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Spanking Sonu Nigam

17 Jul

In an unfortunate choice of words, Sonu Nigam wrote in to The Times of India to complain about filmi journo Subhash K. Jha’s relentless “Sonu-spanking”. It’s hard to tear myself away from the beautiful vision conjured up by those words, but I’ll try. :mrgreen:

In the letter, Sonu not only outed Jha’s sexual orientation but also alleged that Jha was biased against him because he (Sonu) had rejected his (Jha’s) advances:

[H]e is the same guy who has always had overwhelmingly great words of praises for me once upon my time, from my impeccable singing abilities, to my acting prowess, especially in my movie Love in Nepal… So what suddenly happened that today he humiliates me every fortnight in some or the other article in your paper or the others that he writes for?
[snip]
It’s not a secret in the industry that he is a homosexual. God bless him for homosexuals are normal people with just different sexual preferences, just like men lusting for women is not a taboo. But a man punishing a woman for not complying with his sexual advancement is an issue right? So why isn’t a man imposing upon another man an issue? Isn’t this a free world?

Am I supposed to reciprocate to something that I am not interested in? And do I have to be subjected to this kind of DADAGIRI for no fault of mine?

Whoa!

Jha liked Love in Nepal? Let’s run him out of town! I mean, readers of Hindi movie reviews have long come to accept the idiosyncratic way movies are reviewed in India and there is no one more “idiosyncratic” than Jha – but Love in Nepal? Seriously? Man, lust must be about ten times more blinding than love then.

Turns out, though, it isn’t. Here’s what Jha actually wrote:

The cast is pleasant enough, though neither frightfully glamorous nor charming. With his carefully worked-out look and eyebrow-raised arrogance, Sonu moves many steps ahead of his earlier acting opportunities. The film belongs to Sonu.
[snip]
[Love in Nepal] isn’t bereft of intelligence. And compared with the other, dark and ugly release this week, it at least spares you the agony of crassness.

As a “glowing review”, methinks it lacks a certain something. But hey, it’s a lot better than some of the things I could have said about that movie so I guess he can be forgiven for remembering those stingy phrases “overwhelmingly great praises”. Either that or Sonu has a low threshold for praise.

However, this seems to have created a mini storm in a teacup: apparently nobody in Bollywood was talking about the male casting couch (although, technically, what’s the point of sleeping with a journo? He can’t get you jobs. I guess he could refrain from trashing your movie but is Jha so powerful that he can keep the audience at bay? I ask coz I’ve never yet agreed with a single review of his).

While I don’t agree with Sonu outing him publicly, if Jha was somehow using his position to make unwelcome sexual advances then obviously that’s wrong. However, it’s interesting to see that while a number of people have come forward to talk about the male casting couch (and one or two to talk specifically about Jha), the issue is sort of vaguely presented with people like Mahesh Bhatt chipping in. Say what?

For all their talk of “industry” and it’s ills, Jha – a journalist who’s only connected peripherally to said industry, with very limited power over the careers of upcoming actors/singers – remains the only one to be directly named. If we’re having an indepth examination of people in the film industry taking advantage of male newcomers, then why not start talking about people who actually make the movies? Producers, directors, financiers, actors, actresses…

On the other hand, here is the article that sparked this whole tempest – It’s A ‘Nosy’ Affair, in which Jha tells Himesh Reshammiya’s critics and rivals (um, Sonu?) to suck it up coz His Himeshness is now a huge freakin’ Movie Star unlike some others he could, and does, mention. Oooh, burn!

Sonu is also known whiner. Here he is whining about Love in Nepal to… Subhash K. Jha.

[PS - above video demonstrating Sonu's heterosexuality is from Love in Nepal]

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13 Comments

Posted by on July 17, 2007 in Celebrity, Entertainment, News, Video

 

13 responses to “Spanking Sonu Nigam

  1. Terri

    July 17, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    Hmm, I always thought Sonu was a pretty boy. So I was somewhat surprised to learn he was married. And expecting.

     
  2. amitscorpio

    July 17, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    I remember watching an episode of Seedhi Bat (Aaj Tak) with sonu nigam in which he clearly accepted that his acting stint was a mistake and he should now focus on his singing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZW7l9ELjy8
    from 2:13 to 3:13.

    why is sonu whining now??

     
  3. some body

    July 18, 2007 at 2:16 am

    “Hmm, I always thought Sonu was a pretty boy. So I was somewhat surprised to learn he was married. And expecting.”

    somehow, amrita’s post gave me the impression that it was subhash k jha who was expecting, and sonu who dashed those expectations! ;-)

    - s.b.

     
  4. Terri

    July 18, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    Is that video from an actual film?!!! After watching that woman gyrate, even Jha might change his orientation.

     
  5. Amrita

    July 18, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    Terri – it’s a little sick how much I know about this guy but I believe he was always married but cheating on her. And yeah, that is the famously brilliant Love in Nepal. How does it feel now that you know what Sonu’s O face looks like? :D

    Amit – it is known as heartburn :mrgreen:

    SB – :D

     
  6. aditi narayan

    July 19, 2007 at 11:51 am

    Guys,
    this is hilarious. I haven’t laughed so much in a while! A good friend of mine is actually interviewing sonu shortly. She is a superb journalist. Lets see how this interview turns out and if he talks about the sleazy saga of journo meets singing inferno..and the heat is too hot to handle in sleazeworld!

     
  7. Amrita

    July 20, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    Aditi – hee hee, do drop me a link when it comes out :D

     
  8. the mad momma

    July 29, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    last i heard sonu belonged to smita thackeray. delete this comment if it invites trouble!

     
  9. Amrita

    July 30, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    AHAHAHAHAH!!! i don’t care if it invites trouble – its worth it :D

     
  10. Anjali

    August 13, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    I think if this was a case of a woman being targeted then the whole of india would have been up in arms……………………..so why is Sonu being subjected to ridicule over this matter instead of Subhash K Jha?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Anyways…………….SONU U ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  11. aditi narayan

    August 17, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    The interview with sonu nigam that my friend Kavita Chhibber did is quite an eye opener. You can read it at http://www.kavitachhibber.com and hear excerpts on her webcast on the same site.

    I think the guy has his heart in the right place-and what a voice!

     
 
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