2020 should be declared invalid. Like you all, even we wish to skip this year and badly at that. COVID-19 pandemic, Amphan, Nisarga, earthquakes, locust swarms, forest fire in Uttarakhand, floods in Assam, Aurangabad train tragedy and so much more. We can go on, but it just adds to the grief we already are suffering from. Having said that, not just the natural disasters or other calamities, there were quite a few events in the tinsel town that created a stir. And to say that it’s just been the first half of 2020, just makes our heart sink further.
Sushant Singh Rajput suicide
This has to be one of the biggest shocks to the whole country. Sushant Singh Rajput was just 34-year-old when he was found hanging by the ceiling by his house staff. As per police reports, the actor has committed suicide but his fans and those who knew him maintain that it is a murder. Several are demanding a detailed CBI probe into the matter. Sushant’s demise has triggered a nation-wide debate on mental health, nepotism, lobbying, camp-ism. And God knows, what more stories will uncover as investigation proceeds.
Kangana Ranaut on blind stories
Kangana Ranaut claims that Sushant Singh Rajput was driven to commit suicide. The actress has accused a lot of bigshots in the industry for banning him from films and outcasting him from parties. She also slammed entertainment portals for writing blind items about the actor. Kriti Sanon seconded her thought and said that blind items should be banned.
Ananya Panday on nepotism at Awards
Ananya Panday grabbed the headlines at the beginning of the year for her take on nepotism. She grabbed the Filmfare Best Female Debut for Student of the Year 2 for which people slammed the young actress and the hosts. Ananya was nominated among Pranutan Bahl (Notebook), Tara Sutaria (Student of the Year 2), Saiee Manjrekar (Dabangg 3), Sharmin Sehgal (Malaal) and Shivaleeka Oberoi (Yeh Saali Aashiqui). In the roundtable conference, when asked about nepotism, the actress, had said, “I have always wanted to be an actor. Just because my dad has been an actor, I will never say no to an opportunity to act. My dad has never been in a Dharma film, he never went on Koffee With Karan. So, it’s not as easy as people say. Everyone has their own journey and their own struggle.”
Nawazuddin Siddiqui divorce
Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s now estranged wife, Aaliya accused the actor of cheating, misbehaving with her. She also said that he didn’t care for their newborn. She sent a divorce notice to him in May demanding sole custody of their kids and maintenance. Nawaz’s lawyer argued that the actor is still bearing the brunt of her slander campaign and that he has been paying dues and also taking care of the needs of their children.”
Sonu Nigam vs T-Series
Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide gave rise to the debate of nepotism yet again. Singer Sonu Nigam joined the bandwagon as he came down on the existence of mafias in music industry as well. The singer-actor even went on to blame T-series’ head honcho Bhushan Kumar of destroying careers of youth and newcomers. Divya Khosla hit back at him and they engaged in a war of words through videos.
Deepika Padukone at JNU
During the promotions of her film Chhapaak, Deepika Padukone made a visit to JNU after the attack on students. She was seen quietly standing by as Kanhaiya Kumar delivered a speech at the campus. This was enough for the actress to be swarmed by controversies. #BoycottChhapaak became the top trend on social media which affected the business of Chhapaak. People called her appearance at the JNU a mere publicity stunt. Deepika has received a lot of backlash after her visit and has been labelled “Anti-national”, “Urban Naxal”, “Pakistani” by those not in favour of her act.
Swara Bhasker supporting Safura Zargar
Swara Bhasker has often been called out for putting out her views on social media. And that’s exactly what happened a couple of weeks ago. Jamia Milia Islamia student Safoora Zargar was arrested by Delhi Police on April 10. She was 23 weeks pregnant and the pandemic had just begun spreading in the country. Swara took to Twitter and questioned what the country has come to. This triggered another trend on Twitter. People demanded the arrest of the actress by trending, #ArrestSwaraBhasker.
So much in just six months and it already feels like ages!