Friday, October 02, 2009

Wake Up... Bombay

October second and my head is full of violence, thanks to my favourite villain on this blog, the MNS.

Turns out that Raj sahib is now unhappy with 'Wake Up Sid' for calling the city 'Bombay'. MNS sainiks reportedly stopped screening of the movie in Bombay (conscious use of the word) which released today, leaving producer Karan Johar no choice but to apologise to the sahib.

Drove me crazy, yes. But then when you're working in Patna, what more can you do about it... but tweet? So I twate:

Would they prefer being abused in Marathi? RT @ndtv: MNS against the use of word 'Bombay' instead of Mumbai (in Wake Up Sid)

No it was BOMBAY referred to as Bombay! RT @girsubra: MNS angry over Mumbai being referred as Bombay.Evan Appan vittu sothuda..Too much idhu

I guess soon MNS will demand that all porn released in 'Mumbai' carry Marathi subtitles.

Next, we're gonna have 27% reservation for Marathi folks in Bollywood. It's based in 'Mumbai', after all.

And I'm not sure but I've been told... What's the name of the school... The one where Raj sahib's kids go? Bombay Scottish?

While we're at it, tell me Raj sahib, is The Times Group - with their Bombay Times - too powerful for you?

Now me getting worked up is natural and personal - I was born and I grew up in the city I know as Bombay.

But that's a personal issue. There's a larger, general, more fundamental issue here. That of our freedom - constitutional freedom - to call the city Bombay or Bambai. (Or even Baluchistan, if we disregard the technical incorrectness of it.)

Who is MNS to tell me what to call the city?


What surprises me even more is what is Bombay police doing about it?! Here's a man stopping ticket sales, disrupting screenings and making a swaraj out of Bombay. And what's it that you're waiting for, Bombay police? An FIR?


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  2. Hey, did you say "Here's a man stopping ticket sales ... .. ..." ??

    Where's the man here? I hope you catch my drift ...

  3. @Ritu: Agreed. We have to do something about it. And I will do my bit, sometime soon. But till then, I will just drop all the skepticism and continue to blog about it.

    LOL, yes :D
    Well said!

  4. Some good points made. But is there a solution?

  5. I hope there is, Munish.

    I don't know what's the soultion, but we got to raise our voices anyhow. A better way, probably would've been protesting in Bombay.

    But what can you do while you're away... but blog.
    So I blag :D