KARACHI : It’s a typical Bollywood set. Or should I say, a K3G set? Only, it stars Kangana Ranaut instead of Kareena Kapoor-Khan and SRK has been replaced by some random guy.
But there’s still an uncanny resemblance to Bole Chudiyaan – even the dresses are almost same. But when the song actually starts, it’s a rip-off of Jacqueline Fernandez’s Chittiyan Kalaiyaan.
Kangana is back, ladies and gentlemen! Not that she ever really left but this return to the limelight is bang on the money and so badass, you cannot help but cheer her on. The Queen star has pulled a Taylor Swift and hit right back at all her critics and enemies in the film fraternity with sheer brilliance.
In collaboration with Indian comedy troupe All India Bakchod (AIB), Kangana recently featured in a spoof song called The Bollywood Diva Song, as she is referred to many times in the media. The lyrics of the song take one dig after another at Bollywood culture, calling out sexism, chauvinism, and nepotism.
Watch the video here:
Here are seven times Kangana totally destroyed Bollywood in the video.
1. Typical item numbers:
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Kangana let the cat of out of the bag and asked one of the most pertinent questions related to Bollywood: does it really need item numbers? Or at least, the sexist lyrics they come with.
In the video, she’s seen quite being upfront about how her character and the demand of the item song contradict one another. “A scientist should not have to sing ridiculous lyrics,” she says.
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But the director doesn’t pay her much heed though, simple because she’s a woman. But when the male lead suggests the same, he readily agrees to take the line out.
2. ‘Role Badha De’:
Next, Kangana hints at the limited role female actors in Bollywood are offered so that the movie mainly revolves around male leads. Way to prove women are more than just eye candy!
3. The Wage gap:
The hero boasts about how feminist he is for letting the actress’s name appear before his in the film’s credits but gets called out on the very brutal gender pay gap between their salaries.
Back when Chennai Express came out, Shah Rukh Khan made sure Deepika Padukone’s name was mentioned before his. However, after all these years, little has been done much to bridge the pay gap between male and female actors in India. Remember, this years’ highest paid actor’s list? According to that, SRK earned $38 million last year, almost thrice as much as Deepika’s $11 million.
4. Intellectual merely on the surface:
Next, Kangana goes back to how her character may be a scientist but the story is all about the male lead. This could be a reference to how film-makers are trying to make their female characters looks intellectual but merely on the surface.
Deepika essayed the role of a doctor in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Jacqueline played a psychiatrist in Kick and Parineeti portrayed a scientist in Hasee Toh Phasee. But even then, their stories revolved only around their ‘heroes.’
5. The Age gap:
It is common knowledge that an actress is offered lesser roles once she’s married. Case in point: Madhuri, Juhi Chawla, Kajol etc. However, it doesn’t go the same way with male actors.
Kangana laments how she has been made to star opposite a much older man, which actually is a common sight in Bollywood. Akshay Kumar, at 50, was cast opposite Bhumi Pednekar, 28, in Toilet Ek Prem Katha. Salman Khan romanced Anushka Sharma, 20 years his junior in Sultan. Soon, Rajinikanth (66) will be seen possibly romancing Amy Jackson (25) in 2.O, which would make their age difference 41 years.
I’m going to take the liberty to say that in this song, Kangana has accused someone else other than Karan Johar of being a product of nepotism. Several actors were launched by their fathers in Bollywood, an unfairness that has forever irked her. So, let’s just take a wild guess and assume this one is about Hrithik Roshan.
The fact that the entire song is a parody on Bole Chudiyan is enough reason to believe so. And guess what, Hrithik was launched in Rakesh in 2000’s Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai.
7. Playing the victim card:
And finally comes this last jab at Karan for accusing her of playing the victim card on Koffee with Karan. In an open letter, Kangana has already responded to his allegations, saying how she was instead playing the “badass card.” But of course, she’s a lone ranger. Much of Bollywood is siding with Karan, namely film-maker Farah Khan who recently criticised the Simran star for playing the poor woman for sympathy.
It wasn’t very long after the AIB song came out that Karan spoke up about it. The Ae Dil Hai Mushkil director took to Twitter and wrote a rather cryptic message. “Dear talent …I wish you would stay away from overconfidence and delusion….they are constantly conspiring against you…don’t you see it?” he said.
Sounds like Kangana – in true Kangana fashion – has caused quite a stir in Bollywood again. Excuse me while I go and grab some popcorn… it won’t be long till the rest of the celebs react to this.
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