2018 was a year of surprises for Bollywood. With the world bidding farewell to 2018, here we look at this year’s top 7 Bollywood controversies that made headlines and have caused major disruption in the entertainment industry.
Her accusing Nana Patekar of sexual harassment on the set of their 2008 film Horn OK Please opened up a Pandora’s Box, finally giving India its #MeToo movement a year after it swept through Hollywood, bringing down several industry leaders, including producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey.
In India too, several bigwigs were named and shamed, including those of actor Alok Nath, filmmaker Sajid Khan and many stand-up comedians.
The Padmaavat row
The magnum opus of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Padmaavat, which was earlier known as Padmavati stirred controversies that made the film a hot topic. Right from Deepika’s dance on the song Ghoomar as Rani Padmavati to her performing Johar in the film, everything was not just questioned but heavily criticised as well. Not just various Rajput groups, but Karni Sena as well protested against the film, burning the dummies of Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. In fact, BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu went on to say that he will give Rs 10 crore to the person who will behead Deepika.
Kangana Ranaut takes over Manikarnika
Another project that’s been mired in controversies ever since it took off is Ranaut’s upcoming film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.
First, the film’s director Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi left it reportedly because of Ranaut’s excessive interference. Then actor Sonu Sood—who was in a pivotal role—also left, citing Ranaut’s incompetence as a director. Next Swati Semwal, who was playing Sood’s wife, quit too.
Because of delays and reshoots, the film’s budget, which was earlier estimated to be Rs 60 crore, reportedly shot up to Rs 125 crore, resulting in the sacking of Zee Studios’ business head Sujay Kutty, who had green-lit the project.
Ranaut, who is now helming the project, will be sharing the director’s credit with Jagarlamudi.
This Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput-starrer has been in troubled waters ever since the movie went on the floors. Initially, the news of Prernaa Arora of KriArj Entertainment selling the film to three different producers without the knowledge anyone else left people startled. And, when that issue was settled then news of Kedarnath’s director Abhishek Kapoor taking Sara Ali Khan to the court for giving the same dates to Simmba as Kedarnath started doing the rounds. And, as if all these issues were not enough, ahead of the release of the film, several PIL’s were filed against it suggesting that it promoted love jihad and also for showing a love story in the backdrop of a tragedy as big as the Kedarnath one of 2013. It didn’t stop there, after the release of the film too it was criticised as a result of which it has been banned in Uttarakhand. However, director Abhishek Kapoor has pleaded to the government to lift the ban but no decision has been taken yet.
Priyanka Chopra steps out of Bharat, The Cut article
Other than her high-profile wedding festivities, the 36-year-old got eyes rolling when she dropped out of Salman Khan-starrer Bharat days before the film was to begin shooting, much to Salman’s displeasure.
In another incident, soon after Priyanka’s wedding, New York Magazine’s website The Cut ran an article in which writer Mariah Smith called her a “scam artist” and accused her of manipulating Nick into marrying her. Smith and the publication were severely panned for blatant racism, sexism and xenophobia by netizens worldwide so much so that The Cut had to pull down the piece and Smith had to issue a public apology.
Kapil Sharma’s social media meltdown
2018 started on a rocky note for the comedian who was still coping up with the aftermath of his big fallout with Sunil Grover and his show’s other cast members after his in-flight drunken brawl with them in March 2017. His half-cooked attempt at a comeback—Family Time with Kapil Sharma—flopped and was plugged off air only after three episodes, resulting in him breaking down on Twitter early in April.
In a series of abusive tweets, he slammed an entertainment website for carrying fake news and his ex-girlfriend for trying to malign his reputation and ruin his career, forcing his well wishers to worry about his health.
Sharma later deleted the tweets and claimed his account was hacked.
Death threats to Salman Khan
With the success of Tiger Zinda Hai, 2018 definitely started on a good note for Salman Khan but little did he know that while he was basking in the glory, he will get a death threat too. According to a report by Indiatimes, when one of the most notorious gangsters, Lawrence Bishnoi was being produced in the court for extorting and terrorizing traders, he issued a death threat to Salman Khan saying, “Salman Khan will be killed here, in Jodhpur… Then he will come to know about our real identity.” For the uninitiated, Lawrence Bishnoi belongs to the same Bishnoi community that took Salman Khan to the court for the black buck poaching case.
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