Is the film industry now a divided house?
The recent unfortunate happenings in the film industry has made us nostalgic and got us thinking. We are reminded of what the old timers in the media used to tell us about the early days of superstars in Bollywood.
It is true that even in the days of the three greats- Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand, there used to be camps, loyalists and lobbies, but then the competition used to be healthy. The industry used to be above all that and united. On his 90th birthday last month, the thespian Dilip Kumar recollected how he, the late Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand used to talk a lot to each other and the channels of communications never broke, even when some differences cropped up.
Cut to the 80s and once again Amitabh, Dharmendra and Vinod Khanna never had any bitterness towards each other and just as today, makers used to have their favourites. The same was true with Sanjay Dutt, Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff.
One can even recall the entry of Hrithik Roshan, the biggest challenge to the Khan triumvirate in the early 2000, but upon winning the best actor award (for KAHO NA PYAR HAI) he was generous in his praise for Salman Khan and his gym for his super physique. The three Khans, Hrithik, Akshay and Ajay, never showed any animosity towards each other. Even the Aamir-SRK 'dog' incident (that hurt SRK's fan) was quickly resolved when Aamir said that he would apologise to SRK's kids if they were hurt.
Cut to the last 6-7 years and all that seems to be a thing of the past and the 'Vivek-Salman press conference', the SRK- Salman spat at Katrina's birthday (after the resolved SRK- Salman-Aish CHALTE CHALTE controversy), the Salman-Hrithik GUZAARISH controversy and now the mother of all, Sunday's unfortunate 'slapgate' involving SRK and Farah Khan's husband Shirish Kunder.
What is even more tragic is that SRK-Salman had made up at Farah-Shirish's wedding! And how can one forget the SRK-Farah friendship, where at one time Shah Rukh Khan had planned a flat for Farah within the premises of 'Mannat'!
The film industry, which used to stand united, in the wake of any crisis, both within and outside the fraternity, in times of war and peace, seems to be a house divided and the bonhomie within, a thing of the past.
However, all is not lost and we are still hopeful that the senior and saner elements to come forward and resolve the issues and unite the industry once again and also snub the elements who try to exploit and divide the film fraternity further, to achieve their narrow ends.