidarity with fighting systemic racism in America, perhaps they’d see how it manifests in their backyard? America has exported violence to the world, they have made it a more dangerous place, it was but inevitable that it would come back karmically.”
He continued: “I’m not saying they deserve it, I’m saying look at the picture in its totality. I’m saying support them by calling out the systemic problems in your own country because they turn out to be the same thing. I’m saying follow their lead but not their actions. Create your actions, your movement, relevant to your own country. That is what the #blacklivesmatter movement is all about! In the larger picture, there is no “us” and “them”. There is not a country that’s real. But a planet in peril.”
#migrantlivesmatter #minoritylivesmatter #poorlivesmatter #blacklivesmatter
Abhay Deol also put out a separate post as a part of this movement and questioned the endorsement of fairness creams by Bollywood celebrities.
It is commendable that Abhay as an individual has acknowledged his privilege and voiced a rightful opinion on systematic racism or our caste system. While several other celebrities still choose to ignore and selectively talk about issues, we hope this silence and hypocrisy will lessen eventually to add to the wave of meaningful activism.
Cargo Review- A Must Watch Sci-fi Netflix Movie
Cargo is set in the near future 2027 this movie is a unique attempt at making a sci-fi movie. The story encompasses a philosophical outlook as well which makes it even more beautiful. An original idea by Aarti Kadav, awe-inspiring art direction by Mayur Sharma and the uniqueness and freshness of the story makes it a must-watch.
A peace treaty is signed between Homo-Rakshas and humans. The Rakshas are pretty advanced with futuristic Interplanetary Space Organisation. They provide the transition service for the deceased humans and prepare them for rebirth. Much like the mythical character Yamraj does. This transition and the further procedure is looked after by Rakshas Prashasta, the character beautifully played by Vikrant Massey.
Interestingly Prashasta is the chief commander of Ravana Army and Pushpak the infamous airship of Ravana is the name of this futuristic spaceship where all these procedures take place. Prashasta faced aberrations from his monotonous daily routine as he meets new humans, peculiar humans who are dead and received as “ Cargo” hence the title of the movie. Major changes occur as a newly inducted intern Yuvishka (played by Shweta Tripathi) came into Pushpak”s life. Along with came some turbulence in the quiet mono-tone life of Prashasta.
From the Sci-fi standpoint, it fails to make some real impact on the audience. But it has manifold themes to which it does justice. The satirical take on the monotony of life either in human or rakshas is one of those. Everyone is stuck in mundane activities. In the process of preparations for reincarnation, the memories are wiped from the human mind. This is where the biggest question popped, Can memories be completely erased? Can we be completely healer? Will there be no traces left? Watch it on Netflix and find it for yourself.
Some drawbacks of the movie
The pace of the movie is one big demerit The movies progress very slowly. The set for the movie lacks the plush awe-awakening futuristic look. I feel the lack of brainstorming for the creation of set is pretty evident. It looks tacky and not so futuristic. The storytelling is an advanced form where viewers are dependent on characters for knowing about their lives in future, as it is not so obvious. Though there are very clever details used in the movie to project ideas and emotions of characters. Photographs, lampshade, doodle on walls play a very important role in the depiction of the story.
Somewhere it also lacks to create a real human connection. It lacks the relatability with character in some places. Something more could be done to evoke more empathy and emotional attachments. The audience may not be able to feel the crisis that deep as it is intended.
Acting is praiseworthy and it’s one of the most adventurous stories written in India for the film so far. I feel Aarti Kadav has tried to convey some really important and complex messages in a beautiful manner. The limited budget has impacted its quality I feel. Given ample funds, it could have been a wonder! Certainly not denying it to be a gem. Go watch this amazing movie and share it with others.
BMC Demolishes Kangana’s Office, The Court Said BMC Suddenly Woken From Slumber
On Wednesday, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation BMC demolishes Kangana’s office. The demolition took place on the same day when the actress was returning Mumbai from Chandigarh. It was undertaken a few hours before her arrival in Mumbai. Mumbai police stopped the demolition and meanwhile, the actress approached the Mumbai high court. Many believe that the demolition is undertaken by shiv sena in response to the statement made by Kangana. In her statement, the actress said that she feel unsafe while returning to Mumbai to which few members of the shiv sena gave some heated statements.
Mumbai High court’s stay on demolition
Mumbai high court’s decision came as a relief for the actress. The high court ordered a stay on the demolition of building. kangana’s lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui said that everything BMC did was illegal along with entering the building. In its decision, the court said that declaring a property standing for so long illegal overnight is not right. The court slammed BMC saying that “it is clear that buildings that are unauthorized don’t come to notice overnight and it seems like BMC has suddenly woken up from the slumber “. The court also said that demolishing a building after issuing a 24-hr notice, that too when he actress is out of state and not giving her extra time, even after receiving written request is not justified”.
