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HBO Pulls Down ‘Gone With The Wind’ amid anti-racism protest

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One of the Hollywood’s cult classic ‘Gone With The Wind’ which got released in 1939 received recent criticism for its anti-racist depiction. This has forced HBO to take the movie off its platform.

The film which is based on Margaret Mitchell’s book by the same name was published in 1936. The movie has been scrutinised for its glorification of slavery and the de-categorisation of Black people.

A few days back, the film was scrutinised by John Ridley, screenwriter of ’12 Years A Slave’ who wrote an Op-ed against the movie.

In the article titled ‘Hey HBO, Gone With The Wind’, he wrote:

It romanticizes the horrors of slavery. Take it off your platform for now. 

He added,

It doesn’t ‘just fall’ short with regard to representation. It is a film that glorifies antebellum South. It is a film that, when it is not ignoring the horrors of slavery, pauses only to perpetuate some of the most painful stereotypes of people of color.

It is a film that, as a part of the narrative of the ‘Lost Cause’, romanticizes the Confederacy in a way that continues to give legitimacy to the notion that the secessionist movement was something more, or better, or nobler than what it was ‘a bloody insurrection to maintain the ‘right’ to own, sell and buy human beings. 

Meanwhile, HBO Max, a recently launched streaming service from WarnerMedia, said the film will eventually return but will feature a “discussion of its historical context and a denouncement” of its racist depictions.

“‘Gone With The Wind’ is a product of its time and depicts some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that have, unfortunately, been commonplace in American society. These racist depictions were undoubtedly wrong then and are wrong even today, and we felt that to keep this title up without an explanation and a denouncement of those depictions would be irresponsible.

A spokesperson of HBO Max quoted:

These depictions are certainly counter to WarnerMedia’s values, so when we return the film to HBO Max, it will return with a discussion of its historical context and a denouncement of those very depictions but will be presented as it was originally created because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed. If we are to create a more just, equitable and inclusive future, we must first acknowledge and understand our history. 

The film starred Hollywood icons, Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, in lead roles with Hattie McDaniel in a supporting role. The film was set in the American South, on a plantation outside Atlanta and narrated the love story of southern aristocrats Scarlett O’Hara (Leigh) and Rhett Butler (Gable).

The four-hour-long film won eight Oscars at the 12th Academy Awards, including best picture, director, adapted screenplay, actress and supporting actress for McDaniel.

McDaniel, who played the house servant ‘Mammy’ at the O’Haras, became the first black person to win the award but due to racial segregation at the ceremony, she sat separately from her co-stars, at a table at the back of the room.

The move undertaken by HBO Max is one of the several measures media companies are taking amid racial tension in America. Media companies are reportedly reassessing content in the wake of protests over police brutality and systemic racism after the death of George Floyd, an African American man killed by Minnesota police a few weeks back.

 

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Shararat Cast- Where Are They Now

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Most 90s kids were lucky to have watched some of the best Indian shows. And Shararat ranks high on that list. The story of three generations of friendly witches, Shararat made for a fun watch. Launched in 2003, it had a good run of four years on Star Plus. The sitcom was bankrolled by Ronnie Screwvala. So, lets see where they are now.

 

Shruti Seth as Jia

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Shruti Seth’s big break on television, Shararat went on to become a milestone in her career. The actor played the lovable and gullible witch, who was bestowed with magical powers on her 18th birthday. New to these powers, Jia would always end up in trouble and it was her mother and grandmother who bailed her out.

Post Shararat, Shruti has been part of shows like Kyun Hota Hai Pyaar, Rishta.com and films like Rajneeti, Fanaah among more. She has also enjoyed her stint as a host with Mum Tum Aur Hum and multiple seasons of Comedy Circus. Ekta Kapoor recently announced Shruti Seth as one of her lead actors in Mentalhood. The ALTBalaji series will present the lives of moms in contemporary times. The actor is married to filmmaker Danish Aslam and has a daughter.

 

Farida Jalal as (Sushma) Nani

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The most loving and supportive grandmother, Nani was always around to help Jia. A fun personality, she always used her magical powers to teach people lessons. She was also quite naughty and sometimes misused her powers.

