Jo Bole So Nihal—-a horrible piece of putrid trash like so much of muck that comes out of Bollywood every Friday. Sunny Deol saving the world, bashing up the baddies, romancing girls half his age, screaming like a bull undergoing castration——standard staple tripe that does decent business in the Northern distribution belt but goes belly-up elsewhere. Zor, Ziddi, Farz, Jaal-the Trap, Maa Tujhe Salam……..the list is endless. And forgettable.
But this is one Sunny caper we cannot forget. Or ignore.
Because at the time of writing, 8 people (subsequently revised to 1) have died and many more injured in simultaneous bomb attacks in 2 Hindi theatres showing Jo Bole So Nihal. The reason—JBSN has come under fire from Shiromani Gudrwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) for the title of the movie (which is a holy phrase in the Sikh religion), for using a song from the Granth Saheb, for showing women in skimpy clothes …….(the standard stuff)….and these bomb blasts are believed to be as a result of this outrage.
This is not the first time that religious loons have objected to titles and sequences of movies. The song “Mustafa Mustafa” from “Aatish” which had Raveena and Karishma cavorting in revealing attire had to be changed to “Dilruba Dilruba” following protests from Muslims. Mani Ratnam had a bomb thrown at him for having a Bal Thackeray-lookalike in Bombay.
Usually these things are solved by the producer/director going to one of the self-styled defenders of morality and making some discreet payoffs euphemistically called “seeking blessings/clearing misunderstandings”. The morality police get their dues, the producers get the free publicity and everyone is happy.
But here for the first time, people are dead and things are not so win-win anymore. What queers the pitch even more is this.
Various Sikh bodies have condemned the blasts at two cinema halls in Delhi, where the film ‘Jo Bole So Nihal’ was being screened, saying it was the handiwork of some “naxalite groups who wanted to malign the Sikh faith.” “Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) had already sorted out the controversy with the movie’s producers, who had agreed to make some cuts and even change the title. The blasts in no way show the protest against the movie as is being portrayed in the electronic media,” said Kuldeep Singh Bhogal, member SGPC Amritsar.
“It rather appears to be the work of some naxalites who want to malign the Sikh faith,” Bhogal said adding “we fully condemn the blasts.”
So that means they had kissed and made up–money had exchanged hands, sins had been expiated, everything was right with the world.
And yet people wind up dead.
What the hell happened ?
I am not buying the Naxalite shit cause this is not the jungles of Telegana.
Could this be the handiwork of Pakistan-backed Kashmiri terrorists with the fact that both the theatres were showing the same movie just a coincidence?
Could this be a result of turf-war between sections of SGPC and Akali Dal ? A very plausible reason could be that the producer had “made peace” with one section and the other section was grouchy at not getting a share of the forgiveness pie .
Could this be a weird publicity stunt gone awry ?
I just cannot come to terms with this bit of senseless violence. You go to a Sunny Deol movie, the worst that can happen to you is a bad headache. Not this.
Something is very very wrong with the picture.