You really didn’r expect Deepika Padukone to be conferred with a Padma award, did you?Not after her JNU visit for sure.
This Republic Day, the Governmemt, in all its time-tested wisdom has decided to honour a selfsconsciously motley crew from the Indian entertainment industry with Padma Shris.
So there are the three K’s, Kangana Ranaut and Karan Johar(who can’t stand each other) and Ekta Kapoor whose television serials with titles beginning with the letter ‘K’ not-so-subtly redefined the homeviewing space by aggrandizing the hope of soap via the medium of tedium.
Karan Johar’s films from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in 1998 to , ahem, Kalank and Good Newwz in 2019 revamped the old kitschy formula of massy entertainment with an urban tadka. He says he is humbled by the Padma Shri. Don’t let that façade of humility fool you. Karan believes in his own brand better than anyone else.
The sheer volume of work that Karan and Ekta have done makes them eligible for a Padma Shri(I guess!). By the way, does the Padma mean Karan has been forgiven for his naked partiality towards the Pakistani heart-throb Fawad Khan ,now replaced by the suitably Indian VijayDeverakonda in the producer-director’s range of favour.