The Media Madness over Abhishek-Aishwarya marriage has broke all previous records and most channels lost all sense of propriety.
They were not allowed entry or even given a place to set ther cameras but still the reporters didn't feel any hesitation in repeating that they were not invited and still they were stationed outside and trying for a view. sharam bhi nahin aati! The Bachchans, especially Amitabh, also have to share the blame. At the time of a film release they go for all sorts of PR activities and run from channel to channel for interviews and pre-release coverage. But when it came to his son's marriage they kept it a family affair.
The electronic media found the much needed spice in model-starlet Jahnavi Kapoor alias Haya alias Naina Rizvi, who was earlier daughter-in-law of renowned Shia cleric Kalb-e-Sadiq, when attempted suicide in front of Amitabh Bachchan's house and claimed that she was Abhishek's wife.
We don't know what it was. May be it was all fixed and a media man gave her the idea to get famous instantly. Was it a publicity stunt or she is really mad and believes it (psychological illness). But TV channels picked up the news and she was hopping from studio to studio the same day. And by evening she got so buoyed that she again visited the place and was arrested.
'Abhishek ne meri maang bhari hai', said Jahnvi, repeatedly on channels even as her friends and acquaintances termed her as a drug addict, drunkard and even a 'pick up'. She made wild unsubstantiated claims and TV channels thrived on them for their TRPs. On phone her mother Shahina Agha said that if she has changed her religion, she will disown her duaghter.
Jahnavi Kapur maintained that she didn't marry Kalb-e-Sadik's son and instead it was her sister who married the cleric's son. Meanwhile, suspense remained over her identity, was she a Kashmiri or a Lucknow girl.
Agha Nasir Ali who lives in Kashmir told media that he had married a divorcee doctor woman from Lucknow, who had four daughters from her earlier marriage. Two of them shifted to Kashmir while the other two were raised in Lucknow. Jahnavi was brought up in Lucknow. She has worked as junior artists in some movies and danced with Abishek in Dus.
Naina Rizvi alias Jahnavi had married one, Husain, of Lucknow and gave birth to a son. Her mother Shaheena said that Naina told her about her 'affair' with Abhishek. Though it may not affect the marriage at all, but section of electronic media surely took delight in airing this story and took revenge upon the Bacchan's family on the very day of marriage. Though, the marriage was solemnised properly, and it was happy ending, the Jahnavi episode surely brought a Bollywood twist to the wedding.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
The office of Star News (Hindi) was attacked in Mumbai by nearly 50 activists who claimed to be members of Rashtriya Hindu Sena. The visitors to the office were taken aback by the mob who were armed with hammers, rods and lathis.
They smashed the glasses, windowpanes, damaged cars and also attacked the staff. Chandramohan Puppalla, the Executive Editor, was injured. Surely it is a sad development on lines of the attack on Geo TV in Pakistan. Media organisations have expressed their solidarity with Star TV on the attack. We also condemn this attack and demand urgent action against the attackers.
The activists of Hindu Sena were angry with the TV for showing the Hindu-Muslim couple, teenaged Khushi Agarwal and Kadir of Surat, whose story was shown on the channel a couple of days back. For Khushi-Kadir report, click here.
And if you want to know how they fell in love and the entire story. Click here
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Kadir, 23, and his girl friend, Khushi, 16, who were in love for nearly three years, ran away from Surat and straight headed to Star News studio in Mumbai.
The minor (legally) girl was fully aware (and so was her boy friend) that a channel studio would be the best place to seek refuge and also make others listen their story. As the couple reached there, the entire staff went into high-mode.
After all, they had the opportunity to telecast the 'live news' that was 'developing' and 'breaking' and also had the ingredients of Bollywood Masala. Abdul Kadir Khan Nalband alias Kabir (does he spell Qadir) and Khushi's every moves and steps were captured and were made to enter the studio gates again to get the images. As the teeanged girl held hands of her lover and they sat on the sofa, the camera covered from all angles.
The entire day was devoted to the story of Qadir-Khushi. The police were called and it was also 'shown live'. The psychologists and counsellors were spoken to. And the TV channel clearly marched ahead of other rivals in terms of TRP. The girl was sent to a Home for Destitute and Homeless while the youth, who works in Reliance Web World, spent the night at the police station. Interestingly, one day Star turned it into national news and the next day there was no mention to this story.
The Delhi High Court, in a recent case where a 16-year-old Muslim girl had eloped with a Hindu boy, said that the girl had gone willingly and refused to accept her father's contention that she was kidnapped. In wake of this decision the Khushi-Kadir case, which came to limelight a day later, surely created interest. The couple wanted to marry though Khushi was not yet 17.
The girl, Khushi alias Rukku, kept saying that her father wanted to kill her by poisoning as she was in love with a Muslim girl but insisted that it was not Kadir who coaxed her but it was the other way round. "I lured him and forced him to elope with me", she said. Surely the Priyanka-Umar story that caught the fancy of nation recently, gave the couple inspiration.
Now the Indian Express provides us with the latest that the girl was taken by Gujarat police to Surat and the youth would be produced in the court as her parents had lodged a case of abduction (kidnapping) against him. Let's see what the judge thinks. But Star TV should surely have kept the viewers updated.
The case of Vivek-Afsana in Delhi where the girl married the boy and is now known as Anjali, came to light recently. The Delhi High court gave decision in their favour. Afsana was also 16-years-old. But court held that her being minor didn't mean that she could be married off by her father against her wishes.
Click for the Indian Express followup here
For the story on how they fell in love. Click here