Saying it again - #Bollywood is all worked up because it cannot control the narrative anymore. Journos covering tinsel town know all dark secrets but cannot write thanks to massive business their org get from movies. This fixed match was broken by social media and @republic
Editors, journos covering Bollywood ask soft questions to keep stars happy for getting access and ensure they come for their award shows. That's the main job. Majority of magazine covers are paid. You think these guys would even dare to expose inside stories? Nope
Did anyone even question SRK on his business partners link with ISI? Was there an Aamir interview on why he met Turkey's first lady in these times? Has Mahesh Bhatt being ever grilled on his dubious role defending terror? No. Journos are being used to kill these stories.
Why Mrs B never said to Sanjay Dutt, SRK, Aamir - jis thaali mein khate ho, usi me....? She won't. Arre she didn't even question her own partymen making sexist remarks on women and defending rapists.
This is member of so-called first family of Bollywood. Selective in defence
As responsible member of industry one would expect Mrs B to extend support to investigative agencies, allow truth to come out, let guilty be punished,defend a woman actor targetted by a rogue political party and above all not attack a self-made Bhojpuri actor and fellow MP. Sigh
To those sending me messages 2 give credit to Times Now I will say this - I was withTimes group for 14 yrs. They are playing good cop (TV) vs bad cop (print, digital). They may swing all ways as big revenue comes from Bollywood. Republic, however you may hate, is consistent

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21 Jul
I have not written on Bollywood but as former city editor of Bombay Times (pre paid news era) here's my two paisa take on #SSR death and #KanganaRanawat interview.
1: Bollywood is about groups. Journos HAVE to be in these groups, do interviews, get stars for award shows
2: Movies have massive promotion budgets. Too much money rides on big launches. You cannot be on wrong side
3: There is NO journalism. Marketing guys don't like bad reviews. Happy interviews
4: Mid level actor can get a journo sacked for damaging story. Seen it twice
The circle is now facing biggest backlash and their only defence is - #KanganaRanawat is crazy. Mad. Revengeful. Can't be trusted. Senior editors have been speaking in private this way.'No one is responding, becoz not worth it' is the defence on silence of the biggies. Smart move
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1 May
With over 7k #COVIDー19 cases, #Mumbai - the so-called city of dreams is getting badly exposed. Its rulers - @ShivSena has had a tight grip over the megapolis for over 25 years. Here's what they did:
1: Proliferation of slums: Over 60% of city lives in slums. And growing 1/2
Slums are vote banks and extortion points.
2: Not a single new govt hospital - Yes, one trauma centre in Jogeshwari. But no new KEM, JJ, which British left
3: Rampant high-rises in narrow lanes: Phone banking to Matoshree, all rules can be bent. Life is hell 1/3
4: Lobby of 10 contractors build, rebuild our roads, yet potholes! World's biggest scam in the richest civic corporation everyone ignores
5: Civic schools have shut, handed over to builders. Why should poor study?
The congestion, filth, pollution has made life hell 1 /4
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17 Jan
As expected, Libbies are trying hard to turn underworld don Karim Lala into an influential Pathan. Those familiar with Bombay underworld in 70s and 80s should know better. Lala was head of a major Pathan gang with clear territory - a system in which dons demarcated Mumbai
Karim Lala operated from Muslim ghettos like Dongri, Nagpada, Bhendi Bazaar & Mohammad Ali Road. Lala had huge influence in Bollywood. The famous Pathan character played by Pran saheb in Zanjeer is loosely based on him. But he was far from that in real life
Lala was known for extortion, contract killing,narcotics, counterfeit currency, satta bazaars. A man like this was well-connected politically is no surprise to anyone. Ask any crime reporter covering Mumbai in '70s, '80s, dons like Lala, Vardarajan wielded more power than netas
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As a former journalist (23 yrs in media) I have never regretted leaving the profession a single day. Here's why: Throughout my career (print) I saw a fixed match between @INCIndia and media. Journos like me, covering the Right, were always considered intellectually inferior
With Congress, no questions were asked.BJP, Sena were untouchable. How can you tolerate these guys? a former editor asked me once. He was uncomfortable in meeting Gopinath Munde who visited our office once. Ditto with Raj Thackeray. I got tired of this bias and left media
Working in media communications and now media education has been learning and rewarding. It is competitive, demands high level of skills and updated knowledge, something that never happened in media. In 23 yrs, I never attended a training program in media
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The most ridiculous attack on @narendramodi is that he effectively uses image building and PR. As former journalist and now course coordinator of a major communications prog in a South Mumbai institution - I can only laugh - aloud at this stupidity
Modi is a PR delight - he understands all media platforms and is willing to experiment. We often discuss his Instagram handle as a case study in the class. For any PR professional, the client needs to be enthusiastic. Modi scores big time
The crucial difference is - his work (read content) that gives him confidence (charisma). Rahul's team is not sure of their client so is highly protected. Delhi based PR gurus are trying hard for their Prince but are failing
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