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Bollywood has double standards

The Indian film industry definitely has double standards. A man (married or otherwise) indulging in multiple relationships is applauded for being a stud;a woman who does the same is labelled “loose.” In other words what is good for the gander is definitely not so good for the goose.

Take the example of Priyanka Chopra. She is being slandered and ostracised for her reported closeness to Shah Rukh Khan. While industy wives like Mehr Jessia (Mrs Arjun Rampal) have made it their business to preach on whether PC should be invited to certain homes and parties or not; filmmakers like Karan Johar have decided not to give her work. Mehr’s ‘concern’ is still understandable. But why PC’s career should bear the brunt of her personal choices is something one fails to understand.

An amused actor who is watching this tamasha says, “No one is willing to take on SRK because he is the Bollywood Badshah. So Bollywood’s moral brigade is happy to take potshots at Priyanka.” While it is futile to even debate, whether or not SRK-PC are more than just good friends; and actually no one’s business; what is disturbing is the way the world is reacting to Priyanka. Says the same actor, “If two people are in a relationship, it is their business. It should have no bearing on their professional career. And if the industry is making it their business, then both the married man and his new friend should be meted out the same treatment.”

Double standards though are not new in the films. Years ago Nagma was reportedly shunted out of Tamil Nadu because of her liaison with a Kollywood’ Sarath Kumar. On record, Nagma said, “I called off my relationship with him because we had reached a dead end.” However when asked whether she was aware that Sarath Kumar and a couple of close aides had asked producers to stop giving her work Nagma denied this. She diplomatically told Filmfare, “My reasons for returning to Mumbai were very much my own.”

Priyanka refuses to answer all questions on her controversial personal life.

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