Celebrity Intentions and Confusions

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Celebrity Intentions and Confusions

Swapnil Bharali | January 11, 2020 16:43 hrs

A sudden warm and appreciative tweet by Vishal Dadlani took me by surprise. From out of the blue and without any precedents of any similar endearments, Dadlani chose to write about the Assamese society’s combative stance against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). While the tweet, in the meantime, has gone viral, it has also successfully created confusion in the minds of the Assamese intelligentsia because Dadlani preferred to equate the Assamese protests with the mainland India protests and in the process dubbed it as a fight against the National Register of Citizens (NRC) clubbing it with the CAA. 

Clearly, this is another case of a Bollywood celebrity wanting to make some noise over a burning political issue without being sure of the facts. The Assamese society, at large, has not expressed any disappointment with the NRC which Dadlani chose to term as “failed NRC.” At least not in the way it has expressed its angst against the CAA. A few coffee room discussions about the supposed “waste” that the NRC exercise was is in no way tantamount to a “fight” against it as Dadlani chose to put it. In the process, while he has appreciated that “Assam is leading the way” in the CAA protests, it is very clear that he has failed to understand the difference between the sentiments of Assam as against that of mainland India.

On the other hand is the strategically timed visit of Deepika Padukone to violence-ravaged Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) that has sparked vicious trolls against the Bollywood star. While there was no reason to believe that it was anything other than a visit to express solidarity with the JNU fraternity with Padukone stoically standing among the students not uttering a word, the timing of the visit and the gesture having no similar precedents in her life (well, she did not visit Jamia Millia University in any case), made her seem like a publicity seeker just ahead of her upcoming movie. The vicious trolls have not made Padukone respond to them and there has been no reaction from her thereafter.

With the huge number of followers that Bollywood stars have on Twitter and Instagram, just one word from them are enough to spark confusion all over the country. These latest actions of the Dadlani and Padukone are no exceptions and we remain confused over their actual intentions.

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