Bollywood stars kick up a fuss with real-life rumpus
Pow! Biff! Bang! Dishoom! Real life action by Bollywood celebrities has caught the nationâ€™s eyeballs. Shah Rukh Khan was accused of roughing up Shirish Kunder some days ago and made ripples as he brought the mediaâ€™s gaze from corruption scams and the election circus to the one thing that never fails to draw attention — a spicy brawl.
Now,Â Saif Ali Khan diverts attention from Vijay Mallyaâ€™sÂ king-size woes for beating up a certain businessman in Mumbaiâ€™s Taj hotel. Saif was booked for assault, arrested and later bailed — insisting that he was only defending himself.
Salman Khan has lost his temper on many occasions, and so haveÂ many others from Bollywood. Shah Rukh and Salman engaged in a verbal duel some years ago, and it would have ended ugly had Shah Rukhâ€™s wife Gauri and Salmanâ€™s then girlfriend Katrina Kaif not intervened.
The latest incident comes a month before Saif Ali Khanâ€™s spy thriller â€śAgent Vinodâ€ť is set to release. Therefore, we are pushed to wonder — publicity or aggression? Or could these public spats be attributed to a heady mix of fame, power and alcohol?
It is acceptable in a movie for the hero to rough up the bad guys. The audience savours the good guy’s vengeance. But these men are not superheroes in their real-life avatars, and are bound by the law. Justice will take its course, but in the mean time, the nationâ€™s politicians should be grateful their real-life foibles are pushed down the front page.