While Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan had vouched that they would return back from there engagements to vote on 30th April in Mumbai, a refreshing change was also witnessed when most of the film industry folks drove up in numbers ad stood to get counted. As an offset against the other elites of Mumbai, the film industry as a class has once again shown that when the cause of the country comes the industry stands in unison.
The arrogance with which the middle finger was demonstrated as a sign of having participated in the process of elections may have drawn blushes from Jaya Bachchan. But the T-shirt slogan that Abhishek Bachcan was sporting demonstrated it all. It signified the appreciation about the importance that expression of franchise has in the life of an average Indian, though he may be a privileged Indian.
Lots of brouhaha is being raised that Mumbai did not rise in unison to vote but a beginning has already been made. There is not a single news channel or print media that have not featured these stars, and these visuals or the photographs have an archival value. These can be used for whipping up an emotional campaign for the next round of elections for state assembly in most of the states and the results would indeed come.
While sorting of middle finger after voting has been construed as a sign of defiance, as a matter of fact if one goes by the cannons of Indian literature the middle finger is attached to the heart, and by displaying it in public the stars are demonstrating that they have listening to their heart and voted. The authorities also learnt their lessons well this time around and they saw to it that none of the celebrities were left out of the voter list, so a Sonam Kapoor also became a first time voter and she proudly displayed the same. If somebody is designing a campaign to woe the voters who would be attaining 18 years of age when the state elections to various assemblies are due, they should not look any further than Sonam Kapoor as a brand icon to emphasize the importance of voting.
Tides of governance cannot change over night, and it would be too much to expect that a 26/11 would suddenly awaken all of us. A beginning has been made and this is what needs to be appreciated. At a time when the film industry is undergoing quite a lot of tribulations, it has stood up in unison and there is no other industry that has done it. It calls for celebrations, let's party.