In recent years, common Hindus have started waking up to the insidious anti-Hindu propaganda, crass objectification of women & even pedophilia peddled by the Bollywood (aka Urduwood) film industry over the decades. Thanks to the indefatigable efforts of activist social media handles like @GemsOfBollywood, horrified Hindus are realizing that the scale and depth of the problem is far deeper than any of us thought imaginable.
Research conducted under supervision of an IIM Professor has confirmed this disturbing anti-Hindu and pro-Pakistan tilt which pervades the Mumbai-based film industry, dominated as it is by families like Kapoors, Khans and Chopras who view their ancestral, pre-partition links to Pakistan with rose-tinted glasses, but generally reserve a far more critical/derisive gaze for Hindus and Hindu family norms.
Most of Urduwood has rejected the organic outpouring of protests by hurt movie-goers. Showing utter contempt for ordinary Hindus, they have dismissed the critique by calling it ‘divisive & destructive’, or deployed elitist mocking based on their star status, and some have tried to play victim.
In such an atmosphere, especially when the industry and its apologists in media and elsewhere are celebrating the alleged success of a deeply problematic film like Pathaan, one simple apology by actor Shreyas Talpade has come as a breath of fresh air.
Twitter handle Gems of Bollywood Fan had shared a clip from the 2012 movie ‘Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal’ directed by Priyadarshan, which was actually a copy of a Malayalam film. The scene shows the hero Johnny/Bakri (a Christian character played by Shreyas Talpade) stop a tempo with his foot – but what most missed at the time is that Johnny’s foot lands right on the sacred Hindu syllable Om ॐ drawn on the tempo. Such has been the utter colonization of the Hindu mind that such an obvious sacrilege was missed by most of us, until it was pointed out!
However, Shreyas did something unheard of in the celebrity world, which is dominated by de-Hinduized and denationalized elites. He had the grace and decency to apologize for inadvertently hurting Hindu sentiments. –
“There are too many factors while one is shooting… which includes one’s mindset during a sequence especially action scenes, the director’s requirements, the time constraints & a lot of other things. But this is not me explaining or justifying myself for what you see in the video, all I can say is this was completely unintentional & I am very apologetic for the same. I should’ve seen that & brought to the director’s notice. Nevertheless, I would never intentionally hurt anyone’s sentiments or repeat something like this,” his apology reads.
Actors are humans like the rest of us, and they have also been exposed to the same all-encompassing anti-Hindu brainwashing by the secular-liberal-Marxist-Islamist-evangelist cabal. And just like Shreyas has done, all common people are asking is for other Bollywood celebs to honestly introspect on their past work and take a pledge to respect Hindu Dharma and uphold its sanctity and profound knowledge systems expressed as traditions.
This tweet sums up the situation quite well:
Incidentally, the same movie ‘Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal’ had faced a barrage of protests from Catholic Christians in Mumbai, Goa etc. who threatened to stop its screening unless certain scenes alleged to be “blasphemous” and “disrespectful” towards the community and its priests – such as one scene showing a Catholic priest dancing – were not deleted. Representatives from Archdiocese of Bombay and the Catholic Secular Forum even demanded CBFC chairperson Leela Samson’s (a controversial Hinduphobic lady, hand-picked by Sonia Gandhi) sacking over the movie! The threats and protests worked – the said scenes were deleted from the film before its release. There too lies a lesson for Hindus.