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Letters to the Editor: Cinema effect

The fact that Bollywood has an extremely stereotypical way of depicting mental illness is undeniable.

Updated: June 13, 2015 12:00:48 am

The fact that Bollywood has an extremely stereotypical way of depicting mental illness is undeniable (‘A Reel Gap’, IE, June 5). The long list of Hindi movies cited in the article is evidence. Hollywood movies like A Beautiful Mind and The Theory of Everything are examples of treating a sensitive subject in a positive way. Data shows that three out of five people in India hesitate to talk about mental ill-health, forget visiting a psychiatrist. Celebrities like Deepika Padukone and Salman Khan have been vocal about their mental anxieties and phases of stress in their respective lives. This has had a positive impact.

If cinema starts dealing with these issues in a healthier manner, we can expect more of an improvement.

– Surabhi, New Delhi

Dangerous games

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This refers to the editorial, ‘King of Delhi’ (IE, June 12). Najeeb Jung acts in an autocratic manner and treats the Delhi chief minister, an elected representative of the people, very poorly. This is an ugly business and murky politics. More shameful is that the BJP government at the Centre and the Congress party are both watching the daily drama with amusement. Such a response is dangerous to our democracy.

– R.K. Kapoor, Chandigarh

Negative energy

This refers to ‘Energy drinks banned but only on paper, not on shelf’ (IE, June 11). It is quite distressing to learn that the three “energy drinks” banned by the FSSAI last month are still freely available. The Indian Express should be complimented for the expose. It is becoming increasingly common for young people, including students, to take that little something extra, in place of the customary cola drink, for a quick boost of energy. However, since the FSSAI has not categorically stated whether other popular “energy drinks” contain the harmful “combination” or not, this might lead to confusion.

– V. Chandramohan, Mumbai

Airing dirty linen

With reference to ‘Fellow judges opposed collegium names: AG’ (IE, June 11), for more than a month now, the Supreme Court has been hearing heated arguments for and against the National Judicial Appointments Commission. At this rate, the exercise will last for months. The individual details of some judges, including chief justices, regarding their competence, punctuality and sincerity, are being discussed openly. This has not gone down well in the minds of the public. It would have been better if the arguments were held in camera to avoid further harm to the reputation of our courts.

– J.K. Mago, Panchkula

Crime, punishment

This refers to ‘Mumbai: two killed after drunk lawyer, driving on the wrong side, rams taxi’ (IE, June 10). Janhavi Gadkar’s driving in an intoxicated state cost two innocent people their lives. While the elite might carelessly drive drunk without fear of consequence, the innocent victim’s family loses their bread-earner. Why don’t people use the services of a driver when they want to enjoy their drinks? The punishment for drunken driving should be made equal to that for murder.

– S.N. Kabra, Mumbai

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