India Masala

Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

from India Insight:

Responsibility or censorship: why Bollywood should pick

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The mother and father of the 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim were cremating their daughter's body around the same time I discovered Honey Singh, now lately known for his notorious song, "Ch**t," or "Cu*t." The song revolves around the singer's vision of satisfying a woman's lust, followed by beating her with a shoe and then moving on to other things.

While India convulses over its people's shameful treatment of women, its inadequate rape laws and questions about how to change an entire society, Singh's star has been rising in Bollywood. The industry apparently likes what it hears.

Whether the trouble he has encountered over his songs will stall that career remains to be seen, but it is safe to say that Bollywood has a record of promoting a dim, if adulatory view of women. But it is time the industry takes responsibility for what it perpetrates under the garb of "entertainment."

Shah Rukh Khan meets a “rappist”

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I missed the first episode of ‘Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain‘ – the Indian version of an American reality TV gameshow – but millions in the country tuned in on April 25 to watch actor Shah Rukh Khan and a bunch of kids torture contestants with questions lifted from school textbooks.

File photo of Shah Rukh KhanAt work the next day, a colleague kept distracting me by bursting into giggles every few seconds till I couldn’t take it any more.

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