By Koral Dasgupta

Koral Dasgupta

Koral Dasgupta

Rape is such a menace that it always leaves you with a guilt. Guilt for not being able to support when it was needed most. Guilt for letting a system sustain. Guilt for knowing, yet remaining casual till it knocked the doors of our own cozy homes! It is difficult to stay unaffected every time the crime is reported. Even strangers shed tears helplessly.

And there’s no full-proof way of depicting rape. As much as you try, some insensitivity will still be left behind. It will make you feel devastated.

I have read quite some articles pointing out the unfair screenplay of rape in Kaabil. I want to ask the world, would you know of a better way? How would be that perfect way to depict rape? What would be those perfect words to say during or after rape? Which dialogue, coming out of a loving husband who feels defeated because he couldn’t take care of his wife, would please hand-clapping, coin-throwing public?

The word, rape, leaves you cringing with rage at the violence inflicted upon innocence. And that’s what team Kaabil has brilliantly achieved.

The film tells its audience to fight back, whatever be your incapacity or disability. Rise above your weakness. Of course this comes packaged in a revenge drama, employing the skills that Hrithik Roshan brings to the table. And brings it with panache.

Since another high-profile film has released on the same date, a cross-talk comes naturally.


Has anyone noticed how Raees has its criticisms mostly in private blogs and not in any of the mainstream websites/blog-spaces? I loved Raees. My husband didn’t.

We got to know about this practice when my husband wrote a criticism and tried to approach some of the well-known, all-opinions-welcome websites. They never said no to the written piece; neither did they publish. They silently tried to kill time, so that it would get outdated.

“Rape” isn’t just physical, and “The Mind Watches All”.

My article titled Other Side of The Story – Raees, on the other hand, had travelled pretty well. Thanks readers. But the story doesn’t end there. There is still another side of that story as well. Desperation and addiction of being at the top is one such malice that can rip apart all goodness and embrace the dirty!

Kaabil, an excellent film that espouses cause and content, had earlier declared the Republic Day weekend as their release date. Raees suddenly forced itself there since it didn’t want to get into the way of Sultan or Dangal.

Kaabil seemed to be a softer target. The two films released with a clear 60:40 sharing between screens. And of course, Kaabil had to take the brunt. Raees marched ahead with lots of big names associated with it.

Hrithik Roshan has remained graceful, not encouraging any tweet from his fans demeaning Raees or Shah Rukh Khan. Do good work and leave the rest, he says. On the other hand, some SRK Fan Clubs are openly saying nasty stuff about Kaabil and its makers. No official response from Raees team.

Few days ago, Shah Rukh Khan has given a statement when asked for his reaction on Rakesh Roshan calling quits to Bollywood in protest. He said, there’s a huge difference between personal and professional life; aaj agar mera baap zinda hote to mai unki baat kara deta Rakesh Sir se!

Oh come on. Why drag the father into this, who is no more? There is nothing personal or emotional about it. In business or “dhanda” language, this is called Unfair Trade Practices. Oops! I so much forgot. “Koi dhanda chota nahi hota, aur dhande se bada koi dharm nahi hota.” True that.

Sadly, Raees makers Baniye ka dimaag to dikhaa gaye, Miyabhai ki daring pe maar kha gaye!


P.S. Many have asked me, how come I don’t mince words while criticizing Shah Rukh Khan at times. I have been called a “Fan of good times” and hurled many cuss-words by aggressive fan-clubs. I am a fan, not a slave. And you don’t need to be a visionary to understand and condemn pure lack of ethics.


5 replies »

  1. Very well written…..shitty Shahrukh and his lack of ethics and above all…his over marketing of himself and his trashy movies like Raees…

    Kaabil is an excellent film and Hrithik will sweep all awards…for sure.. 🙂


  2. No Sweetheart ! You got your 5 seconds of fame and a book by namedropping SRK & now your ethics have been sold to the other party…..How convenient of you to ignore the vitriol that Papa Roshan & KRK (Who is clearly on Roshan’s payroll) are spreading against SRK….You also forgot to mention the blatant fudging of numbers the Roshans have been carrying out!
    The tweets of your colleague PROMOTING Kaabil are enough to indicate where your morals lie!


  3. Dear Komal Dasgupta, Do you even follow bollywood news? SRK fans abused Kaabil team, because Rakesh Roshan had been giving sly interviews since first day of their promotions.They have been playing victim continously talking about clash

    Unless you living under a rock, it’s unmistakable. Plus, it was Rakesh Roshan who ranted in a tweet about being cheated etc .. and Hrithik answered ” I am with you Papa”. SRK responded for that with the part about his dad being alive, showcasing the absurdity of a grown man like Hrithik hiding behind papa.

    Otherwise, SRK has kept absolute silence. For someone who has leeched on SRK’s popularity for getting a book released, you show least bit interest in facts.


  4. You can’t fool the world by saying “I am a fan not a slave” your hatred for Shah Rukh Khan is evident as I have been following this blog since long.. Your opinion seems to be unethical when you write”I loved Raees but my husband didn’t.. ” So please be truthful to yourself if not to your readers.If you have something against someone then please don’t use crutches and if you are using them them then don’t talk about the opinion of your husband. We chose to read you not your husband.


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