Mumbai, September 5
The Producers Guild of India on Friday known as out the media for “peddling” what it termed clickbait journalism following the demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput and making an attempt to color Bollywood as a murky den of substance abuse and criminality.
In an announcement issued on social media, the Guild, headed by producer Siddharth Roy Kapur, additionally requested the media to cease fanning the flames and stated widespread human decency is extra necessary than promoting revenues and rankings.
That is the primary time that Bollywood’s highly effective producer’s physique, which has 136 members together with biggies like Aditya Chopra, Aamir Khan, Karan Johar, Shah Rukh Khan and Vishal Bhardwaj, has formally issued an announcement on the media protection of the movie trade, the extreme trolling that actors are subjected to and the outsider vs insider debate.
In its assertion, the Guild defended the trade towards criticism that it was a horrible place for outsiders to aspire to, a debate that has not simply intensified but in addition polarised Bollywood since 34-year-old Rajput was discovered lifeless in his residence on June 14 this yr.
That is to let all aspirants to the movie trade know that they shouldn’t be misled by the clickbait journalism at present being peddled to advance the sensationalized narrative that the movie trade is a horrible place to aspire to work in, the consultant physique of the Hindi movie producers stated.
These are troublesome instances for our nation and the world, so quite than venting our fears and frustrations on one another with vile and harsh trolling… it’s extra necessary than ever to return collectively as a substitute of tearing one another aside, it stated.
The media, it added, should look within the mirror and cease fanning the flames. There are some issues extra necessary than promoting revenues and ranking issues like widespread human decency. Let’s present we nonetheless have some, the scathing assertion learn.
The Guild additionally criticised the media for making an attempt to color Bollywood as a murky den of substance abuse and criminality whilst actor Kangana Ranaut requested high actors to undergo a blood take a look at to show they weren’t on medication.
The previous few months, it stated, have seen relentless assaults on the repute of the Indian movie trade throughout all media.
The tragic demise of a promising younger star has been utilized by some as a instrument to defame and slander the movie trade and its members, Guild stated.
An image has been painted of the trade as a horrible place for outsiders to aspire to; a spot that treats those that dare to enter it with contempt and derision… This narrative is salacious sufficient for the media to use to nice impact with a view to enhance its rankings, readership and web page views. However it’s not the reality, it added.
Like some other sector, the Guild stated, the movie trade additionally had its imperfections and works in direction of removing unsavoury parts or improper practices holding it again however to color a complete trade with the identical brush is a gross misrepresentation of actuality.
Criticising the relentless trolling that members of the trade from either side of the talk have confronted, the Guild stated ladies have been subjected to rape and demise threats.
That is unacceptable and should cease now.
Declaring that the cinema trade is a spot that employs lots of of hundreds of individuals and works because the delicate energy for India whereas bringing honour and glory to the nation”, the Guild stated the trade has generously contributed to nationwide causes in instances of want by providing its sources, title, recognition, time and funds.
It stated it was not negating the private experiences of hardships, struggles and disappointments of individuals, however these had been no totally different from the challenges that new entrants face in any subject they aren’t born into, be it politics, legislation, enterprise, medication or media.
Nonetheless, a concerted effort has been made to single out the movie trade as one which particularly inhibits and prohibits new expertise from the skin from thriving.
This might not be farther from the reality, the assertion learn, citing the instance of many outdoors skills flourishing throughout totally different departments of movies.
Whereas admitting that being born within the trade afforded the privilege of entry and a primary break, the movie physique stated success finally relies on one’s expertise.
It is a place that finally rewards your expertise, work ethic and the power to attach with an viewers no matter your faith, gender, caste or financial strata, the assertion, which ended with a two-word remark—in solidarity.
The assertion discovered a large echo on social media. Utilizing the hashtag of InSolidarity, filmmakers and actors equivalent to Vikramaditya Motwane, Farhan Akhtar, Richa Chadha, Reema Kagti, Riteish Deshmukh, Nikkhil Advani, Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra and others retweeted the assertion. PTI