Austin Powers (Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery, 1997):
“Yeah, and I can’t believe Liberace (picture to left) was gay. I mean, women loved him! I didn’t see that one coming.”
The uneasy peace between Bollywood and the press was shattered as Sonu Nigam, in a shocking open letter accused a prominent Bollywood gossip columnist/movie reviewer, S. Jha of having propositioned him for some homosexual play-back.
In what was first a Zee News exclusive, Sonu Nigam spilled a “dirty can of worms” (as the article goes) detailing how the said journalist used to leave lewd homosexual SMSes on Sonu’s phone. Even though Sonu tried convincing Jha that he was not a “villager” (I presume he meant not the Village People, the band that gave the world the gay anthem “YMCA” ) and that he had many girlfriends, Jha would not take no for an answer.
And then like a man scorned, Jha took to, what has been described by Mr. Nigam as retaliatory Sonu-spanking (“I leave in your worthy hands the task of presenting my case in front of the world who is witnessing Sonu-spanking for last 3 months“), using the power of his powerful pen to launch a rear-attack on Sonu, all the while aiming to bring the singer down on his knees through the massaging of arch-rival Himesh Reshammiya’s (as Jha writes: ” Those critics who have slammed Himesh’s acting debut calling him everything from wooden to wouldn’t (I think the range of adjectives describing his alleged non-performance covered a far larger than spectrum than the performance itself) are living in a fool’s paradise“) ego.
Though I have to accept, why anyone in the world would even think that Sonu would be interested in men is beyond my comprehension.
Sonu has evidently saved the obscene SMSs and will reveal them to the public, if needed. I sincerely hope that they are not lines from his songs like “Churiyan banti hain dookanon main, joriyan upar asmaanon main” or “Abh mujhe raat din tera hi khayal hain, kya kahoon pyar main deewanon jaise haal hain”. Because if they are, Mr. Jha can claim that he was merely applauding Sonu’s art, even though taken in isolation they do appear sinister. Truth be told, when Jha praised Sonu’s acting performance in “Love in Nepal” surely Sonu should have guessed by then that Jha was being as truthfully objective as a husband is when he tells his wife “You were the prettiest woman at the party tonight” which in turn should have led Sonu to question “Why?”
It was interesting to see the Bollywood fraternity firmly behind Sonu with Abhijeet and the “wannabe Himesh” Ismail Durbar coming out against Jha. But leave it to Shakti Kapoor to put things in context. In IBN7, the Lolittaaaa man went on record saying that if such vulgar propositions are being made to a senior artist like Sonu Nigam, imagine how hard it must be for small stars. Exactly. And who better to tell us this than Shakti Kapoor !
Like on most matters of national importance, Rakhi Sawant also pitched in with her opinion when she advised Sonu to take this man-love as a compliment (as Rakhi herself is comfortable with all the ribald compliments she is flooded with everyday) and an endorsement of his dreamy quotient, which is now so strong that it affects even men. According to Rakhi, as long as it is not bulls who are running after you lustily, there is nothing to worry. [ She said something on the lines of “Insaan naheen to kya saand piche padenge”]
Notwithstanding what the Sawant says, we here at RTDM fully understand that it is difficult to take Sonu-spanking for three months. So let us finish this post with some lines of a Sonu Nigam song which expresses our support for Sonu in these times of distress.
Bhanwre tumko sab chhedenge,
Phoolon mein mat jaana
Maddham maddham hans de phir se
Sona(u) sona(u) phir se hans de