Let me say in the very beginning that I am not a follower or a sympathiser of Shiv-Sena. I hate their brand of divisive politics and this post has nothing to do with Shiv-Sena’s tirade against SRK.
While the entire media and section of Bollywood rallied behind the star, SRK, in support of his statements; he was amiss. When all fans and film fraternity is trying to get the movie to release in Mumbai, SRK is busy with its premiere in Abu Dhabi. That’s one of the biggest reasons why Mumbaikars should not watch the movie. While the fans are standing by the star, he is not to be seen. I expected SRK to be in Mumbai and urge the crowd to come, watch the movie with him and thumb-down Shiv-Sena etc. But instead, he has chosen the easy path of twittering and making statements. This is general apathy shown towards his genuine fan and I would hate to watch the movie for this very reason.
Another fact is the kind of publicity stunts he is pulling to get maximum eyeballs. Since most of us know the theme of the movie, he is swaying towards Dubai, Pak and Mid-East so his movie is well received in those places; thereby taking Indian audience for granted, WTF!
His chest-thumping statements after IPL auction was ridiculous, to say the least. He said that he would have picked up Pak cricketers in the auction, had he been there. What??? In this day and age of communication, and with SRK being brand ambassador of Airtel and Nokia, could he not have been in-touch with his co-owners during the bidding! Could he not have sent a word to the KKR representatives that so-and-so Pak player is worth his salt and should be picked. But NO. He chooses the easy path of crying foul after the entire event is over. Thereby keeping his fan-base in Dubai and Pak happy and satisfied. He does not want to lose the fan-base there, for obvious reasons. How else is he gonna dance in lavish weddings in Dubai? The irony is that, these very guys will be circulating pirated cd/dvd of the movie.
Coming to the part of his false claims and statements, another publicity for his movie. He recently made a mention of full-body scan in an airport in Uk and autographing the print-out of the scans! The airport authorities came out strongly against this vicious lie stating that they ‘only scan’ and ‘do not have printers’ in the scan area. Hence, his scans could not have been printed at all.
A few months back, he cried hoarse about security measures in US, when he was detained for questioning. The Prez of India did not make an issue when he was cross-checked, Kamal Hasan and Mammooty did not cry foul; then why was our King Khan pissed. Simply becasue he saw an opportunity of bringing his movie into limelight and drawing maximum mileage and cheap publicity; to keep the movie alive in people’s minds and of course to drive home the theme of the movie.
This movie is very important to SRK. Firstly because he has co-produced it and so a lot is at stake. He knows that by angering the Shiv-Sena he can gather maximum publicity from it. Secondly because his numero-uno position is being challenged, Akshay’s and Aamir’s movie have earned more than his movies in the last 5 years. And lastly, his IPL venture and his tv-show have been a mega-flop and he needs to prove himself again.
Anyways, I just wish that his blind-fans can see through this facade and trash his movie. So, Indians in general, and Mumbaikars in particular, please don’t watch the movie for SRK.
February 12, 2010 at 4:48 AM
Let’s say because of this article SRK fans go crazy against you just like how Shiv Sena is. Start belting your house with stones, protest to take your website down,do Morcha and there is a heavy angst. Will you be staying at your home or will you hide. I bet the latter.
I know people are mad about getting publicity. Rakhi Sawant Phew!! Do you think SRK needs publicity. If he does, does he look like will go to that extent of making his family in danger of life. We are talking about real people trying to hurt. You never know who can hit and when.
Movie has got his money in it. He would like some returns- very human nature. If he is apprehensive about not getting good returns – do you REALLY see an issue. Why do Crazyrals have got advertisement banners – its called return on investment.
Prez of India was not Muslim, so the case of Mr Hassan & Mammooty. He was pissed because he had heard of this discrimination but was experiencing first time.
If he is feeling the danger of losing the numero uno position, its time for him to show it to the world. Isnt the same thing Dhoni & BCCI are trying to do. Isnt that something you did in your school to stay on Rank 1 (were you rank 1)
If only you were human Sir!
February 12, 2010 at 9:25 AM
@CV: its my home and i will protect it, unless i have another back-up house where i can go and hide 🙂
SRK does not need publicity, but his movie does
the Prez in question was APJ Kalam and not pratibha patil. this itself shows that you are a blind supporter of srk
February 12, 2010 at 7:27 AM
Brilliant mate. You are absolutely right. I never thought of it but your post is an eye opener. Well done on seeing through the BS. Screw the Sena and screw SRK.
February 12, 2010 at 8:24 AM
Seriously, publicity ke liye kuch bhi karega. To top it, TOI gives MNIK a 5 star rating…WTH??? Nice post. I Didnt think about the middle east perspective earlier.
February 13, 2010 at 8:54 AM
SRK needs constant publicity to keep his superstar status in the running….he is an extremely insecure star and he has been very vocal about his stardom every now and then…
well written crazyrals.. :adore: :adore:
February 13, 2010 at 8:59 AM
When the Pakistani players were not selected for the IPL, it was almost predictable that NDTV, the award-winning, mouthpiece of our Indian liberal media select you for your views and you certified that “It (Pakistan) is a great neighbour to have. We (India and Pakistan) are great neighbours. They are good neighbours.”
I have a few words to say about those statements. One may recall your effort to clarify the Pakistani team captain, Shoaib Malik”s apology to the Muslims, living all over the world, for failing to win the final T20 match against India, likely much to the embarrassment of a lot of Indian Muslims, as expressed by Shamin Bano, mother of the man of the match, Irfan Pathan. What was more embarrassing was your effort to try to defend Shoaib in a subsequent interview, “I don”t think he meant to segregate Muslims and Christians and Hindus and say this was a match between Islam and Hinduism. I don”t think that…”
I doubt whether Shoaib talked to you personally about his thought process at that time. You did not really have to respond for somebody else but perhaps you could not resist the temptation to show your brotherhood and solidarity. This reminds us again of Dr Ambedkar”s observation that, “The brotherhood of Islam is not the universal brotherhood of man. It is brotherhood of Muslims for Muslims only.
February 13, 2010 at 9:01 AM
I forgot to add – Dear SRK – in my reply above…crazyrals its not for u but directed at SRK
February 22, 2010 at 7:16 AM
Well said 1 Idiot.