More than her TV roles, Farida Jalal is known for playing pivotal characters in films like Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. She was last seen in ZEE5’s Parchayee.

 

Poonam Narula  as Radha

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Radha had the tough task of being a witch and a normal ‘human’ wife at the same time. She knew her husband didn’t like magic and so she refrained from using it. She also had to keep an eye on her mischievous mother. A supportive mother, Radha was always there to share the best advice with her daughter.

Poonam Narula has been part of shows like Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Kasam and Nach Baliye. Married to actor Manish Goel, she has taken a sabbatical to raise her kids.

 

Mahesh Thakur as Suraj Malhotra

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Poor Suraj got the shock of his life on his wedding night as Radha informed him that she is a witch. Being in love with his wife, he accepted her but asked her to live a normal life like him. While he hated magic, there were multiple moments when it helped him get out of sticky situations. A loving father, he also had a love-hate relationship with his mother-in-law.

Post the show, Mahesh has been part of numerous television and film projects. Some of his notable works include Sasural Genda Phool, Ishqbaaaz, Udaan and films like Hum Saath Saath Hai, Aashiqui 2, Jai Ho etc. He was last seen in Eros Now’s Modi: The Story of a Common Man.

 

Karanvir Bohra as Dhruv

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The college hottie, Dhruv was the centre of attraction and had every girl falling for him. Jia too had a crush on him. Although he reciprocated her feelings, they did not confess their feelings, for a long time. It was also because of Dhruv that Jia became a soft target for Pam, who too had her eyes on this stud.

While Karanvir Bohra is now known for his exuberant fashion sense and personality, as Dhruv, he was the perfect chocolate boy. One of his first acting assignments, KVB, as he is fondly known, charmed the ladies not just on the show but also in real life. Karanvir was last seen as one of the finalists in Bigg Boss 12.

 

Simple Kaul as Pam

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The foreign-returned Parminder aka Pam entered Jia’s life as her rival, wanting to take her place in college, and the love of her life – Dhruv. Pam and her two sidekicks made every effort to make life hell for Jia in college. But thanks to nani and her magical tricks, Pam would always end up falling flat on her face.

After playing the snooty Pam, Simple Kaul showcased her acting skills in shows like Yeh Meri Life Hai, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, Suvreen Guggal, Jeannie Aur Juhu and more. Currently, she is a proud owner of multiple restuarants that she opened with good friend Addite Malik.

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Unfinished: PCJ Finally Launches Her Memoir

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas finally launched her book: Unfinished, A memoir! After giving us a sneak-peek into her memoir the entire week, she got the ball rolling today. PCJ made a point to make her own legacy, breaking stereotypes and taking the road not taken. Her journey isn’t like a run-of-the-mill story but it was a hell of a roller coaster ride. From hitting the ground after a few good hits, she rose back and paved her own path. She has fans across the world.

She described her memoir as

“A thoughtful and revealing memoir from one of the world’s most recognizable women, renowned for her bold risk-taking, multiculturalism, and activism.”

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She posted the cover her memoir captioning,

“Ironically, I named this memoir years before I started writing it. Having been a public person now for 20 years, with so much life to live and a long list of things to check off my list personally and professionally, I am very much #Unfinished. BUT the funny thing about writing a memoir is that it forces you to look at things differently, reconciling so many things you thought you had put to bed. In doing so I’ve realized that being “unfinished” has deeper meaning for me, and has in fact been one of the most common threads of my life…”

 

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…My parents taught me at a very young age to have courage of conviction, and I’ve never been ambivalent about this. I have always been guided by my curiosity, drive for challenge, and intrinsic need to constantly evolve and move forward. I have taken many leaps of faith, often times when I was advised not to…and even when I too was afraid. Some risks paid off, some didn’t (my life is not a fairytale, although I do hate to lose…c'est la vie), but what I learned during this process is that I have never shied away from change, or forced guilt on myself for leaving something unfinished if that’s what my evolution as an individual required… #unfinished PRE-ORDER NOW! (link in bio)

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Insight into her memoir:

“I AM A PRODUCT OF TRADITIONAL INDIA AND ITS ANCIENT WISDOM, AND MODERN INDIA AND ITS URBAN BUSTLE. MY UPBRINGING WAS ALWAYS AN AMALGAMATION OF THE TWO INDIAS, AND, JUST AS MUCH, OF EAST AND WEST.”

