Boycott Karan Johar & affiliates
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The recent suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput is not only a case of depression taking toll over an individual's will to live. It has also brought to light the harassment at workplace in an industry that has long been dominated by a few powerful families, the Johars, Kapoors, Khans and many more!
Cinema has been the prime source of entertainment for almost every household in India. Bollywood films are consumed by us on a daily basis. However, for a long time now, the control of this revenue generating industry has been in the hands of people using it for their selfish needs, and in turn preventing brilliant talents, like Sushant Singh Rajput, rising from the common ranks, from making it big in Bollywood.
Following are the examples of the same:-
1. Nepotism: Biggies like Karan Johar and Salman Khan (themselves sons of people in Bollywood) have only been giving chance to kids of Bollywood celebrities. Also, they've been dissing non star kids through platforms like Koffee with Karan (see attached links). Sushant's Instagram account was full of stuff like energy cosmos, Sanskrit shlokas, coding algorithms and other interesting stuff. He was a thinker. People like him who rose from scratch were a threat to nepotism products who barely would pass the 10th grade and straightaway get the lead role in a big production. Most of Sushant's movies (including Ram Leela and Befikre) were given to Ranveer Singh (another product of nepotism).
Salman roars over Sushant, siding with Sooraj Pancholi
Dissing Sushant on KwK as a bad actor
2. It is not hidden that to survive in Bollywood, you have to live according to the terms of production houses owned by SRK, Karan Johar, Bhansali, YRF and many more. And these people always make it a point to cast people belonging to a clan with a certain surname. This means no work for outsiders. Sushant was banned by production houses such as Dharma Productions, Yash Raj Films, Balaji Motion Pictures, Salman Khan Films, Sajid Nadiadwala, T Series and Dinesh Vijan: click this link for more info
These are Sushant's words to a fan's comment: “arre but if you don't watch it then they would throw me out of Bollywood. I have no godfather, I have made you (all) my Gods and fathers. Watch it at least if you wish I do survive in Bollywood. Much love and regards.”
Is the Indian audience so weak that an actor rising from amongst us can be thrown out by people, who's future should ideally be decided by whether we watch their films?
3. Films like Baaghi 3, Simmba, Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo, Judwaa 2, Gunday, Pati Patni aur Woh despite their low IMDb rating and poor content & acting earn a lot of money at the box office. So in a way, we too are responsible for this whole vicious cycle where the star kids get promoted despite zero talent. On the other hand, good content like Sanjay Mishra's Ankhon Dekhi, Rajkumar Rao's Trapped fail to earn big and further discourage quality cinema from getting its due.
4. Bollywood award shows like Filmfare have their jury led by people like Karan Johar, which ensures that the awards are given to the star kids. Ananya Pandey got a Filmfare for Best Debutant while Gully Boy won 13 awards. It is also not unknown that it was Karan Johar's pressure (being close friends with Zoya Akhtar) that led to Gully Boy being sent to Oscars from India. Chhichhore which released in the same year won none. People like Ranbir Kapoor are promoted by people like Karan Johar during Filmfare award decisions. And this comes as no shock that Sushant Singh Rajput had till date not won a single Filmfare award.
Unworthy award winners decided by the same set of nepotism promoters!
The above are some of the many issues in the money making mafia called Bollywood. So now the question comes, what we as the Indian audiences need to do about it. There is no doubt that it is only us who can bring about a change since every individual in the industry is somehow linked to this chain and cannot be asked for support.
As you sign this petition today with me, I expect you to definitely do the below things (for Sushant, for the future of cinema in India & for many other aspiring and talented actors who wish to make good cinema):-
1. Boycott all films which involve any role from people who promote this dirty Bollywood industry in existence currently. In simple words, do not watch any content in theatres, on online platforms like Netflix & Amazon Prime and even on television which involve the following people in any capacity:-
Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Arjun Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Ananya Pandey, Jhanvi Kapoor, Sooraj Pancholi, Ranveer Singh, Yash Raj Films, Sanjay Leela Bhansali Films, Red Chillies Entertainment, Sara Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Tiger Shroff, Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapor, Athiya Shetty, Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Shraddha Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor, Uday Chopra, Ishan Khatter!
Some of the above people might have shown some glimpses of talent but we cannot judge them absolutely till there is no fair play. So, it should not come as a surprise that someone like Shraddha Kapoor seems like a good actor sometimes because the other actress to compare her with is Ananya Pandey!
2. Not watch any Bollywood Award shows on TV and hence bring down their TRPs, till they don't throw out people like Karan Johar from their jury team.
3. Report the YouTube channel and content owned by Dharma Productions, Yash Raj Films, Balaji Motion Pictures, Salman Khan Films, Sajid Nadiadwala, T Series and Dinesh Vijan till they are banned by YouTube. Along with, Report the Trailers of films of the people from the list in Point 1 too.
4. Lastly, it's important we don't shy away from sharing our views on the web instead of just silently observing it all. Because as they say, "Being silent is no less than being a criminal & a supporter of what's wrong"
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