Here's why opinions of Bollywood celebrities on issues of national importance or politics matter

From celebrities turning up in black to protest against sexual abuse and harassment on the red carpet to gripping speeches at award shows, Hollywood stars, irrespective of gender, have not turned away from hitting out at perpetrators.
News,john abraham,Kangna RanautKangana Ranaut slammed Bollywood industry folks for refusing to discuss politics or the country's issues.
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Be it a national crisis or an issue plaguing the Indian film industry, celebrities in this day and age often take to social media to share their thoughts and opinions. While an immediate reaction or opinion has become the norm these days, celebrities often do not speak up when they are expected to. A tweet or two does the work, but very few take the initiative to address an issue of importance and do something constructive about it.

A landmark event was when actress Tanushree Dutta returned to India from the US after many years and called out the sexual harassment she faced more than ten years ago on the sets of a film. Tanushree set the ball rolling for the #MeToo movement in India and more so in Bollywood. What followed was tons of revelations, each more shocking than the other. Now, imagine what if Tanushree wouldn't have spoken her heart out? So many women, who are victims of abuse and harassment, would have probably continued to suffer. 

Producers, actresses and women directors spoke up in support of the #MeToo movement and how. The outpouring support that women like Tanushree or Vinta Nanda received from all over was immense and just goes on to show how a revelation can turn things around. This is not only restricted to women's issues. Celebs have often stayed away from embracing a controversy around politics or matters of importance to the country.

Actress Kangana Ranaut has, however, been a game changer of sorts. The 'Manikarnika' actress time and again reminds Bollywood personalities to take a stand and encourage dialogue so that people can take note. However, celebs, male or female, rarely comment or initiate a dialogue for the country's cause. If compared to the West, Hollywood has often led the pack in this matter. 

The #TimesUp movement has been a remarkable one and it created the right kind of impact. From celebrities turning up in black to protest against sexual abuse and harassment on the red carpet to gripping speeches at award shows, Hollywood stars, irrespective of gender, have not turned away from hitting out at perpetrators. When it comes to calling out their government, Hollywood celebs are at the forefront of this as well. 

US President Donald Trump is often criticised for his style of politics and moreover for his sexist and controversial statements. The most telling statement came from Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep. At the Golden Globes in 2017, Meryl while accepting an award slammed Trump for imitating a disabled reporter. Meryl said, "It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can't get it out of my head because it wasn't in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it's modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody's life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose." 

Back home, even though celebs highly condemned the Pulwama terror attack and applauded the Indian Air Force for their show of strength in carrying out the air strikes on terror camps, no celebrity spoke or tweeted about how the government's decision could have made matters worse for the country and IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's return. 

Days later, Kangana Ranaut slammed the industry folks for refusing to discuss politics or the country. She said, "I feel they (Bollywood celebs) do not realise that the expensive car and lifestyle that they have is because of their country." She also added that stars need to take interest in matters of national importance. She said an actor's responsibility does not end with featuring in a film.



We don't need to fifth against another country or stereotype people says #johnabraham

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While we do agree with Kangana to a certain extent, we hope that celebrities proactively start a dialogue as subjects which have been dismissed for years are finally seeing the light of day and bringing about a change in the functioning of the media industry.



"Ham politics ke bare mei kyu bolein? Hamne kya kiya? Hamne kuch nahi kiya. Aise nahi chalta, you have to be responsible. Ranbir Kapoor was telling somebody ki mere ghar mei toh bijli pani ata hai, mai kyun politics se? You know, so how, ye desh ne, ap desh ki wajah se aapka ghar hai. Ye deshvasiyon ka hi paisa hai jisse aap Mercedes mein baithte hain. How can you talk like that? Ham toh filmo mei kam karne wale hain? Ham kaise politics ki bat karein? This is irresponsible.Kya mai waisi insan hu? Nahi. Isse mera career bhi chala jaye toh chala jaye. Mere ghar mei bijli pani ajaye toh iska matlab ye nahi ki mujhe kisi ki padi nahi hui. So this has to change and ap logo ko change karna chahiye ye. In logon ko sunana chahie. How can you listen to this ke I can't talk about politics, mujhe mere hal pe chhod dijiye. Mujhe toh sab se bana ke chalna hai. You should not. You should tell people what you think in the democracy. Aap bataiye pichhle 5 sal kaisa kam hua. Us hisab se you choose your leader. You should talk about it." Check the igtv video for the full version of what #KanganaRanaut spoke

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Well... When she uses these I unfortunate incidents to spew hatred and settle personal scores, it is better she doesnt open her mouth.

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