Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Lawsuits and actors

It was really funny reading about the lawsuits slapped against Hrithik, Aishwarya for their smooch scene in Dhoom 2 and about the hullabaloo over Mallika for her New Year dance performance. Thankfully, the police have so far not entertained filing a case against Mallika. Not that I am a big fan of Mallika or anything.

To her defense, her contract stipulated that that performance shouldn’t be shown on TV and as soon as she found out about the breach in her contract, she walked out half way through the performance. There is some lawyer planning to file a case against her saying that her performance was vulgar and he felt uncomfortable watching it with his family. He didn’t mention how he would have felt had he been alone while watching it. From the pictures, it looks like she was wearing a skin coloured tight costume. I just cant understand why he is not suing the TV channels for broadcasting it or the regulatory board that monitors what programs should be shown on TV and at what times. It looks like a cheap publicity stunt.

The case against Hrithik is even more hilarious as the smooch scene shown was totally lame and tame compared to what we have been exposed to in the last few years. Only reason for this lawsuit, in my opinion, is that both the actors are popular and again the lawyer is trying to make the most of the situation. The censor board cleared it and if the lawyer had a problem, it should have been against the censor board for allowing the scene that only the lawyer found so objectionable. Looks like he hasn’t watched any of the other movies in the last two years where a smooch is almost as obligatory as having actors in a movie.

The media too plays up the issue and gives the lawyers more publicity than they deserve. Hope the courts see through the motive behind the lawsuits and throw out these cases.

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