Over the past couple of years, Akshay Kumar has done a slew of movies – many of which have been biopics or documentaries. As expected, people have lauded him time and again for the topics he chooses and the characters he portrays. But there is a side that has often been hushed down as well. This time around, it comes in the form of major criticism by transgender people. Not only this, the comments especially from women, about his role in Laxmmi Bomb (2020) are quite bad.
Akshay Kumar in First Instagram Look of Laxmmi Bomb
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Navratri is about bowing to the inner goddess and celebrating your limitless strength. On this auspicious occasion, I am sharing with you my look as Laxmmi. A character I am both excited and nervous about… but then life begins at the end of our comfort zone… isn’t it? #LaxmmiBomb
What’s the movie “Laxmmi Bomb” all about?
The plot follows the “hilarious experiences” of a ghost fearing man. This man is possessed by a transgender woman. Understandably, trans women across the country have taken to Instagram and other social media sites to talk about how insensitive and disrespectful the casting is.
The casting is insensitive – plain and simple
Indian society is far from being accepting of trans people. Even basic human decency is denied to them. Therefore, to see attempts to make a joke out of their existence is pathetic. Also, Akshay Kumar has built a reputation of telling stories that aren’t his, to begin with. Further, he is proceeding to center them around himself. He becomes the hero in women’s struggles and the leader of a group of women scientists working on the Mars mission. He is the face of posters, trailers, and gets a big chunk of the screen time as well.
Where are the trans actors?
This is a question that people have been asking directors for years – be it in Bollywood or Hollywood. When Scarlett Johansson proudly took on the role of a trans man (it ended up getting cancelled due to backlash), the transgender community asked a simple question – why are cisgender actors allowed to play transgender characters, when the opposite is still a distant reality?
It is as if they, as women and as members of the society, are not allowed to tell their own stories! So, Making crass jokes, shifting the focus, or giving the credit of our success to someone else is not authentic representation.
Already, transphobic memes are being made, and the comment sections are full of people who are too busy worshipping Akshay Kumar and his acting skills. Therefore, a cis man portraying a transgender woman is not proof of his talent as an actor. It is proof of the continued erasure of trans women and a denial of their genuine representation in mainstream media.
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Sumeet Vyas and Ekta Kaul Welcome A Baby Boy
Congratulations are in order as Sumeet Vyas and Ekta Kaul welcome their first child, a baby boy. TVF fame Sumeet Vyas was seen in many online shows and even in some good movies like, Ribbon and Veerey Di Wedding. Permanent Roommates and Tripling are few of the best shows of his till now.
He welcomed his baby boy by announcing on Instagram with a beautiful post for his son, stating- “It’s a boy. Shall be called Ved. Mamma and Daddy are acting cliche…smothering the child every few minutes.” He wrote announcing the arrival of his first child. How cute is that? Ekta and Sumeet got married in a traditional Kashmiri ceremony in Jammu in September 2018. Although the couple made their pregnancy announcement with a post, “new project together” created and directed by us Sumeet & I named “Jr Kaul Vyas.”
The post was flooded with warm wishes and congratulations. Additionally, it gained over more than 72 thousand likes, all filled up with best wishes.
“Papa, you’re beautiful.”
Earlier the couple had spoken of being pregnant during the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown. Sumeet had previously told a newspaper in an interview about their pregnancy: “There is no room for mood swings. There is no room for cravings, she can’t ask and I can’t get anything for her. We are not going to step out at all. We go down only once a week for a stroll around our building complex. She is under serious quarantine and we don’t have anyone coming home. The police are very patient and they’ve seen a pregnant woman [when] and they didn’t stop us or something.”
On Wednesday evening, Ekta hinted the arrival of a baby anytime soon with a post, “Our world is about to change. But my life has changed because of you. I am so thankful that we get to go on this ride together,” wrote Ekta and added: “So before all the screaming and diaper changing begins, I just want to say, Papa, you are beautiful. Thank you!” she wrote on Instagram with a beautiful video of their journey together, from cute wedding memories to amazing holiday pictures and clippings.
Moreover, both of them never failed to get humoured with their about to be parents excitement. Ekta recently posted a photo of Sumeet with a caption, “to be pita jii.” clearly stating how excited and jolly the couple was to become parents.
