It"s normal to hear of animal rights activists protesting against the abuse of animals. But this heated afternoon, Mumbai saw hundreds of pigeons flock outside Sony Music"s offices to protest against the director Mrighdeep Singh Lamba"s soon-to-be released Teen Thay Bhai. Sources tell us that the film"s title track is called 'Pigeon Kabootar". This makes it the second time a Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra film has a song named after pigeons. The entire city"s pigeon community is infuriated with the film"s actors Om Puri, Shreyas Talpade & Deepak Dobriyal, director, Mrighdeep Lamba and producer, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.
According to the Spokespigeon, the pigeon community has been an easy target for Bollywood. “From the song 'Kabootar jaa jaa" to 'Hurrrr" scene of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Bollywood has never shied from using pigeon names seeking box office hits. Every movie associated with us has topped the box office but neither have we got a share of the profits nor due recognition!" The spokespigeon commented in a hastily prepared statement for the media after hearing the song “We demand an apology".
Pigeons have formed an important part of Mumbai"s ecology. And taking this racial profiling seriously, they have threatened to stop their services to the city and migrate to the Trafalgar Square in London. Sources say that the authorities of Trafalgar Square, London, have already sent an invite to our local pigeons and they are taking the offer seriously. “First 'Masakali" and now 'Pigeon Kabootar", such a renowned filmmaker misusing us like this is nothing but racial profiling. Our community feels threatened here!" the spokespigeon commented.
While the producer of Teen Thay Bhai, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, was unavailable for comment, everyone is anxious to know what his reaction on this protest will be! But the bigger question is whether the hard-working pigeons will manage to restore their prestige and racial right and (if at all) what will the compensation be?