Here we go again. As if there wasn’t enough online about the manifestation of patriarchy in the entertainment industry (ahem, Weinstein, ahem), here’s another piece of news we wish we could say is shocking. In reality, the fact that a reporter asked Vidya Balan about her plans of weightloss only angers us, but doesn’t surprise us.
Vidya Balan has been promoting her upcoming film Tumhaari Sulu for a while now, and she was at a press conference when a reporter decided to ask her questions that can only be described as ignorant.
Here’s a lowdown.
Reporter: “Whatever movies we’ve seen of you so far has been ‘women-centric’. From now on, will we see you in more such films, or have you thought about weightloss?”
Vidya Balan: “What’s the relationship between ‘women-centric’ and weightloss?”
Reporter: “… no, I mean, glamorous roles…”
Vidya laughs some more
Vidya Balan: “No, I’m very happy with the kinds of roles I am doing. It would be great if you could change your mindset.”
There are several things wrong with the above exchange.
But let’s start with the most glaring one — the otherising of films centered around women need to stop now. When you refer to a film that has a female protagonist, or a number of female characters, as “women-centric”, the implication is that male protagonists or male-dominated stories are the norm.
Sure, male stars have higher footfalls and arguably see a much heightened level of fandom, but, if anything, Vidya Balan is the exception to this rule. She was once called the Fourth Khan — due to her sheer popularity with films such as Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Kahaani and The Dirty Picture.
Secondly, in which universe is “women-centric” and “glamorous” mutually exclusive? Somebody show this reporter the video of Vidya, Malishka and Neha Dhupia dancing unabashedly, and rather glamorously, to Hawa Hawai.
Thirdly, consent and choice make all the difference here (even if you argue said reporter is merely naive and unaware, and not sexist). Whether Vidya Balan chooses to lose weight, or put on weight, or do glamorous roles is her prerogative. As journalists, we can ask her questions, sure, but to put a mike on someone’s face and ask them about weightloss is just plain insensitive.
Sadly, Youtube commenters seem to have a whole other point of view.
All we have to say is, you do you, Vidya. More power to you.
This is a Vidya Balan appreciation tweet. Finally a realistic looking, 30-something leading actress. #TumhaariSulu
— Swetha (@_swethar_) October 15, 2017
Malayalam actress assault case: Trial against Dileep and other accused to begin a year after abduction
Exactly a year later, the much-anticipated verdict in the Kerala actress kidnap case, in which actor Dileep has been named as the eighth accused, is to emerge with the trial set to begin very soon.
And the question that is uppermost in people’s minds is — will Dileep walk free or be behind bars.
It was this day last year that the abduction incident took place while the actress was on her way to Kochi from her house in Thrissur.
Her driver allegedly joined hands with a group of ‘criminals’ led by Pulsar Suni, who is the prime accused, and drove her through the busy streets of the commercial capital of the state and after two hours she was dropped near the home of director-actor Lal.
After she told him about what had happened to her, Lal called the police. The driver was first taken into custody and in a few days the rest of the gang, including Suni, was arrested.
But the twist in the tale, in true cinematic style, came when superstar Dileep was arrested on 10 July, 2017, after two rounds of questioning. After spending 85 days in jail, he got conditional bail.
Since then the police probe team has been busy in tying the loose ends in the now high profile case.
The trial court in December accepted the charge sheet that names a total of 12 persons, including Dileep as accused, while his former wife Manju Warrier, is a key witness.
The 650-page charge sheet included secret depositions. Among the list of witnesses, are around 50 from the film industry.
Now all eyes are on the beginning of the trial as the police is burning the midnight oil to see if they can successfully recover the visuals of the kidnapping and alleged molestation, which is reported to have been filmed by the gang.
Published Date: Feb 18, 2018 13:45 PM | Updated Date: Feb 18, 2018 13:45 PM
Drake donates $1 million to struggling Miami residents on set of his God’s Plan music video
Drake, the world’s best-selling artist of 2016, followed it up with a challenge on Instagram urging his fans to “go out and be nice to each other.”
The God’s Plan video upended the usual lavish efforts from music production companies, and instead showed Drake handing out wads of cash to struggling families, toys to children, scholarships to students and checks to a women’s shelter and a youth club in Miami, Florida.
“The budget for this video was $996,631.90. We gave it all away. Don’t tell the label,” says the message at the start of the video
Before its release, Drake, 31, called the video “the most important thing I have ever done in my career.”
Emotional fans took to Twitter with effusive praise.
“If you’ve seen Drake’s God’s Plan video and it didn’t hit your heart then I just don’t know. That man’s doing it right,” tweeted one man, Michael McGraw.
“Cried reaaaal tears looking at God’s plan music video. it’s a good life,” a user called Janae wrote on Twitter.
Hours later the Grammy-winning singer issued a challenge on his Instagram saying “let’s all watch the world be nice to each other even if it’s for 24 hours.”
God’s Plan has held the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the past three weeks.
Published Date: Feb 18, 2018 13:48 PM | Updated Date: Feb 18, 2018 13:48 PM
Ram Gopal Varma appears before Hyderabad police in obscenity case filed over God, Sex and Truth
Hyderabad: Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma on Saturday appeared before Hyderabad police in connection with a case of obscenity booked against him for his movie God, Sex and Truth, and also for allegedly insulting the modesty of a woman.
The filmmaker, whose controversial movie with American adult entertainment star Mia Malkova was released on internet last month, appeared before the officials of Central Crime Station (CCS) in response to the notice served on him.
The police officials questioned him about the allegations made against him by women activists.
On 25 January, a day before the release of the movie, Varma was booked by the CCS. A case under section 67 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 was booked against him for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form.
The filmmaker was also booked under sections 506 and 509 of Indian Penal Code for allegedly making personal comments against women activists during the debate on the movie on some television channels. When activists accused him of promoting obscenity, Varma allegedly offered to make similar movies with them. He has been charged with insulting the modesty of a woman.
The CCS this week issued fresh notice on Varma as he could not appear before the officials earlier.
Women’s organizations in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh had staged protest last month demanding ban on the release of the movie on web and Varma’s immediate arrest.
The activists alleged that Varma released the movie on web to avoid the certification by authorities. They said the filmmaker is portraying woman as a sex object and promoting pornography.
Published Date: Feb 17, 2018 18:22 PM | Updated Date: Feb 17, 2018 18:22 PM
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