Top controversies of 2013 in Bollywood, Hollywood, TV reality shows

HT presents top 11 controversies of 2013 in Bollywood, Hollywood and TV reality shows.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2014 13:57 IST
Durga M Sengupta
Durga M Sengupta

There are top 10 lists and top 5 lists, but when it comes to controversies in the world of entertainment, 'We Can't Stop' is the mantra. Here are the top 11 controversial figures we've picked as our 2013 favourites.

These news-makers are a bit hatke from the regular crop. They stayed in the news either for their eccentricities, or because they really didn't want to be in the news at all.

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1. Justin Bieber
There are two kinds of people in this world. Beliebers and Bieber-haters. The Baby hitmaker ensured that he gave them enough material to entertain them for a lifetime. Right from Justin's drunken brawls to naked selfies, he was in the news for all the wrong reasons. The singer went to Argentina and actually kicked the Argentine flag off the stage!

Eminem has offered a helping hand to the 'troubled' 19-year-old. What's more? Bieber has announced an early retirement over Twitter. Relieved?

2. Hrithik-Sussanne Roshan divorce

This might go on for a while. With the couple announcing a split, all lovers of 'beautiful forevers' and others who are just plain nosy have joined hands to pry into their already troubled lives. Hindu-Muslim marriage split? Is it because of Arjun Rampal? The guessing game continues…

3. Armaan Kohli

Bigg Boss moved from being just a 'reality TV' show to something far more serious with a physical assault FIR being filed and what not. This season of Bigg Boss has its fair share of controversies with Armaan Kohli topping the chart. He was accused of physical assault by Sofia Hayat, but was easily invited back into the 'house' for some kicks! That apart, Kohli's romance with Bollywood baby Tanisha (Tanuja's daughter and Kajol's sister) was a big selling point for the show.

4. Miley Cyrus twerking
MTV VMA's. Robin Thicke. Wait, who remembers the latter? Miley's twerking offended millions across the globe because it was 'immoral' for a girl to behave like that on stage. Especially a girl people remember as the wide-eyed Hannah Montana. But she just kept twerking on and on till Oxford accepted it as legit for its dictionary. Way to go Miles!

5. Jiah Khan suicide

Nishabd actor Jiah Khan's suicide developed into being one of the biggest mysteries this year. From her tear-jerking elaborate suicide letter, to murder accusations against the Pancholi family (she was dating Aditya Pancholi's son Sooraj Pancholi), the mystery behind her untimely death continues to loom. This one might become a Bollywood film sometime. Mr RGV, hope you're not reading this.

6. Sanjay Dutt
Who can forget Sanjay Dutt's journey to the jail? Some might have just said 'finally' but the media frenzy over his prison sentence was such that all else was forgotten. From following Dutt's car to not letting him surrender himself (because media left no space for movement) it was all caught on camera. Of course, then there was the parole he recently got for attending to his ailing wife. There was much hullabaloo over his parole as pictures of a hale and hearty Manyata attending a film promotion were flashed in the media. Soon, it came to light that she had indeed been diagnosed with a tumour in liver. Oh wait, you knew about that already, didn't you?

7. Katrina-Ranbir picture

There's curiosity, then there's this. Stardust published a picture of Ranbir and Katrina, who are probably the two most sought after actors in Bollywood today, holidaying in Ibiza, Spain. The pictures were scrutinized for the minutest of details. Are they cute together? Should they reveal the nature of their relationship? And more unpleasant ones like -- must Katrina wear mismatched bikinis? And must she write letters to the media?

Yes they are public figures, but hey, can't two people just enjoy a holiday without having to answer for everything?

8. North West

So Kim and Kanye had a baby. And no they didn't choose to call her K-something. North West got a 'One Direction' name as pointed out by some funny tweeple. But hey, Kate Winslet named her baby Bear… Baby bear… Baby Bear. Okay, must stop. Little Nori's parents also got engaged and plan to wed soon. One lucky baby, isn't she?

9. AbRam sex determination

Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan had a baby together with the means of surrogacy. And they named him AbRam (seriously celebs, just why?). But what really ticked people off was the alleged sex determination test of this baby while under surrogacy. There were denials that followed suit though. But if mass 'influencers' like SRK are associated with such tests, how does one keep the aam janta in check?

10. Nigella Lawson

Nigella, famous TV celebrity chef, known for her show by her name became a big example of what is wrong with being a silent victim in a marriage. Her husband and advertising tycoon Charles Saatchi of Saatchi & Saatchi was seen grabbing her neck in public during a casual lunch. Media caught Saatchi in action and after days of speculation and talks of marital violence the couple finally split.

Also, don't forget the bit about Nigella and her love for drugs.

11. Ayesha Takia's father-law's sexist comments
Early 2013, actress Ayesha Takia's father-in-law and Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Azmi made an insensitive sexist comment about the December 16 Delhi gang rape. "What is the need for roaming at night with men who are not relatives? This should be stopped."

Takia made her stance clear on Twitter with a diplomatic response: "My father-in-law is the head of our family, we all love and respect him a lot. I have my own mindset which doesn't have to match with everyone even when it's someone I care for, love and respect deeply."

First Published: Dec 27, 2013 19:10 IST