Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ridiculously Casual

I was watching TV one evening to kill my boredom. While surfing through the channels, I stopped to watch ZOOM to catch up with some Bollywood 'News', so they call it! But there wasn't any interesting grapevine here that could keep me from boredom, yet I stuck to this channel as I was further getting bored of surfing through the remaining!

Not listening to it quite intently though, I was also trying to score some points in the game on my phone. Suddenly one 'news' snapped my attention, not for wanting to know more but because I was startled to hear this utter nonsense! The 'news' was thus: "Hum sab Emraan Hashmi ko ek on-screen serial kisser ke roop me jaante hain...." followed by a 'detailed' history of his lip-locking scenes in his movies so far and his views too, about them. The news furthered then by adding, "Ab Emraan ko promotion mil gayi hai. Apni agli film me wo ab rape bhi karenge...."!!!!!!!


That was it! I was fuming with disgust that is this what the channel had to make news out of? That he will be promoted from only being a kisser to a rapist in his next film??? Whatever his role maybe in his next flick, whatever the story be.... But this channel 'reported' it so damn casually, it kept me wondering that has this disgusting act like 'rape' become so damn casual in today's conversations? To top it, it was a team of girls who reported this, gave a voice-over for and one who hosted this damn episode for the show!

The same day I happened to watch a News Channel where they were showing about a historic decision of the Supreme Court to accept and hear the petition of Aruna Shanbaug's lawyer for Euthanasia / Mercy Killing . This very lady was a rape victim in 1973 at the KEM Hospital in Mumbai, by its staffer. She was even strangled and till date she lies in the hospital bed in vegetative state, declared brain dead! She has to be forcefully fed by the nurses twice a day, she has lost her sight, cannot hear, can't take any decision, has not been visited by any of her relatives' or friends' for the past 36 years!

This is what the heinous act such as this can do to a victim!!!! And ironically, it was a damn casual 'Bollywood News' for this channel.

9 comments:

Appu said...

The question is:
How to present news/views?
- correct?

Vaudeville of exhilaration said...

This is really sad.. When these Bollywood story tellers do not get any gossip to rant about, they talk about such disgusting things.. Such terrible things shouldn't be made such casual topics.. Shame on them...

manu said...

@Appu: The question is, 'What' to present!

Sushant said...

I feel today's media is cancerous to society, it is very negative. You hardly see good news on front page of your newspaper, which is the first act of your day :-(

I don't know why this fraternity is so insensitive and irresponsible. I read an article somewhere Onion price rose 40% extra just beacause of media hype.

They do not know what to overhype and what not to, though the irony is "Media is mend to show up others' criticism and wrongdoings but not its own."

Sushant said...

I feel today's media is cancerous to society, it is very negative. You hardly see good news on front page of your newspaper, which is the first act of your day :-(

I don't know why this fraternity is so insensitive and irresponsible. I read an article somewhere Onion price rose 40% extra just beacause of media hype.

They do not know what to overhype and what not to, though the irony is "Media is mend to show up others' criticism and wrongdoings but not its own."

manu said...

@Sushant: Yes, I agree that media hype is the new trend these days. The only good remains just in the thought that thank God there was no worse than the bad to read today, I guess! Blame it on the 24hours news channels now! Yesteryears were much better when we used to wait to watch the news at 1 in the afternoon or at 7 or 9 in the evenings, when news would be just that, and not a story like they call it now! Media, the most powerful information source to us is plagued with the growing concern of the TRPs. Not that condemn them outright, but it definitely becomes an overdose of nonsense at times.

Sushant said...

@Manu: Yup i agree that those were good days when we used to wait for the news at the particular time. And Reading part is still a lot better than this crappy business. Though we still can not blame on
24*7 concept, there are other "Business" news channels too which are doing great and show up substantial news. The reason behind this, what i believe, is the target audience. The filthy news is run only on the those news channels whose target audience is vile in themselves.
Though i feel this madness is at its peak and after 5-7 years its downfall would start :-):-):-)(when i put three i mean).
let's hope for the best.

manu said...

Yes, let's hope for the best!

manu said...

@Vaudeville of exhilaration: Thanks for adding your opinion here!