You may love the glamorous world of the celebrities, their fame and popularity. But it is not as glittery and jazzy as it sounds and comes with a set of challenges. With the internet and the increased social media trolling, controversies come easily in the lives of Bollywood stars.
Controversies and celebrities go hand-in-hand and the year 2017 was no exception in India.
1. Sonu Nigam for his comments on azaan
In April, the singer was at the centre of a controversy when he complained via Twitter against the use of loudspeakers for azaan, which is the Muslim call to prayer. His tweets led to a cleric announcing a Rs 10 lakh reward for anyone who could shave Sonu’s head and garland him with shoes. Later, the singer himself organised a press conference to document the shaving of his head. Nigam finally quit Twitter in May.
2. Abhay Deol for his Facebook post on racism
Abhay Deol took to Facebook to call out actors who endorse fairness creams and everyone from Shah Rukh Khan to Deepika Padukone faced the brunt. The actor’s comments criticizing these ads followed the incident in Noida where a Nigerian student was beaten up due to racial stereotypes. Deol also wrote for the national newspaper ‘Hindustan Times’ series titled “Let’s talk about racism.”
3. Sanjay Leela Bhansali, when his film set was attacked
In March 2017, sets of the movie Padmavati in Kolhapur were attacked and set on fire. It was the 3rd time Bhansali had faced the wrath of fringe groups over the filming of ‘Padmavati’, loosely based on the life of Rani Padmini of Chittor. The attack happened even after Bhansali had tried to call a truce with the Rajput organisations and told them there will be no love scene between Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh’s characters in the movie.
The attack happened even after Bhansali had tried to call a truce with the Rajput organisations and told them there will be no love scene between Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh’s characters in the movie.
4. Tanmay Bhatt for his meme on PM Modi
A meme featuring Modi look alike at a railway station caused a lot of trouble for comedy group All India Bakchod (AIB) as a criminal defamation and obscenity case was registered against them. However, the police dropped the case after the charges were deemed weak. This wasn’t the 1st time AIB faced backlash for its social media posts.
5. Kangana Ranaut for her comment on nepotism in Bollywood
It all started with Kangana Ranaut calling Karan Johar ‘the flag bearer of nepotism,’ on Koffee with Karan. It escalated further when Saif Ali Khan made the bizarre comparison of star kids with racehorses. This reached the penultimate when Johar, Varun Dhawan and Khan made a bad joke about nepotism at Iifa, an annual award show. The act faced a lot of backlash from Twitterati and was followed by 2 open letters written by Saif and Kangana. In the aftermath of it all, nepotism debate still remains unresolved.
6. CBFC’s denial on release of the film ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’
In February, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) refused to clear the movie ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ on grounds of the movie being ‘lady oriented.’ The director then approached the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal, which then directed the CBFC to certify the film. After a 6-month battle, the movie finally released in July. The release was preceded by a viral social media campaign under the #LipstickRebellion which saw celebrities mimicking the poster.