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#BoycottBollywood: Who is it affecting really?

The #BoycottBollywood wave is rising



Boycott Bollywood movement ask for complete audience withdrawal from the theaters to ensure the commercial failures of these movies at the box office.

So the #BoycottBollywood wave is rising

The one big film that fell victim to this was Amir Khan and Kareena Kapoor starrer, Laal Singh Chaddha.

Then there was Vijay Devarakonda and Ananya Pandey starrer, Liger.

While no one knows who starts this trend and with what intentions, often it can be traced back to a random post on Twitter.

The Film Fraternity have spoken against this citing they have worked on their films and hope that audience comes to the theater to watch them.

On the other side, the advocates of the #BoycottBollywood movement ask for complete audience withdrawal from the theaters to ensure the commercial failures of these movies at the box office.

While there are speculations that it is a publicity stunt or politically driven movement, the fact remains that the audience has refrained from going to the theaters.

While there has been an open protest against Bollywood online, on many occasions it has triggered violent protests offline as well.

The Bollywood boycott culture is not limited to theater viewing.

Even OTT platforms have fallen victim to it.

When Amazon Prime came out with its web series Tandav in 2021, it too had to face the wrath of the protesters.

And Amazon Prime is not the only OTT to suffer. Many others have faced a similar situation.

But the big question is who is suffering really?

On one side, there are the Protesters – the advocates of #BoycottBollywood. On the other side, there’s the film fraternity.

While both are trying to sway the audience to their side, by their pleas and preachings, in the end, it’s the audience that casts the deciding vote.

When the audience sides with the protesters, even big films with big stars crumble. And when the audience sides with the movies, the movement fizzles out.

So clearly, the audience is the catalyst that makes or breaks the movement.

Now the only issue with the audience is that the audience never starts the movement on its own. It either supports or skips it.

And that’s the sad part. If it’s the audience or the masses that can decide the fate of the Film Industry the decisions should be theirs to make. They shouldn’t be tricked or triggered into making a decision.

Now, the film fraternity has been wrong too when it started assuming that anything they churn up can be served to the audience.

Over the years, Bollywood and many other emerging Regional Film Industries have begun using PR and audience manipulation tactics to sell below-average content.

Naturally, the audience has felt cheated by their favorite filmmakers and stars.

On the other hand, some are instigating the audience to serve their agenda, which has nothing to do with the cause being promoted.

They also have used mass-manipulation tactics to give well-crafted stories and doctored facts to turn the audience against a particular movie or star.

So, the audience is being played from both sides. Neither the protesters nor the film fraternity can do anything without the audience.

Also, neither the Film Fraternity nor the protesters have anything worthwhile to lose.

The Film Fraternity can easily sell its content globally and recover its investment. The protesters can easily find another agenda for the campaign.

The only true victim here is the audience that will be deprived of some genuine content. While the wrath is against a particular fraction within the industry, it also affects genuine filmmakers and stars.

But most importantly it deprives the audience of watching good content.

And if that is the case, then instead of playing the audience for a fool, they should respect the audience.

And as far as the audience is concerned, they care about one thing when it comes to films and entertainment. Good Content.

The only way the audience can make a decision is when it is driven by their instincts.

Not all those who trigger the movement have been on a life mission on one agenda. They are not protesting against a particular cause.

They cause changes with the campaign they are supporting. Today it is anti-Bollywood, tomorrow it could be something else entirely.

Imagine if the Film Fraternity decided that it’s not worthwhile to make films in India. With their wealth and resources, today can make foreign languages films and cater to global audiences.

That means an entire Indian film industry could shut down, making millions of honest workers jobless.

We question talents who have left India and settled abroad working for foreign nations. We even question their patriotism.

But this is not just the story of India. Even in countries like China, stars have migrated to different countries and taken citizenship there.

The point is we are being parties to protest and creating a state of unrest in the country. Wouldn’t it force anyone to move away from the country?

Wouldn’t we do the same, if our surrounding becomes a threat to our survival? Why don’t we pause to think about what kind of environment are we creating around us?

One that fights over trivials or one that strives to build a nation. Instead, why not be a party to progress and support what helps the nation and serves its people?

The Bollywood Boycott movement against movies simply suggests that we have nothing important to focus on.

This is an Entertainment industry. Their purpose is to entertain us.

If we see it just that, then how could this industry be a colossal threat to the nation?  And if they are not that powerful, then why fight them?

Can’t we just watch what we like and ignore what we don’t?

Eventually, the industry will know what kind of content works and will focus on creating similar content. Good content means good entertainment.

For the masses that want to tune out from their day’s hardships by putting their stress aside for a bit and relaxing, it is a good option.

For those hundreds of crew that work on a film without any scope of recognition, it is their livelihood.

So, next time, we choose to come together for a movement, let it be for a worthwhile cause. Not because we found a random post online or a random forward on Whatsapp.

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WATCH: Cristiano Ronaldo storms off pitch after throwing his runner’s-up medal into stands




Cristiano Ronaldo and his AL-Nassr side lost the Riyadh Cup to AL Hilal on Saturday. It was a clinical performance from the Al-Hilal side as they won the match 2-0. It was a frustrating night for the Portugal legend as he was heckled by the fans in the crowd.

