Sunday, October 22, 2006

Celebrity Overkill

Do we have an unreasonable fixation with film stars and sports icons? Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have already created a mini-storm in India, or at least in newspaper reams. Now there is another newsitem, that of Shahrukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra taking the Indian Railways for a ride, literally, doing a shoot campaign for Pepsi. On a Shatabdi from Delhi to Jaipur, the soft drink company apparently plastered the coaches with brand posters (such kind of publicity requires prior permission, a bank guarantee and a bond). A hundred-strong police force was pressed into action for the stars’ safety and the railway staff also stood up for action.



The question is why was so much of government money spent on the personal protection of two film entities who were out on a personal business trip? In retrospect, should the stars and the company not be made to account for the losses?

1 Comments:

Anonymous JAGDISH SHAH said...

DEAR SIR
WE SHOULD NOT GIVE MUCH IMPORTANTCE THAN A SIMPLE CITIZEN, EVEN IN JAPAN AND USA PRESIDENT COULD NOT GET SUCH IMPORTANCE FROM THE CITIZEN.
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG, WRONG USE OF MEDIA, AND GOVT. AGENCY.
WE SHOULD STOP ALL THIS NONSENSE THING.
THANKS
JAGDISH SHAH

8:51 PM  

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