Vaani Kapoor To Go On A Virtual Date Fundraiser!
The daily wage earners have been the most affected segment of people during the COVID-19. As compared to everyone else in the entire country, they are suffering the most. With no income coming in their way, they are in real need of support. So, actress Vaani Kapoor has decided to step up and do her bit. She is teaming up with Anshula Kapoor’s online fundraising platform, Fankind, to raise funds for them. With millions of them out of jobs and unable to provide food for their families, this initiative will help collect donations to provide hot meals for them at their doorstep.
People can donate to the cause via Fankind‘s online platform and 5 of her lucky fans will get a chance to go on a virtual date with her.
Talking about it, Vaani says:
As human beings, we will need to come forward. Also, support as many people as possible in need due to the coronavirus pandemic in our country. I’m doing my bit to support the daily wage earners of our country. And their families who are in dire situations given the lockdown. My activity, involves 5 lucky winners can have a virtual date with me. And will see us collect funds to help feed them and their families. And this will be done all across the country.
Furthermore, the funds will go to GiveIndia which will provide hot cooked meals to wage earners and their families.
On the work front, Vaani Kapoor was last seen in the film War opposite Hrithik Roshan. She will next be seen in Yash Raj Films‘ Shamshera alongside Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt.
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Want To Open An Instagram Page? Here’s few Tips
Social media runs throughout the world. There’s no denying that the social network is becoming more important for brands and social media marketers alike. Instagram page presents a unique platform for brands to create visually engaging content to promote their services and connect with their fans. If you have put aside creating an account on this rapidly growing platform, now is the perfect time to start. Below, are simple and easy to follow steps to start and grow your business Instagram profile.
A business account on Instagram will give you more tools to manage and grow your brand on the platform. The added benefits of a business profile are- the ability to add your brand’s phone number, email, or location directly on your profile, create ads, access to Instagram’s analytics. These added features come completely free and all you need to have is a business Facebook page.
Write A Good Bio
It takes just two-tenths of a second for someone to form an opinion on your brand online. This means it’s incredibly important to make a great first impression with the content of your Instagram profile and bio. Your bio deserves a lot of love as it’s likely to be one of the first things people see when they click on your profile. It will also play a key role in the actions someone decides to take once they’ve landed on your profile, too.
Find Like Minded People
You’ve just made your first Instagram post, but you may have noticed that your feed is a bit empty. To fill this void, Instagram will ask you to “Find People to Follow” by connecting to your Facebook account, adding phone contacts, or through profile suggestions. These are the three easiest options as you can simply tap on a profile to follow them. You will get more followers. More importantly, you will gain some serious followers who will be helpful in carrying your page forward.
Take Advantage of Instagram Insights
One of the most valuable tools you get from converting to a business profile on Instagram is its free analytics tools. In Instagram Insights, you will be able to see key information about your follower’s demographics and the time they are most active on the platform. Similarly, you can view your top performing posts and stories, which will give you a better idea of the type of content that your followers find most interesting.
Post Consistently Without Fail
According to Social Media today, a staggering 70% of Instagram posts are never seen by users. That’s why it is important to use all tools at your disposal like stories, hashtags, and location tagging to increase the chances of your posts showing up on people’s feeds. One of the best ways to ensure your target audience sees your posts is by posting consistently. That’s why scheduling your posts on Instagram is a must.
Engagement With Audience
Social Media is a great way for brands and their customers to build a relationship. One way to do this is by interacting with your current and future patrons through the comments section. When you find a post you want to comment on, simply tap on Speech Bubble icon at the bottom part of the post. You can also respond to a comment by tapping the Reply button underneath the comment. This is a great way to interact with your customers or reply to their questions or concerns.
Timely And Trending Content
Is there something interesting trending? Maybe it’s a specific holiday? National Pizza Day? You can join the discussion by creating something relevant to the story and your brand to maximize on the excitement. When it comes to jumping on trending stories, though, it’s essential to think about how this story relates to your brand and whether joining the conversation is a good fit with your strategy.
With over 700 million active users, it’s hard to ignore the potential benefits of getting your brand on an Instagram page. Follow these simple steps and start reaping the benefits of an Instagram page for a Business Profile today!
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