The reason that i even contemplated writing this article is because of the saturation level that i, as a reader, like millions others who share my voice, have reached with regard to the speculations related to actor Sridevi’s death…an actor, a mother, a wife, a sister passed away, her death mourned by the country….but her family’s remorse is unfathomable. When the so called prime time media turns a tragedy into a money making venture, I have a problem with it.
Sridevi is no more….and with her died journalism! My anger and amusement, visiting alternatively, knew no bounds as i sat scrolling through one ridiculous speculation after another on the last hours of Sridevi’s life before she passed away. I couldn’t fathom the ludicrousness and shamelessness with which the news presenters chattered on about possibilities of an old wife haunting the present one! Theatrical illustrations, likened to the titles of Ekta Kapoor serials, with news (huh) presenters tuning their voice modulations to create dramatic versions, ….that is the media that prevails today.
The spate of ridiculousness doesn’t end here…. “maut ka bathtub” splashed all over the television screen with an eerily photo shopped image of the actress in a tub, with….(hold on)…Boney Kapoor looking down at her, left me flabbergasted. ABP News’ flashing a one hour bulletin report titled “Bathroom ke woh 15 minute’ to Aaj Tak’s perpetual gloat “sharab ke nashe mein chali gayi duniya se Chandni”, News X, India Today TV, CNN News 18 and every prime news channel that exists followed suit, notwithstanding the effect of such irresponsibility being allowed to the viewership. If shame doesn’t visit you now….Indian media stands doomed.
How could a successful actress die suddenly? Pat comes the reply displaying the actress’s Forensic report all over social media. My belief in media went flying out the window and everywhere else it could find vent. My admiration for Sridevi, may have been diverted for just a while, but as quickly snapped out of the stupor of callous reporting. I shudder to think and understand how this garbage spewing medium must affect the bereaved family.
Is the clammer for TRPs reaching a level of deviousness that there is a complete dirth of responsibility and sensitivity? I don’t stand here as an advocate of self righteousness, rather i am a firm supporter of expression….but this genre of insensitivity, i stand against…. resolutely.
Disappointed and in grief, i pay my respect to Sridevi, a beautiful woman and actor, whose absence has created a void that will want her charm…..forever! Her smile, the gleam in Her eyes, the innocence and the talent is what we will remember Sridevi by….
Rest in peace Sridevi.