Some quotes I came across in a blog on The Telegraph:
Its (Shiv Sena) leader, Bal Thackeray, is like a godfather. His modus operandi is to whip his people up to a frenzy, and then it’s up to them what they do. He can be charming in person, but at the other end of the line you’ve got people getting murdered in Muslim communities. It’s not a joke.”
He (SRK) continues to put forward a moderate line, with a dignity you might not expect from a 44-year-old man whose career consists largely of dressing up in tight trousers and miming to someone else’s vocals.
What is the fuss about the movie honestly? Why hasn’t the Shiv Sena been branded a terrorist organization yet? Or some tag that can simply break up that organization. They are a menace to the society who seem to get more violent and delusional with time. Now they’ve a problem with the title of a movie. Do they remember that India is a secular country?
For once, I do respect Shahrukh Khan for not bowing to their threats and changing the name of the movie. Of course, he is one of the few people who can withstand a bit of heat and luckily has the balls to. Amitabh Bacchhan did as well but his political agenda perhaps doesn’t allow him to take the high road. Maybe SRK doesn’t really have a chance in Mumbai due to his heritage, which in all the years of being a Bollywood star, ever has been a problem.
Anyway, I like the second quote… a lot of foreigners I’ve met have loved Indian movies or absolutely horrified by it. “All that dancing and running around trees and musicals!” they say.
And though I went through a little phase of not liking some movies, I am back to loving them. Yes, we’ve had some horrors that should be forgotten but it is nice to see a no brainer (with a couple of nice songs) – like Iktara from Wake Up Sid… it flows with the movie without making you sit through a ridiculous dream sequence with men in tights and women in tighter skirts and fat legs shaking their booty with great effort.
To all the Indians (or whoever have seen the 80s movies) – remember the big hair, the bright pink… suits? oh god! The fashion!!! Shilpa Shetty in Baazigar to Shilpa Shetty in Big Brother!! Karishma Kapoor. Or even Julia Roberts for that matter.
Thank god the season for big hair, weird suits in bright colors and platform heels has finally passed!