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// // // The most successful Hindi film in a long time, has managed to get mired in endless controversies. In a season of mudslinging over intellectual rights, ragging, a spate of suicides among young children and teenagers, 3 Idiots, toplining Aamir Khan, has emerged as the most handy alibi.
Ironically, for the filmmakers, with their purported intent of discouraging ragging and creating awareness about student suicides and academic pressures, these are the very ills it seems to have been held guilty of encouraging.
Take the case of the students ragging at Naigaon hostel attached to the Seth GS medical college, KEM. The seniors allegedly claimed to have been ‘inspired’ by the movie while ragging their juniors. The 18 miscreants, now out on bail, stirred up a hornet’s nest, with the matter now hotting up the Mantralaya floors.
So much so, Vijay Kumar Gavit, medical education minister, Maharashtra, will be watching the film today with his team of ministers and experts, including doctors. “I have been told parents of the accused blamed the film 3 Idiots for encouraging their children to perform such an act. On Tuesday, I intend to watch the movie to find out if there is any such obscene content that could trigger this kind of behaviour. I will then get the Censor Board to take action”
Meanwhile, Varsha Gaikwad, minister of More >
REEL STORY: In the movie, Aamir Khan’s character teaches his seniors a lesson for indulging in ragging
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; January 5, 2010)
Mumbai: With the state government stating that it will watch the film ‘3 Idiots’ to see whether the KEM Hospital students accused of ragging were inspired by it, the focus is once more on whether reel life influences real life.
Bollywood is not in the mood to accept any blame. Director of ‘3 Idiots’, Raju Hirani, says, “Ragging exists in our society, like murder, rape and other heinous activities. Does it mean that none of these can be part of films? Our attempt was to show ragging in a poor light. Aamir, the protoganist, never rags anyone in his four years. He just teaches his seniors a lesson. We are not supporting ragging in any way.’’
Hirani’s ‘Munnabhai MBBS’ was also blamed for influencing students to copy during exams. Upto 22 students at a teacher training institute in Tamil Nadu were caught cheating with mobile phones. The incident happened shortly after the Kamal Hassan-starrer ‘Vasool Raja, MBBS’, the Tamil rip-off of the Sanjay Dutt starrer, was released. Kamal Hasan then said, “We only borrow what we see in society as we have a dearth of stories. So don’t blame us. We’re a happening society and we only look to society for such ideas.’’
Filmmakers say cinema is a mirror of society. Ramgopal Varma has been blamed for increasing gang warfare after his film ‘Satya’, but he has said he is influenced by More >
Farah Khan has rubbed veteran actor Manoj Kumar the wrong way again. After a raging controversy, which triggered off when she showcased Manoj Kumar in a poor light in Om Shanti Om, a few weeks ago, Farah made a statement in the media that she rated Manoj Kumar’s film, Clerk as “a treasure chest of ham scenes”.
Reacting angrily to Farah’s statement, Manoj Kumar said, “Ham means pig. I am still a student of cinema. Farah is bubbly and successful and she is entitled to her opinion. I wish her well but those who think that they have become masters (after becoming successful) are wrong. Go back and take a look at the choreographers who ruled the roost in my era. I think Farah should first learn to spell choreography. Keeping the same background and repeating the same shots is not choreography. It means that a song should take the story forward. If you don’t know that, you have no right to choreograph a song.”
Manoj says that he vividly remembers many scenes from the film, which released 20 years ago. “Nowadays, writers copy old films and nonchalantly walk away with awards. I have no respect for anybody who is not original, irrespective of the fate of his/her product at the box-office,”
When asked what he thinks of Farah as a filmmaker, he replied, “What films has More >