Sunday, March 26, 2006
Amir Khan blasts journos and media in Tehelka: Bollywood actor on journalism, role of journalists in India
Bollywood star Amir Khan's interview in Tehelka is being discussed because of his straightforward answers and strong criticism of the media.
The sight of Khan's men mistreating journalists at his marriage was still fresh in my mind and at first glance I though he was acting smart.
Though I believe journos should not try to intrude private parties without invitation. But then I read the interview today. He has raised serious questions.
I must amid that the interview is interesting, eye-opening and shows mirror to the TV channels and newspapers.
Media ought to be a watchdog not a lap dog, he says and cites glaring errors of newspapers.
Amir Khan charged Times of India with publishing wrong stories, HT with printing false news of his marriage twice, Channel 7 of airing his conversation without talking to him (it was someone else's voice, says Amir) etc etc.
The interview with Shoma Chaudhury is spread on three pages. Amir says that he reads just The Hindu, Indian Express and watches only DD for news.
On the investigative prowess of journalists who do stings like sex life of an actor, Amir has spoken a lot. Particularly, the shooting of militants soon after any terrorist attack.
"I realise that somehow authorities very conveniently find one or two people within hours or days of the attack (like Varanasi blasts) and kill them in shootout.What I want to know is why can't they do that before. Is it so easy to find a criminal?
If it is so easy why can't we nab them before the act? And in this, I want to comment on the role of media, where they conveniently take it on face value and say phalana dhimka from phalana dhimka group has in fact done this.
We know that somebody has been killed. We can see the dead body there, but we don't know who he is. No body knows who planted a bomb in the temple.
Today a temple, tomorrow it can be a mosque or market. The job of authorities is to find out those behind the act and the job of press is to investigate whether the authorities are telling the truth".
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