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Can #India's #Bollywood Survive #Modi? #Muslims have always had a disproportionate influence in Bollywood. Actors such as Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, and Aamir Khan have towered over the landscape of #Indian #cinema for the past 30 years. #BJP hates it.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/07/can-bollywood-survive-modi/619008/

“Everybody is just shit-scared and wanting to lie low,” a woman who is closely involved with the industry told me recently. “This is such a vindictive government.” The day before we spoke, tax authorities had raided the home and offices of one of the country’s finest directors, along with those of an actor he worked with. Both are outspoken government critics, and the raid was widely seen as politically motivated.

As we talked, a director friend sent me a vanishing message on Signal, the encrypted-communications platform, about a case before India’s Supreme Court. A senior Amazon executive in India was facing arrest, along with others, for a nine-part political drama called Tandav, which includes a portrayal of the Hindu god Shiva that some found objectionable. The director of the series had apologized, and removed the offending scene. And according to the message I received, the court had declined to offer protection (a decision it later revised). “The problem,” one senior executive for a major streaming service told me later, “is that the director is Muslim and the actor is Muslim.”



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Bollywood has been central to the creation of India’s national myth. Its movies are full of dance and song, but their genius lies in the ability to weave serious issues—social justice, women’s rights, gay rights, interreligious marriage—into entertainment. Bollywood films are at once commercial and political. They epitomize the pluralism of India.

And in today’s political climate, that makes them a target. In ways reminiscent of the old Hollywood blacklist, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is using powerful tools to curtail the creative freedom of Bollywood—in particular the influence of Muslims, who have an outsize presence in the industry. The measures pushed by the Modi government include indiscriminate tax investigations, trumped-up accusations against actors and directors, intimidation and harassment in response to certain movies and TV shows, and the chilling rap of law enforcement at the door. Fearing worse to come, Bollywood has remained mostly silent in the face of the government’s catastrophic response to the coronavirus pandemic.
 

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India's fall from grace during Modi has been so great I don't think anyone can correct it for decades even if they tried it hard. Going after the elites of Bollywood is just the last straw and freedom of creativity...:lol:
 
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When BJP was in power at the State level with Shiv Sena, it was possible for them to harass and intimidate the industry. Look at recently released series like Family Man 2 where the PM is clearly based on Mamta Banerjee, not Modi. A few other series like Ghoul (half decent) ; Leila (poor rip off of Handmaid's Tale) also criticize the Govt. Bollywood survived the Emergency; Modi can have some pathetic supporters in the industry, that's about it.
 

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Can #India's #Bollywood Survive #Modi? #Muslims have always had a disproportionate influence in Bollywood. Actors such as Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, and Aamir Khan have towered over the landscape of #Indian #cinema for the past 30 years. #BJP hates it.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/07/can-bollywood-survive-modi/619008/

“Everybody is just shit-scared and wanting to lie low,” a woman who is closely involved with the industry told me recently. “This is such a vindictive government.” The day before we spoke, tax authorities had raided the home and offices of one of the country’s finest directors, along with those of an actor he worked with. Both are outspoken government critics, and the raid was widely seen as politically motivated.

As we talked, a director friend sent me a vanishing message on Signal, the encrypted-communications platform, about a case before India’s Supreme Court. A senior Amazon executive in India was facing arrest, along with others, for a nine-part political drama called Tandav, which includes a portrayal of the Hindu god Shiva that some found objectionable. The director of the series had apologized, and removed the offending scene. And according to the message I received, the court had declined to offer protection (a decision it later revised). “The problem,” one senior executive for a major streaming service told me later, “is that the director is Muslim and the actor is Muslim.”



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Bollywood has been central to the creation of India’s national myth. Its movies are full of dance and song, but their genius lies in the ability to weave serious issues—social justice, women’s rights, gay rights, interreligious marriage—into entertainment. Bollywood films are at once commercial and political. They epitomize the pluralism of India.

And in today’s political climate, that makes them a target. In ways reminiscent of the old Hollywood blacklist, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is using powerful tools to curtail the creative freedom of Bollywood—in particular the influence of Muslims, who have an outsize presence in the industry. The measures pushed by the Modi government include indiscriminate tax investigations, trumped-up accusations against actors and directors, intimidation and harassment in response to certain movies and TV shows, and the chilling rap of law enforcement at the door. Fearing worse to come, Bollywood has remained mostly silent in the face of the government’s catastrophic response to the coronavirus pandemic.
How can idol worshippers like SRK, SK and the likes be Muslims ? You need to study basic SHRIA .
 