“FROM HER DUAL-CONTINENT TWENTY-YEAR-LONG CAREER AS AN ACTOR AND PRODUCER TO HER WORK AS A UNICEF GOODWILL AMBASSADOR, FROM LOSING HER BELOVED FATHER TO CANCER TO MARRYING NICK JONAS, PRIYANKA CHOPRA JONAS’S STORY WILL INSPIRE A GENERATION AROUND THE WORLD TO GATHER THEIR COURAGE, EMBRACE THEIR AMBITION, AND COMMIT TO THE HARD WORK OF FOLLOWING THEIR DREAMS.”

PCJ has moved heaven and earth to make her memoir accessible to everyone. It is available in both in hard copy and soft copy. You can pre-order it from the links below:

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These Shows Will Make You Put On Thinking Hats

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Detective television shows always manage to raise the innate investigator we all have within us. The reason why people find detective shows so engaging is that there’s enough space to explore a wide variety of themes and genres. While some shows depend heavily on style, creating a noir-ish and violent narrative, others depend on pure substance. From the grimy ‘Mindhunter’ to the cerebral ‘Sherlock’, detective shows contain a large variety of narratives. In addition, these detective shows are hard to resist. Some of the best shows out there are-

1. Frequency

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Raimy, an NYPD detective in 2016 who discovers that she is able to communicate with her father via a ham radio, who had died way back in 1996. Together, the two start solving all the “unsolvable” cases. The show brilliantly manages to blend the fancy with the crime. It jumps in timeline creating a non-linear plot which is handled with maturity by American writer Jeremy Carver.

2. 1983

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Premiering on Netflix in 2018, ‘1983’ is a Polish crime drama about a law student, Kajetan Skowron, essayed by Maciej Musiał, and a cop, Anatol Janów, played by Robert Więckiewicz, who, decades after a 1983 terrorist attack, tries to expose a conspiracy that’s kept Poland as a police state and the Iron Curtain standing. Created and written by Joshua Long, the show is built on a gripping, edgy narrative.

3. Sherlock Holmes

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The show which launched Benedict Cumberbatch onto the A-list. Sherlock gave Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic creation a brand new lease of life when it first hit the BBC back in 2010. You can catch the first three series of the multi-Emmy-winning drama on Netflix. It is packed with particular highlights including the thoroughly modern take on A Scandal in Bohemia. To sum it up, you should watch it right away. Above all, you would not want to miss Benedict’s amazing acting.

4. Jonathan Creek

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You could argue that back in its 1990s prime, Jonathan Creek surpassed the above when it came to eccentric British detectives. Combining whimsical comedy, magic tricks and elaborate, if admittedly far-fetched, murder mystery, Jonathan Creek transformed the whodunnit into the howdunnit, turned stand-up Alan Davies into a household name and gave a whole host of other comedic faces.

5. Luther

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The highly charismatic Idris Elba also took his career to new heights when he landed the lead role of DCI John Luther in this compelling BBC crime drama. The potential future James Bond excels as the brilliant but troubled detective who finds himself embroiled in a dangerous cat and mouse game with Ruth Wilson’s psychopathic killer. In other words, this is a literary masterpiece.

6. The Killing 

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It may lack the iconic woolly jumpers of the Swedish language original, and the first season finale is one of the most frustrating in recent memory. But this US remake of the definitive Scandi noir still largely manages to retain the slow-building intensity, stark realism and tantalising mysteries of its source material. Additionally, the killing went on to top charts when it was aired.

7. Mindhunter

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Based on a non-fiction bestseller, Mindhunter sees Jonathan Groff and McCallany play FBI agents. They are tasked with interviewing convicted serial killers to help better understand their crimes. Additionally to solve ongoing investigations. Executive produced by David Fincher, this Netflix original grips from start to finish. This was commissioned for a second series before a single episode had even aired.

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