Kangana Ranaut collaborated with comedy collective All India Bakchod or AIB, the latest in her series of promotions for new film Simran.
Actress Kangana Ranaut satirizes Bollywood and its treatment of female stars in a new collaboration with comedy collective All India Bakchod or AIB, the latest in her series of promotions for new film Simran. Titled The Bollywood Diva Song, the video stars Kangana as an everywoman actress named Priya who is readying for a shot but is rudely dismissed by the director.
He can’t even recall who she is and the words ‘female lead’ doesn’t ring a bell – what does is when Kangana refers to herself as the hero’s love interest. He also refuses to listen to Kangana’s complaint about her dialogue – her character is a quantum physicist and won’t say these lines, she points out not unreasonably. “Arre baby, yeh dance number hai! Audience ko titillate karogi tabhi toh hit hoga na,” is the director’s response.
Kangana Ranaut waiting to film the dance scene and nobody puts the poster girl of plain-speak in the corner. She delivers a hilariously customised rendition of Chittiyan Kalaiyan, the refrain to which goes “Coz I have a vagina rey.”Then enters the hero, played by comedian Varun Thakur. He arrives and receives the welcome Shah Rukh Khan did in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. He also flags the same ‘quantum physicist won’t say this’ problem with the script and his suggestion is instantly and warmly received. Clearly, the hero is treated like SRK… sorry… God in Bollywood.
The song is basically a series of one-liners stitched together, notable among which is the line “Papa ne tujhko launch kiya ve, Main boli toh tune taunt kiya ve, tu karti victim play.” It’s not hard to connect the dots: it’s an unsubtle jibe at the two men Kangana has most recently tangled with – Hrithik Roshan, whose father launched him in Kaho Naa… Pyar Hai and directed him in several subsequent movies; and Karan Johar who responded to Kangana’s now infamous ‘flag bearer of nepotism’ comment by accusing her of playing the ‘woman and victim card.’
The Bollywood Diva Song skewers the film industry’s insidious patriarchy at many levels, from the higher salaries commanded by male stars to the age gap between them and their female co-stars. It saves the most telling punch for the end – that for the film fraternity, one actress is indistinguishable from the other, easily replaced and interchanged.
Kangana Ranaut has been lauded time and again for single-handedly bringing the debate of feminism and nepotism in the Indian film industry to the fore and forcing some people to finally open the dictionaries and see what the term means. But if popular comedy group AIB’s latest video is to go by, the talented actor might be dancing to ‘Mere seene pe mal de Iodex hoton se!’ Can’t believe us? Well, you don’t really have to because the AIB’s latest starring the ‘diva’ Priya is completely a work of satire and sarcastic clap-backs to the sexism, glass ceiling and double standards in the industry. And to top it all off, it’s insanely hilarious!