Kangana slammed Maha CM
In response to this, the 33-year old actress took it to the twitter saying,” My office was suddenly declared illegal in last 24 hours, they have destroyed everything inside and now I am getting threats that they will come to my house and break it as well, I am glad my judgment of movie mafia’s favorite world’s best CM was right”.
The actress also posted a video online slamming Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackrey and the movie mafia saying “Uddhav Thackeray, what do you think, that you have taken revenge by demolishing my building along with your movie mafia. Today, you have broken my house but your ego will be destroyed. It is a wheel of time, it will not be the same always. She said that she will awake the nation and will tell them about his wrongdoings.
Not only the demolition but before were the arrival of Kangana Ranaut at the Mumbai airport supporters of Shiv Sena and Karni sena also there. Where shiv Sena came to show their aggression for Kangana and threatening her not to come to Mumbai. Meanwhile, Karni sena came out in the support of the actress saying that they will protect her and will support her relentlessly.
Devendra Fadnavis of the opposition tweeted a video saying that nothing like this had ever happened in Maharashtra when people against the Government are attacked. It is important to know what is wrong and proper inquiry should be done if the building is actually illegal but should be done lawfully”.many Bollywood celebrities also came to the actor’s rescue saying that BMC’S action was unjust and an attack on her right to speak her mind with #deathofdemocracy trending on the internet.
The demolition undertaken by BMC has been stayed by the court. But a lot of political debate has started and the silencing people against government. Whether the action of BMC is justified and dragging politics in every issue is a good decision or just a threat of democracy.
Beyonce Sharma Jayegi: Looks Like Bollywood Can’t Get Over Its Old Habit Of Racism
Looks like several dislikes on the youtube video is the new generation’s way of protest. Recently, Sadak 2 hit the milestone of being the most disliked videos. The newly released song “ Beyonce Sharma Jayegi “ from the Bollywood movie Khaali peeli could be the next winner. Filmmaker of the movies recently launched the song starring Ananya Pandey and Ishaan Khattar. The song is getting special attention specifically one of the lyrics, “Tujhe dekh ke goriya, Beyonce bhi Sharma jayegi”, which translates to “with one look at you, oh fair lady. Even Beyonce will be embarrassed”.
Indians apologized to Beyoncé
This song has taken a Strom over internet by netizens giving all sorts of disagreements for the song. Trending on the internet is “we are sorry Beyonce”, people have said that what kind of embarrassment this song talks about? The second-hand embarrassment of Beyonce or the embarrassment of Indians that lead them to apologize to Beyonce.
Keeping aside the humour, the song has also raised questions over the racism in Bollywood which is clearly reflected in Bollywood movies and songs which was forever prevalent and continues to date. The idea of Bollywood selling the word”gori or goriya” is the clear remark of widespread racism and portrayal of fair as beautiful and being dark as “ugly” has long continued in Bollywood.The famous song from old times “hum kale hain to kya Hua, Dil wale hain” meaning, “it doesn’t matter if I am black, since I have a big heart” shows the prevalence of racism rooted way back and looks like the trend away from being over.
Netizens slammed Bollywood over racism
Netizens have described the song as extremely regressive and racist as it uses the colour to degrade a woman. The people are very upset with Bollywood for promoting the comparison based on colour. “How can they write lyrics like that using the fair as an adjective while comparing a black woman? Are we still having this discussion in 2020”? Some even jokingly said that Beyonce has a record of never losing any lawsuit and warned Zee Music Company, in case Beyonce decides to sue them.
Some even slammed Bollywood saying that supporting the movement of “black lives matter” and then releasing a song like this. People said that it is a serious issue and reflects the problem in India where “fair” is described as feminine beauty and a standard of beauty. People described Bollywood as one of the major reasons and promoters of this kind of behaviour.
In regard, to all these debates going on, Khali Pelli director Maqbool Khan said that the song is not racist. He said that he apologizes if anyone felt offended”. He said that the song doesn’t discriminate on skin colour. He said Goriya is a casual word often and traditionally used to address an Indian girl in movies and songs. Which is actually the problem people are talking about.
People are however not satisfied as the problem they highlighted has been stated as something normal by the makers of the film.
Bollywood, which has a very prominent impact on Indian people and many others around the world. Being such a big industry, Bollywood needs to be more careful and not normalize such issues. Racism is a big problem and offensive songs like these are alarming.
Novak Djokovic Hits Line Judge In The Throat, Out Of US Open
World no.1 Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has been recently kicked out of the US open because he accidentally hit a line judge in the throat. With this, his stunning record of 29 winning strikes is lost along with his bid for the 18th grand slam.
