In the age of social media, there are a very few who have been able to put forward some bare facts with logic which people can’t ignore, or get trolled for. Renuka Shahane, the popular film and television actor of late 90s, has been one among them who can put forward legitimate arguments at a time when social media is filled with hatred and fanaticism.
Her posts on social media platforms, raising pertinent questions when needed or just to say what is needed to be heard in a situation, have made her a star. All her recent posts have not only gone viral but also led to sensible debate. Be it her post on offering shelter to Irom Sharmila or Burkini ban to the very recent one on India-Pakistan crisis and the controversy surrounding Ae Dil Hai Muskhil, she has voiced her opinion with flair and hardly missed the point.
Only on Sunday, the Hum Aapke Hain kaun actor asked, “Is our “nationalism” about soft targets to lynch?” She also raised a justified point and asked, “If Karan Johar is asked to sacrifice the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, shouldn’t business houses and Industrialists also show solidarity with the soldiers who’ve lost their lives?”
And while people were still debating about her stance, Karan Johar broke his silence and said that henceforth he would not work with Pakistani talent. Though many were not satisfied as Johar bowed down to MSN’s ultimatum and Home Minister and Maharashtra CM intervened to get a grip on the grim situation, the row is still ongoing.
Shahane this time put forward a timeline and asked, “We might as Indian citizens be able to put our differences aside & be able to keep India above Art & Sports but will our politicians be able to keep India above Politics?”
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Through her timeline she highlighted many instances about attack on film industry, their apology and the hypocrisy of such groups.
Here is the full text of what Renuka Shahane wrote in her Facebook post
Some time lines for people with short term memory only:
Feb 3 2008: Mrs Jaya Bachchan asks, “Who is Raj Thakeray?” after MNS targets North Indians in Mumbai
Sep 8 2008: MNS targets Mr Bachchan for being brand ambassador of UP & setting up a girls school there instead of Maharashtra. Mrs Bachchan makes a sarcastic comment about speaking in Hindi at a music launch of a film.
MNS starts a stir against the release of Mr Bachchan’s “The Last Lear”.
By that time Mrs Bachchan had come to know who Raj Thakeray was and therefore apologises for her remark.
Oct 2016: Mr Bachchan receives a personally sketched portrait by Raj Thakeray for his birthday & he gifts a watch to Raj Thakeray’s son.
Somewhere along the way Mr Bachchan became brand ambassador for Gujarat
There were no protests by the MNS
Guess Marathi-Gujarati bhai bhai but UP-Marathi not bhai-bhai!
Now Karan Johar.
Oct 2009: MNS protests use of ‘Bombay’ instead of ‘Mumbai’ in Wake Up Sid
Karan apologises saying, ” It was a genuine mistake on our part. Henceforth we will use Mumbai instead of Bombay”
MNS protests withdrawn.
Bombay Times was being printed then & now
MNS doesn’t protest.
Sep 2016: MNS protests against the casting of a Pakistani actor in “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” in solidarity with the martyred jawaans of the horrendous Uri attack
26/11/2008: The dastardly Mumbai attacks. Many civilians killed by Pakistani terrorists
Tukaram Ombale martyred while capturing Kasab live.
Many defence personnel are martyred.
Many Pakistani artists, singers, writers work here & go back.
2nd Jan 2016: Many defence personnel martyred at Pathankot
March 2016: Kapoor & Sons is released & becomes a hit. It has Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in it.
MNS does not protest
18/10/2016: Karan Johar apologises saying he will never cast a Pakistani actor again
Exhibitors of single screens still will not show the film
Our Home Minister says that it is business as usual in the country. Visas will be given to Pakistanis to come here & work. There will be no ban on Pakistani actors on the part of the Central Govt
MNS does not protest our Govt’s decision.
Karan Johar is to meet the Home Minister today.
Karan Johar gets a portrait personally sketched by Raj Thakeray?
The present again:
After winning 3 wars at home, helping to win many in other lands, winning thousands of battles & skirmishes, being martyred in huge numbers, helping in any civil unrests, riots, natural disasters, helping all Indians irrespective of caste, race, language, gender; at last our Army has supposedly reached an International status at par with the Israeli Army that is protecting people of a land approximately 1/4th of our square kilometres and 1/100th of our complexity!!!
I thought our Army was always one of the best in the World.
Meanwhile the tu tu main main over surgical strikes continue between the Congress & the BJP.
The political squabbling & posturing continues.
We might as Indian citizens be able to put our differences aside & be able to keep India above Art & Sports but will our politicians be able to keep India above Politics?
I don’t think so.
I don’t think they will ever be able to practice what they preach!
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