For a while, the vilification of Rhea Chakraborty was opposed by many in power, and those on social media. However, it took the actress’ bail for the conversation to move to the vilification of Bollywood. Over the last few hours, the lawsuit filed by Bollywood producers along with unions has made it to the headlines. The case has been filed in Delhi HC for ‘irresponsible reporting’.
The lawsuit has been filed against Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami and Pradeep Bhandari, along with Times Now’s Navika Kumar and Rahul Shivshankar. While they have been at the forefront in giving away updates around all things Bollywood, their selection of words continues to be a problem. In fact, it is one of the things that pose a problem to those who have filed the lawsuit in the first place.
Apart from having used words like ‘druggies’, ‘dirt’, ‘scum’, among others, a lot has been said. Statements like ”all the perfumes of Arabia cannot take away the stench and the stink of this filth and scum of the underbelly of Bollywood” have been used. And all of this, when summed up, has been called out as the vilification of Bollywood.
None the less, netizens feel is that in the name of what they call a smear campaign, it isn’t that. If anything, arguments continue online on who is at fault here. While some point out how their association with ‘The Times Group’ will continue, some have other concerns. At the end of it all, the bigger question is how credible is this lawsuit or is that just another campaign to clear Bollywood’s name?
Check out some of the tweets here:
#BoycottBollywood Case file by Bullywood Jokers on Arnab , Navika ect includes Salman Khan, Amir Khan , Karan Johar, Ajay Devgan, Shahruk Khan chilli production house, Arbaz Khan , Aditya chopra , Anil kapoor etc. It’s time for us to say NO to Bullywood. pic.twitter.com/XsKRLVEiiY
— HD ISBP Sushhh lovers (@HemaDas85765692) October 12, 2020
These hypocritical,privileged elite denigrate our culture, castigate us,create & distribute content propagating lies about our samaj&sanskriti.👇
They look/speak down on us.
And muzzle common citizens speaking truth (about Bollywood) to power (Bollywood)!
Public v/s Bollywood! https://t.co/tUGL2vZQSZ
— Di (@iamdimplekaul) October 12, 2020
👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽 how many stars/studios are gonna pull out of Medianet, say no to Filmfare covers, drop Femina/Zoom/Radio Mirchi interviews and appearances at award shows, a time when Times is acutely desperate for their presence? Hit them where it hurts. Then we’ll talk. https://t.co/3uZibAxrtu
— Ankur Pathak (@aktalkies) October 12, 2020
As has been stated in the lawsuit, it clearly highlights in what ways has the goodwill been harmed. If anything, it does affect the livelihoods of many. The lawsuit states: The livelihood of persons associated with Bollywood is being severely impacted by the smear campaign being run by the defendants. Is this more than just about the vilification of Bollywood?