Isn’t that nice? I love it when that happens. The things I have been talking about all along now get highlighted in an official publication. Just you wait, someday some fancy magazine is going to say “Everyone agrees, soft cooked eggs should be boiled for 2 minutes and not 3” and I can wave it in my mother’s face. HA!
First, ready for a giggle? Emily sent me a link to this article saying it was interesting and too political for the blog and I thought “ugh, I should read this, but I’ll wait until I feel up to something political”. Then FilmiKudhi sent it to me a few days later and said it was too political for the blog, and also had gossip. Immediately I click the link!!! Political content, bleh. Gossip, YES!!!!
I have been saying for years that the Muslims are being pushed out of Hindi film, remember how for a while I was doing a point of mentioning when casts were 100% Hindu? A year ago when SSR died, I said it was clearly an issue of mental health and I refuse and reject an effort to blame it on the film industry in any way and I will not allow that storyline to be magnified on this blog. And I did a whole post on how KJo has a history of liberalism and pushing the envelope and is dancing to try to keep getting those messages out without getting in trouble with the government.
The reason I want to post a link to this article is not to start a new discussion, but more to encourage you to look back on previous discussions in DCIB and think about how insidious propaganda is. Think about how fast it took for the SSR story, even here on DCIB, to turn from “depression is a horrible illness” to “Karan Johar is the Devil”. Think about how easy it is to say “the film industry should be doing more” and forget that they are LITERALLY BEING THROWN IN JAIL if they step out of line.
(You know what happens when you go to jail? BAD WIGS! No one wants that)
One of the most useful forms of propaganda in the age of social media is “can’t see the forest for the trees”. If I say “Muslims are being pushed out of the Hindi film industry” and you say “well, this particular Muslim hasn’t had a hit movie in years, and this other Muslim chose to retire, and frankly this Muslim isn’t very talented” that DOESN’T MATTER. Big picture, Muslims are being pushed out of the Hindi film industry.
We can also simply choose not to engage in the issues that the propaganda machine wants us to engage with. Shahrukh’s hairstyle? I care deeply! Whether or not Shahrukh’s kids got into school on merit or money? DO NOT CARE.
DCIB’s “Happy Place” rule exists to protect us from feeling forced to talk about things we don’t care about. So why am I putting up this post itself? I guess my goal is to give us all permission to be happy, in a strange way. Choosing to simply not engage with the Issues that have been created for us around Hindi film is in itself a radical act. This article summarizes the past 5 years quickly and clearly, showing how every film story was twisted into ugliness. So, let’s not do that here! Let’s keep beauty in the world, let’s keep film as a place of escape, let’s talk about how this is the 20th Anniversary of Lagaan and all I really care about is making sure everyone can see that Aamir Khan built lifts and heels into his Humble Villager sandels: