Tag Archives: Shah Rukh Khan

A newspaper ad without SRK, MSD or AB

Brand ambassadors for media companies usually tend to be celebrities—a Shah Rukh Khan for Zee, a Mahinder Singh Dhoni for NDTV, an Amitabh Bachchan for The Times of India, etc—or faces of newsmakers. In other words, usually upper class or upper caste. Loksatta, the Marathi daily from the Indian Express group, bucks the trend with…

Free speech gets a major boost (in the a**)

So, young Indians cannot tell their friends in what they like on Facebook, without being “pre-screened” by Harvard types (or hauled into a police station by Shiv Sena goons). So, bloggers cannot publish their “online private diaries” without the sword of 66(A) hanging over their heads. So, tweeters can be blocked and Savita bhabhi‘s enviable…

How Bombay is skewing the media worldview

On the day the world economy was in a tailspin and the rupee was tanking, much of the media led with a spat between Shah Rukh Khan and a security guard at the Wankhede stadium in Bombay. Much of the blame for this warped worldview rests with the Bombay media, says DNA editor-in-chief Aditya Sinha:…

Guess who came to wish Rajdeep ‘good night’?

Indian Express contributing editor Coomi Kapoor has this item┬áin her diary today: “Superstar Shah Rukh Khan‘s face is normally a passport which ensures open doors just about anywhere in the country. But the security guard at the house of CNN-IBN’s Rajdeep Sardesai failed to recognise the actor. “Khan, whose in-laws live in Panchsheel Park [Delhi],…

Rajeev Shukla: from reporter to minister of state

PRITAM SENGUPTA writes from Delhi:┬áRajeev Shukla, the journalist who began his career as a lowly reporter in the Hindi daily Northern India Patrika in Kanpur in 1978 before turning to politics in 2000, is to become a minister in the Manmohan Singh government this evening. The 52-year-old will be the minister of State in charge…

Did media overreact to SRK? Press QOTD ‘Y’

“Film maker, TV producer, businesswoman, writer, blogger, teacher and the main slave to an imperious hound”, Harini Calamur on the Indian media’s reaction to the detention of movie star Shah Rukh Khan by officials at Newark airport: “At first, when my nani called me up to tell me that SRK was arrested in the USA,…