Amitabh Bachchan was floating on cloud 9 after success of film ‘Black’. He then encountered Aamir who when asked about it said very openly and clearly on his face that “Black” was a very bad film. Bachchan was taken aback and asked why? Aaamir quickly retorted, the film had a very bad message. “What message were you sending a by beating a disable kid, fisting rice into her mouth? Is this what you want parents to do when children are not capable of doing the right thing ?“. Bachchan had no answer. Indian film industry and media are full of sycophants and put him on a high pedestal demanding a temple, civilian honor or immortalization. As an adolescent , I admired him and he was an epitome, a hero but as an adult I am trying to see what kind of message has Amitabh sent to millions of his fan through his conduct or the roles he has essayed.
1. As a son : If you see his movie Shakti, he played the role of a son. In this role he displays that if your father is true to his principles (Of not compromising on it for his own personal benefit), you go and join the smugglers and become a lawless goon. Even contemplate shooting your father down when he comes to arrest you.
The message : If your father is true to his principles and that hurts you, go ahead be an outlaw. Espouse being a smuggler or a criminal
2. As a youth : In Hum, his travails are of teasing a woman asking for a kiss along with other 10os of his goons. He keeps pestering her while drinking alcohol. His escorts spray water on her against all ‘NOs’, he finally gets rewarded with kisses all around his face and lips. Teasing and harassing pays him well, he persists. As a Sharabi he glamorized drinking excess of alcohol and alcoholism. He made alcohol look very very glamorous .
The message : Go ahead and tease women asking kisses till she gives one, or glamorize evil or addiction if it fuels a 1000 crore industry even if its a social evil.
3. As a father : We all believe that the role of parents is to provide good education to our kids and let them build their own careers. He however took to his own responsibility to bully people to ensure that his son get undue favors. When Maruti wanted to do Versa advt and approached him, he said, he wont do it unless his son is also featured in. When Maruti said, they will pay for his son but dont want him to be shown in ad,he said unless his son is shown , he wont act.
Message : Push your sons, daughters, son in laws even when they dont deserve. Bully people if they dont accept them.
4 As a politician : As a politician in Inquilab, he shows a totally arbitrary message. He is a chief minister and towards the end of movie. He takes out a machine gun and shoots down all the people in the room. Seems like a great solution to the youth. In his real life, after becoming an MP from Allahabad, he resigned mid term. This gave a clear signals to his followers that politics is not worth the time. Intelligent and succedssful people should not enter it. Its best left to dogs. Further , he got into strong association with a crook like Amar Singh and got associated campaigning for Samajvadi party ( A party which is a collection of rapists, murderers, vandals, minority appeasers and unprincipled swines ). He got his wife nominated to Rajya Sabha through the same party.
Message : If you cant change people, dont think much, just massacre them. Other conduct sends a message that politics is best left for crooks, but make crooks your friends to meet your ulterior motives
5. As a citizen : As a citizen he has been using great innovative ways to grab land, going down to abysmal limits fraudulently declaring himself as a farmer. All because this allows him to buy land at very low price. If you see his role as a KBC host, the show is a very clever business. It asks very stupid question and convinces the masses that inspite of low IQ they can win crores. For and average of 1 crore distributed in a weekly show 50 crores re siphoned from common man through Rs 5 sms and huge competition call charges. While the people are nurturing stupid dreams he makes his millions out of this one wins- millions lose probability trap. While many of us believe he is essaying rags to riches story for common people, the show KBC in fact is robbing much much more from common masses.
Message : If you are getting some benefits, do whatever you can regardless of ethics.
He might have also sent good messages somewhere but they have been rare and not got picked by people. A society is like a large banyan tree, full of monkeys. When monkey on top look down , they see smiling faces . The monkeys at bottom when they look up … they see ass holes.