From a TV series to Dadasaheb Phalke

Sushant Singh Rajput, a small town Bollywood actor, was discovered dead a year ago. For everyone, his demise is still a heartbreaking memory. Every day, their fans demand that he be brought to justice on Twitter. In his journey, he had won many hearts.
Sushant Singh Rajput, who began his acting career in 2008 with the TV drama ‘Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil,’ became a household name after starring opposite Ankita Lokhande in Zee TV’s ‘Pavitra Rishta.’ He quit the television profession shortly after reaching the pinnacle of his career to try his luck in the Hindi cinema industry.
He made his Bollywood debut in 2013 with the film ‘Kai Po Che,’ and since then, the gifted actor has continued to enthral his fans and audiences with the charm of his incredible performances.
The prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award presented him with the ‘Critic’s Best Actor’ distinction to honour the actor who passed away on June 14, 2020.
The Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival’s official Instagram account confirmed the news, writing, “I’m proud of the hard work you’ve put in to get to this point. At the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2021, congratulations to Late @sushantsinghrajput for winning the “Critic’s Best Actor” award. We’re missing you!”
The outstanding actor, who died at his flat under strange circumstances, was last seen in the film ‘Dil Bechara’ opposite Sanjana Sanghi.
The romance film, directed by Rajput’s close friend Mukesh Chhabra, is based on John Green’s famous novel ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ and features actor Saif Ali Khan in a cameo role.
The film was set to be released in theatres on May 8, but due to the coronavirus outbreak, it was postponed until July 24, 2020, when it was released on Disney+ Hotstar and streamed for free to honour Sushant’s final film.
An inquiry by Mumbai Police recently concluded that it was a case of suicide. Sushant’s family, comprising his father and sisters, had filed a FIR in a Patna court accusing his former girlfriend and actress Rhea Chakraborty, as well as her brother Showik Chakraborty, of aiding suicide and syphoning his assets.
The case was investigated by three central agencies: the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Enforcement Directorate (ED), and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). But still the mystery isn’t solved yet.

PC- Jagran

When Comedy Turned into Tragedy

Several notable Indian comedians and actors have been chastised on social media in recent days for making casteist jokes in the past. Some have questioned why they are being chastised for routines performed few years back. Defenders argue that the comedians have matured since then and have abandoned the backward views that underlay their humor. There is difference in making fun of powerful and disrespecting powerless.
The uproar began when comedian Neville Shah was chastised for ridiculing lower-caste physicians. Soon after, a slew of other celebrities was charged on identical grounds. Yuvraj Singh, Salman Khan, Randeep Hooda, Munmun Dutta, Yuvika Chowdhury, Atul Khatri, and others were among the celebrities that were chastised for their casteist statements. The list of celebrities who have not made casteist statements, particularly comedians, is likely to be less than the list of those who have.
While the comedians’ material, jokes, and punchlines varied, one thing they all had in common was a habit of punching down on inferior castes. Constitutional reservations were mocked, lower-caste jobs were mocked, and so forth. Abusing Mayawati, the BSP supremo and four-time Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, was one of the running gags.
In a previous tweet, comedian Atul Khatri remarked, “BMC is acquiring mosquito-luring and mosquito-killing devices. Next, set up tents outside with Sunny Leone, entice rapists inside, then unleash Mayawati on them “. “Mayawati is so unattractive, the only thing she can raise are statues,” another prominent comic, Abish Mathew, tweeted.
Randeep Hooda, a Bollywood star, has also made a lewd sexual joke about Mayawati. Not only did these jokes lack comedy, but they also lacked fundamental human decency. Politicians, the media, and the general public were eager to call out the sexist undertone in PM Narendra Modi’s recent reference to Mamata Banerjee as “Didi, ooh Didi,” and rightfully so. Why, therefore, does Mayawati, another seasoned woman Chief Minister, not receive the same level of sympathy?
Another caste issue developed when performers Munmun Dutta and Yuvika Chowdhury degraded the Dalit group by using the casteist insult “Bhangi.” Actor Salman Khan, as well as cricketers Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh, have all been accused of doing so in the past. While several of them apologized, citing caste ignorance, the incident showed how casteist insults are frequently used to remind lower castes of their inferior status.
The upper-caste male comedian got it wrong when it came to distinguishing between oppressor and victimized. In its purest form, dark humor makes light of serious topics. The comedians, on the other hand, exacerbated the agony of the marginalized, mocking their merit, leaders, and identity.
All of the casteist jokes lacked one important ingredient: lived experience, which a higher caste can never have. “Reservation got us into the college, but the Brahmins still wouldn’t allow us in the classroom,” an aspiring marginalized caste comedian Manaal Patil says in his routine in a video that went viral amid the uproar.

PC- Gayatri Rani