April 8, 2011 05:09:07 PM IST Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
From Aamir Khan to Anupam Kher, from Juhi Chawla to Madhur Bhandarkar and from Celina Jaitley to Kabir Bedi, everybody who is anybody have stood up from the world of the film fraternity to get counted in the crusade against corruption. It indeed is a heartening step forward that a key edifice of the civil society, i.e. the entertainment industry has decided to stick its neck out and join the cause of crusade against corruption, which has a whiff of Jasmine revolution as it panned out in the case of Egypt.
But the moot point is whether getting counted by choosing the side as per the demands of the time would serve the purpose? At the cost of being rather upfront one would have to say that Hindi cinema in itself has also been one of the bastions where corruption rules roost. It is primarily in the form of underworld money that gets deployed into film making, or the arm twisting that is resorted to by those in the underworld to get distribution rights of the films, or for that matter the jaunts that are made by the film stars and starlets to the gulf countries to participate in one program or the other for the powers to be. Is it not in itself a tacit surrender to unlawful activities?
The recent raids that were conducted by the income tax authorities in the premises of Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif, where huge cache of money in cash was found at their premises, in itself is a pointer to the fact that all is not well in the world of film industry as well.
Now that the film industry has decided to position itself in corruption against crusade, it can itself set the example by refusing to be a party to any payments which are made in cash or kind for remuneration of any kind. After all, any payment that is made in unaccounted form should not be encouraged. Once this is done, the film industry could also see waves of reforms being ushered in. Would Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Anupam Kher take the lead and ensure that henceforth the payments that are made to them is accounted for. If it is done, creation of black money in the film industry could ebb, and film industry, then could emerge in real sense as an industry. Is it too much to ask for, and is it that the stars are going along with the popular mood and once the movement subsides down, they would also revert back to their old ways?