The cameras panned to Cristiano Ronaldo who was swarmed by his teammates. There were chants cheering on Lionel Messi from the stands. Already peeved after losing the game, Ronaldo lost his cool and threw his medal at the fans.

Watch the video here:

During the game, Ronaldo was seen showing disgraceful actions towards the AL-Hilal fans. A scarf which was thrown his way saw the Portugal superstar rub it in the most inappropriate area. The 39-year-old earned the ire of the fans after this incident came to light.

AL-Hilal down AL-Nassr to win Riyadh Cup 2024 –

The 2024 Riyadh Cup final saw some amazing football being played. Cristiano Ronaldo was all smiles as WWE Superstar The Undertaker came out to place the trophy. Once the action began it was an end-to-end encounter as both teams went hard at goal.

Serbian star Sergej-Milinkovic Savic opened the scoring in the 17th minute of the game. It was two-nil 13 minutes later as Salem Aldaswari scored an amazing goal. That was the end of the contest despite an hour left in the game to be played.

There was no way back for the Al Nassr side as they looked clueless in front of goal. Not many chances were created by Ronaldo and his team. Al Hilal’s defense held their own against a rampaging Al Nassr side in the last few minutes.

There was pandemonium in the stands as the final whistle was sounded and the Al Hilal fans celebrated. There was a chorus of Messi chants which visibly irked Ronaldo at the end of the game.

Ever since his move from Manchester United in late 2022, Cristiano Ronaldo has changed Saudi Football. The likes of Karim Benzema and N Golo Kante are currently playing in the Saudi Pro League. AL Hilal themselves signed noted Brazilian sensation Neymar who sic out injured. With the veteran star in the twilight of his career, this kind of behaviour is least expected from Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Sandeep Lamichhane convicted of molestation, jailed for eight years



Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has been convicted of raping a 17-year-old in 2022. During the case, he kept playing for the team, notably during the Asia Cup 2023 and ODI World Cup qualifier in June last year. After the case was filed, he was playing for eventual winners, Jamaica Tallawahs. The leg-spinner was released from the team and was taken into custody.

“I know I am facing a difficult time of conspiracy and wrongful allegation and the ramification of its effect is something unimaginable. I am sure there must be some mechanism of compensating to the accused who proven to be innocent in our legal system,” he wrote. “I will soon seek legal support against wrongful prosecution and allegation made against me and I am sure I will get the justice and will return to the cricket ground soon to make the name and fame of my beloved country and I pray for speedy trial.”

After landing home, the former Delhi Capitals player claimed that the allegations made against him were baseless.

“All these things affected me mentally on one hand and on the other hand, I had to go through illness, and due to mental stress and ill health I kept myself in isolation. I have been mentally and physically affected by the portrayal and I have reached a state of imbalance and I have been bringing myself back to a normal state under the advice of doctors. My health is gradually improving, and I am planning to return to Nepal as soon as possible to defend against the false complaint against me,” the leggie wrote on Facebook in September 2022.

Talking about the current status, the bench also slapped him with a fine of Rs 300,000 (USD 2255 approx) and ordered him to pay Rs 200,000 (USD 1500 approx) in compensation to the victim. Lamichhane’s lawyer, Saroj Ghimire, told AFP that he “will appeal the decision in a higher court.”

Sandeep Lamichhane’s career at a glance

He is the first Nepal player to play in IPL, PSL, CPL, and several other leagues. He made his international debut at the age of 18

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WATCH: Gautam Gambhir makes endearing comment while answering question related to Virat Kohli



Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir is believed to have a personal dislike for former India skipper Virat Kohli. Over the years, Gambhir has been critical of the 2008 U19 World Cup-winning captain on a lot of issues. Not to forget, Gambhir has been vocal about not the media should be worshipping individual players.

During a talk show on Star Sports, the two-time World Cup winner was asked about the bowler Kohli faced while completing his 50th ODI hundred. As Gambhir gave the right answer, he also mentioned that his rivalry is with Kohli which stays on the field only.

Watch the video here

He replied:

“Lockie Ferguson.”

Gambhir then smilingly went on to add:

“Ye aap baar baar dikhana, mujhe sab kuch yaad rehta hai. Ladai meri sirf on the field hai (Please show this clip again and again, I remember everything. My fight is only on the field)”

I want Virat Kohli to bat with the same intent he is known for: Gautam Gambhir

In another conversation. Gambhir said that Kohli must bat the same way against South Africa in the two-match Test series the way he does. Notably, the latter won’t play the practice game as he has come back to India for personal reasons. However, the right-hander will be available for the series.

“It will be in Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s minds that Shreyas Iyer, who is on his first tour, will be batting after Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul, if he plays, will be playing as a wicketkeeper for the first time. However, I want Virat Kohli to bat with the same intent he is known for.”

India’s squad for Tests: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KL Rahul (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Prasidh Krishna, KS Bharat (wk)

Tuesday 26-Dec-23 to 30-Dec-23 1st Test Centurion
Wednesday 03-Jan-24 to 07-Jan-24 2nd Test Cape Town
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