Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
For more than a week now, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has been in the centre of a storm — after his comments supporting the participation of Pakistani players in the Indian Premier League.
In the same time period, we have also seen the half-hearted response that the Shiv Sena’s response evoked from Bollywood. Not a single producers’ body or any industry organisation has spoken out against the fact that the Sena might prevent “My Name is Khan” from being released.
There have been some sporadic voices, mostly on social networking sites like Twitter, or some quotes on television, but hardly any concrete voices.
There has been some criticism of the fact that Amitabh Bachchan spoke of the “fire in the belly” of Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, but one mustn’t forget that when Bachchan and his family were targeted by Sena rival MNS, he didn’t see much support from the film industry either.