Shahrukh Khan versus Shirish Kunder: Thappad ki goonj

Tue, January 31, 2012 3:37pm UTC by 4 Comments
Shahrukh Khan versus Shirish Kunder: Thappad ki goonj

As news of Shahrukh Khan allegedly slapping Shirish Kunder makes headlines, Cineswami wonders if Bollywood is losing its mystique

By now the world knows the gory and intimate details of Shahrukh Khan allegedly slapping and/or manhandling Shirish Kunder at Sanjay Dutt’s Agneepath success party. The news is warranted to be big enough to be splashed on the front pages of national dailies, pushing other matters of national importance to the inner pages. The repercussions of the already infamous slap, the thappad ki goonj as it were to quote Dr Dang from Karma, are interesting to contemplate. As if it wasn’t clear enough before, it’s now abundantly obvious that Bollywood is riven with dissensions. SRK’s brave and in retrospect correct refusal of Tees Mar Khan with a director who had choreographed many of his best songs and directed two superhit home productions for him in Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om set off a chain of events culminating in the fracas in the wee hours of Monday. As we live in an information age, most people who consume Bollywood now know details of these events and do not bear repeating here.

The real question here is that due to a heavily mediated society that is in equal parts fuelled by the media in reporting even the tiniest smidgen of information about the stars and the industry and an eager audience lapping up the information overload, is Bollywood losing its mystique? There was a time when Amitabh Bachchan in the days of his pomp went completely off the press. Reportage on him at the time was limited to rumour and speculation. Rather than people losing interest in him, his films roared louder at the box office. Now, the same Bachchan’s most intimate thoughts (or what he would have us believe are) are freely available via his blog and tweets. As for his juniors, every aspect of their lives is mercilessly laid threadbare by the media. And it is by choice. Now that the information flows heavier than the Brahmaputra in spate, the stars vie with each other to feed the media, for, in this day and age, out of sight, fatally, is out of mind. Even the reclusive Aamir Khan who normally surfaces only to promote his films, even avoiding award ceremonies, is now reduced to appearing in a television chat show, thus beaming himself into a billion living rooms. No doubt it is a smart advance promotion strategy for Talaash that releases June 1.

Film industries anywhere in the world have their share of bad boys, drunk and disorderliness and great rivalries and Bollywood is no different. The SRK-Salman divide is well documented and spills over into polarising their fans as well as seen even in these popular pages of BollywoodLife. Some time ago fans of Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan used to clash similarly until they realised that their idols were the best of friends in real life. Alas, in the reality of today’s Bollywood, a SRK-Salman entente cordiale seems unlikely given the deep levels of insecurities involved. It seems like yesterday, when after their last spat SRK and Salman made up and danced to Bheegey Hont Tere. Ironically, that was at Farah Khan’s wedding to Shirish Kunder.Subscribe to me on YouTube

  • anushka

    finally a version containing both sides of the story.thumbs up TOI .it has both sides of the story where clearly every1 can see who is wrong
    it is clear FROM THE ARTICLE ITSELF WHICH HAS GUEST WHO WERE PRESENT ON THE SPOT, WHO WITNESSED THE INCIDENT N SAW IT ALL N YET ARE SUPPORTING SRK TO SEE WHO IS WRONG IN IT ALL
    SHIRISH WAS FOLLOWING SRK AROUND DRUNK and constantly trying to abuse him n yet srk didn’t do anything but how long can someone has patience?
    as dabbo ratnani n other stated srk was right in dng wht he did n shirish was the wrong one here
    of course farah who ws nt evn at the party tryng 2 defend her husband as she is seeng no1 supporting him 4 his horrible behavious at the party. why else are they nt filing a report they KNOW THEY R WRONG !

  • rani

    Now ahirish seems like SKY walker and Farah seems like Pooja bedi to me.One provoke people to beat him up and lady defend her man in public places.But as result looses her own respect she has

  • Arazach

    What the heck is this article talking about. Bollywood Life has one unique yet nonsence ways of looking at things but this one has topped the charts.

  • thomas

    it has been seen that in bollywood like this it happens,i cannot say who is guilty seeing the media opinion but one should not loose his name and credibility as much they have achieved. I think farah khan and shahrukh khan are good friends and they should be.


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