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Witerati | Kangana tale, a snub for many a married male

The Kangana expose’ snubbed the mindset of males a la the Hrithiks and Adhyayans who, to project themselves holier than thou, paint the woman to be “imagining” things or hurts ‘n’ humiliations by insinuating she’s either mad, mentally sick or sad. It isn’t the woman who’s sick, it’s this male mindset that’s sick – which does a woman taint, to itself holier than thou paint.

columns Updated: Sep 17, 2017 14:54 IST
Chetna Keer
Chetna Keer
Hindustan Times
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The Kangana exposé on “Aap ki Adalat” “virtually” made her “Queen” of the social media-scape recently when it went viral. She rocked ‘n’ shocked Tweeple, for many a reason and many a treason.

The battle of the exes ran parallel to the battle of the sexes. While the exes, even ex-wives of exes — Aditya to Adhyayan to Suzzanne — battled her out on Twitter, the sexes squabbled, too, as the “Queen” of all interviews left a heavy t(r)oll.

Tweets got as taunting as, “Clashing with Kangana proved more costly for Hrithik than clashing with ‘Raees’ or ‘Rustom’”; or as laudatory as, “If Kangana were a cult, I would follow it!” and “... Queen of Bollywood ... Khaleesi of Himachal ... Mother of Dragons”; or as lyrical as, “Bole chudiyan... bole Kangana!”

Having single-handedly stood up against a powerful scion in a male-dominated industry, Kangana has seen staunch supporters in the likes of Vidya Balan and Taslima Nasreen, as much as she’s faced rants ‘n’ ridicule from mighty manhood. Taslima, the firebrand feminist author, tweeted, “Saw Kangana’s Aap ki Adalat. loved it.”

Without getting into the wrong and right of the Kangana-Hrithik fight, if one were to simply go by her tone ‘n’ tenor on the Rajat Sharma show, Kangana sure spelt spunk, spiritedness and spontaneity.

In what one could call Kangana’s three snubs that shook the social media-scape, indirectly she “virtually” delivered triple slaps on double-faced married manhood.

Kangana’s first “slap” on the alleged double-face of boyfriend-turned-bete noire Hrithik laid bare the duplicity of those married males who fancy themselves as no less than the Hrithiks and Brad Pitts, “I have not yet met a happy married man in my life.” While there are many exceptions to her claim in real life, she still indirectly exposed the double-face of many married men who first themselves pirouette ‘n’ preen as peacocks or a la the Pitts and (Richard) Geres for dalliances with the fair sex. But the moment these ego massages, emanating from flirty trysts, encounter epidermal eclipsing by pricks of guilt, they start behaving the “pits” — profusely quivering, post-wavering, with patnivrata-hood.

The Kapil Sharma show’s “bhaiya na bolo” potshots found resonance in the Kangana episode, too. It exposed the hypocrisy of many married males, who’re loath to playing “bhaiya” to beauties — bhaiya-hood being injurious to the male ego — but begin flagging the happily-married card when it suits them.

Kangana’s second snub was to that male mindset a la the Hrithiks and Adhyayans who, to project themselves holier than thou, paint the woman to be “imagining” things or hurts ‘n’ humiliations by insinuating she’s either mad, of character bad, mentally sick or sad. Actually, it isn’t the woman who’s sick, it’s this male mindset that’s sick – which does a woman taint, to itself holier than thou paint.

The Kangana episode’s third snub was to that guilty mindset wherein married men, post casting of a glad eye, start eyeing a “post” of another kind – posting of picture postcards of blissful marriage-hood on the social media. Poor Instagram perhaps wasn’t swamped by as many pictures of Hrithik-Suzzanne cosiness when they were married, as it saw “guilt-edged” portraits of their holiday cuddliness, post his Kangana outing ugliness.

We wait to hear Hrithik’s side of the story, but since he needs dad and ex-wife to battle his exes, it may take time going by trolls’ taunts, “Hrithik hasn’t issued a statement ... because Rakesh Roshan is out of town and can’t direct him!”

Till then, as a teary Kangana told the world how Hrithik’s alleged double-face spelt a “second death” for her, the “Adalat” virtually was ruled by the “Queen”.

Hell hath no jury like a woman reborn.

chetnabanerjee@gmail.com

(Views expressed by the author are personal)

First Published: Sep 17, 2017 14:31 IST