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A passing face

Our stars have high standards, even double standards. And they got their act together at the IIFA show.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2010 22:42 IST

Bollywood must be commended on its class act. When a movie is attacked for offending some sentiment or the other and attempts are made to ban it, our luminous stars plead with the public to keep politics out of entertainment. But when it suits them, they aren’t above a bit of fancy footwork on the political front. We refer, of course, to the India International Film Academy (IIFA) show in Sri Lanka. Many of our Bollywood lot wanted to show solidarity with the southern film fraternity that wanted to give the show a miss to show solidarity with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) which was showing solidarity with the Lankan Tamils. A solid case there. Was it politics? Yes, it was. Was it double standards? Yes, it was.

We strongly believe, like Groucho Marx, that if you don’t like our principles, we have got others. We don’t want our tinsel titans to stand on the burning deck and go down for their principles. No, we are so glad that they are just as duplicitous and double-faced as the rest of us. Now we in the media are past masters at the fine art of practising double standards. When we want to stick the knife into someone or some party, we do so with gay abandon. But when someone tries to tell us to put a lid on it, we immediately form a phalanx and decry the attack on the freedom of the press.

So, if the lissome Aishwarya and husband suddenly had an appointment with the manicurist on the days IIFA was happening, be sure that it was in the cause of grooming and not because both star in south Indian director Mani Ratnam’s next release. And when we bravely tell you about the illegal allotments of houses in prime locations by the government to all sorts of riff-raff, you might misunderstand us and think it is because we have been left out of the loop. Or then again, you may be right. But then, we are only following in the footsteps of the Badshahs of Bollywood. And that’s a hard act to follow.