When it comes to diet, workout regimen, beauty, and fashion tips even inspiration, ideology, and life lessons, the youth turn towards its favorite film star. Larger than life movie stars who set the silver screen on fire, have become icons for many.
On the other hand, there are television actors who, though no inferior in talent and hard work, are often denied the star status they rightfully deserve. It’s not that the average audience doesn’t recognize them. But, placing the big screen actors on a higher pedestal, they hesitate in giving the more industrious, busier, and perhaps the more talented and self-made actors their well-deserved stardom. Let alone looking at them as icons, in many cases TV stars are not even acknowledged by their real names by their viewers. To the viewers they stay, just the characters they essay.
But, in wake of the recent dynamics that have unfolded in the entertainment industry recently, it is impertinent for us to reconsider whom we idolize, and the people we press the ignore button on.
While Bollywood A-listers like Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Kareena Kapoor joined forces demanding justice for the prime accused in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case and initiated a “Roses are red” campaign on all platforms of social media to “smash the patriarchy”, none came out in support of ace Bollywood actress, and their co-worker from the industry, Kangana Ranaut when her office was being demolished. Her only sin was she chose to spoke out what others avoid commenting on even if their lives depended on it.
The silence of Bollywood bigwigs was appalling as the world witnessed Kangana Ranaut’s office being brought down. A woman who entered and grew in the industry with unwavering perseverance was hounded for speaking up, but not one popular feminist stood up in her defense.
While most Bollywood actors turned a blind eye and deaf ears toward the proceedings, some seemed to have enjoyed the scene and came out with laughing emojis. They were the television actors who stood up in support of Sushant Singh Rajput and voiced out for Kangana Ranaut as well. When Bollywood actors poured in support for Rhea Chakraborty, popular TV personality Kamya Punjabi and Sameer Soni questioned their narrative.
When Shibani Dandekar, popular as Farhan Akhtar’s girlfriend, accused award-winning television actress Ankit Lokhande of aiming at “2 seconds of fame” from the case, several television actors raised objection and shielded Ankita from the unfounded allegation.
Television actors have not only defended Kangana Ranaut and Ankita Lokhande against baseless vilification but have sought justice for Sushant Singh Rajput as well. Sushant Singh Rajput, a successful television actor, fancied stardom on the 70 mm. But those who ruled the hypnotizing silver screen stayed hushed up on his mysterious death.
Television actors are often sold short because of the content of their shows. Serials like Saath Nibhana Sathiya, Nagin, Sasural Simar ka do little to rescue the image of TV actors. But movies like Student of the Year run on the masala-quotient also. None are classics, yet both do good business with their targeted audience in their own platforms.
Maybe next time we want to pick an idol to follow and epitomize from the entertainment industry, we should revisit our considerations and all the truth that has been unraveled in recent times.