While this year will be remembered for the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, the number of controversies in Bollywood this year are also unprecedented. Rarely have such controversies been seen in any single year before. Controversies came out one after another. The role of social media in this was notable, where some of the controversies which came out also reached the court.
Deepika Padukone – JNU tour before the release of Chhapak
Deepika Padukone, who became the centre of the first controversy at the beginning of the year, whose film Chhapak was released this year. In fact, Deepika visited Jawaharlal Nehru University in January just before the release of the film, where some students were sitting on a demonstration against the police. This visit of Deepika was well received on social media. Her film also hit the target. In particular, a character was accused of changing his name from Muslim to Hindu in the movie. However, this news proved to be incorrect. Hashtags were launched against Deepika’s film on Twitter.
Kanika Kapoor – Bollywood’s first COVID-19 positive celebrity
The coronavirus outbreak began in the country since mid-March. When the guidelines for taking precautions were issued all over the country, then the Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor got Covid-19 infected. Kanika became the first Bollywood celebrity to become Corona positive. However, the problem was not of being tested positive, but she was accused of partying instead of going to the quarantine after arriving from London, increasing the risk of spreading the coronavirus to about 300 people in the party. The police report was also lodged by the Uttar Pradesh police against Kanika. Kanika was admitted to the Medical Institute of Lucknow for several days before testing negative.
Sushant Singh Rajput Death- Murder or Suicide?
The tragic demise of Sushant Singh Rajput was a shock to his millions of fans this year. However, due to the circumstances in which Sushant died, there was a lot of controversy about this. Its impact was also seen in Bollywood. Many celebrities appeared divided on the cause of Sushant’s death.
Drug nexus in Bollywood
After Sushant’s death, the Enforcement Directorate received some old WhatsApp chats during the interrogation of Riya Chakraborty, based on which the drug angle was entered. Sushant’s drug use came to light.
As the Narcotics Control Bureau investigation progressed, drug peddlers were arrested and names of several Bollywood celebs sprang up, which were questioned by NCB including Arjun Rampal, Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Rakulpreet, Shraddha Kapoor. The matter even reached Parliament, when Jaya Bachchan attacked actor and MP Ravi Kishan over his statement of drug use in Bollywood.
Kangana Ranaut Vs BMC/ Maharashtra Government and Diljit Dosanjh
Kangana Ranaut has been in a lot of controversy this year. After Sushant’s death, Kangana raised the issue of nepotism through social media and blamed the nepotism and Bollywood factionalism behind his death. Kangana also targeted Karan Johar and the Bhatt family for this. She tweeted about Maharashtra Police and Government and blamed Maharashtra government in Sushant’s case.
Kangana was also in dispute for her altercation with Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut. Latet, BMC vandalized her office at Pali Hill following allegations of illegal construction. The case reached the Bombay High Court. At the same time, police reports were also filed against Kangana for her controversial tweets.
Recently, Kangana was in the limelight for the Twitter war with Punjabi actor and singer Diljit Dosanjh after making some controversial tweets about the farmer movement.
Anurag Kashyap accused of sexual harassment
Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap came into controversy after actress Payal Ghosh accused him of sexual misconduct. A police report has also been filed in this case and investigation is on. However, Anurag strongly denied these allegations through his lawyer. This case was also heavily politicized.
Sonu Nigam made serious allegations against Bhushan Kumar
Sonu Nigam came into the limelight when Sonu accused T-series owner Bhushan Kumar of posting a video on Instagram during the ongoing Insider-Outsider debate in Bollywood after Sushant’s death. These allegations caused a lot of controversy and Bhushan’s wife Divya Khosla Kumar responded to this through a video on Instagram.
Mukesh Khanna’s ‘Mahabharat’ about ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’
Mukesh Khanna, who played Bhishma Pitamah in Mahabharata, also made great headlines this year. The seeds of this controversy were found when Gajendra Chauhan, Puneet Issar etc., in The Star Cast of Mahabharata, reached The Kapil Sharma Show. Mukesh Khanna was not involved in this, due to which he wrote a post on social media. He described the show as inferior and said that men wear vulgar acts by wearing women’s clothes. On this, Gajendra Chauhan had said that in the Mahabharata, Arjun was also wearing women’s clothes, then why did Mukesh Khanna work in the Mahabharata. The battle of the two dominated the social media and mainstream media for several days.
Gunjan Saxena – Questions on the scenes of The Kargil Girl
Gunjan Saxena – The Kargil Girl released on Netflix as the theatre were closed in lockdown. It was a biopic of former flying officer Gunjan Saxena. The Air Force objected to certain scenes in the film, showing discriminatory treatment with women officers. The matter reached the Delhi High Court.
Akshay Kumar’s film Laxmi’s title causes a bomb explosion
There was a lot of ruckus about the title of Akshay Kumar’s film on Disney Plus Hotstar. Earlier, the title of the film was ‘Laxmi Bomb’, which agonised a section of hindus. Due to the objection of placing bomb with Lakshmi, the title was changed as Laxmii just before the release. Mukesh Khanna also wrote a post on social media about this.