Yoga guru Baba Ramdev may have impressed many by his resolve to fight corruption, but Bollywood’s item-girl brigade is unforgiving about the fact that he once called them ‘characterless’.
Not mincing words while calling his proposed fast-unto-death a publicity gimmick, these actors say he should first withdraw his disparaging remarks and then think about launching a crusade. “I had predicted long back that Ramdev would enter politics to get into limelight. I can’t forget the mean things he said about our profession, just to be in news. He must take his words back,” says actor Sambhavna Seth who got into a televised debate with Baba Ramdev in 2009 where he had said that girls dancing in skimpy clothes lacked character.
Actor Celina Jaitly, who in the past locked horns with the Baba when he called homosexuality ‘a disease’, says, “Mr Ramdev will do anything for publicity, is all I can say."
Actor Poonam Jhawer who had flown down to the capital to support activist Anna Hazare’s fast at Jantar Mantar says she will never do it for Ramdev. “
Unhe yoga hi sikhaana chahiye
. He has built an empire and has so much money, why doesn’t he give it to the poor? I supported Anna Hazare because he started this. He is the original.”
Rakhi Sawant, whose TV show
Rakhi Ka Insaaf
had come under bitter criticism from Ramdev, says, “
Wo apne bhakton ka najayaz fayda utha rahe hain, unhe bhi anshan par baitha kar. Khud akele kar ke dikhaen.
Law can’t be changed through hunger strikes.
Karna hai to
cancer aur AIDS
ka ilaaj nikale
While actor Shah Rukh Khan, too, criticised Ramdev’s agitation on Thursday, calling it ‘politically motivated,’ some Bollywood stars have spoken out in his favour. “People are frustrated with corruption. What Baba Ramdev has done ...is a very good thing,” says actor Shabana Azmi.