Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
The claws are out in Bollywood
There was a time when Bollywood used to be politically correct. Phrases like “We are like family”, “I had a blast working on this film” and “We are just friends” formed an integral part of any celebrity interview. Being a Bollywood star inevitably meant being nice.
But things have changed. The claws have come out and it’s all about saying it like it is.
So while Salman Khan admits he can’t stand the sight of Shah Rukh Khan, Bipasha says she didn’t really get along with Deepika or Katrina Kaif.
John Abraham reveals he doesn’t get along with Salman and even the ever diplomatic Amitabh Bachchan says the “fraternity” is trying to sabotage his Unforgettable Tour.
Celebrity spats do make for good copy and helps journalists run into reams of newsprint talking about the various wars going on in the Indian film industry. And it also makes Bollywood a much more interesting place.
For years we have been given the impression that Bollywood is one big happy family, where everyone respects each other, loves each other and can’t live without each other.
Of course, we always knew that wasn’t true. But now you have Bollywood stars coming out in the open and saying it.
With a few exceptions.
Take Priyanka Chopra for instance. She denied her “problems” with Kareena Kapoor for a long time, until Bebo herself came out and said it. Or Aishwarya Rai, who didn’t talk about her problems with Shah Rukh Khan even when it was obvious Khan didn’t want to work with her.
I only hope this new trend in Bollywood sticks. It sure makes life much more interesting.