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Can Bollywood Do A Meryl Streep At Award Functions? Can B-town Openly Insult Leaders?

Meryl Streep slams Donald Trump at the Golden Globe Awards 2017 without even mentioning his name. Can Bollywood stars do the same in India by standing up to a political leader without facing backlash?

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Donald Trump is the President-elect of the United States of America and he fought Hillary Clinton very hard to win the election. Trump was mocked every single day by the media, celebrities, elites and other global establishments by calling him as a "candidate who will never win." Despite everything being against him, Trump pulled it off and won the election with ease and his fans had the last laugh. The people of the USA did not care what the elites think and wanted progress, hence voted for Trump. Celebrities opinions are irrelevant for the people, when it comes to elections!

The hatred against Donald Trump has not settled yet and Meryl Streep, who won an Award at the Golden Globes 2017 spewed venom against him without even mentioning his name. Meryl dissed Trump by saying how she found it prudent to insult a disabled journalist in a public platform and yet he was chosen to the highest power of the country. Now the question is, can Bollywood stars do a Meryl Streep at any award show? Film-maker Anurag Kashyap tweeted, "We in our film industry don't even need to give a speech like Meryl Streep if we just start standing up with those who actually speak up."

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What Anurag Kashyap meant was, if Bollywood stands united 'as one' on any given issue without the fear of being alienated or mocked, the film industry will reach the heights of Hollywood in terms of speaking out against prejudices. But that is indeed a distant case! We cannot blame the film stars for it, as it takes a lot to stand up against a political leader in India. An actor's career might come to a halt!

Even the Baadshah of Bollywood, Shahrukh Khan was left to fend by himself when his film Raees was nearing its release as it has Pakistani actress Mahira Khan in the lead role. SRK had to visit Raj Thackeray's house and plead with him not to harm the movie in any way. In 2015, his film Dilwale was stalled in Mangalore by fringe groups as he commented that 'India was growing intolerant.' Karan Johar had to pay 5 Crores to the army fund when Ae Dil Hai Mushkil was nearing its release.

Also, Hollywood actors are brave and free because Donald Trump fans will never sit for a 'dharna' in front of Meryl Steep's house and will not stall and disrupt her movies and neither will they have to pay a fine, but that's not the case for Bollywood actors. Any slight provocation can lead to 'dharnas' and cause financial losses to the actors and film-makers. Hence B-town stars are cautious to call out on a political leader in a public platform as the backlash is quite severe. The only option left is to either fight them (which is impossible) or to maintain amicable relations with the leaders for their own good. Bollywood stars chose the latter, which is totally understandable.

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