Is There Too Much Of Bollywood In The News?

“When a dog bites a man, it’s no news, but when a man bites a dog its news.”

In Bollywood, whosoever bites is breaking news. Be it Rakhi Sawant’s tantrums on Valentines Day or April fools day, a tattoo on either Amrita Arora’s butt or Saif Ali Khan’s hand, Mallika Sherawat’s short, revealing dresses or Aishwarya Jodha Rai’s royal jewelry, news channels and page 3 sections of newspapers have devoted majority of there manpower, time and space to Bollywood gossips.

I have grown up reading Hindi newspapers like Amar Ujala, Dainik Jagran and Rajasthan Patrika. There were days, when I used to fight for reading Sunday’s colored edition of these regional newspapers. Out of four pages i.e. one whole leaf of the newspaper, only one-fourth was devoted to such gossips and rest three-fourth was for intellectual or socio-spiritual articles, short stories and series by budding or established writers, poetries, and kids’ section including Chacha Chaudhary cartoon series, jokes, puzzles and many more games. It was enough entertainment for my innocent mind. It was the same for TV Channels or Channel rather. Wednesday’s and Friday’s Chitrahar and the Sunday evening movie was all we used to know of Bollywood. Yes, there were Filmfare and Filmikaliyan as well but DD provided us with a lot to talk for the whole week.

That’s where present day news channels and papers are capitalizing. We strive to know about the insights of celebrities’ personal lives. We want to be like them and to an extent follow them, sometimes blindly. Now we don’t talk, we don’t share our thoughts and emotions; there is no vent for our urge to express. It is just one-way traffic. We have become a garbage for all the reporting rubbish. We are just listening. It’s a good habit, no doubt, but what about expression? But when we hear 24×7, silly news on Amitabh Bhachan’s superstitious ritual of marrying Aishwarya Rai with a Banyan tree in order to save his son from her Manglik effect, it’s too much to digest.

India is a country which still is in its nascent stage of development. It’s a transition period and too much is happening too fast. There is Kalahandi here and Colaba as well. These places differ like light and darkness. India can afford this but Bharat can’t. Bharat still needs krishi darshan, fauji bhaiyon ke liye, Iodine namak, school chalien hum and jachha-baccha tika-karan karykram. We need to improve the living conditions of more than half of our population and to this mass, Bollywood is nowhere, even in their distant dreams. They want an average quality life and Bollywood gossips are of no good to them.

The media has to understand its social responsibilities- there is much more than sting operations and Bollywood. There are many channels totally devoted to Bollywood news. So the so-called news channels must stick to the hardcore news. The current trend is an insult to journalism and reporting. Stop this!

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