The View at 40 | Why We’re Silent About Rajkumar Hirani & Outraged Over Gillette’s Advertising

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The View at 40 | Why We’re Silent About Rajkumar Hirani & Outraged Over Gillette’s Advertising

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s the elections get close, I find myself getting more and more nervous at family get togethers. You know that after all the rabdi is eaten and we’re done ribbing the youngest teenager in the family about his new girlfriend, the discussion will turn to one inevitable mitron – Modiji. What once would have looked like a perfectly happy family will resemble of pack of wolves- split down to the centre with bared teeth . Rabdi will be a distant memory.

And so it happened last night. By the end of a splendid dinner of Kashmiri kofte, the room was divided and engulfed in a cold, stiff, spectral silence that resembled the LoC. Yet surprisingly, this time it wasn’t about Modi. It was Rajkumar Hirani, the brand new name that #MeToo gifted us last week. The younger kids – all 25 and below – had thrown their hats in the corner of “That sucks. How many of these stories are out there?”  The ones above 60 were equally firm in their corner which went “That sucks. How many men will these women take down with them?” The man left in the middle was my uncle – with one leg in each world – hovering between old and young, right and wrong,  light and the dark.

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