Monday, January 29, 2007

Kissing Scene Removed From Dhoom 2

The Ash-Abhi engagment had an effect that a lot of people would never have expected. And it is actually somewhat disturbing. If people remember, in all the media reporting about the engagement, there were a number of stories that the Bachchans were not exactly comfortable with the role essayed by Aishwarya in Dhoom 2, especially the skimpy dresses and the kiss with Hrithik. At that time, it was dismissed as a rumour, but then I read this news item and it left me wondering: Ash-Hrithik lip-lock axed by Bachchans.

The Bachchan power seems to be working in favour of winning a clean chit for their future daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai. Aishwarya Rai's on-screen lip-lock with her Dhoom 2 co-star Hrithik Roshan has been chopped off from the film, following Bachchan clan's pressure on Yash Raj Films.

At one level, this is all fine and should not concern me. After all, this is a private movie, and if some family members make a request to the producer of a movie (who owns the movie), any changes are strictly not my business. On the flip side, these are celebrities whose actions are copied by people everywhere and who have an inordinate amount of influence on people.
With this action, the impression that a lot of people will now get is that the kissing scene was something 'not good' and a hindrance in making her a homely girl. "That is not something that a good decent girl should be doing."
Our society already faces too many pressures with champions of morality interrupting Valentine's day, police raiding parks to interrupt young couples (Meerut police attack couples in park).
It is not expected from one of the premier film families in the country that they take such a regressive step. I was actually shocked when I read this article. What next ?

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posted by Ashish Agarwal @ 8:17 AM