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Oh yeh? Trying to weazel out? There are things explicit or implicit. Notice I said "implicit loyalty". By living in UK as a British citizen it is implicit that you are a loyal subject of the British state thus do not have to take explicit act like taking a oath if you migrated here and was naturalized a citizen.

So for instance you could be charged of treason if you did a act contrary to the crown. If you put the argumant that you had never taken a oath it would not be accepted as defence.

Sometimes where we choose to live, where we are born, where we continue to live leads to implicit responsibilities and obligations.You could of course divest yourself of the loyalty to the crown but then you would have to revoke your citizenship.

And I don't think your going to do that ...
 

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Bollywood and modi rss should find common grounds.
Bollywood works well with Congress because both are family business.
 

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Covid pandemic has brought millions of people closer to high quality productions through streaming services such as Netflix. These people previously did not know that something existed beyond the Bollywood circus. I doubt that Bollywood will ever regain it's place for cheap shot entertainment once it was except for the money laundering. Bollywood movie industry along with cricket business is primarily used as a vehicle for illicit money laundering anyway.
 
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When BJP was in power at the State level with Shiv Sena, it was possible for them to harass and intimidate the industry. Look at recently released series like Family Man 2 where the PM is clearly based on Mamta Banerjee, not Modi. A few other series like Ghoul (half decent) ; Leila (poor rip off of Handmaid's Tale) also criticize the Govt. Bollywood survived the Emergency; Modi can have some pathetic supporters in the industry, that's about it.
Bollywood had become drug ridden, underworld linked, sexploitative, hinduphobic, closed door industry. All hidden under the fake veil of glamour. Other than that the quality of their filmmaking has also gone down adversely. With stupid plots, unbelievable action, terrible music etc South Movies are so much better than bwood (despite their other worldly action seqs) .
 

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Their are series which have been openly mocking Govt narrative and have been doing so to get some publicity and revenue.

They have been successful.

This has less to do with the Govt. and more to do with that the time of Khan's has gone ,their movies are not doing well and they feel they are better of as producers than Actors and rightly so.

Actors like Ayushman Khurana, Rajkumar Rao,Vicky kaushal,Yash, Prabhas,,Ranbeer kapoor, Hritik Roshan are running the show.

Khan's are old news.
 

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It is Bollywood in fact that caved in and tolerated Modi's blatant facism. If anything, Bollywood is the veritable arm of BJP.
 

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Bollywood had become drug ridden, underworld linked, sexploitative, hinduphobic, closed door industry. All hidden under the fake veil of glamour. Other than that the quality of their filmmaking has also gone down adversely. With stupid plots, unbelievable action, terrible music etc South Movies are so much better than bwood (despite their other worldly action seqs) .
OK. Everyone has a right to their entertainment.
 

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Can #India's #Bollywood Survive #Modi? #Muslims have always had a disproportionate influence in Bollywood. Actors such as Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, and Aamir Khan have towered over the landscape of #Indian #cinema for the past 30 years. #BJP hates it.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/07/can-bollywood-survive-modi/619008/

“Everybody is just shit-scared and wanting to lie low,” a woman who is closely involved with the industry told me recently. “This is such a vindictive government.” The day before we spoke, tax authorities had raided the home and offices of one of the country’s finest directors, along with those of an actor he worked with. Both are outspoken government critics, and the raid was widely seen as politically motivated.

As we talked, a director friend sent me a vanishing message on Signal, the encrypted-communications platform, about a case before India’s Supreme Court. A senior Amazon executive in India was facing arrest, along with others, for a nine-part political drama called Tandav, which includes a portrayal of the Hindu god Shiva that some found objectionable. The director of the series had apologized, and removed the offending scene. And according to the message I received, the court had declined to offer protection (a decision it later revised). “The problem,” one senior executive for a major streaming service told me later, “is that the director is Muslim and the actor is Muslim.”



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Bollywood has been central to the creation of India’s national myth. Its movies are full of dance and song, but their genius lies in the ability to weave serious issues—social justice, women’s rights, gay rights, interreligious marriage—into entertainment. Bollywood films are at once commercial and political. They epitomize the pluralism of India.

And in today’s political climate, that makes them a target. In ways reminiscent of the old Hollywood blacklist, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is using powerful tools to curtail the creative freedom of Bollywood—in particular the influence of Muslims, who have an outsize presence in the industry. The measures pushed by the Modi government include indiscriminate tax investigations, trumped-up accusations against actors and directors, intimidation and harassment in response to certain movies and TV shows, and the chilling rap of law enforcement at the door. Fearing worse to come, Bollywood has remained mostly silent in the face of the government’s catastrophic response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bollywood and Hindutvaism is the cause of the Indian Rape Pandemic....
 

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