Kabali Creates Khalbali Before Its Release

The Kabali fever has hit the world as the movie is set to release this Friday, July 22. The housefull shows worldwide before the release of the movie, free auto rides to audience and giving free movie tickets for constructing public toilets has proven that the Thalaivar fandom is incomprehensible.

The movie is said to be released on 5000 big screens. Within 2 hours the tickets for the movie were sold at 400 theatres in United States. Europe’s largest theatre Le Grand Rex in Paris is already housefull. Advance booking in Chennai has filled the entire city theatres for first three days. SPI Theatres which has 27 screen showcasing 96 shows per day is also all booked. Firstpost  reported that the first day at Vettri theatres is booked by friends, family and VIPs of the owner Rakesh Gowthaman.

LG Kiran Bedi tweeted that Puducherry government was giving free tickets to those who construct toilets in their house and the method has been working very well. Fyndus, a data processing Chennai startup and Bengaluru’s Opus declared a holiday on the day of Kabali release as reported by NDTV. With Kabali frenzy everywhere, the film is expected to break Bahubali records soon after its grand release.

Kabali, starring Rajinikanth and Radhika Apte has been directed by Pa. Ranjith. The teaser has already set the record of the highest viewed Asian film on YouTube crossing 25 million.

Sri Lanka celebrates Independence day with Tamil rendition of national anthem

In an uncommon yet symbolic gesture, Sri Lanka on Thursday celebrated its 68th Independence day by rendering the national anthem in Tamil during one of the main events of the day.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena kick started the function by hoisting the national flag, during which the Sinhalese version of the national anthem was played. Later, the Tamil version of the anthem was sung by school children, which caught the attention of people who attended the function.

According to several ministers of the country, this has happened after a long gap. Post the event, social media was flooded with remarks of ministers and many others.

“Yes it’s a very small act but that goes long way forward. National anthem in Tamil after decades. Victory 4 our Coexistence journey,” tweeted Mano Ganesan, Minister of National Co-existence and Dialogue and leader of Tamil Progressive Alliance.

In his Independence day address, Mr Sirisena said that his government was determined to face the United Nations led investigation into war crimes following a UN Human Rights Council resolution last year. He stressed that by implementing the resolution, the country could safeguard its dignity and it would help them to be accepted as a respected member of the international community.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wikremasinghe, leader of Opposition R Sampanthan and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga also attended the function.

Sources: The Hindu, Daily Mail

The Body- Hugging, Skin-Tight Moral Policing

Image Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Image Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Moral policing for women inked another page, as the latest issue of popular Tamil magazine ‘Kumudam Reporter’ showcased the “obscenity” of women wearing leggings.

The cover story “Obscene leggings: Youth are exceeding limits”, accompanied with close-up photographs of the backs of women wearing body-hugging leggings preached moralistic values to women. It didn’t resist from blaming women or inviting the male gaze by wearing skin- tight clothes and in a way justifying sexual violence and eve- teasing against women, enraged women activists said.

The story also took opinions from women regarding the recent bans on leggings and clothing in some colleges of Tamil Nadu. The magazine used obscene images of women, infringing on their privacy and resorting to public shaming, attracting a lot of flak from the public and the social media. In the same article, in a bid to take the high moral ground, the magazine attempted to justify that it had no intentions of infringing anyone’s privacy by clicking and publishing such photographs, but only to inform how men perceive “our mothers and daughters”.

The magazines of Kumadam group have had a notorious and sensationalist image; earlier, a Kumudam group magazine printed a picture of a woman, asking “Na enna seppa figure ah?” (“Am I a bad-looking/ figured chick?”) A few years back, a series- “Oru Nadigayin Kadhai” (An actress’ story) was published, which was deemed highly degrading to women and was pulled back after protests.

Women journalists, writers and activist in Tamil Nadu condemned the magazine for the article and demanded an apology for their misogynistic take on women.

Moral policing seems to be the order of the day, mostly done by political parties or religious institutions. But when the Media, credited for being the ‘mouthpiece’ of the society resorts to such measures, it is highly condemnable. Last year a similar controversy surfaced when Times of India’s twitter account tweeted a link to a video featuring Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone at a film premiere wearing a low-cut dress, titling it “OMG: Deepika Padukone’s cleavage show”

The question then is: What is more exposing and degrading to a woman – skin tight, revealing clothes (worn by their own personal choice, with absolute freedom to do so) or, fake and hypocritical value judgements imposing ideologies?