A gloomy Karan Johar released a small video clip in which he expressed his feelings on being labelled ‘anti-national’ & on the ongoing rage by the MNS threatening to not allow the release of his upcoming movie ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’.
Let’s interpret the real meaning behind what he said paragraph-wise
“I understand the anger & the anguish that surround us & I empathize, my heart bleeds for the lost lives. There is nothing that can justify this terrible feeling of terror. Then you are faced in a situation such as this (asking for ban on Pak artistes). If this was truly a solution, one would take it. But this is not a solution. I don’t believe it is. The larger forces have to come together & sort the situation & this cannot be banning talent or art.”
Empathizing with lost lives of our soldiers after a month of the Uri Attack is clearly a bit too late. If his heart really bleeds then why wait to at the very least send out a tweet condemning the attack & consoling the families of the martyrs? If this simple act of nationalism doesn’t come from within when something like the Uri Attack happens, then it isn’t a genuine feeling.
He then goes on to say that banning artists is not the solution. In the same vein I question you Karan, “Is keeping these Pakistani artists a solution to terrorism?” I can go on & on about the need to totally isolate Pakistan which involves a stop on all cultural exchanges, but I guess my argument would fall on deaf ears as people like you have already made up your minds to speak in favour of these Pakistani artists (God knows what the real reason behind your support is). Also, this ban on artists is not something that the government has called for; it’s what every right-thinking Indian wants. And if you can’t see it, I’ll have to say that you’re totally detached from the reality on ground (most Bollywood artists are as they are too involved in their reel lives than their real ones).
“I feel vulnerable & scared while even saying this. I completely feel the pain & anger. If my film is targeted because of this, it will make me exceptionally sad because my intent was to put out a product out of love & nothing else. I beseech everyone to look at it holistically & understand the situation, that there is a larger situation here & it has nothing to do with banning talent. Let’s look at it from a larger perspective & find the answer. I am not somebody who can find the answer. I am nobody in that scheme of things. I am just a filmmaker, telling a love story. Today I feel, I am a vulnerable soft target. I have faced it, felt the repercussions of it in the past & I have constantly combated that.”
As usual the one thing that people from Bollywood do best is play the victim card. Here again Karan Johar portrays himself as completely impotent who is nothing but a sad casualty of all that’s happened in the last few days. When it comes to situations such as these, then these B-Town celebs become ‘insignificant’ in the scheme of things, otherwise they have opinions on every aspect including politics, Hinduism, & happenings from around the world. But the minute the spotlight falls on them, they shed all sense of responsibility.
“Sometimes, you just want to fold your hands & say, ‘We are creative industry. Please leave us alone. We make movies, we spread love. There are millions in the world, in our country who are happy with the work we do, allow us that…’ I think we should not be those soft targets anymore. We don’t matter in the scheme of things but we can make things happier & better.”
How happy have your movies made the families of our martyrs ever since we have been victims of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism? And do you have the guts to go any family of any of our martyrs & tell them that you are making movies with Pakistani actors?
These celebs believe they are superior beings & hence should be kept out of politics & Indo-Pak relations. Why then, did numerous of these very people sign a petition to vote for a ‘secular’ party before the Lok Sabha elections? Why did many of these jump the ‘intolerance’ wagon which was clearly being run to target the central government? When it suits their personal agenda they speak & stand for anything. Otherwise when it comes to judging & honestly reacting to the mood of the common populace they act like aliens who’ve just landed on Earth. Exercising selective freedom of speech is their forte!
To conclude I add a few more points & questions –
- Karan, if you try & blame this ‘uprising’ of the people against Pakistan on the sense of ‘hyper-nationalism’ of the current government, then you’re making a huge mistake; this is the voice of the common Indian.
- You say you should be kept aloof from politics & Indo-Pak relations as if your art is something supremely sacred. Then why doesn’t Bollywood stop making money out of movies based on politics & wars? WILL U SPREAD MESSAGE OF LOVE FOR FREE???
- I bet if the sword wouldn’t be hanging on the fate of your movie, you would never have come out with this video. Only when you people are hurt economically do you take cognizance of what’s going on in your surroundings.
- You talked about how 300 Indians have worked in this movie & they shouldn’t suffer. So eventually those responsible for all the sufferings are our soldiers & their families, right? They keep dying, but you can’t even suffer a comparatively trivial monetary loss? This only goes to show your selfishness because there are farmers in Gujarat who have stopped sending their produce to Pakistan & traders around the nation who have stopped selling Chinese goods & both are suffering huge monetary losses! For a TRUE Indian, India comes first.
- Also, you can stop talking on behalf of all artists because there are people like Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan, Nana Patekar, Nawazuddin Siddique & others who have openly spoken on the issue & supported the army & denounced Pakistani artists. Even Adnan Sami – his family still lives in Pakistan if you don’t know – has supported our government & the army! This should really make you introspect.
We are no one to challenge your patriotism, but you too are NO ONE to question our decisions & opinions on Pakistani stars. You can exercise your freedom of speech, but you can’t shout ‘intolerance’ or cry victim if the consequences of your words or silence aren’t according to your liking.