In the first set of his fourth-round match against Spanish tennis player Carreno Busta. Trailing 6-5 in the first set, when Novak was going to the Arthur Ashe Stadium sideline for a changeover, he angrily threw the tennis ball behind him. As he smacked the ball, the ball went straight towards the line judges and hit a female line judge in the throat, who fell at her knees and reached for her neck in pain.
Djokovic kicked out of game
After this incident, there was some discussion on the tennis court for 10 minutes, with tournament referee Soeren Friemel, Grand Slam supervisor Andreas Egli and chair umpire Aurelie Tourte. Novak said that his action was unintentional and the incident was pure coincident. However, since the judge was hurt and this fact lead the ruling resulting in Novak being dismissed from the game.
Pleading his case, Novak said as the accident was unintended, so he should not be defaulted. Friemel who made the final decision of ending the match said that “we all agree that the action was not done on purpose, but the fact that he hurt the line judge is clear and since she is seriously hurt. He must pay the penalty”. However, Friemel didn’t saw the accident himself and was also denied the video replay, but as informed by others he took the decision.
Later, Novak Djokovic went on to shake hands with his opponent Carreno Busta and it was announced that Djokovic has defaulted, which equivalent to an ejection in tennis and Djokovic left with this without any media interaction.
Djokovic posted an apology on Instagram
After a few hours, Novak Djokovic took it to Instagram to apologize. On the post, he shared with the picture of him leaving the court he wrote that the situation has left him empty and very sad. He checked with the person hurt and is thankful that she is okay. As for the disqualification he said,” I need to go back and work on the disappointment and sorrow this had brought to me and take a life lesson from it to grow and evaluate myself”. He apologized to U.S. open and anybody hurt due to his behavior and said he meant no harm. He also thanked his team, family, and fans for supporting him. Later in another post, he also thanked all his fans for all the support and messages and asked them to wish for the line judge’s good health.
USTA also said that the ranking position will be forfeited along with 250000$ won by him during the tournament. U.S. Open also released an official statement saying that however Novak’s action was unintentional but as per the rule book the incident was reckless and need to be penalized.
Disqualifying players from tournaments in situations like these where the accident is unintentional is not so common. However, with this disqualification Djokovic has lost his opportunity to win the US open. Djokovic apologized and decided to take a lesson from it to be more careful in future.
Sumit Nagal Becomes First Indian In 7 Years To Enter The 2nd Round Of The US Open
Sumit Nagal has become first Indian in 7 years to enter the second round of the US Open. On tuesday, Sumit beat Bradley Klahn to make his way to the second round of US Open.This is a big achievement for Sumit Nagal as well the nation. Before him, Somedev Devvarman was the last Indian to get past the first round in 2013. Netizens have begun to cheer Sumit Nagal for the next round and it seems as if everyone is confident about his victory.
Sumit Nagal is a 23-year-old tennis player from New Delhi, India. He has won 2015 Wimbledon boy’s doubles title with his partner Ly Hoang Nam from Vietnam. He is the sixth Indian player to win junior Grand Slam title. In 2017, he won first ATP challenger title. In 2019, he has won the Buenos Aires Challenge. Sumit is presently participating in the US Open and he has reached the second round. Due to COVID- 19, the number of matches has been reduced but Sumit thinks that it can serve as an advantage to him.
The U.S. administration is also taking special safety measures to safeguard everyone from virus, due to which participants will not be able to explore the city the way they might have planned. In this regard, Sumit said, “I’m a guy who likes to stay in as much as possible but… you do feel it a bit. I wish I could go out and see the buildings, walk on the streets of New York. I’ll be on my normal routine… Probably play a game or two on my computer.”
Words of Sumit Nagal on winning the first round
Sumit Nagal has expressed his feelings after winning the first round and has also shown his excitement to play the next round. He said, “I’ve got nothing to lose. Last year I played Roger Federer and this year Thiem. It’s going to be a great match. For sure, I’m not the favourite.” Due to the ongoing situation of Covid-19, the number of matches is less this year. Nagpal, who is ranked 124th in the world said that it could be an advantage for him while playing against Australia’s player who is ranked number third in the world. In his own words, “I don’t think we’ve had enough match practice on hard courts. It’s going to be the same for both of us for the match on Thursday.”
It is a proud moment for the country as Sumit Nagal has reached the second round of US Open. As he is the only Indian to reach this level after 2013, everyone in India is very happy. This is Nagal’s second successive US Open main draw appearance and he has successfully managed to perform better this year. Indians have high hopes from Sumit now and they have already started cheering him to win the title on social media platforms.