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No Ya, Kangana! Not Everything Is About Karan Johar. Farmers Pe Focus Kar Lein, Please?

December 03, 2020 | by Jinal Bhatt

You think you’re tired of reading about Kangana Ranaut and her questionable antics in the news? Try being one of us, who has to chronicle it because humara toh kaam hai. I mean, okay sure, we could refuse. But the sheer disbelief that she evokes with her ludicrous statements on the political issues in India have us thinking… coverage or it didn’t happen. And so here we are again. What’s the agenda today? A very masaaledar, juvenile tiff between Diljit Dosanjh and Kangana Ranaut on Twitter, after the latter made some unsavoury and uninformed comments about an elderly Sikh woman at the farmer protests currently raging in the north. And for some absolutely inexplicable reasons, Karan Johar is once again a part of the conversation. Yeah, don’t look at me. I’m stumped too.

Why are Diljit Dosanjh and Kangana Ranaut squabbling?

In a now-deleted tweet, Kangana Ranaut misidentified an elderly Sikh woman during the farmers’ protest as Bilkis Bano, the famous Dadi of Shaheen Bagh. You know the one who has been named by TIME and BBC as one of the most influential people of the year?


That’s not all though, because I’ve come to realise Kangana’s allegations aren’t complete unless someone has been accused of cheating, bribing, or doing something immoral. So she also wrote in her tweet that the woman had joined the protest for something as little as Rs 100.

Following this, Diljit Dosanjh posted a video interview of the elderly lady, whose name is Mahinder Kaur, and called out Kangana (in pristine Punjabi) for speaking things that she had no idea about it.

Also Read: Punjabi Women Artists Are Supporting The Farmer Protests With Song And Music To Keep Up The Morale

Clearly, Diljit ne dil jeet liya of the Twitterati. But Kangana Ranaut didn’t let it go. She clapped back with a tweet of her own. And remember that bit about Kangana’s tweets always having insinuations about the person’s immorality? Well, we were not disappointed.


Ah, but there was more.







I mean. I am speechless. I won’t even try and talk about the million ways in which this whole conversation is problematic. This is how our country debates political matters. Not via politicians taking the podium and addressing things, or lawyers submitting proofs in a court. But on frickin’ Twitter.

See, my point is… Good. Great, we’re talking about relevant issues here, calling each other out, that’s amazing.

But, Kangana Ranaut, can you stop making everything about Karan Johar, FFS? This is about farmers of India! Have you seen KJo’s movies? Have you see Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives? He has no door-door ka connection with khet and kheti, unless they are in Switzerland or New Zealand and for a song! What does he have to do with this? The argument, the actual point of this entire debate just went for a toss!

And again, trying to stay neutral here, but how is “Karan Johar ke paaltu” strengthening your argument? The man provided you legitimate proof that you messed up. You deleted your tweet because you know you messed up! Facts, right? Has apologising for a mistake become so hard for you? You say you don’t care about the ‘political party ticket’ that people think you’re going to be up for soon. But you’ve already started down the path of most politicians, who’ll stick to their version of the story, no matter how wrong they’re proven.

Twitter is flooded with memes about this, and for once, they’re pretty bang on.

But can we all agree, there’s a more serious problem with Kangana Ranaut’s constant need to drag Bollywood and Karan Johar into everything? This is a time when the farmers’ protest needs to be the main focus. Not who has whose favour in Bollywood, and how is whose pet, for crying out loud. Furthermore, the insinuations that she makes in her tweets are a whole different level of problematic and slanderous. Is she dismissing Diljit Dosanjh and his entire career before movies? Is she saying he had to get exploited to get into Bollywood?

So, please, stop it Kangana. You want to comment on political issues in the country. Go for it, but can we not shift the focus to the same old parroting of Bollywood mafia, nepotism, drugs, etc.? It’s not even funny anymore.

Also Read: 10 Thoughts I Had While Cringe-Binging Fabulous Lives Of Bollywood Wives. Mainly, Naya Kya Bola?

Jinal Bhatt

Sharp-tongued feminist. Proud nerd. Opinions with on-point pop-culture references about films, books, your toxic BF, the patriarchy, and the Oxford comma.

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