The Row Over Besharam Rang Is More Problematic Than Deepika’s Bikini

This is illogical AF!
The Row Over Besharam Rang Is More Problematic Than Deepika’s Bikini

Much ahead of its release, Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and Johan Abraham starrer Pathaan has been making headlines and it’s not for the right reasons. Ever since the makers released the song ‘Besharam Rang’ from the film, there has been a lot of halla bol around it. From politicians to Twitterati, people have been calling out the film for promoting “love jihad” as it stars a Hindu actress with a Muslim actor. The film has also been slammed for the song being anti-Hindu and hurting Hindu sentiments as Deepika Padukone is dressed in a “saffron” bikini ‘Besharam Rang’. Moreover, there have been threats to ban the film and people have gone as far as threatening to burn SRK alive!

Now, I gotta be honest, all this noise around Deepika Padukone’s orange bikini and “love jihad” is rather absurd. Think about this, who said it’s a saffron bikini and not an orange or tangerine-coloured one? Also, when did saffron become the colour of Hinduism? Sure, it is a holy colour for the Hindus but it’s also the colour of our national flag and several other things. But this colour cannot be owned or copyrighted by any person or religion or nationality. Having said that, this isn’t the first time an actress has worn an orange bikini so, why are we suddenly making a big deal out of nothing? And don’t you think the death threats being issued over the colour of a bikini are a little excessive?

Sure, Deepika Padukone can be seen doing some sensual steps and grooving in the music video and yes, the name of the song is ‘Besharam Rang’ but ICYMI, she’s wearing several other colours in the song and not just orange. Plus, are our religious sentiments so fragile that they’re hurt by the colour of an actress’ bikini and dance moves? This isn’t the first time an actress has worn an orange outfit for a sensual song.

We’re living in a country with 500 other problems that we should all be taking offence to but here we are talking about a woman’s bikini and making unnecessary noise about it. We’re living in a country where women are being raped, killed, and attacked with acid and whatnot but our politicians are busy complaining about an actress’ clothes instead of focusing on the crime data. There’s a #MeToo accused on a reality show on national television but we haven’t heard a peep about it from our beloved politicians. India has actively failed to acknowledge the existence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in our country while girls continue to suffer due to it but nope, an orange bikini is a bigger problem for us.

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TBH, the intolerance in our country is completely getting out of hand. When Deepika Padukone made her debut in Bollywood with Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shaanti Om, no one called it love jihad and now suddenly, years later when she’s doing Pathaan with Shah Rukh Khan, it’s love jihad? Double standards much? Also, when did it become love jihad to have a Hindu actor play a Muslim actor’s love interest in a film? Is that how extremist we’re going to become? It’s shocking how nobody finds this entire ‘Besharam Rang’ controversy problematic.

We have a saint threatening to burn an actor alive for doing his job and what’s worse is that this very saint has threatened to burn anyone who chooses to watch this film. Add to this mix a politician who is accused of terrorism and wears the “bhagwa” saffron colour. This said politician has called out ‘Besharam Rang’ for the lyrics and for the actress wearing saffron but someone accused of terrorism is allowed to wear saffron? Are we for real?

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People across the country have been calling out Pathaan song ‘Besharam Rang’ for calling “saffron” a besharam aka shameless colour all because Deepika Padukone can be seen wearing an ORANGE bikini! But hey, has anyone heard the lyrics? Nowhere do the lyrics talk about Hinduism or saffron. So, can we please get real and quit attacking actors, films and songs for illogical and flimsy reasons?


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