Over the weekend, Ranveer Singh broke the internet when his nude photo shoot with Paper Magazine went viral, racking up thousands of likes, retweets and shares across social media platforms. The photographs were shot by Ashish Shah for the international publication and showed Singh in tiny black speedos and out of them. It goes without saying that the 37-year-old looks hot as hell. He’s never been in better shape, physically or mentally. If Ranveer Singh’s trademark devil-may-care attitude had to jump out onto a page, it would be in the form of this photoshoot. Towards the end of the interview that accompanied these pictures, Ranveer said: “I work f*cking hard . . . Anybody who judges me can eat my f*cking ass.”
Well, the judgment has come and it has come strong. According to media reports, a complaint has been filed against the actor under Section 67A of the IT Act along with Sections 292, 293, 354, and 509 of the Indian Penal Code for insulting women’s modesty. The complaint has reportedly been filed by an NGO called the Shyam Mangaram foundation.
But are we surprised at this official complaint? Truly, we’d be stunned if one didn’t materialise! It has become increasingly common for individuals to piggyback on a noted personality’s coattails to gain their 15 minutes of fame. A certain political organisation comes out of the wood work only when a movie about some character from India’s history is being made. What do they do when Sanjay Leela Bhansali is not shooting? We’ll never know.
Perhaps, one should be thankful that only an official complaint has been filed against Ranveer. After all, wasn’t it just a few years ago that his wife, ace actress Deepika Padukone was under the threat of a beheading? Our Constitution and legal frameworks are strong enough to take action when it is really required, not because some person’s fragile emotions were hurt. Don’t like something? Don’t watch it. It is literally that simple. Go a step ahead and block Ranveer Singh from all your social media platforms. Go further and throw your phones into the sea and buy a small house in an isolated island where you don’t have to interact with any human being or sentient being that might hurt your emotions.
Bollywood has always been an easy target, as Pooja Bhatt told Filmfare in June last year. “Every time the world needs a target, they point towards the film industry. And all of us are not forthright about defending ourselves or to counter them. I think it’s obvious that, in the world we live in today, there is a tendency to provoke a response. While I believe that you have a right to say what you want to say, I have the right to respond when I want to respond. And I’m not going to respond to everything that provokes a response,” she had said.
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Pooja.