14th October 2020

Swara Bhaskar Applauds Bollywood’s Decision To Sue Arnab & Co

Swara Bhaskar

Swara Bhaskar

Actress Swara Bhaskar who has been vocal in her opposition to  the  vilification campaign  against  Bollywood spoke exclusively after the lawsuit. 

“It’s a most welcome move. During the  last few months the  way  we’ve seen our film industry being vilified  by two channels Times Now  and Republic  TV against whom the defamation case  has been  filed, is shameful and  irresponsible,as  much of their campaign was based on  salacious rumours and hearsay. A lot of the accusations were inaccurate  and  defamatory  as though a  ploy to boost TRPs  by hook or crook.”

Swara feels Bollywood has its blind spots , but to label the  whole industry as evil is  wrong. “There are plenty of hardworking  actors and technicians. You can’t  write them off as undesirable  just to  be newsy and sensational. Let me  also point out that  Bollywood is not just about actors  but hundreds of technicians.Everyone’s livelihood was being affected by this  smearing  campaign. It is so heartening to see all the  production houses, big and small, joining hands   to fight  for  their  reputation.Also   four major  unions have also come forward.As a  female  actor I’m so glad  CINTAA(the Cine & TV Artists Association) which has  always safeguarded women inBollywood,  is  a plaintiff in the lawsuit.”

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Swara is also  happy about the  demands  of the lawsuit. “It’s not saying the two offending channels should be gagged. The lawsuit asks for the channels  to be  prevented  from badmouthing our film industry. That’s only reasonable. It’s a reminder that  the  tv channels must do their job and  not  hold media trials. It’s  a very welcome  move.”

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