Lessons from Prakash Raj to Bollywood Superstars

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Lessons from Prakash Raj to Bollywood Superstars

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ollywood and Politics are fairly similar. One industry requires its stars to put up award-winning performances year after year through efficiently feigning happiness, sadness, and empathy for the camera. While the other industry is Bollywood. And given their prowess at maintaining a squeaky clean image in public, it isn’t surprising that Bollywood has-beens have historically made great political Yes Men. Govinda, Hema Malini, Dharmendra and more have collectively turned statesmanship into little more than Bollywood’s sinecure club.

Which is why it’s especially refreshing to see someone of Prakash Raj’s stature blatantly call out the ruling party’s shady goings-on. At the recent India Today South Conclave 2018, the southern superstar went full-on savage at the NDA government, calling them out on everything from Hindutva fringe groups to blatant anti-democratic stances, the actor didn’t pull any punches. Soon enough, a BJP spokesperson from the crowd felt compelled to interrupt the actor and defend the BJP on the grounds that Prakash Raj doesn’t have the right to decide who is Hindu and who is not.

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